Description of Foundations I
There are two basic goals in theatre education: finding meaning in works of theatre art
through the study and appreciation of theatre as an art form, and constructing meaning in
works of theatre art through the study and skill development of theatre techniques in the
creation of that theatre art. This is the entry-level course that introduces these two
concepts. No prerequisite course is required.
Explanation of Standards
The Utah State Theatre Arts Core divides each of the goals of theatre education into
standards which organize the curriculum into manageable and related units representing
the artistry and craft of theatre as well as the critical thinking skills essential to the theatre
process. Each standard is broken into objectives, each objective into indicators. A
scoring box is placed to the left of each objective. The student scores his or her
achievement within each objective using a number ranging from 0 to 10. A legend is
provided wherein the student and teacher tally both the average score from the objective
boxes and the total number of indicators the class has studied.
Technology requirements for this class include existing school theatre equipment such as
fly systems, lighting/sound systems and equipment, and stage craft equipment.
Core Standards of the Course
Students will integrate character and plot in scripting dramatic presentations.
CHARACTER Create appropriate character dialogue and physical attributes within a dramatic presentation.
Plan dialogue and physical attributes for characters in a dramatic presentation.
Act out dialogue and physical attributes for characters in a dramatic presentation.
PLOT Create linear and non-linear plot structures.
Plan linear and non-linear plot structures; e.g., exposition, point of attack, major conflict, rising action, climax, falling action.
Play out linear and non-linear plot structures; e.g., improvise fairy tales using linear and non-linear plots.
Students will develop the basic techniques of acting; i.e., movement, voice, sensory/emotional recall, character building, and ensemble/rehearsal techniques.
MOVEMENT Develop expressive use of stage movement through body awareness and spatial perception.
Demonstrate comfortable movement when acting.
Explain the elements of physical movement; e.g., energy, locomotion, balance, relaxation.
VOICE Develop expressive use of the voice.
Demonstrate a clear voice when communicating in performance.
Explain the elements of voice and speech production; e.g., intensity, pitch, rhythm, volume.
SENSORY/EMOTIONAL RECALL Develop sensory/emotional recall techniques.
Use memory and imagination to experience smells, tastes, textures, sights, and sounds.
Use memory and imagination to experience feelings and moods.
CHARACTERIZATION Develop character building techniques.
Explain objective (what a character wants) and motive (why a character wants something).
Explain character conflict (what prevents a character from getting what is wanted) and action (how the character goes about trying to get what is wanted).
ENSEMBLE/REHEARSAL TECHNIQUES Develop ensemble/rehearsal techniques.
Demonstrate rehearsal warm-up.
Demonstrate basic blocking and staging rubric; e.g., stage direction, focus, levels, crosses, share.
Demonstrate active listening skills.
Students will develop critical thinking skills to construct meaning.
APPLYING LIFE SKILLS Connect personal experiences with dramatic presentations to own life.
Explain how theatre can contribute to lifelong learning.
Explain how theatre can enhance and maintain complex thinking skills.
Explain how theatre builds effective communication skills.
Explain how theatre develops the ability to collaborate with others.
Explain how theatre promotes responsible citizenship.
SELF-ASSESSING Demonstrate the use of assessment techniques (especially rubric and portfolio assessment techniques) in achieving theatre objectives.
Articulate personal goals.
Use perceive/reflect rubric assessment.
Create an outcome portfolio reflecting content and process from across the term; e.g., notes, rubric assessments, process and production photos, programs, research, published reviews, letters, advocacy statements, reflections, visual art, written criticism, theory essays.
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For more information about this core curriculum, contact the USOE Specialist,
or visit the
Fine Arts - Theater Home Page.
For general questions about Utah's Core Curriculum, contact the USOE Curriculum Director,
Sydnee Dickson .
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