Class Time: Tuesdays, 11:05 - 12:20, Spring Semester
Grade Level: 9th - 12th (mature 8th graders welcome)
Instructor: Michelina Pollini
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Description: "My hope for all of you who are artists is that you will have an especially intense experience of creative inspiration... Faced with the sacredness of life and of the human person, and before the marvels of the universe, wonder is the only appropriate attitude." ~ Pope St. John Paul II
Theatre allows you to marvel at the beauty of the human condition. It helps you think outside the box in real-world situations. It encourages you to approach the world with empathy.
Why study theatre? You'll develop collaborative skills, critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and effective communication. Those qualities turn you into a better student, a stronger employee, and a more compassionate Christian. Theatre’s roots lie in religion, community, celebration, myth making, and delight. Its sociological and philosophical complexity is overwhelming. As a human study it is eminently worthy of academic focus.
Course topics may include theatrical character development, audition techniques, scene studies, directing, classical or contemporary theatre through performance, stage combat, stage makeup design and makeup special effects, set design, costume design, light and sound design, stage management skills and more.
Financial aid: Parents/Guardians may apply to take this course at a reduced rate if family finances pose a barrier to enrollment.
Work-Study: There is an opportunity to have an available non-student watch the instructor's young children from 10:45am-12:30 pm in exchange for their waived course tuition.
Enrollment form includes an optional application to take advantage of these opportunities.
Class Size: 5 - 20 students
Course Requirements: Instructor will provide course materials online using Google Drive, email, and in person. This class includes light to moderate physical activity such as movement and standing for periods of time, stretching, and moving classroom furniture for a stage area.
Course materials fee: TBD - instructor may obtain materials for designing make-up or costumes based on student interest.
Teacher qualifications: Ms. Pollini has taught theatre across the world for almost twenty years She earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh and her teaching certification and Master's of Education from Point Park University. Experiences include work as a theatre teaching artist and arts administrator for The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Saltworks Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, Metropolitan School of the Arts, Mount Vernon Children's Theatre, ACLE Associazione Culturale Linguistica Educational, and more. Ms. Pollini has worked with hundreds of students, communities, and professionals in dozens of environments on 50+ theatre productions. She's developed and implemented theatre arts curriculums focused on contemporary works, classical theatre and student-devised performances. Certified to teach theatre and English in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Virginia, Ms. Pollini moved to the NOVA area to teach in both Prince William and Faifax County Public Schools before becoming a full-time mother. A member of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, she happily volunteers with the Little Messengers Story Hour at the parish school and substitute lectors at the 9am Mass. When she isn’t helping theatre students develop their skills, Ms. Pollini is raising her creative children (who are quite the little characters!).