Critique It

Performing arts instructors are in for a treat with an app designed to aid the evaluation process for aspiring actors, videographers, dancers, and more. Simply select the type of performance being graded, mark relevant criteria boxes on the rubric, add comments, and send on to those being evaluated. A record feature allows you to see the history of individual or group assessments.

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App Overview


CritiqueIt has a very simple interface. The home screen consists of five sections. 


Tap this icon to set up defaults for where rubrics are e-mailed once filled out and what the e-mail signature reads.


Tap the Question Mark to read a couple paragraphs about what the app does and how to get started.


In this section, you're able to create new groups by clicking on the Plus symbol on the top-right corner. Once there, you can do the following:

  • Type in a group name and an additional descriptor (such as the name of a play that group is working on)
  • Add participant information, including name, e-mail, and an ID number
  • Save the information by tapping the Save button on the top right 
  • NOTE: You must name and save a group before adding participants

Screening Forms

This is where assessment happens. 

  1. Select the discipline
    • Theatre
    • Visual Arts
    • Dance
    • Music
    • Film
  2. Choose an event type within the discipline from the drop down list
    • For example, if Theatre is the discipline, there's a choice of 16 different event types, such as Acting Monologue, Musical Theatre-Duet, or Tech-Sound Design
    • Note that Music does not currently have any event types listed for you to select
  3. Complete the rubric that pops up by tapping the descriptors that describe level of achievement
    • Rubric levels are: Accomplished, Proficient, Partially Proficient, Not Evident
    • Each level has a list of several criteria that describe how the performer did
    • For example, under the Accomplished level in the Acting and Improvisation event type, these are the criteria that you're able to check off:
      • Actors played to top of their intelligence
      • Confident and poised
      • 100% commitment to rules and structure of stated form
      • Ensemble creatively edits scenes or performances
      • Content of performance appropriate for audience
      • Successfully orchestrated the performance (beginning, middle and end)
    • Each rubric level lists criteria consistent with that level of performance
    • Once you've selected criteria at one level, say Proficient, you are unable to select criteria from other levels; to work around this, you could complete one rubric for each proficiency level, checking off only the criteria that apply for that specific proficiency level
  4. Type in any comments you'd like to make
  5. Type in school name and selection (a term to signify what you're grading)
  6. Select the students being graded from those you've entered as participants in the Groups tab
  7. Select who to send the critique to (this can be different than the name of the pupils being evaluated)
  8. Select the date of the assessment
  9. Choose whether to include an average score from the rubric by tapping the button to turn this on or off
  10. Once finished, tap Submit IE Screening
  11. The people you've selected to send the rubric to will receive a PDF report of how they performed in each area, the comments you entered, as well as an overall percentage rating 


The final tab on the home screen is where you'll find a record of how groups or individuals have performed over time.

  1. Select a group and/or student
  2. Select the discipline and event type
  3. A chart showing performance over time by percentage appears
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Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups take turns viewing and critiquing each other's filmed or live performances
  • Use the template rubrics as a catalyst for a discussion around what should be evaluated when performing and have individuals design their own performance rubrics
Classroom Considerations

  • Note that the app description states it is meant for performance-based assessments, but the meaning of this is that it is designed to assess performance arts, such as dance, theater, and film

  • Within the existing rubrics, an extensive set of indicators for performance is a helpful tool for catching all aspects of a performance
  • The rubrics are tailored to the type of performing art being evaluated, making them simple to pick up and use immediately
  • The theater section includes an extensive list of rubrics customized to the diverse roles needed to produce a play and the different types of acting, from monologues and duets to stage design and lighting

  • A section for music is listed, but there is no rubric available for this section
  • There is no way to add different categories for each discipline; for example, Film has only one option, Short Film, for the type of project
  • The way the rubrics currently function, it is not possible to select different levels of achievement for criteria that fall in the same category