Introduction to Professional Theatre (Grade 9/10) (Copy)

by Brian Ausland

Theatre and Performing Arts is an actor's training course that introduces the student to the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a professional acting career, as well as providing knowledge and practical experience for careers in the collaborative field of professional theater. Students will study a range of professional models from Broadway to regional theatre to identify established practices and basic competencies required to create professional theatre. Students will build on the foundational skills to create project-based live performances using the elements of acting, dance, and music. CALPADS Course Info. - Introduction to Professional Theatre

Program Information
CTE Certification Elements
California's 2013 CTE Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (10)
California Academic Content Standards (4)
Course Objectives


  • Study and rehearse roles from scripts in order to interpret, learn and memorize lines, blocking, and cues as directed
  • Learn to identify objectives, beats and subtext in a scene
  • Learn about characters in scripts and their relationships to each other in order to develop role interpretations.
  • Collaborate with other actors as part of an ensemble.
  • Memorize musical selections and routines, or sing following printed text, musical notation.

The Actor's Toolkit: Theatrical Movement, Vocal Exercises, and Concentration

Physical comedy and its historical roots (Greek theatre and/or commedia) are introduced to the students.

Students will participate in:

  1. movement exercises, providing fluid motion, spatial awareness, and creativity
  2. concentration exercises
  3. mime exercises
  4. vocal exercises, exploring breathe control, articulation, and projection.
  5. warm-ups will be developed by the students that include all of these elements.
25 Hours

Musical Theater Techniques: Dance and Music

Dance and music for the actor will be introduced through examples of plays (for example, Shakespeare, Moliere, and select modern playwrights, such as Wilder and Guare) that have dance and/or singing sequences and the advanced skills needed to perform in American musicals. Different dance and singing styles will be studied.

Dance Section: Students will experience and practice:

  1. dance warm-ups, strengthening exercises, and other basic concepts.
  2. basic dance steps "every actor should know" and combinations
  3. social dances
  4. dance making

Music Section: Students will experience and practice:

  1. vocal exercises (sight singing, breathing, and other warm-ups)
  2. reading music (key signatures, treble clef, note names and values)
  3. singing in a group and/or solo opportunities
  4. blocking and other movement may be added to the performance of the group song
35 Hours
Final Project/Assessment/Exam

Designing and Teaching a Performance/Skills Workshop

  • Every student will have opportunity to teach a lesson from their designed Beginning Acting Workshop or a Beginning Dance Recital Workshop to the class in methodology, style, dramaturgy, or self-expressionism.
  • Write lesson plans and create assessment rubric (developed by students)
  • Your (Teacher of this Unit) rubric will be used to grade final projects. Students will also be graded on how well they self assess (through studying their video) their own teaching. 

Elements of Performance Rubric