Theater Games and Improvisation
Level 1 Acting Class
For the beginning theater student, this class features a range of confidence-building exercises, trust and ensemble building games, character development, and non-text based scene work. The exercises in this course are meant to encourage creativity and spontaneity.
Introduction to Acting and Scene Study
Level 1 Acting Class: Continues on from Theater Games and Improvisation
Students will learn the essentials of honest storytelling through techniques from the Stanislavski Acting System. Students will learn to analyze scripts, research, and develop characters while working on a variety of classic texts. Acting techniques will be demonstrated through scene work. This course will also offer an introduction to voice and speech for the actor.
From Book to Stage
Level 2 Theater Class: Continues on from Intro. to Theater
Students explore the production elements present in theater by creating in-class theater companies and developing production concepts for several theoretical projects. Working within theater companies, students explore the jobs of theater producers, directors, set designers, costume designers, dramaturgs, playwrights, and their role in bringing a text to life as a theater production. Students will explore the creative and artistic process by working to research and analyze text and turning original ideas into visual elements.
Intermediate Acting and Scene Study
Level 2 Acting Course
Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting and Scene Study
Students will continue exploration into the essentials of honest storytelling through techniques from the Stanislavski Acting System. Students will apply knowledge and skills to analyze scripts, research, and develop characters while working on a variety of classic texts. Acting techniques will be demonstrated through scene work. This course will also offer an introduction to voice and speech for the actor.
Honors Advanced Acting and Scene Study
Level 3 & 4 Acting Course
Prerequisite: Intermediate Acting and Scene Study
Students delve deeper into the Stanislavski Acting System by analysing texts and creating characters different from themselves. The emphasis this year is on building characters. Students will explore Jerzy Grotowsky’s physical training system and ensemble work, Strasberg and The Group Theater, and Michael Chekhov’s psychological gesture.
One Act Plays
Level 2, 3, or 4 Theater Course
May take multiple times; however, this course is by audition only
Auditions for interested students will be held in the first week of the fall semester. The class will develop, rehearse, and produce student written plays for a One Acts Evening in January and a 10-Minute Play Festival in April. This course is for students interested in acting, directing, playwriting, developing original theater, and design. Students must be taking a Theater Skills class (Acting, Directing, or Playwriting) to be eligible for this course.
Level 2, 3, or 4 Theater Class
May take class multiple times
Students will work on writing original plays. Playwriting skills will be developed by reading and analyzing different genres of plays, as well as through experimentation with dramatic structure and character development. Class exercises will include brainstorming methods, journaling, and playwriting prompts. Student work will be read out aloud for the class for feedback and development.
Honors Advanced Theater Leadership
Level 2,3, or 4 Theater Course
May take multiple times
In this class, advanced theater students are asked to take a leadership role in the MEAA theater program by exploring different theater positions such as: directing, stage management, house management, and tech support. Each student creates and develops an independent leadership plan, according to personal interests, which will make a difference and move the MEAA theater program forward.
Level 3 & 4 Theater Course
May take multiple times
Prerequisite: From Book to Stage and Theater Leadership or permission from instructor
Students learn the basics of directing for the theater: analyzing scripts, collaborating with actors and designers, visual composition, and staging for various theater spaces. This course will culminate with a showcase of student directed work.
UMA College Course: DRA 101 - Introduction to Drama
This course traces the historical development of drama from its beginnings in the religious rituals of primitive tribal societies to its contemporary status. All aspects of production will be studied in relation to the overall impact of the play.
UMA College Course: DRA 106 - Oral Interpretation of Literature
Oral Interpretation of Literature introduces students to methods of communicating literature to an audience. This course teaches skills for selecting, understanding, adapting, and performing texts. In an effort to understand and deliver these literary experiences, we will employ various methods of text analysis in addition to developing expressive voice and body techniques. Our focus in this course is on Contemporary Drama.
Lexi Alcott interviewed our theater students and created this 2 minute video about the theater program at MeAA
A few highlights from MeAA's student written & directed One Act play - Beekeeper
A few highlights from MeAA's student written & directed One Act play - Berry Juice!