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The Process of Creativity in the Theatre Classroom

Created by Gai Jones

Gai Jones leads this course in establishing an environment of creative experimentation in the theatre classroom, in order to have a group of student actors who value the creative process.

Each lesson shares experiences to foster creativity without the stress of performance by student actors. For the creative process which honors out-of-the-box thinking, there is no assessment section included. There is no product or performance. The important thing is the student actor’s engagement. Their reflections and your observations are valued for positive learning.

This set of lessons includes Tips for the Theatre Educator, based on Gai's own Theatre practice. Scripts are also provided and contain text of what you can say to your students to facilitate their creative processes.

6 Modules
2 hours, 38 minutes
5 Credit Hours

Course Outline

Lesson 0: Introduction 14:55 FREE PREVIEW
This module introduces the course and sets out objectives for each subsequent lesson.
Lesson 1: Setting the Stage 34:05 FREE PREVIEW
This lesson addresses establishing norms to foster creativity for the student actors’ personal journeys, in working with the five senses, first responses and answering open-ended silly questions.
Lesson 2: Small and Large Group Experiences 31:11
This lesson focuses on small and large group ensemble experiences for creative development, while student actors are working with each others.
Lesson 3: Physical Choices 31:39
This lesson details how your student actors can develop creativity in their physical choices.
Lesson 4: Vocal Experiences 22:28
This lesson presents creativity experiences with vocal work.
Lesson 5: Improvisation 24:24
This lesson covers creativity in improvisation exercises.

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Standards Addressed

National Core Arts Standards

Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade 6

TH:Pr4.1.6.b - Experiment with various physical choices to communicate character in a drama/theatre work.

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.

Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 6

TH:Cr3.1.6.b - Identify effective physical and vocal traits of characters in an improvised or scripted drama/theatre work.

Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 7

TH:Cr3.1.7.b - Develop effective physical and vocal traits of characters in an improvised or scripted drama/theatre work

Georgia Performance Standards - Theatre Arts

Tennessee Theatre Curriculum Standards

Tennessee Theatre standards (2018) standards were built using the framework of the NCAS which is built on four key domains: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Connecting, and Responding. Within each of these domains are foundations and standards to support the development of curriculum, programs, and learning.
(source: Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts, Summer 2018)

Please refer to National Core Arts Standards to determine the standard that best suits your needs.

Alberta, Canada

Movement Level II - Intermediate

21 - display clarity of movement and gesture

British Columbia (2018)

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Reason and reflect

Describe, analyze, and respond using drama-specific language

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Communicate and document

Compose, interpret, and expand ideas using symbolism and imagery

GRADE 11 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate awareness of self, others, and audience

GRADE 12 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and audience

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