IB THEATRE ARTS COURSE OUTLINE
TWO-YEAR PROGRAM FOR SL STUDENTS ONLY
Although SL students will participate alongside HL students in the curriculum
described in Year One of the HL curriculum, the focus of instruction and activities for SL
students will be strictly centered on and assessed from work including:
two World Theatre traditions
two productions (one performing; one in production areas)
Several theatrical theorists (Stanislavsky, Meisner, Bogart, Suzuki, and Brecht)
Having followed the theatre course, students will be expected to:
demonstrate a theoretical and practical knowledge of theatrical traditions from more
than one culture
demonstrate an understanding of production elements and theatre practices
evaluate critically a range of diverse performances
engage practically in creating and presenting performances, which will include a
basic level of technical proficiency
reflect on their own development in theatre through continual self-evaluation and
acquire appropriate research skills and apply them
demonstrate an ability to interpret playtexts and other types of performance texts
analytically and imaginatively
demonstrate initiative and perseverance in both individual and group projects.
As an SL student, you will be required to:
Work in one production capacity for an upcoming mainstage play.
Perform at least once in a dramatic presentation of a monologue, scene, one-act,
or full-length production for the public.
Keep a weekly journal discussing, evaluating, and analyzing your work in class as
you perform, read, research, and think. These journals should not merely reflect
and describe, but should extend into explanations of your choices and
evaluations of their effectiveness.
Attend two plays from a list of teacher-approved professional productions in the
larger community to be followed with a formal “review” to be included in the
Write a 1500-1750-word Research Investigation which explores a World Theatre
Present a 250-word “pitch” for a Practical Performance Proposal (PPP) with
images which presents a directorial approach to an assigned play. In addition,
the explanatory, VISUAL materials must illustrate your understanding of the
concept and must NOT be written in a formal essay style.
Complete an oral 20-minute Theatre Performance and Production Presentation
(TPPP) with 5-7 images which reflects critically on the skills you have acquired
and developed during the course, both as practitioners and spectators.
Complete and Independent Project Portfolio (IPP) of 2,000 words, connecting it
to the course experience.
You are STRONGLY encouraged to:
Photo-document your work by taking pictures during rehearsals, performances,
and work sessions. THIS IS ESSENTIAL!
READ, READ, READ!
Attend opportunities to see different theatrical traditions.
Treat your journal as a record of your growth and idea development. It should be
written in weekly.
Summative Assessments: 50%
Exams, Group and Individual Projects, Group and Individual
Performances, Summative Evaluations, Prompt books, All IB assessment
submissions, Theatrical Reviews.
Formative Practice and Review: 50%
Homework, Quizzes, Test Prep-work, Skill practice and rehearsal,
Seminar discussions, Drafts and revisions, Journal entries and reflections,
All IB assessment practice, ensemble work.*
*Ensemble work will be determined by weekly checks based on preparedness and teamwork.
This includes: memorization, ability to participate in discussion, presentation of assigned work
on time, positive support given to class members, sense of responsibility, cooperativeness,
volunteerism, enthusiasm, inquiry, and positive attitude.
A = 92 - 100 D = 64 - 73 Pass = full score
B = 83 - 91 F = 0 - 63 Fail = no points