About Us

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  STAFF BIOS

Mr. Kristopher Owens (Theatre Director) has written full-length adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, Twelve Years a Slave, Peter Pan, The Little Shop of Horrors, Snow White, and the original plays Holy Scheidt, Six Characters in Search of a Fringe, Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-Latino, Twice Upon a Time, Jesus, Shakespeare, and Lincoln Walk into a Bar, and A Class Act.  He also wrote the book and lyrics to the musical Variety, with music by Patrick McAlexander.  He won an Encore Award for his work on Variety. His work has been seen in Indianapolis, Kansas City, Chicago, New York, and Edinburgh, Scotland.  In addition to writing and directing, he has appeared on stage in dozens of productions having attended Ball State University on an Acting scholarship. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Amy (a former Rockette), their son August, and two dogs and a cat.  


Mr. Mark Montgomery (Technical Director) has been doing technical Theatre since "the parting of the Red Sea".  He has worked on numerous productions over the years and teaches technical Theatre class as well as managing the Theatre and auditorium. 


Mrs. Angela Barnes (Assistant Theatre Director) has taught for over twenty years. She currently teaches Theatre and Etymology at the Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center. In addition to performing arts, she enjoys live music,  yoga, running and being a competitive rower on the Indianapolis Rowing Center Masters Team. She is happily married and has a teenage daughter. 


THEATER ARTS COURSES 

THEATER ARTS Length/Credits: 1 semester – 1 credit Offered: Each semester Open to: Grades 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: None Instruction in this course enables students to: (1) improvise and write plays or scenes; (2) imaginatively express thought, feeling, moods, and characters; and (3) apply techniques involving voice, gesture, facial expression, and body movement to reproduce the subtleties of language and voice inflection in conveying emotion and meaning. Students are introduced to warm-up activities for body and voice, including mime activities. Students develop skills enabling them to speak clearly and expressively with: (1) appropriate articulation, (2) pronunciation, (3) volume, (4) stress, (5) rate, (6) pitch, (7) inflection, and (8) intonation. Using knowledge gained through the study of technical theater and scripts, students focus on solving the problems faced by actors, directors, and technicians. They also refine their abilities to collaborate on performances, and they learn to constructively evaluate their own and others’ efforts. Study also includes activities from a variety of historical and cultural contexts. Students develop critical thinking skills through studying examples of theater criticism followed by analyzing and evaluating live performances. Career opportunities in the theater arts are also explored. Note: Participation in extra-curricular productions is separate from the class and determined by audition. 

ADVANCED THEATER ARTS Length/Credits: 1 semester – 1 credit Offered: Each semester Open to: Grades 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Theater Arts Instruction in this course builds upon the skills developed in the Theater Arts course. Activities enable students to: ● Improvise dialogue which produces characterizations in a variety of settings and forms; ● Identify the physical, social, and psychological dimensions and qualities of characters in texts of plays; ● Create consistent characters from a variety of theatrical works, either in class or in informal productions, demonstrating effective management of emotions as an individual and as a character; ● Construct personal meanings from a variety of performances, including the self-evaluation of personal work, which leads to further development of various skills and abilities; ● Write scripts for theater, film or television, in both traditional and new forms; ● Demonstrate analytical skills by explaining roles, comparing various forms of artistic expression and interpretation, and discussing their relationship to cultural values and historical contexts; ● Understand the interrelationships among the functions of playwrights, directors, actors, designers, producers, and technicians; ● Refine interpersonal and collaborative skills by identifying and resolving conflicts effectively; ● Explore the historical tradition and the repertoire of the theater. This course also allows students to expand upon their ability to make artistic decisions and evaluations by discussing and critiquing live performances. Examination of career opportunities includes instruction in the auditioning and interviewing processes. Note: Participation in extra-curricular productions is separate from the class and determined by audition. 

TECHNICAL THEATER Length/Credits: 1 semester – 1 credit Offered: Each semester Open to: Grades 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: None Technical Theater instruction combines the theories of design and stage craft with the construction and operation of the various elements of technical theater. Students are provided with opportunities to: (1) develop stage craft skills; (2) learn various techniques in scenery, 74 lighting, sound, properties, costumes, and makeup; (3) practice theater safety; and (4) learn effective stage management, business plans, and promotional techniques. Students are made aware of career opportunities in technical theater. They also continue to analyze and evaluate scripts and live theater performances so that they learn to determine appropriate technical requirements for a variety of theatrical works. 

ADVANCED TECHNICAL THEATER Length/Credits: 1 semester – 1 credit Offered: Each semester Open to: Grades 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Technical Theater Advanced Technical Theater instruction will actively lead and supervise in the process of designing, building, managing, maintenance, programming, drafting and implementing the technical aspects of the facilities and all performances. These activities will incorporate elements of theater history, culture, analysis, response, creative process and integrated studies. Although the course may meet during the regularly scheduled class period, the scope of the activities will require additional time outside the school day. 

THEATER PRODUCTION Length/Credits: 1 semester – 1 credit Offered: Each semester Open to: Grades 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Theater Arts or Technical Theater Instruction in Theater Production is a co-curricular laboratory for the exploration, development, and synthesis of all of the elements of theater. Practical hands-on experiences in acting, directing, and stage craft are provided through the preparation and public performances of one or more plays. The production of a play supplements the Theater Arts and Technical Theater courses which concentrate on theories, information, and techniques, by providing for the integration and implementation of those ideas and skills. Although the course may meet during a regularly scheduled class period, the scope of activities may require additional time. Consequently, the course may meet for a lengthened class period with additional outside of the school-day hours required.