Drama is a group activity. Most of the projects we will be working on in this class require the active participation and effort of every group member. When any member of the ensemble is distracted or not participating, the whole group feels the effect. Daily professionalism grades are averaged every other week and entered into Synergy every other Friday.
Each student begins the class with the full 4 professionalism points. If the student is ready, respectful, participating, and present they will keep all 4 daily professionalism points. Everyone has off days or forgetful days, which is why professionalism is averaged over two week’s worth of time. When the student exhibits any of these behaviors in class, they will get a gentle reminder, and points will only be lost if the student continues to behave in an unprofessional manner. Here is a short table showing how you can lose professionalism points. There is a more detailed explanation of each category below.
# of points lost
Low participation= 2
No participation= 4
Not dressed to participate=2
Nothing harms a drama ensemble like low participation or refusing to participate. If you are having a really rough day and absolutely need to not be in the drama room, you can come talk to me and we will figure out a place where you can have some recovery time.
Low participation will result in the loss of 2 professionalism points. Some examples of low participation are: Being distracted by your phone in class, missing cues in performance because you were talking to a friend, curling up on the couch and saying you’re too tired to play, and participating in an activity incorrectly on purpose.
No participation will result in the loss of all 4 daily professionalism points. Some examples of no participation are: Refusing to participate in an activity and drawing/reading/working on another
class’s homework during a discussion/game/performance.
Preparedness is how ready you are to participate on any given day. As an actor, it is important to be prepared and ready when you come to rehearsal, so that you are not holding the ensemble back. Preparedness points can be lost in two ways.
If you are dressed in a way that makes it difficult or impossible for you to participate, you will lose 2 points. We do have clothing bins in the classroom for costumes, and if you need to quickly change into something that you are free to move easily in, you are welcome to and will not lose any points. Points will only be lost if you refuse to participate in an activity based off of your clothing choices. If you are wearing high heels or flip flops in class, you must remove them and place them with your binder, as they can be a safety hazard during active games. Gum is also a safety hazard, and must be spit out into the trash can at the beginning of class.
If you do not have your materials for the day, you will lose 2 points. It’s very difficult for a group to rehearse if one member forgets their script every single day. I understand that everyone forgets and loses things sometimes, and we will have loaner scripts for every project available in the classroom. Points for missing materials will be taken away only if forgetting important materials is a chronic problem (3 or more times per week).
Respect is at the heart of every healthy ensemble. If a member of the ensemble feels disrespected, they will withdraw from the ensemble and we will lose their valuable voice and participation. We want our ensemble to be a community and a safe space for all of its members. Respect looks like: Actively listening to your classmates during discussions, paying attention when others are performing, listening during directions, and keeping comments and feedback constructive or positive.
If you are behaving in a way that is disrespectful and damaging to the ensemble, I will come talk to you and we will see if we can figure out a plan going forward to help you be your best self. Everyone has days where they get distracted, or say something mean without thinking about it. You will only lose professionalism points for respect if being respectful in class is a constant struggle for you. The amount of points lost also depends on how disrespectful you were being to the ensemble, and we will discuss it when we have our conversation.
Being tardy on a regular basis will lose you 1 professionalism point. Missing the beginning of class often means missing part of warm-up, or missing important information for class that day. It is disrespectful to the ensemble and to the teacher.
In this class, strive to become young artists. This means I will treat you like young artists, and that I expect you to treat each other, the work, myself, and any other guests in class like you are young professionals. Bring your best self to class and throw yourself into the joy of creating theatre and ensemble, and professionalism will come naturally. We are all perfect as we are, and we all have room for improvement.