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IB Theatre - Solo Theatre Piece (last assessment 2023): How to Create a Solo Theatre Performance

This guide provides resources for the Solo Theatre Piece (Task 1) external assessment for IB Theatre (last assessment 2023)

Theatre Professionals Speak About Creating a Solo Performance

Watch these videos to hear professional actors and directors talk about what's involved in creating a solo theatre performance.

American Theatre Wing

"Solo Performance is nothing new. This has been happening since the dawn of man, and it will continue to happen..." – Nilaja Sun

The world of a solo performance can often be challenging and daunting for the performer. It can also be incredibly exciting and important.

From the viewpoints of three performers/creators, Simon McBurney, Nilaja Sun, and Judith Light, hear their stories about performing solo from recent productions including The Encounter (McBurney), All The Ways To Say I Love You (Light), and various productions by Sun. Published August 24, 2017.

Tanya Taylor Rubinstein

Tips on creating a great solo show/one person show (and thoughts about memoir) from Global Story Coach, Tanya Taylor Rubinstein. If you want to perform a one-man or one-woman show and aren't sure where to start, you need this video. Tanya covers what makes a great solo show, the trap that many solo show writers and performers fall into, and the four types of solo performance that find theatrical success. Published March 9, 2016.

Summer Hill Seven

Summer Hill Seven, noted director, author, performer and professor shares some ideas about how to create a one person play in three easy steps. This is perfect for advanced students of theater or spoken word who have not yet begun the process of creating a coherent show that they can perform for audiences.

Screen Actors Guild Foundation -

Solo Performers celebrate our natural instinct for storytelling. They insist that each of us holds a multitudinous of selves when they jump skins in ways that traverse gender, ethnicity, religious, sexual and psychological boundaries. A solo show can be physically remarkable, a passionate exploration of a particular subject or person, or, in the vein of confessional poets, courting the private self. Regardless of the genre of the solo performance, an artful, quiet stagecraft shines through. It's a marathon for the actor and requires an athletic perseverance in the delivery of the narrative. Solo performers speak many tongues: through speech, through movement, through sheer physical presence. What you can imagine, you can inhabit. Let's celebrate the actor as storyteller and hear what the solo performer has to say on the feats of the imagination.

Video of a panel discussion with Moe Angelos, Joel de la Fuente, Benjamin Endsley Klein and Monica Hunken, moderated by Nancy Hechinger. Published July 16, 2013.


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