IB Theatre


In Class:


 August 18th
  1.  all classes meet today
  2. Introductions and Overview
  1.  none
 August 22
  1. Hand out syllabus and IB Work packet
  2. Circle of Light
  3. Cross to the other side and follow the hand -- discussion of ensemble
  1. Have syllabus signed and return next class
August 24
  1. Discuss international mindedness
  2. Brag and Confess exercise using the Learner Profile in the Work Packet as a catalyst
  3. List, outline, describe and explain. What are the different skills used?
  4. Ensemble: Ministry of Silly Walks -- get out of your head
  5. Follow the Fly
  6. Testers Journal: What are you beginning to realize about your own understanding and ability to describe and explain ideas, interactions, knowledge and information?
 August 28
  1. LODE exercise: The Party
  2. Ensemble: Mirror
  3. The Greek Chorus Exercise: get in groups, review Oedipus. Stage a portion of the cutting
  4. Notes on: Levels, volume, one apart/symmetry,
  5. Create the moment as an ensemble
  6. Receive a peer feedback sheet and see ensemble scenes
 August 30
  1. Stage your Oedipus Ensemble Moment (45 minutes)
  2. Perform your Oedipus Stage Moment and fill out Peer Review for your assigned observation group (20 min)
  3. Collect Peer Feedback sheets
  4. Theatre in Context: How do personal, theoretical, cultural backgrounds influence and define our entertainment? -- journal entry and discussion
September 1
  1. Commedia Background Notes
  2. Stock Characters -- Review
  3. Performer's Work: Research the Stock Character that most intrigues you and take notes about the character in your journal. Then, look at the mask types to build a mask of that character in class
September 6
  1. Look at the roles of theatre in the IB Packet. Discuss which you are most/least comfortable with
  2. Brainstorm all the types of theatre other than Western Realism. Have testers take the list down in their journals. Homework for Testers: Have one page of bullet point notes on one chosen tradition with three sources. Focus on Origins and historical significance. Due next class. 
  3. Hand out Stock Character Chart and interview reading. Look at individually in class before filling out chart.
  4. Fill out chart in the RP section on Commedia
  5. National Theatre website Commedia Class
  6. Finish research your chosen mask to make next class
  7. Make notes in your journal as needed to complete the task of building a mask
 1. Testers Only: Research one other theatrical tradition, have one page of bullet point notes with three sources next class. Focus on Origin and Historical Significance
September 8
  1. Begin building your masks
  2. Collect Research from testers
September 12
  1. Commedia Physical Workshop -- Physicalize each of the stock character types    Complete the chart: Gesture, Movement, Body, Space, Voice
  2. Review the Jaberwocky Assignment 
September 14
  1. Finish Masks
September 18
  1. In your groups, create your Jaberwocky scenario, (write it out) and stage and rehearse for performance next class
 September 20
  1. Commedia Workshop 
September 22
  1. Finish collaborating on Commedia Jaberwocky
  2. See performances next class
 September 26
  1. See Jaberwocky scenes 
  2. Write individual reflection: What was your personal role in the collaboration and what were you successful with as an individual and a group? What did you struggle with?
September 28
  1. Practitioner Research Assignment in Groups of 3
1. Reflect on the art of Commedia. Due next class
October 2
  1. Collect Commedia Reflection 
  2. Practitioner Research and Project
1. study monologue and get off book
October 4
  1. Dark. Assist with "This Girl Laughs..."
October 6
  1. Present Practitioner Lessons
  2. Give Handouts to each class member
  3. Joseph Chaikin Hand out and Video
October 10
  1. What is the role of the Director in a theatrical production? Class discussion. 
  2. Read Top tips for directors as a class 
  3. Read "The art form" in the IB Packet as a group and review my process for them to note on the bottom of the page
  4. Chaikin Exercise One: take the poem and physicalize it first as a whole, then as partners, then as an individual. How does the body say what the words cannot?
  5. Review the Chaikin/Shepard Monologue Rubric and receive your monologue
 1. Testers, look over the "Task Details for the Research Presentation" in the IB Packet and do one page of research (bullet points) on one other tradition not yet studied, minimum three sources
October 12
  1. Work on learning and physically staging your monologue based on the rubric
October 17
  1. Chaikin Exercise: Round by Through
  2. Frantic Assembly Video
  3. Final Work day on Monologue. Performances next class
  4. Collect information sheet two from testers
  5. Non-testers Excused. Testers, review all of "Task Details for the Research Presentation." Individual preferences for the research presentation
October 19
  1. Monologue Performances
October 23
  1. Finish Monologue Performances
  2. Reflection on Chaikin
October 25
  1. Bill T Jones Still/Here
  2. Create your lifelines and move them. Choose a gesture for your current journey
October 27
  1. Frantic Assembly Videos
  2. Round By Throughs: try it
  3. The Chair Duets
  • Choose a partner
  • Come up with 20 movements, 4x4x4x4
  • Play with pace and dynamics
  • Choose a song to accompany your routine
  • Outline your performance (step by step)
  • Explain your successes in the process and with the product
October 31
  1. Create Chair performances
  2. Perform Chair Duets
  3. Do the Paperwork
 November 2
  1. Testers: Review the Research Presentation -- choose a different one and research the background or political implications and influences OR begin researching the performance practices of your previously researched tradition
  2. Teacher/Student conference on Research Presentation
  3. Vote on your next tradition
  4. Intro to Directing: Read "Top Tips for Directors" in IB Packet and "Responding to Play Texts"
 1. Research for RP
November 6
  1. In small groups, read "The Zoo Story"
  2. Begin filling out "Responding to a Play Text" in IB Packet (partner assignment)
  3. Choosing a script for your Director's Notebook
 1. Research for RP
2. Watch RP example
3. Read RP comments
November 8
  1.  Finish "The Zoo Story"
  2. Complete "Responding to a Play Text" in IB Packet (partner turn-in)
  3. Script Possibilities and the Director's Process
  4. Collect Research Presentation Research from testers
November 10
  1. Review the Director's Notebook Markband in IB Packet
  2. Finish any directing of "The Zoo Story" as needed
November 14
  1. Complete "Reflection on Live Theatre Experiences" in IB Packet
  2. Go together through creating a vision and staging a moment
  3. Make an individual conference with instructor for Director's Notebook: Have the following prepared for your conference:
  • What are you most interested in in storytelling? What aspects?
  • What types of stories most appeal to you?
  • What plays/books have you read or seen that you really like?
  • What would be a learning challenge for you with this assignment. (This should all be answered in your journal)
November 27
  1. Hand out calendar for remaining semester
  2. Testers: Sign up for a Personal RP session
  3. Watch "The Director's Perspective" videos
  4. Non-testers: Chair Mob in hall
  5. Testers: Director's Notebook Interaction 1. Check in on "What Do I Know?" Complete "Outlining Your Research Presentation" in IB Packet and discussion as needed 
1. Testers: Review "Task Details for the Research Presentation" and the markbands for assessment  
November 29
  1. Director's Notebook Titles Due. Have plays read by Dec. 11
  2. Chair Duet Staging
1. Testers: Complete first two pages of "Making Connections" for RP
December 1
  1. Discuss "Task Details for the Research Presentation" as a class for the non-testers to know their roles
  2. Chair Duet Staging
December 5
  1. Vote on Tradition to look at beginning of second semester: Kabuki or Pantomime? Majority Rules
  2. Chair Mob rehearsal
  3. Chair Mob Q&A
December 7
  1. Work day on Director's Notebook Context Material
1. Director's Notebook Context due next class
December 11
  1. Collect "Responding to a Play Text" writer's context 
  2. Run Chair Mob and final polishing (30 min)
  3. Work time on "Responding to a Play Text" for your Director's notebook Script (45 min)
  4. Set in East Atrium for Chair Mob
December 13
  1. Chair Mob Reflection: Did it have it's intended impact? What did you learn about collaboration in the process of this exercise?
  2. Haiku Final Assignment: Receive a partner and a haiku, and tell a story OF it or INSPIRED by it. Focus on: 
  • How do you envision your dream concept? Find three images that communicate color, balance, and form or approach  
  • Physicalization: how
  • Verbalize: what does the piece sound like? Why?
  • Impact: What do you want your audience to feel/think?     
1. Work on Haiku paperwork as needed 
December 15
  1. Testers: RP Talk 3 (briefly if time allows)
  2. Work on Haiku production 
1. Work on Haiku final as needed
December 19
  1. Haiku Performances
  2. Turn in mini-notebook (digitally)
January 8
  1. Questions for Buntport Guest speaker on devised storytelling
  2. Use guides in IP Work Packet to guide discussion on Thursday
  3. Go talk to Mr. Bock about Atrium performance next week
1. Part II of the Director's Notebook work due next class
January 10
  1. Collect Director's Notebook work Part II
  2. Buntport Guest Speaker
  3. Discuss their method of Devising
1. Testers, have RP history presentation complete by Friday of next week
January 12
  1. Discuss what you took away from the Guest Speaker
  2. Kabuki Research Assignment: In partners, you'll create a short presentation on one of the following:
  • Kabuki color symbolism
  • Kabuki makeup
  • Kabuki costumes
  • Kabuki stages
  • Kabuki actor training
  • Kabuki Mei 

Present next class

1. Testers RP history presentation due Friday of next week
 January 17
  1. Work on next step in Director's Notebook or Research Presentation
 January 23
  1. Kabuki Presentations
  2. Fill in with the history of Kabuki 
  3. Rehearse Chair Duets
January 25
  1. Kabuki Body Work: Feminine vs. Masculine Movement
  2. Small Group Discussion: What connections to other parts of the course are you seeing thus far? How does the movement all connect? What meaning are you getting out of the importance of physicality to the performer? Share out with the whole group
  3. Rehearse Chair Duet Routine and set in East Atrium
1.Draft 3 of the Director's Notebook due January 31

2.Research Presentations RD February 6 and 8
January 29
  1. Watch Video Clip of Kabuki Performance(s)
  2. Haiku Assignment: With a partner, tell the story OF it, or the story inspired by it. Incorporate at least ONE element of Kabuki (more if you want)
  3. Focus on:
  • Concept: How do you envision your dream concept? Find three images that show what you're thinking with either composition, color, or design.
  • Physicalization: How are you going to physicalize your piece? Why did you make those choices?
  • Verbalization: What does the piece sound like? Why?
  • Impact: What do you want your audience to experience emotionally?

Begin working if time allows

1. Director's Notebook RD due Jan 31
January 31
  1. Work on Haiku Assignment
 1. Director's Notebook RD due next class
February 2
  1. Collect Director's Notebook RD
  2. Work on Haiku Assignment
  3. Present Haiku performances next class
 1. Testers: Complete RP for presentations on Feb 6 & 8
February 6
  1. Haiku Presentations
  2. Reflection on this collaboration
  3. Draw Numbers for RP order
1. Testers: Complete RPs Part One

2. Bring in Ideas for Stimuli on Feb. 12
February 8
  1.  RP Rough Draft Presentation

       Non-Testers: Watch presentation and give feedback regarding the first components of the requirements

         Testers: Present the first part of your RP to a peer

2. Figure out Chair Duet Performance

3. Complete "Responding to Live Plays"

 1. Bring in Ideas for Stimuli next class
February 12
  1. Tester's Meeting 
  2. Begin Transition into Collaborative Projects -- Example and storyboard (2 times)
  3. Review the requirements of the Collaborative Project
  4. Choose a Day for the Collaborative Project Presentation
February 14
  1. Meet with Collaborative Groups -- Discuss and Brainstorm
  2. Due Dates for Director's Notebook and Research Presentation -- Review Markbands
February 16
  1. Meet with Collaborative Groups -- Continue to formulate ideas for a production -- Each member have a pitch by the end
February 21
  1. Pitch Ideas to Collaborative Groups
February 23
  1. Work on Collaborative Projects -- Have scenario to include in your portfolio
  2. What is your intended impact with your production? What do you want the audience to feel/think? Explain two ways you'll go about achieving that desired outcome
  3. Decide on RP Presentation times during Tiger Time -- Check off all of Work Log for RP
February 27
  1. Collaborative Projects -- Begin staging
  2. Progress Check in on Collaborative Projects
  3. Decide as a group what theorist & devising company will most inspire your vision
1. Write up a brief summary of your chosen theorist and devising group
2. Explain the ways you see their work influencing yours
March 1
  1. Testers: Director's Notebooks Due
  2. Stage and work through Collaborative Projects

March 15

  1. Work on Collaborative Project
  2. Remember to Answer the following:
Example Collaborative Project Layout
March 19
  1. Rehearse and Stage Collaborative Projects
  2. Sign up for RP times
  3. Collaborative Project Logistics:
  • Time
  • Set up and tear down
  • Recording
1. Research Presentations March 20 and 21
March 21
  1. Rehearse and Stage Collaborative Projects
  2. Check in on the Process Portfolio
March 23
  1. Finalize work on your technical designs (as needed)
  2. Work on process portfolio
  3. Choose the order of the show
1. Advertise and Poster for the atrium
April 3
  1. Run the show
  2. Discuss set up
April 5
  1. Run the show
1. Portfolios due (with 4 minute excerpt narrated) April 9
April 9
  1. All Collaborative Portfolios Due
  2. Upload Director's Notebooks
  3. Upload Research Presentations
April 13    
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