TMS Theatre students develop their creative skills through acting, singing, and dancing, as well as through technical theatre opportunities. Students reinforce these skills through reading and writing tasks, as well as preparation for and performance in theatrical projects of varying length and style. Our coursework is designed for students who are interested in improving their theatrical skills and developing their abilities to both appreciate and participate in theatre, although the skills acquired transfer to other subject areas as well. The unique skills and values attained through a performing arts education have been linked to success in high school, college, career, and beyond. Applicable classwork, reading, writing, research, rehearsal, and performances both in and out of class are important factors in achieving this growth. Student learning is evaluated by several methods, including but not limited to writing, performance, and self-assessment. **Students should approach their studies with an open mind, as well as a desire to collaborate and learn**
Ms. Karol holds a B.A. in Theatre with departmental honors from Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center, a Master's in Education from National University, where she received the Distinguished Student Award, as well as a Master's in Leadership from City University of Seattle. She holds a Single Subject teaching credential in English with authorization in Theatre, a Multiple Subjects credential, and a CTE credential, meaning she is certificated by the State of California to teach all grades, K-12, and classes organized primarily for adults. She brings her experience as a professional actor to the classroom, which includes appearances on stage in New York, Southern California, and throughout the country on national tour. Previously, Ms. Karol was a teacher and director at the Academy for the Performing Arts in Huntington Beach, Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, and Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove. Ms. Karol believes in creating a safe, positive environment in which students feel comfortable taking risks which foster both artistic and personal growth. A true educator, she believes students must be taught applicable skills and provided with authentic opportunities to practice them. Within the framework of collaboration, Ms. Karol is supportive of student progress at every step of the process, facilitating growth in student confidence and success. She has observed the unique capabilities of drama to provide students with skills that aid their success in school, college, the workplace, and beyond. Competencies and values exhibited by drama students include teamwork, creative problem solving, compassion, dedication, and discipline, all of which are necessary in our diverse and innovative culture.
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