5800 N. Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22205
Fax: 703-536-2775
Monday, April 24, 2017



Swanson Middle School

Theatre Program


Monique Caldwell

Theatre Teacher/Director


“Setting the Stage for Success”

THEATRE ARTS EXPLORATORY (Admiral’s Wheel- 6th )

Beginning drama students learn the basics of theatre through the 5 Basic Acting Tools (Focus, Imagination, Voice, Collaboration, and Communication). Each student will have an opportunity to discover the artist within and develop personally as they apply their new found knowledge in classroom activities. This course develops creativity and spontaneity in those students wanting to explore theatre, as well as those who wish to commit to a theatre program.



THEATRE ARTS (Year-long/ Semester – 7/8th)

This course allows students to build on the tools gained in Exploratory Learning and advance those skills to the next level. In this class students will be encouraged to think more critically, take greater risks, and hone their skills as young artist studying the craft of theatre. Students will be introduced to playwriting, storytelling, monologues, directing, and other student initiated projects and classroom activities.



“TV Commercials” (Class Project)

Assignment: Students work in groups to create their own commercials. The product must be something kids would want for Christmas, it must be original and the group must create a jingle to help sell their product.

Students performing commercials:

(Take a look)


THEATRE ARTS: Upper Grades

(Year-long / Semester students)

“ 5 W’s and How” (Classroom Activity)

Students are paired up and given an Open or A,B scene with no given circumstances and no specific character. Their challenge is to create and establish: Who they are, Where they are, When the scene takes place, Why the scene is taking place, What the scene is about and How the scene is resolved.


Students performing their “A, B” scenes:

(Take a look)




(Yearlong and semester students pic)




(Admirals Wheel students)


AW Class

Last Modified on December 15, 2015