Final Introduction to Theatre Project
In the final unit of the Introduction to theatre course, you will have an opportunity to collaborate with your fellow online student learners to create content, collaborate, and share your final projects.
1. Read all of the plays in your group.
2. Select your favorite version.
3. Email your group members to determine a time to meet online. Appear is a free easy to use online site for collaborating online.(https://appear.in/)
4. After reading all of the edited plays, as a group, determine the play you would like to select as your final project. Note: You can build upon what you have already written, or start from scratch.
5. Use WriterDuet to collectively write 8-10 pages of dialogue. You can build upon what you have already written, or start from scratch. You can write the script together, one line at a time, or you could write a page, then past the script on to your partner. You can also complete a combination of the above.
Note: Each group member will be required to log-in to access the WriterDuet playscripts and complete the project. Unfortunately, the system requires users to log-in to each new script at least one time before the administrator status can be applied. Hence, logging into the site early will be paramount.
Due Module 12
Use Appear as an simply way to have a conversation with you group members.
Use Doodle to create a link to determine the best time for your group members to meet.
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1. Complete the Theme Statement of your play with support.
2. Include a discussion of the polar attitudes of each character within the play, with support.
3. Include the Theatre Genre of your play, with support.
4. Discuss the significance of the title of your play, with support.
5. Discuss the super objective of each character in your play, with support.
6. Discuss what theatre seating format would your play use and why? (proscenium, thrust, round, stadium, found space)
7. Include a discussion of what EACH MEMBER in the group contributed to the paperwork. If a group member is not actively participating, please alert the instructor via firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: At the conclusion of the project, each group member will complete a survey of each group members contributions.
Due: Module 13
Can my scene partners and I create a PowerPoint, Prezi, or something similar to answer the questions above?
Yes. Please make certain all of the pertinent information is included. -
Do we need to upload the project more than once?
Yes. The project will be graded only once. Uploading the documents more than once will assist in circumventing technological concerns.
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1. Plays use sound to create mood and to highlight key moments in the play. Please create a 150 - 200 word paragraph highlighting the music requirements of your play.
- Please include links for sound to at minimum of three songs or sound effects. Please include a short description of the impact desired of the selected songs or sound effects.
2. Props are used by characters in a play to advance the action of the play. In Common Enemy, an example of a prop could be a basketball or assigned paper (bell hooks).
Please provide a prop list for your play. Please include the page number(s) where the prop is needed, character(s) who requires the prop, .
- Please include a picture of a minimum of three props to accompany your discussion on what is required.
3. Lighting cues can be used to highlight key moments or to aid in scene or mood transitions.
- In 150-200 words, please discuss the lighting requirements of your play. Please remember to include a discussion of each scene.
4. Please discuss the costume requirements of your play. Please include one picture (or sketch drawing of costume choices) for each character in the play.
5. Please discuss the set requirements of your play.
- In 150-200 words, please discuss the set requirements of your play. Please remember to discuss the set requirements of each scene.
6. Please include a poster to advertise your play!
- Include the title, playwright(s), featured actors, and director (if applicable).
Note: Although not required in this interactive activity, in play posters, typically the date, location, and ticket ordering information is provided as well.
Due Module 14 - Due Friday, December 2nd @ 11:59 pm.
1. Can I post sound tracks from YouTube?
2. Where can I find an example of a costume sketch?
Visit to see a costume sketch from Preston Lane’s Beautiful Star. https://magic.piktochart.com/output/9550891-bringing-light
3. Can I use a picture from an online magazine to depict my character?
4. Can I select different costume pieces individually for my character? For example, a hat, a dress, and a necklace?
5. I could not open the Technical Insight link.
Please copy and paste the link below directly into your web browser. https://theatre.atavist.com/triadstagecommonenemy#chapter-218677
6. Is this a group project or individual?
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Create a video of you and your scene partners reading your play!
Each group member must read one character. Depending on your play requirements, however, you may read more than one character.
If you have a program to record your screen, let your scene partner(s) know. If not, your group could consider alternatives such as the links below, to record your play. Each of the options below has a free trial.
First, select which group member(s) will be responsible for recording and sharing your video. Note: Be sure to do a test run before recording.
- Make certain to have a light on you - videos in which one scene member is not visible will not be acceptable.
Due Module 14 - Friday, December 2nd at 11:59 pm
Teach, share and connect over webinars, Q&As, live courses and summits. Free trial.
Interactive live video for creators. Free trial.
Screen capture and editing software. Free trial.
Create a group call with Google Hangouts
Launches Group Video for mobile devices, tablets, and computers. Will need a screen capture device such as “Snag it” to record your online meeting.
Screen capture and recording software. Free trial.
Whether you’re recording a concert, a sports event, a talk show, or just yourself, now you can stream your event — live and direct — right to your audience. Groups can use a screen capture device such as “Snag it” to record your online meeting.
Can we cast other people (friends or family) in our play reading?
Yes, however, you and your group members must have a part to read.
Do we have to read the stage directions?
In a traditional stage reading of a play, having someone read the stage directions is typical. The reading is done by the stage manager or an additional reader. Due to the size of your groupings, reading the stage directions will not be required. However, if you have an extra person that is available to read the stage directions, it is permissible.
All of the characters are taken. There is not anything for one of our group members to read.
Please read the stage directions.
I only have an phone. I do not have a camera on my computer.
Skype has advertised that it will permit group calls. Google Hangouts will also work with cellular devices. However, with any technology, please complete a test run. -- As an alternative, you can purchase a webcam to use with your computer system. Another option is to visit a public library, find a quiet computer location (ask your librarian), and record.
My group is not able to meet in person.
Meeting in person is not required. With programs such as Skype and Google Hangouts, you can meet with your group members from anywhere in the world. You can also use programs such as “Snag It” to record your screen. If several group members feel more comfortable meeting in person, make certain to Skype other group members to keep each person engaged.
The skills you have developed and shared with your fellow collaborators are the same skills you will use to become successful in theatre. However, unlike other disciplines, theatre is a very collaborative art form. If one person does not complete their agreed task(s), then the entire project could be compromised. The collaborative nature of theatre is the heart and soul of theatre’s disapline. My motto as a theatre artist is: You are only as good as the people with whom you work. As you have noted below, time management is essential. To manage time efficiently, having a workflow paradigm in which all members are subscribed and engaged is key.
Assigning tasks, internal group due dates, and time for review collaboratively is imperative.
Take a look at the tips some of your fellow collaborators have shared.
- Avoid Procrastination
Be as responsive as possible to your group members, also respond as quickly as possible. 2. Be willing to be willing. It helps if group members are wanting to help with the project. 3. Always be kind. Group work can be tedious, don’t complicate it further by being spiteful.
- Be on time to my group’s meetings(online and/or on site)
- Communicate with group members in a timely manner
- Communicate: be descriptive in the time and place to meet to work on the group project
- Discuss more with my group.
- Do my part-Know my job going in
- I feel as though the easiest way to communicate with group members is a group chat via cellular texting. This is the method that we used and responses from all group members were very prompt. We often reached a consensus on any issue within an hour. We were curious to see how the creative process would proceed without a preset framework, but the piece likely would have been a bit more cohesive if a plan was made as a group initially.
- I also recommend having a more detailed schedule than just the due date. We each took 24 hours to do our portion of the play writing, and allowed a 24 hour buffer before the due date in case of unexpected complications. It helped keep everyone on schedule and stress levels down. Writerduet was a very useful website.
- I feel that the easiest way to make an online group as efficient as possible is to use a group text. I think this because most people of a traditional college students have their phone attached to their hand so it’s always available. Also don’t just look at the notifications and continue to scroll through social media.
- I think the best thing I could do to become a more effective group member is to communicate more and to build a more than professional relationship with my group members.
- Have a plan for how you want to contribute to the group (what job you want)
- Make a guideline for what you’re doing, so you can know when to do and what you will need.
- My advice would be to provide your group members with the most up-to-date contact information. For example, if it is an e-mail address, make sure it is an e-mail you check frequently. For example, I provided my group members with my work e-mail because I check it very often - even when I’m not at work.
Online learning is a difficult task within itself. However, throughout this course I have learned how to manage my time wisely, and I have a few key tips I would like to share to make the online learning group process a little easier. First, always check your email each day to be aware of when your assignments are due. Next, make sure you submit your assignments on time. Do not put it off. For example, on Mondays and Wednesday I strictly use this time to work on my online courses. Communication is key. We found it best to create a group message via IPhone to discuss our duties. To become an effective group member, be sure to make certain everyone is aware of what they are doing, and the time they should do it in. If you follow these few tips, you will easily, and effectively have a successful group!
Respond faster to emails more consistently and reach out to other members of the group more often.
- Respond to emails ASAP
Some advice for others to make online group projects more manageable is to stay on top of your group’s preferred communication method. For example my group primarily uses Email to assign group work and to communicate. This works great if everyone checks their email. Staying on top of your emails will help make the online group projects run much smoother. Another tip would be is do your part the best you can, if you are having trouble ask for help. Your group wants to do well, so don’t be afraid to ask for help if you don’t feel as confident on a certain part of the assignment.
- Time Management - Managing your time wisely and setting aside time to do your work is a major key.
- Tips for better online communication and being an effective group member: 1. Discuss with your group the best method of communication and agree upon one that is the most effective for all group members. For some people, this might be email, for others it may be texting. Choose one that will work for all members involved and stick to it and check-in with the other group members regularly. 2. Make a schedule with your group. If the assignment is due on Wednesday, make a set schedule for when each group member will complete their part. For example, member 1 will do their part Monday, member 2 on Tuesday, and member 3 on Wednesday. Once member 3 has completed their part, they will send the assignment to all group members to turn in before the midnight deadline. 3. Choose a leader for the group to assign tasks so that each person knows exactly what the other group member is doing.