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Program Pathways

Drama courses will count towards your compulsory arts credit for your Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

ADA1O0 and ADA2O0 are both open level courses, with no pre-requisites. It is recommended however that these courses be taken in sequence for optimal learning.

ADA3M0 and ADA4M0 are university college preparation courses.  ADA2O0 or ADA2O0 are pre-requisites for ADA3M0 (although both are highly recommended).

ADA3M0 is the prerequisite for ADA4M0. It is important to identify post-secondary audition requirements as the learning in the grade 12 course provides excellent content for a variety of college and university entrance audition requirements.

Course Descriptions

ADA1O0 – Grade 9 Drama – Open

Are you ready to be on stage? Grade 9 Drama provides an exciting introduction to the world of theatre, and teaches you how to use your voice and body to create original performances for the stage. You will also develop your confidence and problem-solving skills as you learn about the creative process and collaboration. Potential units of study include improv, tableaux, pantomime, silent film, spoken word, radio drama, unarmed stage combat, short comedic scene studies, and original group anthologies. You will also be introduced to the technical skills required in drama, including lighting and sound for the stage.

ADA2O0 – Grade 10 Drama – Open

Need a bit of drama in your life? In Grade 10 Drama, you will learn how to use your voice and your body to create original performances for the stage. You will also develop your confidence and problem-solving skills as you learn about the creative process and collaboration. Potential units of study include improv, team spoken-word, mime, mask, stock plots, short comedic scenes, and introduction to professional scene studies. You will also learn more about the technical skills required in drama, including lighting, sound, costumes and props.

ADA3M0 – Grade 11 Drama – University / College

Grade 11 Drama builds on the foundations laid in earlier Drama classes and encourages you to increase your confidence and mastery of acting, writing, and directing, as you develop professional and original performances for the stage. You will assume a leadership role in the creative process, and develop your understanding of character analysis and theatrical expression. Potential units of study include mythology and ancient theatre, folk tales, individual monologues, professional scene studies from Broadway’s golden age, armed stage combat, and original group anthologies. You will also develop your technical skills in stage management.

ADA4M0 – Grade 12 Drama – University / College

Grade 12 Drama prepares you for a University or College program in Drama, Theatre or Film Studies. You will increase your confidence and mastery of acting, writing, criticism, and directing, as you develop professional and original performances for the stage. You will assume a leadership role in the creative process, and develop your understanding of character analysis and playwriting. Potential units of study include political theatre and docudrama, individual monologues, professional Canadian scene studies, acting for the camera, and original group anthologies. You will also develop your technical skills in production management. ADA 3M0 (Grade 11 Drama) is a prerequisite for this course.