Courses

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Theatre I (grade 6)
Instructor: Ms. Austin
LOcation: Room 269-B

Students will begin the year by establishing a classroom culture and norms that make theatre possible. Ensemble building and intrapersonal work will intersect with core acting skills: character development, text analysis, and practical knowledge (stage directions, etc). Students will work on audition-appropriate monologues and scene work. Improv and theatre sports will round out the classroom experience. Historical focus will be on ancient Greek theatre and culturally-responsive modern versions

Theatre II (grade 7)
InstructorS: Ms. Patterson/Mr. Travisano
LOcation: Room 202

Building on the classroom culture and norms from Theatre I, students will begin the year thinking and writing about what it means to be a theatre artist and what their collective goal is for the year as an ensemble as well as their individual goals. Students will begin by doing an audition and practical theatre refresher and work on how to take and incorporate feedback. Skills around character development will be deepened through introduction to skills taught in greater depth in high school, particularly around the listening work pioneered by Sanford Meisner (which will also be taught through improv). Historical focus will be on medieval European theater considered alongside the rise of Chicano theatre in Central California, in addition to Shakespeare and the Renaissance. 

Theatre III (grade 8)
Instructor: Ms. helfer
LOcation: sweets ballroom

The focus of this course is success in the OSA Theatre high school program. Students will refresh previous skills and dive into new ones meant to match their growth and deepening understanding of their craft. The first acting theorist students are formally introduced to in our program is Uta Hagen (through her seminal text Respect for Acting). Students will read, discuss, write about her theories and put them into practice onstage in scene work. In the second semester, class time is devoted to preparing students to audition for their high school major. All students will do a deep exploration of a playwright from a highly diverse list, prepare an audition monologue from that writer, and a contrasting song. The culminating event is the audition (even if a student chooses not to return to OSA).


HIGH SCHOOL

core courses by major

Playwriting 
INSTRUCTOR: Mr. Travisano
LOCATion: Room 202
times: MOn (11:35am-12:10pm), Wed/Fri (1:35-2:55pm)

For this year, the theme of this course is the art of adaptation, using a text of a different genre to create a performance text. Students will be introduced to theories of adaptation and, most importantly, how to put them into practice. With assigned texts and texts of their choice, students will work to discover what a play needs to work by using texts not originally created for the theatre. A year-long project will be working on a contemporary, culturally-responsive adaptation of the epic poem The Mahabharata in concert with Ubuntu Theatre Project, with a eye to a co-production in 2018-2019.

directing
INSTRUCTOR: Ms. goldfield
LOCATion: room 204
times: tue/thu (1:35-2:55pm)

dramaturgy
INSTRUCTOR: Ms. potter
LOCATion: room 204
times: wed/FRI (1:35-2:55pm)

 

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Acting Theory (Grades 9-10)
INSTRUCTOR: Ms. patterson
LOCATion: room 204
times: MOn (11:35am-12:10pm), Wed/Fri (1:35-2:55pm)

 

Acting Theory (Grades 11-12)
INSTRUCTOR: Ms. potter
LOCATion: the flight deck
times: MOn (11:35am-12:10pm), Wed/Fri (1:35-2:55pm)

 

text & voice (Grades 9-10)
INSTRUCTOR: Ms. patterson
LOCATion: the flight deck
times: tue/thu (1:35-2:55pm)

 

text & voice (Grades 11-12)
INSTRUCTOR: Ms. patterson
LOCATion: the flight deck
times: Wed/Fri (3-4:15pm)

 

Physical Theatre I
INSTRUCTOR: Ms. helfer
LOCATion: the flight deck
times: Wed/Fri (3-4:15pm)