ERIC Number: ED211475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
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Drama. Essay on Teaching Able Students.
Schultz, Donald P.
In the secondary school drama course at Phillips Exeter Academy (New Hampshire), the emphasis is upon group cooperation. Founded on the theories of Stanislavsky, teaching is directed toward a broad variety of skills in acting, directing, stage designing, and playwriting. The main focus of the program is on acting, which is taught in a sequence of courses. In the introductory course, offered at the tenth and eleventh grade levels, students spend much of their time in exercises designed to build confidence and to establish trust in the group. Students are taught how to use the senses and the body in a coordinated way to produce an emotion or action. Finally, they are allowed to progress to playing improvisational scenes. Emphasis throughout the course is on interaction between players. At no time during the beginning course are students allowed to work from a script. In the intermediate course, which relies on the written word, eleventh and twelfth grade students study scenes that are selected from plays presented in their historical setting. A chronological sequence is maintained, beginning with Greek drama and progressing to modern American drama. An extracurricular program offered includes seminars, workshops, and minicourses on the technical aspects of the theater. (JD)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Body Image, Drama, Group Activities, Group Dynamics, Interpersonal Competence, Secondary Education, Self Actualization, Self Expression, Sensitivity Training, Teaching Methods, Theater Arts, Workshops
Not available separately; see SP 019 253.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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