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Introduction to Drama
Introduction to Drama
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Introduction to Drama

Grades 9 & up

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Introduction to Drama introduces and explores the theater and its processes from page to stage. Topics include, dramatic structure, theatrical representation, the crafts of theater artists and personnel, and the business aspects of theater. Students will engage in a variety of theater exercises to promote bonding and concentration, gain knowledge of themselves and others, minimize inhibitions, and improve audition technique. Students will demonstrate their mastery of the material covered in class through written and performance based projects. Emphasis will be placed on daily participation.

This 3-week semester course is offered for first time credit, for credit grade replacement, or for non-credit enrichment in preparation for taking the course in the future. Please check with your school regarding credit from outside institutions.

Session dates:
Session 2B: 7/05/21 - 7/23/21 (12:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.) (EST) - 0.50 credit
Session 3B: 7/26/21 - 8/13/21 (12:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.) (EST) - 0.50 credit

3 weeks course

For 0.50 credit or audit the student should only take one session in one specified 3-week time period

Meet Elizabeth Mignacca+

Elizabeth Mignacca is an enthusiastic High School Drama instructor at American Heritage School. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting Performance from the University of Central Florida and had the pleasure of working at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and Orlando Repertory Theater for the 3 years during which she finished her thesis and degree. She has been in education for over 8 years, platforming innovative and creative theatre curriculum and teaching just about every level from college to grade school. Of those 8 years, 5 have been spent with the American Heritage family. During her tenure at American Heritage School, she has had the pleasure of directing over 20 plays and musicals. Currently the director of the school's International Thespian Honor Society, she mentors students who passionately work on various dramatic and musical pieces to take to competition at the district and state levels. She is proud her students shine in their craft and have been consistent winners several years in a row; however, what really makes her happy is that her students have gained a true love of the craft of acting.

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A class may be canceled if fewer than 6 students enroll, and a specific teacher is not guaranteed. It is the parents’ responsibility to check with their child's school when seeking credit for a course. For online courses, the students’ cameras MUST be turned on at all times, and attendance is mandatory. To protect the privacy rights of all, there is absolutely no videotaping or recording by students during the course. Students must be age appropriate for the course, and all students must adhere to proper online etiquette. For online courses, young children must be supervised by a parent at all times.

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