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Practice-based portfolio 60%


The Practice-based Portfolio is a collection of techniques used by the dramaturg in terms of play analysis for the director, cast, and general public. It enables you to practice these dramaturgical tools often used for play analysis as a production team prepares for the rehearsal process.

It has four sections. It is easier if all of the sections focus on just one of the plays read for class, but it is your choice whether to do the various sections on the different plays read for class. The entire portfolio must fit in an A3-size envelope, folder or binder. The four sections include:

1) Storyboard with 10-12 frames that tell the story visually but also give a sense of your analysis of the play
a. The storyboard frames need titles that can either go on the frames themselves or in a separate document
b. The frames also need descriptions of your choices (aesthetic and specific depictions). They should be in a separate document. These descriptions can clarify your play analysis.
2) Two image boards: thematic and ‘special world of the play’
3) Study Guide OR Actors’ Packet (12-15 pages)
4) Program Essay (500 words)


Assessment Criteria:
The portfolio will be assessed according to the clarity, quality and consistency of the play analysis across all four sections, the effectiveness of the explanation of your dramaturgical choices, and the originality of your ideas. In addition, the presentation of the images and text in the portfolio will have an impact on the assessment. The written parts of the portfolio will be assessed on accuracy of information, clarity, thoughtful organization, and careful logic in explaining the dramaturgical choices you made. For the images that you collect (paintings, photographs, etc.) created by others, be sure to cite your sources. The artwork that you draw or paint will be assessed in terms of its ideas, not in terms of the quality of the drawing.


Project-based assessment 40%


Project-based assessment is a dramaturgy protocols for one of the plays listed below. The dramaturgy protocols must fit in an A3-size binder or folder. It has four sections:

1) Play analysis

a. Critical analysis (500 words)
b. Breakdown of key scenes in the play (this can be in the form of a storyboard or diagram with explanations)

2) Background research (textual)

a. Written summary of important background information, about 2000 words (can include images, charts, etc.)
b. primary texts (if applicable)

3) Background research (visual)

a. images of location, clothing of the specific time and place, objects mentioned in the play, etc.
b. thematic image board

4) Other information as it applies to your play

a. pertinent biographical information on the author
b. production history of the play
c. glossary of unfamiliar terms and references
d. overview of translations
e. other


Plays for Project-based Assessment (Dramaturgy Protocols)

Brecht, Mother Courage
Churchill, Vinegar Tom
Lorca, House of Bernarda Alba
Moraga, Heroes and Saints
Sobol, Ghetto
Wallace, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek

Assessment Criteria:
The project-based assessment (or dramaturgy protocols) will be assessed according to the clarity, quality, originality and consistency of the play analysis as well as the accuracy and completeness of your background research. It is important that the background research supports the ideas you explore in your critical analysis. In addition, the visual presentation of the text and images in the protocols will have an impact on the assessment. The written parts of the protocols will be assessed on clarity, thoughtful organization and careful logic in explaining the dramaturgical choices you made. For the images that you collect (paintings, photographs, etc.) created by others, be sure to cite your sources. The artwork that you draw or paint will be assessed in terms of its ideas, not in terms of the quality of the drawing.