Phone: (936) 931-1353
Degrees and Certifications:
AFA in Theatre from Kilgore College BS in Speech Communication Tarleton State University MLS & Media Tech from Texas Woman's University
Mrs. Gwen Waller
The Value of Fine Arts Education - Performance Arts are an important part of each child’s educational experience. The Theatre Arts curriculum is designed to incorporate the perspectives of performers, crew/production, and audience members. Students develop valuable skills used throughout life by learning how to present themselves and by gaining the confidence to perform in front of others. Students are encouraged and provided opportunities for personal expression through the creative process. By working in small groups, students learn to coordinate efforts with their peers towards a common goal which requires individual accountability along with teamwork. Students learn to evaluate performances while forming an awareness of appropriate audience etiquette and how it is applied in different venues.
UIL One-Act Play - Eighth grade students are offered the opportunity to enroll in a Theatre Arts I course for high school credit. Students from this production class and from other theatre classes may participate in the UIL Jr. High One-Act Play competition which is held each spring. The students compete against seven other schools at the zone level, and four of the top schools advance to the district level contest. Cast members are determined by the number of characters in the selected play while five students are designated as crew members.
Project Runway - Hands-on activities provide a myriad of creative experience through the Theatre Arts program. Project Runway, inspired by the reality television show, is a favorite of the students who bring recyclables and remnants of various materials from home to create original costumes. The process begins with researching costume design and theory before working in teams to construct a masterpiece for a famous literary or imaginary character. Descriptive narratives and music enhance the finished projects which are modeled by students in a runway show.
Integrating Content Areas - Theatre Arts integrates many content areas and especially enhances reading and writing skills. Studying scripts and settings, analyzing characters and their motivations, and establishing mood and emotion through the use of technical elements such as lighting and sound assist students in reading comprehension and in better understanding their world. The students create storyboards and develop their own versions of scripts based on well-known tales, original ideas, or personal experience. Other written projects include researching famous actors, movies, and musicals from the past and present time.
Dance for Physical Fitness - Dance is a performance art which doubles as an effective form of exercise. Not only is expression through movement cathartic, but physical activity itself produces endorphins in the brain and positively affects the body as well as the mind. Movement activities incorporate the basics of physical fitness to include the development of agility, balance, flexibility, endurance, and strength. These elements are not just focused upon in the realm of physical health, but they are discussed as qualities to possess and to be applied in other aspects of life.
The Structure of the Course - Eighth graders are offered the opportunity to enroll in Dance for high school fine arts credit and in preparation for the Waller High School Wranglerettes. This course explores all forms of dance from Social and Ballroom to Classical and Theatrical types to Urban styles. Students study famous choreography, learn basic techniques associated with each style along with a sequence, and then arrange their own pieces in small groups for class and pep rally performances. In addition to famous choreographers, dancers, and their works, research activities include identifying dances linked to each student’s cultural and ethnic heritage.
The Value of Fine Arts Education - Performance Arts are an important part of each child’s educational experience. Students develop valuable skills used throughout life by learning how to present themselves and by gaining the confidence to perform in front of others. Students are encouraged and provided opportunities for personal expression through the creative process and are challenged to think ‘outside of the box.’ By working in small groups, students learn to coordinate efforts with their peers towards a common goal which requires individual accountability along with teamwork. Students learn to evaluate performances while forming an awareness of appropriate audience etiquette and how it is applied in different venues.
Integrating Content Areas - Dance integrates many content areas beyond the Fine Arts. In relation to Science, major muscles and muscle groups are identified throughout the movement process while concepts such as momentum, balance, center of gravity, and force are experienced while turning and performing other techniques. To support math objectives, directional changes and rotations are expressed in fractions or degrees while the movement is counted to correlate with the syncopation of music. In respect to Social Studies, the merengue and the Charleston are two of many dances which evolved in response to significant historical events. Dance has always been an integral part of social interaction and cultural heritage. Language Arts objectives are addressed through research activities and written projects.
Here are the Remind 101 codes for specific classes
Dance Text @79g9af
Theatre Text @mrsgwaller
Speech Text @b4dbdg
Here are the Google Classroom codes for specific classes to get assignments and handouts.
3rd Speech 88j7dbb
4th Speech s4odhsy
5th Intro Theatre 5ijr5h
6th Theatre I rg983z8
7th Dance hke6p6y
8th Intro Theatre hw4pcll
3rd Communication Applications (High School Credit)
4th Communication Applications (High School Credit)
5th Into to Theatre 6th
6th Theatre I (High School Credit)
7th Dance (High School Credit)
8th Intro to Theatre 6th & 7th Grade