OLS 162 Radio Theatre • 2 Cr.

Class title change starting Summer 2018

Podcasts • 2 Cr.


Improves reading and speaking skills, and explores different facets of the human personality. There is heavy emphasis on sight-reading and basic characterization techniques. Class culminates in a taped radio theater production. Structured to accommodate special needs learners. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program.

Description starting Summer 2018

Podcasts combines acting, listening, and speech. Students practice adequate breathing and speaking to build confidence when reading scripts aloud and at the microphone. By listening to podcasts and classic radio dramas, they expand their imagination through the "theatre of the mind". Students also write scripts of their own and develop characters for recording, and learn how changes in voice tone can influence those characters. And they collaborate to create a performance ensemble, culminating in a taped podcast. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate sight-reading of material and summarize content, emotions and intent
  • Apply methods and techniques that support confidence when reading aloud in front of an audience
  • Perform theatre exercises that develop voice range and contribute to clear elocution
  • Demonstrate the basics of character development and motivation, and how they influence the style of the reading, including voice tone and variations, timing and the use of silence
  • Decompose a text into its main components (beginning, middle and end) and explain how they flow and interact
  • Compare and contrast the personality of various fictional characters and differentiate from one’s personality
  • Create a performance ensemble with others