Working in educational theatre I know how easy it is to get bogged down in actor coaching and away from the bigger picture storytelling when directing a show. I saw a need for a method of text analysis and physical staging tools that help the director stay focused on the bigger picture of telling the story of the play.

This class is in two parts: The first consists of the text analysis tools P.A.S.T.O and Major Dramatic Question. From these tools you will brainstorm keywords to define your vision of the story.

In the second part of the class you will focus on taking the information generated in the text analysis and crafting the ideas into vibrant physical pictures through an exercise called Starburst.

Course Summary

Standards Addressed

10 Modules
2 hours, 3 minutes
6 Credit Hours

blocking pasto analysis

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction 4:49
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Lesson 2: Warmups 11:46
FREE PREVIEW
Lesson 3: PASTO 17:40
Lesson 4: Keywords 15:22
Lesson 5: PASTO & Hamlet 18:40
Lesson 6: Starburst 10:56
Lesson 7: Starburst: Part Two 14:52
Lesson 8: Building Pictures 13:05
Lesson 9: Starbust, PASTO & Hamlet 10:04
Lesson 10: Wrap Up 5:57

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Standards Addressed

National Core Arts Standards


TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 8

TH:Cr3.1.8.a - Use repetition and analysis in order to revise devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr2.1: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Cr2.1.HSII.b - Cooperate as a creative team to make interpretive choices for a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr4.1: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade 6

TH:Pr4.1.6.a - Identify the essential events in a story or script that make up the dramatic structure in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr1.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - High School Proficient

TH:Cr1.1.HSI.a - Apply basic research to construct ideas about the visual composition of a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr1.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - Grade 7

TH:Cr1.1.7.a - Investigate multiple perspectives and solutions to staging challenges in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr1.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - Grade 6

TH:Cr1.1.6.a - Identify possible solutions to staging challenges in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr4.1: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade 7

TH:Pr4.1.7.a - Consider various staging choices to enhance the story in a drama/theatre work.

California VAPA Standards (2001)


California VAPA Standards (2019)


6.TH:Cr1 Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work

6.TH:Cr1.a - Identify possible solutions to staging challenges in a drama/theatre work.

7.TH:Pr4 Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.

7.TH:Pr4.a - Consider various staging choices to enhance the story in a drama/theatre work.

Georgia Performance Standards 2010 - Theatre Arts


Grade 9-12 - ACTING I

TAHSAI.1 - Analyzing and constructing meaning from theatrical experiences, dramatic literature, and electronic media
a. Engages in script analysis and study as a means of actor preparation
b. Utilizes evidence provided by the script to support decisions in characterization
c. Uses script analysis in the development of presentation of formal and informal theatre performances

TAHSAI.5 - Directing by conceptualizing, organizing, and conducting rehearsals for performance
a. Identifies the responsibilities and tasks of an actor in the preparation and performance of a theatrical piece
b. Explores and articulates the appropriate relationship between actors and the director
c. Collaborates on the development and presentation of formal and informal theatrical performances

TAHSAI.6 - Researching cultural and historical information to support artistic choices
a. Explores the use of cultural and historical information in character development
b. Examines research methods used by professional actors and actresses
c. Implements meaningful research efforts in developing formal and informal theatre performances

TAHSAI.8 - Examining the roles of theatre as a reflection of past and present civilizations
a. Examines theatrical performance conventions from a variety of historical periods
b. Explores cultural influences on acting, theatre, and human interaction
c. Applies appropriate historic and cultural data during the performance of a character in formal and informal theatrical pieces

GRADE 7

TAMS7.1 - Analyzing and constructing meaning from theatrical experiences, dramatic literature, and electronic media
a. Identifies and compares elements of drama present in various forms of media
b. Outlines dramatic structure used in various forms of theatrical media
c. Compares common themes present in various forms of theatrical media
d. Creates a list of traits exhibited by archetypal characters
e. Analyzes the connections between theatre and real life
f. Compares different forms of media production

TAMS7.5 - Directing by conceptualizing, organizing, and conducting rehearsals for performance
a. Recognizes the role and responsibilities of the director
b. Collaborates with others to create a production timeline
c. Delegates and assigns responsibilities for completion of production tasks
d. Identifies and models leadership skills
e. Communicates concepts and ideas to the production crew and cast members

TAMS7.6 - Researching cultural and historical information to support artistic choices
a. Utilizes advanced research skills to obtain appropriate cultural and historical information
b. Analyzes the cultural and historical context in theatre production
c. Supports artistic choices with cultural and historical information
d. Draws conclusions regarding cultural similarities and differences
e. Examines how a culture is defined through theatre and other media

TAMS7.7 - Integrating various art forms, other content areas, and life experiences to create theatre
a. Compares and contrasts theatre with other art forms
b. Articulates relationships between theatre and life
c. Utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to create original theatre
d. Synthesizes theatre styles and other media to create performances
e. Adapts a variety of literary forms into theatre productions

Georgia Performance Standards 2017 - Theatre Arts


Alberta, Canada


Ontario, Canada