Auditioning Techniques by Katie Burke

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Through lectures, discussions, and activities, students will experience what it is like to audition in school and also in the professional world. Students will be assessed with discussion about the reading and on the lecture material, they will also be assessed on their mock audition at the end.

Grade Level: 9-12
Elements: Acting
Keywords: lesson plans, teacher tool, unit, auditioning, acting
National Core Theatre Standards:
Anchor Standard: #1.
Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Cr1.1.I.c Use script analysis to generate ideas about a character that is believable and authentic in a drama/theatre work.
Anchor Standard: #3. Refine and complete artistic work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Cr3.1.I.c. Refine technical design choices to support the story and emotional impact of a devised or scripted drama/ theatre work.
Anchor Standard: #4. Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Pr4.1.I.b Identify essential text information, research from various sources, and the director’s concept that influence character choices in a drama/theatre work.
Anchor Standard: #5. Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Pr5.1.I.a Practice various acting techniques to expand skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.
Anchor Standard: #6. Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
Grade Level Performance Standard:
TH:Pr6.1.I.a Perform a scripted drama/theatre work for a specific audience.

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This curricular unit is one of  fourteen created by pre-service Theatre Education students in methods classes taught by Dr. Mary Schuttler, Professor of Theatre Education at the University of Northern Colorado.  All units were piloted in Colorado schools as a part of the student coursework.   The units were then adjudicated by teams of benchmarkers from EdTA–veteran teachers and troupe directors from our membership.   All curricular units are aligned to Colorado state standards for Theatre Education and all have been cross mapped to the National Core Theatre Standards. Each unit contains the following sections:

  • Map & Calendar showing required time for instruction
  • Detailed demographics for the piloting school
  • Unit goals, standards and lesson objectives
  • Day to day lesson plans
  • Suggested supporting materials
  • Pre and Post Assessments
  • Analysis of Assessment results from pilot
  • Additional guided activities and connections

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Teacher Tools

EdTA Teacher Tool 7: Auditioning Techniques by Katie Burke

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