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IU Northwest theatre courses help teachers meet No Child Left Behind standards

Area theatre and performing arts teachers who are looking to complete their Highly Qualified Teaching requirements as established by the

No Child Left Behind Act can do just that with several courses offered this fall by Indiana University Northwest’s Department of Performing Arts.

To satisfy the NCLB HQ requirements, a course must be numbered 300 or higher. The following upper-level courses are offered during after-school hours and qualify toward satisfaction of the HQ requirements for veteran middle- and secondary-school teachers in the core academic subject of fine arts:

THTR 483 -- Topics in Drama: Dramaturgy, offered on Mondays and Wednesday from 4 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. In this class, students complete a variety of projects focused on dramaturgical skills, including analysis of dramatic form, production collaboration with directors and authors, working with new plays and translations, historical and production research, audience outreach and education, and season planning.

THTR T446 -- Theatre for Children, offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. This class focuses on the purposes, principles and problems of staging plays for young people. The class will be taught by Prof. Jerry Taylor, who will direct the Theatre Northwest Production of “Aladdin and His Magic Lamp.” Taylor has directed and/or designed more than 250 productions at Theatre Northwest.

THTR T335 -- Stage Lighting, offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. This class offers an introduction to theories, methodology and skills, and focuses on instruments and their uses, control of light, and practical applications.

The following course may also be of interest to students or prospective students who’re interested in theatre production.

THTR T168 – Practicum, which allows students to earn IU Northwest College of Arts and Sciences credit by working on Theatre Northwest productions. Grades are based on successful completion of required hours and assigned work. Interested participants may sign up for credit at the Performing Arts office, located in Room 73D of Tamarack Hall, which is located on the west end of the main parking lot on the IU Northwest campus at Broadway and 33rd St. in Gary. Also, interested participants may attend a meeting Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. in Tamarack Hall, Room 24 to learn about production assignments and open auditions in the 2006-07 Theatre Northwest season schedule. No special skills are required, but sewing and carpentry experience are very welcome.

There are no prerequisites for any of these courses, but production knowledge or backstage experience are highly recommended. For more information, contact Prof. Julie Jackson at (219) 980-6796, or e-mail her at



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