TMS Drama students develop their creative skills through acting, playwriting, directing, and design exercises. Students reinforce these skills through reading and writing tasks, monologue work, scene study, and improvisational exercises, as well as preparation for and performance in showcases, plays, and musicals of varying length and style. Our coursework is designed for students who are interested in improving their theatrical skills and developing their abilities to both appreciate and participate in drama, although the skills acquired will transfer to other subject areas as well. The unique skills and values attained through a performing arts education have been linked to success in high school, college, career, and beyond. Applicable classwork, homework, reading, writing, rehearsal, and performance both in and out of class are necessary in order to achieve this growth. Student learning is evaluated by several methods, including but not limited to testing, writing, performance, and self-assessment. **Students should approach their studies with an open mind, as well as a desire to collaborate and learn**
Current Course Offerings
- Exploratory Wheel - 6th Grade Drama & Chorus
- Creative Arts Wheel - 7th Grade Drama & Chorus
- Drama Production - 8th Grade Drama & Chorus
Auditions for all TMS productions will be held during class time. Students may have opportunities to participate in LBHS productions, either by teacher request or by audition. Information regarding open auditions will be posted on on Ms. Karol's website and announced in class.
About the Director
Alexis Karol holds a B.A. in Theatre with departmental honors from Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center and a Masters in Education from National University, where she received the Distinguished Student Award. She holds a valid Single Subject teaching credential in English with Authorization in Theatre, as well as a credential in Multiple Subjects, meaning she is certificated by the State of California to teach all grades, K-12. She is proud to bring her experience as a professional actor to the classroom, which includes appearances on stage in New York, Southern California, and throughout the country on national tour. Previously, Ms. Karol was a teacher and director at the Academy for the Performing Arts in Huntington Beach, Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, and Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove. Ms. Karol believes in creating a safe, positive environment in which students feel comfortable taking risks which foster both artistic and personal growth. A true educator, she believes students must be taught applicable skills and provided with authentic opportunities to practice them. Within the framework of collaboration, Ms. Karol is supportive of student progress at every step of the process, facilitating growth in student confidence and success. She has observed the unique capabilities of drama to provide students with skills that aid their success in school, college, the workplace, and beyond. The competencies and values exhibited by drama students include teamwork, creative problem solving, compassion, dedication and discipline, all of which are necessary in our diverse and innovative culture. Ms. Karol is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Leadership through Seattle City University, with a concentration in P-12 Educational Program Leadership.