Drama Works is your one-stop sourcebook for texts, theory, and activities. This colourful and visually engaging student resource offers current, accessible, and performance-ready approaches to the study of high school dramatic arts and encourages students to connect theoretical knowledge, play, and text excerpts with the tools needed to devise, adapt, and stage their own original works. Each chapter follows a three-part structure—Minds On, Action, and Consolidation—that mirrors the natural continuum of student skill development and allows for use in multiple grade levels. Extended screenplay excerpts have been carefully selected to help illustrate genre concepts and offer a range of classic and contemporary choices. - publisher's website
Getting Started: Creating an Ensemble
Chapter 1: An Actor's Tools
Chapter 2: Improvisation: It's All Imagination
Chapter 3: Creating Character
Chapter 4: Ritual, Myth, and the Emergence of Greek Theatre
Chapter 5: Commedia dell'Arte
Chapter 6: Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
Chapter 7: Modern Drama Gets Real
Chapter 8: Theatre for Change
Chapter 9: Contemporary Canadian Voices
Chapter 10: Playwriting
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