Theatre Department Statement of Purpose
The Theatre Department introduces the student to all aspects of the Theatre through a broad based curriculum. The curriculum provides a strong foundation of historical and dramatic literature, acting, mime, technical/production areas, and design. Through this four year program students’ talents are discovered and nurtured and the students are given ample opportunity to use those talents and skills in lab and performance situations. The Theatre Department has a strong commitment to experiential learning as a means to reinforce the lessons of the classroom and to encourage artistic discipline and growth. As a result of this in-depth training, students enter into higher education either as able participants in the theatrical arts or as informed patrons of the arts.
Theatre Department Vision:
To be the premier theatre department among high schools in the United States and to serve as a national model for excellence in teaching, learning and professional experience in theatre and the arts.
Theatre Department Core Values:
We value and believe
· That a strong work ethic, high standard of excellence, and a positive attitude are the basis of student growth.
· That all students will respect themselves, all others, the arts and the artistic environment.
· That we should all behave in a manner that builds a sense of community, trust, integrity, and pride in all that we do
· That all areas of the theatre are of equal value and importance
· That students should have a generalist base of training in theatre
· That every theatre student has a civic responsibility to the department, the school, the Dallas ISD, and the Dallas community
The philosophy of the Theatre Department at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts is to provide comprehensive training in theatre in a way that:
· trains students through modern and classical methods
· allows students to perform and utilize theatrical skills in productions
· teaches process and problem solving
· improves students' theatrical skills
· encourages creative thinking
· provides a safe, positive environment where students are free to take chances and experiment
· challenges students to move beyond potential into success
· teaches and encourages the practice of honesty and open communication about work
· opens students to the total spectrum of theatre
· teaches ethics and responsibility on both the professional and personal level
so that we have affirmed students who will continue to grow as theatre artists, creative thinkers, and responsible community members