Theatre SL/HL

The DP Theatre syllabus consists of three equal, interrelated areas: Theatre in Context, Theatre Processes, and Presenting Theatre. Students are required to approach these areas from the perspectives of each of the following specialist theatre roles: creator, designer, director, and performer. Theatre in Context examines the personal, theoretical, and cultural contexts that inform theatre-making and the ways in which these affect and influence creating, designing, directing, performing, and spectating. Theatre Processes requires exploration of the skills, techniques, and processes involved in theatre-making. Presenting Theatre addresses the staging and presentation of theatre as well as the presentation of ideas, research, and discoveries through diverse modes of presentation, both practical and written.

Theatre is a unique subject in that it is a practical art form; it is dynamic, collaborative, and live. It is a practical subject that encourages discovery through experimentation, the taking of risks, and the presentation of ideas to others. It results in the development of both theatre and life skills; the building of confidence, creativity, and collaboration skills.

Grade 11

Grade 12

Exploration of theatre in a variety of contexts

Engagement in processes of transforming ideas into action

Development and application of theatre production, presentation and performance skills

EA – Research presentation: individual,
15 minutes

EA – Director’s notebook: Direct the senior school production

IA – Collaborative project: Creation of original work of theatre

Objectives and Practices
In Theatre SL, students will be expected to:
• demonstrate knowledge and understanding of specified content;
• demonstrate application and analysis of knowledge and understanding;
• demonstrate synthesis and evaluation; and
• select, use, and apply a variety of appropriate skills and techniques.

Students will work to achieve these ends through a variety of practices, including attending and evaluating many live works, extensive amounts of research through a wide variety of media, exploring different ways through which ideas can be presented and transformed into action, examining and explaining the relationships and significance of the integration of production, performance, and research elements, among many more. As a class, we will explore and research the majority of the course work in Grade 11, and apply it to the major assessments throughout Grade 12.

Students will be formatively and summatively assessed, using Stratford Hall’s Approaches to Learning rubric, the course rubrics, and – on report cards – using the DP Group 6 grade descriptors on a scale of 1-7. Students’ final mark out of 7 will be broken down as follows:

External Assessment

Internal Assessment

Task 1: Director’s Notebook 35%

Task 2: Research Presentation 30%

Task 3: Collaborative Project 35%