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  • Fundamentals of Drama
  • Advanced Drama

DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW

STATE OF THE ARTS REPORT

DSA State of the Arts 2020-2021
DRAMA DEPARTMENT 
Productions
  1. The Every 28 Hours Plays
    • Student directed by members of Drama Ensemble
    • 38 actors, 25 short plays, 14 directors
    • Filmed and edited virtually 
    • Released May 2021
  2. Women Warriors – Veterans Voices Project
    • 7 original devised dramatic works based on the lives of women in our military
    • Filmed and edited virtually 
    • Released Memorial Day 2021
  3. World Stories – TYA production in collaboration
    • 6    original devised dramatic works
    • Based on folktales  from different countries around the world
    • Filmed and edited virtually 
    • Released June 2021
 
Guest Artists and Workshops
  1. Broadway Weekends at Home
    • DSA awarded grant for virtual workshop
    • Singing Technique Composer Series
    • Presented by Emma Kingston, West End artist
  2. Alliance Theater Residency
    • Monologue development co-curricular classes
    • Based on Sit-In by Pearl Cleage
    • Presented by Guest Artist, Courtney Moors
  3. True Colors Theater August Wilson Residency
    • Monologue development workshop
    • Guest Artists: Brad Raymond, Maiesha Mcqueen, and Efrem Whitaker
 
Competitions
  1. Poetry Out Loud
    • Virtual competition – January 2021
    • 90 DSA students 
    • DSA winners: Karma H., Grace M., Aidan B.
    • Honorable Mentions: Naya W., Stanley V., Ryane O., Elizabeth S.
  2. English Speaking Union Shakespeare Monologue Competition
    • Virtual Competition - February 2021
    • DSA winners: Claire S. and Margaret R.
  3. August Wilson Monologue Competition
    • Virtual Competition – March 2021
 
Awards and Achievements
  1. Karma H., Poetry Out Loud Atlanta Regional winner and Georgia State Champion.
  2. Margaret R., Shakespeare Monologue Competition, Atlanta Regional Winner
    • Competed at the Shakespeare Tavern – March 14, 2021
  3. August Wilson Monologue Competition Semi-Finals: included 6 DSA students
  4. Aria A., Finalist, August Wilson Monologue Competition
 


DSA State of the Arts 2019-2020 

DRAMA DEPARTMENT  

Productions 

  • Drama Ensemble: Thurber Carnival, directed by Candace Lambert  

  • Dark Night, a collection of short plays, written by creative writing students and directed by Drama Ensemble students.  

  • Theatre for Young Audiences, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, directed by Walker Scott. 

  • Black History Tour Show: USS Smalls written by creative writing department directed by Dr. Hunt. 

  • Libraries with Lamb, children’s plays based on story books, presented at local DeKalb libraries. 

 

Tour Group Performances 

  • Drama Ensemble produced and performed: Thurber Carnival   

    • Opened in the Kyle Theatre in September 2019.  

    • Competed at Georgia Theatre Conference 

    • Competed at Georgia High School Association, won Award for Best Ensemble  

    • Performed at Clairmont Place  

    • Performed improv scenes at Avondale Art Walk 

  • Theater for Young Audiences presents The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane   

    • Opened at DSA in January 2020. 

  • Black History Tour Show presents USS Smalls  

    • Written by creative writing department and directed by Dr. Hunt 

    • Opened in the Kyle Theatre February 2020 

  • Libraries with Lamb  

    • Children’s plays based on story books  

    • Toured to local DeKalb libraries 

 

Field Trips 

  • Georgia Theater Conference 

  • Georgia High School Association One-Act Play competition 

  • Thespian Conference   

 

Special Events 

  • Comedy Combat: Thespians  

  • Winter Arts Tour- Drama Ensemble, Theatre for Young Audiences, and Black History Tour 

  • ARTward Bound Community Engagement Initiative: Veteran’s Voices Project 

  • ARTward Bound Community Engagement Initiative: Libraries with Lamb 

  • Attended the Georgia Thespian Conference in February 

    • Individual Entry Competitors: 

      • S. Levi and M. Clermont – Musical number 

      • O. Else – Monologue 

      • A. Gates-Shields, A. Davis, J. Ward – group scene 

      • C. Gevertz, J. Carpenter, C. Riley – Group scene, “Preble” from Thurber Carnival 

    • Students competed in Improv and Tech Challenge 

    • Freeform Performances 

      • Eye of Ra, written by R. Lucas 

      • In a Strange Land 

  • Taught the New Student Audition Class 

 

   

Guest Artists 

  • Rachael Mewbron: Shakespeare coach 

  • 2 guests artists coaches for August Wilson monologue competition 

    

   

Awards and Achievements 

  • R. LucasBest Actor at Georgia Theater Conference 

  • A. Davis and R. Lucas, outstanding cast GHSA One-Act 

  • Competed in the English Speaking Union of the United States Shakespeare Competition 

    • R. Lucas and V. Else school winners 

  • Competed in the English Speaking Union of the United States Shakespeare Competition at the Shakespeare Tavern – February, 17, 2020 

  • Competed in Poetry Out Loud competition 

    • K. Jones school winner  

    • K. Jones won for district 

  • Competed in the August Wilson Monologue Competition 

    • W. O’Brien made it to the Semi-finals 

FACULTY

Walker Scott

Koutney McLughlin
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