Synopses of Courses - Teaching Certificate in Directing and Teaching Drama

First Year Courses

Playwright - Text - Director

This course has two parts: the first deals with the fundamentals of drama structure and the actions that occur throughout the duration of the play. There will be theoretical discussion and analysis of the structure and meaning of well known dramas. In the second part of the course, the students are required to write a play from a short story. All the students will write from the same story so that the class discussion at the end can address common issues.
Required Course
One-Semester Course

The Fundamentals of Acting

This is a basic course in acting. It deals with the several stations on the student’s training path to become an actor, the actors as part of an ensemble, and the development of their ability for critique through observation. Purpose of the course: 1. To have the students of theatrical directing learn the nuances of the acting art and to train them in the skills of acting. 2. To develop, in the student, a critical approach through practice and observation of others. 3. To improve the student’s.
Required Course
Full year course

Puppet Theater

Purpose of the course: 1. To learn how to use the puppet theater as a means to achieve educational goals. 2. To learn how the puppet theater is constructed, how it functions, and how puppet theater productions are made.
Required Course
Full year course

Methods of Teaching Theater

The following will be treated: fundamentals of acting, acquiring skills for working with groups, moderator skills, guiding each individual and the group as a whole. Special attention is given to preparation of a group before they attend a theatrical performance and conducting a discussion with the group afterwards.
Required Course
Full year course

Movement

The course deals with the quality of movement which takes place on stage from various perspectives. It develops awareness and understanding of the different factions at work on stage and the meanings that are evoked by the movements of the actor on the stage. The main idea of the course is to grasp the theatrical experience in its basic concepts four simple concepts: form, time, space and flow.
Required Course
Full year course

Acting and Creativity

The course will describe basic components of theatrical “language”. The emphasis will be on learning improvisation and its relation to the actor and the director of the drama. Texts from dramas will be introduced, with the actors using their bodies, voices and imaginations to make the texts come alive.
Required Course
Full year course

The object of the course is to awaken the imagination and emphasize the difference between theater based on literary texts and theater based on improvisations. Much work will be done on learning the basic components of acting: voice, movement and the use of the “stage space” as the meeting place where all the aesthetics of theater are enacted.

The History of Theater - Ancient Greece and Rome

This course will make classical Greek and Roman drama “come alive” again with the goal to lay the base for understanding drama in general and particularly, the theater of the western world.
Required Course
Full year course

The subjects to be discussed include the place of drama in Greek society, dramatic competitions in ancient Athens, the theatrical space, dramatic conventions, theatrical conventions, the central dramatic forms of the western world (tragedy and comedy), and the components of theater production (costumes and masks, the use of stage props, acting styles, music).

The History of Theater in East Asia

This course brings to our attention the traditional theater of East Asia, in particular that of India and Japan. The purpose of the course is to have the students become familiar with the different styles of these theaters. We will analyze dramatic and theatrical conventions (Sanskrit Theater, Katakali, Nu, Kabuki), performance components (costumes, masks, stage props, acting styles, music), aesthetic principles and the conception of the theatrical experience.
Required Course
Full year course

Critical Reading in Classical Drama

This course aims to encourage the critical reading of plays. In the first semester we will acquaint ourselves with a basic model of play analysis by reading articles that examine selected subjects in ancient Greek drama. In the second semester students apply analytical techniques and the reading of articles in the framework of a peer teaching exercise.
Required Course
Full year course

The purpose of the course: to acquire the theoretical and practical tools for teaching and directing classical texts, studying the subjects: play analysis models – the characteristics of tragedy as described by Aristotle in his “Poetics”, the tragic hero, describing the stage setting by way of the text and critical approaches to Greek tragedy.

Second Year Courses

Dramatic Writing

Purpose of the course: 1. Improving writing ability in students who view writing as a means of expression. 2. For students doing guidance: Improvement of their ability to assist their pupils to write a play. 3. For actors: Improving their ability to contribute to the writing proces0s during rehearsals. 4. To all students: Improving their ability to analyze texts from the playwright’s point of view.
Required Course
Full year course

Coaching Actors

The purpose of the course is to deepen the students’ understanding of the basic principles of the art of theatrical directing and acting and deciphering texts as part of actor coaching. The course wishes to develop the student’s awareness and skills in the art of acting, teaching the tools of improvisation, and finding ways for the actors to identify with the characters they are playing.
Required Course
Full year course

Other topics treated are methods for working with actors on texts, ways to sharpen the listening faculties of an acting partner, and developing awareness of space and time.

Stage Design

Purpose of the course is to teach future directors the scope and methods of the stage designer. With this knowledge the director will work more smoothly with the stage designer in future productions.
Required Course
Full year course

Some of the subjects discussed are: A. The Play – reading the play through the eyes of the set designer - analysis, “breakdown”, a preliminary sketch. B. The Space - studying the stage. C. Artistic Inspiration – creating a collection of documentary material of artistic value from various eras. D. Costume and image design. E. Combining theater-going with the analysis of the costumes in the play as part of its context.
 

Theatrical Styles

We will study the various artistic paths and styles of the 20th century so that students acquire the theoretical and research tools so necessary for the future teacher and director. Students will attempt to organize and transform this theoretical knowledge into a lecture before an audience using various didactic methods.
Required Course
Full year course

There will be exercises in applying research material into a complete theatrical performance, practice in writing in the theatrical mode, coaching actors / students, stage work (design, set design and decorations), and choosing and editing musical scores.

The Fundamentals of Theater: Reading and Seeing Plays

This course aims to familiarize students with the key concepts of the theater and drama world through the plays that deal with the world of fantasy and the real world. Then we ask key questions like who is the actor, who is the character, what is theater, and how do we understand the status and function of the audience. We investigate the use of stage sets, accessories, the mask, costumes, lighting and music in the theater.
Required Course
Full year course

Teaching Methods in Theater

This course brings to the student the educational programs of elementary school and the intermediate grades as formulated by the Ministry of Education. In addition students will learn what the overall goals in theater education are. Students will learn to compose lesson plans by the integrated teaching method: theory, practice and observation. As for the curriculum – students will practice planning a yearly teaching program using concept mapping and research questions.
Required Course
Full year course

Advanced Directing

Rehearsals are not to be held until a scene has been presented. During rehearsals, focus on directing objectives, and on coaching actors. The following are the subjects we will treat:
Required Course
Full year course

Selected scenes from dramas by Chekhov and Shakespeare. Working with texts. How to utilize the first reading when coaching students. Focusing on your partner “here and now” and activating your partner through the text. Learning the play’s history deepens your understanding of the play. Selecting a key phrase of a text and experimenting with several ways of acting it out. Focus on grasping the dramatic essence of a scene. Move to a more dramatic point in the text that lifts the scene to its dramatic height. Presenting the scene according to the interpretations of the students.
 

Third Year Courses

The Director’s Work with Actors

In this course, students choose a text of a realistic scene and produce it on stage as an exercise in directing. The course will focus on text analysis and coaching actors. The goal of the course is to improve the students’ abilities in directing and to provide them with additional skills and to apply these skills with text and actors in directing exercises.
Required Course
Full year course

Music for Theater

The course deals with the elements of sound in play production. How are they chosen? How are decisions made regarding when to begin the music and when to end it? How is sound created? How does music inter-relate with actors, lighting, and movement to create a magical effect?
Required Course
Full year course

The goal of the course is to clarify the considerations and the possibilities when using sound and music. How should the director interact with the music director? What are the possibilities inherent in music, sound effects, and the text – music interaction? The student analyzes texts from the music – sound point of view and considers musical possibilities in drama productions.

Movement

The aim of the course is to have theater students learn movement and creativity in movement as they prepare themselves for work in the professional theater. Students will learn various techniques of movement and improvisation as they experiment and create their own personal movement language that should give them physical presence, sensitivity and the ability to creatively express themselves using movement.
Required Course
Full year course

Observation and Practice Teaching

The purpose of the course: To learn the fundamentals of acting while one experiences and absorbs the basics of the theatrical language. To help the student acquire the” tools of the trade” and develop skills in organizing learning materials. To enable the student to understand the concepts involved in coaching. To enable students to practice in a friendly work environment and to acquire the skills to work with groups.
Required Course
Full year course

The Director - Stage Designer Dialogue

This is not a lecture course, but rather a meeting between a stage design class and a directing class working together on directing exercises. The meetings begin a bit after the start of the academic year, after the first directing exercises have been completed. During the first semester students “get the feel” of the stage space, learn texts, attend performances and analyze plays, attend lectures on the creative process in professional productions.
Required Course
Full year course

Afterwards, in the second semester, the work will be on directing exercises.
The goal of the course: experimenting in real time on the working relationship between director and stage designer working together on a production.