NYSTCE Theatre

The NYSTCE Theatre test measures your knowledge according to the New York State Academic Standards. Success on this test indicates that you are qualified to teach theatre in the New York State public school system. The test content is drawn from these subareas: Creating, Performing, and Producing Theatre (33% of the exam); Theatre Tools, Media, and Techniques (23%); Theatre and Culture (17%); Responding to and Analyzing Theatre (17%); and a Theatre Tools, Media, and Techniques constructed-response question (10%). The test consists of 90 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response question.

NYSTCE Theatre Practice Questions

1. What is the theatrical term for the placement and movements of the actors on stage?
A: Blocking
B: Tracking
C: Spacing
D: Slotting

2. Moliere is considered one of the chief dramatists of the _____ period in theatre.
A: Romantic
B: Greek
C: Neoclassical
D: Realist

3. In a theatre, who is responsible for the ushers?
A: Artistic director
B: Floor director
C: House manager
D: Stage manager

4. What is the name of the large curtain behind the stage that hides the backstage and stage sides?
A: Cyclorama
B: Proscenium
C: Stage door
D: Precipice

5. What form of theatre is characterized by simplicity and the use of different masks to display emotion?
A: Farce
B: Noh
C: Commedia dell’arte
D: Kabuki

Answer Key

1. A. Blocking is a very complex process that, when it is performed well, allows the actors to move naturally and artfully.
2. C. Moliere is considered to be one of the chief dramatists of the neoclassical period and is well known for his famous work Tartuffe.
3. C. The house manager is responsible for selling tickets, conveying audience members to their seats, and maintaining the physical structure of the theatre.
4. A. The cyclorama is often concave because a concave shape allows the cyclorama to redirect sound out into the audience.
5. B. Noh plays are accompanied by traditional Japanese instruments and are set on a bare stage.