The Broadway Online Learning Center provides an exceptional arts education experience by connecting students and educators worldwide with the Broadway community for vibrant coursework based on the National Standards for Arts Education.
The BOLC team comprises teaching artists from Juilliard, Lincoln Center, Yale and Teach For America. Course work will be based on classroom experience at the Broadway Teachers Workshop and Broadway Student Summit, integrating Broadway artists into course work.
Page To Stage: WICKED is available as both a Professional Development Course for Educators and a Student course. Both courses take students through the process of adapting literature into theatre, using the Broadway musical Wicked and its cast and creative team to illustrate ideas and methods. Starting with a chapter from Gregory Maguire's original book Wicked, we will explore the building blocks of good story telling on stage – writing, acting, directing and design – by creating our own scenes and evaluating them. Each week will focus on a new discipline. Topics covered include text analysis, theme, structure, character, music, design, casting, direction, and evaluation. Throughout the course, we will visit with various members of the Wicked company, who will add to the discussion with their experiences and, in certain cases, illustrate keypoints.
The PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE FOR EDUCATORS runs 4 weeks and offers the unique opportunity to work with Broadway's top professionals and teaching artists toward a richer understanding of the theatrical process. Educators will work from an L. Frank Baum short story to create their own scene, break it down for acting and directing values, design it by creating an on line catalogue of visual ideas, and then translate it to coursework by extracting thematic content for a lesson plan. Participants will be broken down into discussion groups to exchange ideas and methods. At the end of this course, participants will have a finished scene, an outline to bring into their classrooms for the same process, and a lesson plan based on thematic content. Educators may apply for THREE GRADUATE CREDITS through UNLV in conjunction with this course.
The STUDENT COURSE runs 12 weeks and offers students the unique opportunity to spend a semester working with Broadway’s top professionals and teaching artists toward a richer understanding of the creative process. Students will follow the adaptation of the book Wicked into the Broadway show, while creating their own scenes and breaking them down for acting & directing values, adding music (popular or their own), designing them (by creating an on line catalogue of visual ideas), casting them (from online resources), and extracting themes that make them relevant to their own lives. Students will have the option to share their work in text, visual or video formats. At the end of this course, students will have created and conceptualized their own scenes, highlighted relevant themes, and gained a comprehensive understanding of the collaborative process of professional theatre. Students may apply for THREE UNDERGRADUATE CREDITS through UNLV in conjunction with this course.
There are currently no online courses scheduled.
If you are interested in a student or teacher/professional development online course and would like to be notified when the next course becomes available, please email Pam Pariseau.
Guided by current research on how students learn best, the BOLC dedicates itself to thefollowing principles:
- Collaboration: Incorporate collaboration into the learning experience
- Creativity: Inspire and reward creativity
- Confidence: By exploring the social and emotional resonance of narrative and thematic content, the courses build confidence in applying lessons to problem solving and idea generation in the real world.
Relevant Common Core Standards:
Craft and Structure, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity, Emotional/Social Learning, Writing, Drama.
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