This mini-course will give you a toolkit to bring your shows to the next level by having an engaged, active, ensemble.

The ensemble is a critical part of a large cast show. But you can't leave them to fend for themselves. They need structure. They need exercises and activities.

In Strong Ensemble = Strong Play, you'll be given ensemble-building exercises. You'll also discover specific activities that will help your ensemble become three-dimensional characters who have something to do and something to play in every moment they are on stage.

We'll look at case studies that take the exercises learned in the course and apply them to specific shows.

Course Summary

Standards Addressed

5 Modules
1 hours, 8 minutes
2 Credit Hours

ensemble character development

Course Outline

Module 0: Introduction 8:05
FREE PREVIEW
Module 1: Ensemble Building Exercises 17:14
FREE PREVIEW
Module 2: Character Building 17:18
Module 3: Relationships 8:36
Module 4: Case Studies 17:21

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Standards Addressed

National Core Arts Standards


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:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Pr5.1.HSI.a - Practice various acting techniques to expand skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

TH:Pr6.1: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Pr6.1.HSII.a - Present a drama/theatre work using creative processes that shape the production for a specific audience.

TH:Pr6.1: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Pr6.1.HSI.a - Perform a scripted drama/theatre work for a specific audience.

TH:Pr6.1: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade 8

TH:Pr6.1.8.a - Perform a rehearsed drama/theatre work for an audience.

TH:Pr6.1: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade 7

TH:Pr6.1.7.a - Participate in rehearsals for a drama/theatre work that will be shared with an audience.

TH:Pr6.1: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade 6

TH:Pr6.1.6.a - Adapt a drama/theatre work and present it informally for an audience.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Advanced

TH:Pr5.1.HSIII.a - Use and justify a collection of acting exercises from reliable resources to prepare a believable and sustainable performance.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Pr5.1.HSII.a - Refine a range of acting skills to build a believable and sustainable drama/theatre performance.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 8

TH:Pr5.1.8.a - Use a variety of acting techniques to increase skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 6

TH:Pr5.1.6.a - Recognize how acting exercises and techniques can be applied to a drama/theatre work.

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

TH:Pr4.1.HSI.a - Examine how character relationships assist in telling the story of a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr4.1: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade 8

TH:Pr4.1.8.a - Explore different pacing to better communicate the story in a drama/theatre work.

California VAPA Standards (2001)


California VAPA Standards (2019)


Prof.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

Prof.TH:Pr5.a - Practice various acting techniques to expand skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

Prof.TH:Pr6 Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

Prof.TH:Pr6 - Perform a rehearsed, scripted short drama/theatre work for a specific audience.

8.TH:Pr6 Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

8.TH:Pr6 - Perform a rehearsed, scripted scene from a drama/theatre work for an audience.

7.TH:Pr6 Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

67TH:Pr6 - Create through improvisation a drama/theatre work that will be shared with an audience.

6.TH:Pr6 Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

6.TH:Pr6 - Adapt a piece of literature and present it for an audience.

Acc.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

Acc.TH:Pr5.a - Refine a range of acting skills to build a believable and sustainable drama/theatre performance.

8.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

8.TH:Pr5.a - Use a variety of acting techniques to increase skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

6.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

6.TH:Pr5.a - Recognize how acting exercises and techniques can be applied to a drama/theatre work.

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

Prof.TH:Pr4.a - Examine how character relationships assist in telling the story of a drama/theatre work.

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

8.TH:Pr4.a - Explore different pacing to better communicate the story in a drama/theatre work.

Georgia Performance Standards 2010 - Theatre Arts


Grade 9-12 - ACTING III

TAHSAIII.2 - Developing scripts through improvisation and other theatrical methods
a. Examines theatre practices regarding the development, structure, layout, and format of scripts
b. Uses improvisation, personal experiences, heritage, imagination, literature, and history to develop scripts
c. Performs formal and informal monologues and scenes based on published and original scripts

TAHSAIII.3 - Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining roles within a variety of situations and environments
a. Examines the voice, body, and imagination as tools of the actor
b. Explores observation, research, cultural development, and personal experience as potential resources available to the actor
c. Implements the tools and resources of acting in the development and presentation of formal and informal monologues and scenes
d. Researches and assesses the development of skills for character creation and performance

TAHSAIII.4 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre
a. Examines the appropriate relationship between the actor, designers, and technical crew
b. Explores the effects of set design, costume, and lighting on an actor’s performance
c. Plans and creates technical elements of a theatrical production
d. Collaborates with other members of a creative team to create and execute formal and informal theatrical performances

TAHSAIII.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 theatrical pieces
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

Grade 9-12 - ACTING II

TAHSAII.2 - Developing scripts through improvisation and other theatrical methods
a. Examines theatre practices regarding the development, structure, layout, and format of scripts
b. Uses improvisation, personal experiences, heritage, imagination, literature, and history to develop scripts
c. Performs formal and informal monologues and scenes based on published and original scripts

TAHSAII.3 - Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining roles within a variety of situations and environments
a. Examines the voice, body, and imagination as tools of the actor
b. Explores observation, research, cultural development, and personal experience as potential resources available to the actor
c. Implements the tools and resources of acting in the development and presentation of formal and informal monologues and scenes
d. Researches and assesses the development of skills for character creation and performance

TAHSAII.4 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre
a. Examines the appropriate relationship between the actor, designers, and technical crew
b. Explores the effects of set design, costume, and lighting on an actor’s performance
c. Plans and creates technical elements of a theatrical production
d. Collaborates with other members of a creative team to create and execute formal and informal theatrical performances

TAHSAII.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 theatrical pieces
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

Grade 9-12 - ACTING I

TAHSAI.2 - Developing scripts through improvisation and other theatrical methods
a. Examines theatre practices regarding the development, structure, lay-out, and format of scripts
b. Uses improvisation, personal experiences, heritage, imagination, literature, and history to develop scripts
c. Performs formal and informal monologues and scenes based on published and original scripts

TAHSAI.3 - Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining roles within a variety of situations and environments
a. Examines the voice, body, and imagination as tools of the actor
b. Explores observation, research, cultural development, and personal experience as potential resources available to the actor
c. Implements the tools and resources of acting in the development and presentation of formal and informal monologues and scenes

TAHSAI.4 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre
a. Examines the appropriate relationship between the actor, designers, and technical crew
b. Explores the effects of set design, costume, and lighting on an actor’s performance
c. Plans and creates technical elements of a theatrical production
d. Collaborates with other members of a creative team to create and execute formal and informal theatrical 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

Grade 9-12 - FUNDAMENTALS OF THEATRE II

TAHSFTII.2 - Developing scripts through improvisation and other theatrical methods
a. Critiques elements of dramatic structure
b. Recognizes realistic and conventional speech patterns within dialogue or dramatic verse
c. Identifies and distinguishes between stock and dynamic characters
d. Lists the steps in the dramatic writing process
e. Differentiates between drama and traditional literary writing
f. Incorporates dramatic elements through improvisation
g. Constructs scenes based on the elements of dramatic structure
h. Compares and contrasts dialogue from various theatrical genres
i. Interprets the objectives, decisions, and actions of characters
j. Develops and critiques various scripts
k. Creates and performs scenes for authentic audiences

TAHSFTII.3 - Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining roles within a variety of situations and environments
a. Investigates mental and emotional methods of actor for preparation
b. Demonstrates awareness of verbal elements of acting (e.g., voice, breathing)
c. Demonstrates non-verbal elements of acting (e.g., posture, facial expression, physical movement)
d. Acquires and incorporates sensory and emotional recall in character development
e. Constructs authentic characters through observation of human behavior
f. Demonstrates the goals, observations, actions, and tactics of characters
g. Differentiates between acting methods (e.g., Stanislavski, Uta Hagen)
h. Revises performance based on self-critique
i. Defends acting and character choices
j. Analyzes critiques of fellow classmates to create improved performance

Georgia Performance Standards 2017 - Theatre Arts


Alberta, Canada


Theatre Studies Level II - Intermediate (Theatre History)

6 - show awareness of selected periods and playwrights

Ontario, Canada