What Are Students Like at This Learning Level?

High school juniors and seniors may sign up for theater classes for a wide variety of reasons. Some are deeply interested in one or more aspects of theater and may even plan to pursue it as a career. Others are interested in theater but, due to limited exposure to training, have no idea whether they actually possess a talent for it. Still others may take a theater class because it sounds like fun or because they assume it will be an easy A. The following is a quick look at some of the behaviors you are likely to encounter from students at this learning level.

What Students Can Do at This Level

The learning outcomes below are based on the Scope and Sequence, which builds instruction sequentially across these levels. Keep in mind that students of different ages may be at the same level.
High School Level III Students Can… High School Level IV Students Can…

use accents, dialects, and physical gestures to create characters

define the term ensemble and contribute to effective ensemble building


direct classmates in scene work for classroom presentation and/or performance; demonstrate casting, blocking, rehearsing, coaching, interpreting, critiquing, supporting, and communicating vision

contribute to onstage and offstage aspects of theatrical performance, communicating clearly and respectfully with fellow actors, director, and crew members


learn and demonstrate actor techniques such as script scoring

research the role of the dramaturg


write a review of a play, analyzing the directorial and design choices evident in the production

write critiques of their own theatrical work


participate in a musical theater production

articulate insights into human experience by examining the world of a play and the moral, intellectual, and emotional decisions the characters make