“The mission of the theatre, after all, is to change, to raise the consciousness of people to their human possibilities." - Arthur Miller
Theatre programs at Northside are designed for ALL students—those with no prior acting experience and those with previous training. The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) serve as the backbone for all curriculum development in the Fine Arts. Each course level is a series of instructional units and is an integral building block for more advanced work. Beginning in middle school, emphasis is on creative drama, curriculum and instruction in seventh and eighth grades begins to focus on interpretation and performance as students gain a deeper understanding of theatrical elements, principles, and conventions. Grades ninth – twelfth grades provide students with opportunities to develop and apply knowledge of theatrical elements, principles, conventions, and skills, such as acting, directing, and design. All students acquire the knowledge and skills to be successful in theatre through research, creative thinking, problem solving, and improvisation. Students work to understand and evaluate theatre performances, pursue theatre as an avocation, or study theatre at the college and/or professional levels.