Curriculum and Instruction

Standard 3 - Theatre

Key idea: Students will reflect on, interpret, and evaluate plays and theatrical performances, both live and recorded, using the language of dramatic criticism. Students will analyze the meaning and role of theatre in society. Students will identify ways in which drama/theatre connects to film and video, other arts, and other disciplines.

Performance Indicators


Students will:

  • discuss their understanding, interpretation, and evaluation of a theatrical performance, using basic theatre terminology (a)
  • identify the use of other art forms in theatre productions (b)
  • explain the relationship of theatre to film and video (c)


Students will:

  • use the techniques and vocabulary of theatre criticism, both written and oral, to discuss theatre experiences and improve individual and group performances (a)
  • examine and discuss the use of other art forms in a theatre production (b)
  • explain how drama/theatre experiences relate to other literary and artistic events (c)


Students will:

  • articulate an understanding, interpretation, and evaluation of a theatre piece as drama and as a realized production, using appropriate critical vocabulary (a)
  • evaluate the use of other art forms in a theatre production (b)
  • explain how a theatrical production exemplifies major themes and ideas from other disciplines (c)

Commencement Major Sequence

Students will:

  • develop a critical vocabulary through the reading and discussion of professional criticism (a)
  • explain the meaning and societal function of different types of productions (b)
  • design a plan for improving performances, using past and present critiques (c)
  • explore various other art forms and technologies, using them in theatre projects (d)
  • explain how theatre can enhance other subjects in the curriculum (e)
  • compare and contrast theatre, film, and video (f)
Last Updated: October 8, 2015