Like the ELAR TEKS, the Theatre TEKS build on one another from K-12. The skills and processes become increasingly more complex as students move from grade to grade. When a student graduates from high school having spent several years in a Theatre Arts classroom, they should have conceptualized much of the knowledge and skills into processes and finally, “essential understandings”. These are the concepts supported by the skills and processes we teach and learn in theatre. Hopefully, we are teaching skills and knowledge to move students toward independent performance, evaluation, and creation in theatre.
As theatre artists and educators, it is imperative that we teach theatre with the “essential understanding” as our goal no matter what level or course we are teaching. As an artist, what are your essential understandings of theatre?