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Theater: Playwriting & Performance

Grades 7 - 12
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Course Schedule
Class Follows Upper Annual Schedule
Dates: 2023-08-17 to 2024-05-16
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Thu: 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Tuition: $375 / Annual
Supplies: $0
Expectations and Homework
The homework will involve a variety of tasks. A major project will be the writing and editing of the final class play/musical which will be performed at the end of the year. This may include writing original songs if there is an interest and ability to do so. Other writing assignments will include individual monologues which will be performed in class. Other homework will include memorization of lines, creation of costumes, and perhaps some work on sets or props. There will be a cost for each student's costume, but this will be kept as low as possible. We will be creative and work with what we can find or have.
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About the Course
Theater: Playwriting & Performance

Playwriting and Performance is a theater class that will teach the following:

-Story development 

-Crafting dialogue 

-Editing a script

-Writing and presenting a monologue 

-Theatre terminology

-Projection and Voice Control


-Characterization and movement

-Costume creation

-Some set design

The culmination and goal of the class is to create a script that will be performed in the Spring Showcase. Students will have input deciding whether the script will be a play or musical and will have the opportunity to write, edit, and provide feedback for the final draft. This will be done in the fall semester along with holding auditions for the spring show. The fall and spring semester will involve practice and preparation for the final showcase along with set and costume design. Students will also write individual pieces and group scripts in the fall which will be performed at some point.


This is a year long class which can count as an elective in the Core 40 Indiana requirements. There is no textbook required for this class.


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About Diane

Diane Cullen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Business from Taylor University. She has taught at Cornerstone for nine years classes such as Speech, Debate, Literature, Life Skills, Career Planning, and Theater. Previously, Diane led Truth Advocates Speech and Debate Club for nine years teaching students the art of writing, speaking, and debate. She has judged and given feedback on hundreds of speeches and debates. She also served as Indiana State Representative for NCFCA (National Christian Forensics and Communications Association) running competitive tournaments for a six-state region. She taught Career Decision making at IUS for fifteen years. While at IUS, Diane was the Internship Coordinator and taught students how to write resumes and interview. She is a certified administrator for the Myers Briggs Type Indicator personality/career assessment. She loves helping students develop their giftings and develop skills for the future.

Diane homeschooled her five children who have graduated from high school and college. In her free time, she enjoys reading, designing homes, discussing good books, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with friends and family.

About Christina

Christina is excited for the opportunity to continue teaching at Cornerstone Classical School! She has graduated from Boyce College with an Associates in Biblical and Theological Studies and is continuing her education at Liberty University Online, studying English and Writing: Christian Literature. She has been teaching a variety of classes at Cornerstone for six years. She attended Weber School of Dance in Jeffersonville for eight years where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and lyrical dance. At Weber, she also served as an assistant instructor. Along with this, Christina has partnered with Elevate Dance Ministry as an assistant instructor for a dance outreach at Hope Place in Louisville, Kentucky. Besides her love for dance, she also has a passion for creative writing, having studied at Cornerstone for five years and now further in college. In the spring of 2021, she was blessed to win the Home For His Glory Young Authors Contest.

In her free time, Christina enjoys wandering the outdoors (as long as there are no snakes:), reading good books, doodling characters, writing stories and songs, and choreographing dances.

Christina is looking forward to showing others how to glorify God and share his love through the arts!

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