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Design: Exploring design Ideas

Success Criteria

These are some of my ideas to explore further ideas that I could do in the future for improvements or other pathways I could go for. I expanded on the ideas of Collage/photoshoot ideas where I looked deeper into the lighting choices I could do for my photoshoot of the final product. I could have different dress concepts and take photos with different lighting, and I could group them into sections and make small albums. I could choose other background props to make the dress stand out and look appealing to others. Then I looked at the other material I could use in the future to make the dress feel more comfortable and be more durable to fulfill my success criteria. The possible primary material I wanted to explore deeper into is chiffon because it is sheer but has a rough feel to it. It can also have different colors, and it is slightly shimmery, so it looks high-class. I also think that chiffon seems pretty appealing, especially when it drags to the floor or is under specific lighting. I compared two materials together, Nylon and Chiffon, and I created a brief poster for possible future materials. Lastly, I explored the ideas for design ideas of the dress. My favorite idea incorporates the main three elements of chiffon, long length, and caution tape. If I could change the top section to something plain or something different, then leave a long trail of chiffon with ripped and holes dragging behind the dress with tape to cover it up, the video would have more meaning to it like “to cover up the scars in the past. ” This was the dress could look even more high class and spread the message of confidence more. 

The absolutely true diary of a part time Indian

The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian

Sherman Alexie

End of book


Bean’s Uta Hagen’s Nine Questions

1. Who am I? Who is your character? Identify all the details: name/age, physical traits, relatives, education, personal opinions, likes, dislikes, hobbies, fears, ethics, and beliefs.

I am Bean, a 16-year old that’s somewhat normal (except for this weird affection towards Travis). I am very protective of my name and I don’t like how Travis wears his Ascott ribbon all the time.

2. What time is it? The year, the season, the day, the minute. What is the significance of time?

Early evening on Halloween, close to winter getting colder (possibly wearing a jacket or sweater). They just finished a picnic and are on their way back home.

3. Where am I? Identify the country, the city/town, the neighborhood, the building, the room, the specific area of the room.

This happens in St.Claire, Minnesota at a sidewalk near a gentle meadow that’s making that gentle meadow sound. They are on their way back to town after a delightful picnic.

4. What surrounds me? What is happening in the environment around you? Weather, landscape, people, animate/inanimate objects.

As they are walking back, they are on a sidewalk near a meadow. We walked over to a bench and I took the Ascott ribbon off.

5. What are the given circumstances? Identify events in the past, present, future. What has happened, what is happening, what is going to happen?

My name comes from a story in the past so it means something to me. Travis does not like my name and neither do I like his Ascott ribbon.  I convince him to take his Ascotto ribbon off and I would change my name. His head fell off after I took the ribbon off but Travis is still alive.

6. What are my relationships? This is more than your relationship with other people. Think about your relationship to objects, characters, and events.

This is my fifth date with Travis, I didn’t know that we were officially dating yet but I guess we are now. I like him but he wears the Ascott ribbon all the time and it’s getting annoying.

7. What do I want? What do you want immediately? What does the character want overall?

I want him to take his Ascott ribbon off because I think his mom is controlling him and I think he is mature enough to not be controlled anymore.

8. What is in my way? What are the obstacles to getting what you want?

He believes that his mom is right so it was hard to convince him to take his Ascott ribbon off. I had to give up my name in order to convince him.

9. What do I do to get what I want? What actions do you take (both physically and verbally)? What tactics?

I told him I was going to change my name into something that he wants but it does not mention that I actually changed it.

Page to Stage: Where is the Dragon?

For this performance, where we took a children’s book and “dramatized it,” my role in the development process was mainly giving new ideas and engaging within the performance. I took on the part of Knight 2 in this story, a frightened knight who is scared of the “dragon” that is only in their heads. Through looking at the feedback the audience gave, the response was relatively positive. The children were fully engaged with our dramatic reading performance and gave some reactions to the show. During the show, I felt some tension between the kindergarten kids since we had such a big age difference. They might’ve been overwhelmed by the fact that there were high schoolers in their library. I could also tell that the kids weren’t entirely comfortable meeting many strangers coming in at once, but they still enjoyed the show as they were engaged. Children at this age cannot express their engagement as well as adults who will respond reactively. We could tell that they were interested in our performance even though they didn’t give us as much response. Their eyes were focused entirely throughout the show. As a performer in this piece, I felt confident with our performance to the ES kids. Another stressful area about this project was that it was designed to perform in an unfamiliar environment. The stage we performed on wasn’t conventional; it had stairs attached to it, uneven stairs, other holes on the floor and walls. We also only got 15 minutes to be in that area to practice our scene, so we weren’t familiar with it. To solve that problem, we took out our phones, uploaded them onto an iPad, and talked as a team where each person would be standing on stage. That gave us a clearer image of what it was going to be like on stage. This gave me experience in being able to adapt quickly to newer environments. Another experience that has been gained was being able to express each and every line with enunciation and projection on stage, also including body language and facial expressions. This is especially important when you are performing to a younger audience.

To keep their attention, the entire performance has to be engaging through your words and actions. Since we didn’t have many lines because it was a children’s book, each line had to be expressed with great emotion. For example, “Well, the kind forewarned. Their tails stab the dark like thorns”. When I was delivering this line, I had eye contact with the audience like I was telling something serious, bent down my body, and rose the sword to emphasize the scariness of the “dragon.” I especially enunciated on “t” “d” “k” and “the” in this sentence so the kids can hear what I am saying, even if they don’t understand the words, they can sense the emotion. After the entire show, I heard many people talking about their points of view on the performance. Not everyone was in the same group for this activity, so it was pretty interesting to listen to some groups being more positive and some not so much about their performance. In my perspective, I loved everyone’s performance, and I was actively listening to everyone’s show.

I observed some kids’ responses to their performances, and I could tell they loved everyone’s show. Some leading topics that we talked about during the discussion were audience, senses, and practice. The main reason for the audience was that we expected them to be much more enthusiastic with responses about the performance but what we didn’t know was that because they were so young, they may have been a bit shy to express their engagement. That made most of us self-conscious about our performance even though they were constantly engaged expressed by their language. Reflection on our performance, we thought about including senses other than sight into our routine. We had drums used for marching and other sound effects. That could’ve been a reason for some excitement in the audience. What most of us did not know about this performance was that it was designed to be done in a short amount of time in an unfamiliar environment which made more practice harder for us. Some groups were even missing some people who made practice even harder for them. 

  • Planning (Planning each practice before you come to practice. This may be talking with your ensemble and )
  • Practice Practice Practice! (If you don’t think you have enough time during class, practice on your own time! Practicing more before a performance can always make yourself more confident before going onstage!)
  • Reflect (Reflecting after each performance as a group and by yourself is the primary way for more successful performances in the future!)

The absolutely true diary of a part time Indian

Title: The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian

Author: Sherman Alexie

Page#: 143

Response: I think the main character is in a lost state with his identity, he doesn’t have a clear goal. What is his goal?

Design ideas

Design #1

This design creates a dress that involves raising awareness about girls’ power and confidence with their bodies. I was most confident with this idea initially since it was my first idea, and I wanted to do something related to fashion and designing a dress. Something that is most important about this design and that most people liked was the message that making girls feel powerful and high class promotes confidence. I wanted to create this design because I wanted to make girls confident with their bodies, and I might collaborate with We for She with something? I am not sure yet, I will think about it. I want to interview other high school girls on a Microsoft forms document to get the “definition” of beauty in this context. I could do more research about the history of clothing sending messages. I am most hesitant about this design because it does clearly address a problem to the world, but it can address issues to social life, and other people expect girls to have the perfect body and comment on their bodies. This design can give me the most creative area because I can start from the beginning about how I want to promote this dress.

Design #2

This design is creating a dress that is related to Christmas. It will involve the colors red and white and maybe some green to get into the Christmas spirit. In this design, I could do more research on exploring different cultures of the Christmas aesthetic. I could also be creating this for the choir during the Christmas concert, but I don’t know if I can make that many in a short amount of time. I will also investigate the different problems connected to Christmas outfits, like consumption or cultural questions. Angela, part of Aperture, also invited me to have a photoshoot with the girls in the photo studio. This will be for Christmas photoshoots or other events if you would like. It won’t be something casual that you wear day-to-day unless you want it, but it will be a little bit extra.

Design #3

This design is to create a bag to reduce the use of plastic bags when we are shopping. This can be adjusted according to other people’s preferences. I could have some designs, and they can be sold when people order them. In design, these bags can be separated into different categories in size, material, or culture. This can be changed according to the demand of customers. If I make this something that can be sold, I can receive orders and create them during class or in my own time. I will try to make them easier to develop and use less time to start more. This design is most related to the criteria of this assessment, but I think it isn’t enough challenge for me and create something that doesn’t involve a lot of details.

My Monologue

I started by looking for a script that I felt connected with, which I thought would be comfortable for me. We did Stanislavsky exercises that began to give me thoughts on my monologue. I learned how to get into my character and dive into her mindset. I needed to lose all of my thoughts and step in her shoes to put on an expressive monologue.

My monologue was moderately successful because I couldn’t focus much on relaxation during the performance. When I look at myself in the video, I look a bit too tense and nervous onstage. I spoke too fast, and I was not enunciating enough on my lines which affected my communication. I could think like an actor and respond to my imagination by performing because not everything I did onstage was planned. I gave myself some room to explore new ideas through improv onstage. For example, I didn’t expect to hold my head while screaming, but I was still doing it because I was within the character. When my character is in that situation, I assume that she would respond with my body language. Another example of the detail in my scene was the ending, where I looked back at my parents to show a sign of disappointment. I learned how to memorize and recall sensations from working at a slight sensation and expanding it. I took something as small as a gaze in the eye into a gaze, paused, then looked down at the floor to show my feeling of dismay.

The technique that could affect me as a performer was being concentrated and having my emotions involved in the scene so that my imagination could come through. I can act like my character and link experiences that I have had with the monologue. When I was performing, I didn’t think about the audience or what I had for lunch that day. I was focused on my character to show my most profound connections with her and how that will be expressed on stage.

I used to think that being an actor was building more characteristics of the character upon yourself. Now I believe that to be one with your character. You have to lose yourself and become “a blank piece of paper” then draw a picture (with sparkles because you are a star and you have your imagination within this character) on you. Through this monologue, I tried to limit myself to what I would say if I were just to read a paragraph of a document. Instead, I learned to analyze what this girl has gone through and put in a spark of my imagination.

Constantine Stanislavski

Context (Who and When…)

Born in Moscow, Russia in 1863 (died 1938)

Began as an actor and moved on to become a director and teacher

Parents did not indulge in his passion for theatre so he changed his name

Developed a new system of actor training and development- a new way to approach theatre

It took years of experimenting to get to what is now known as the Stanislavski System

The work that Stan “the man” did help to create what we recognized as ‘good acting’ today. We even give awards to actors who can create the best characters



Learning to relax the muscles and eliminate physical tension while performing.


Learning to think like an actor and to respond to one’s own imagination


Discovering the sensory vase of the work: learning to memorize and recall sensations, often called “sense memorize” and/ or “affective memory”; learning to work from a small sensation and expand it, a technique Stanislavski called “Spheres of attention”


Developing the ability to interact with other performers spontaneously, and with an audience, without violating the world of the play



Bluetooth Speaker Model


One activity that I remember very clearly was where two people sat on a box and one person was given a prompt to start the scene and the two characters could control anything else they wanted. We had to establish our characters pretty fast in the scene but we didn’t really claim that in our show. This specific exercise really puts the improvisors on the spot because we just have to go with the flow and anything that we say would affect the trail of the scene. Overall, it was a very fun way method to practice improvising.

  1. “I used to think/and now I think…” before coming to this class and doing Improvisation, what did you think and now after several classes, what do you think now?

I used to think improv was just something that we use onstage for performances or if we forget a line, but it’s actually going on everyday in your live. After taking some classes with Mr.Redman, I changed my perspective on improv because we practice our improv skills even when we don’t know we are. I think our theatre improvisation class isn’t just “learning improv” it’s having fun and finding joy in the act of performing.

  1. What is a BIG TAKEWAY or BIG LEARNING or BIG IDEA about improvisation that you will remember? Why will that stick with you?

The biggest takeaway about improvisation is the theatre atmosphere here in this classroom. It will stick with me forever because of my peers and teacher that I am learning with. The joyful atmosphere in improv class teaches us how to use the 7 skills of improvisation in our live in and out of class.

  1. During Improvisation, what did you do well? Describe/explain. What did you struggle with? Describe/explain. And what will help you to become better as an actor or ensemble member

During improvisation, I think I did well on “yes” but I struggled with “and”. I can agree with what another person says and continue with the flow but I don’t think I am able to think of new idea (and) and add on another layer to the scene fast enough. A lot of times, my mind goes blank and I can’t think of anything or I think of questions that won’t build on the theme. Te main reason is because my body tenses up and I can’t talk like in a normal conversation and I just don’t know what to say.

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