The unique and multi-layered Theatre curriculum has been designed to offer a graduated, comprehensive training program for actors, writers, theatre technicians, producers, and directors.
We begin with rigorous training in the technical aspects of acting – stage movement, voice and physicality, character study and motivation, emotional range, and the tools of effective communication. Self-expression is a keystone of human existence, and theatrical training enables individuals to communicate effectively in any setting – from a stage to a boardroom. As students hone their technical skills, our pre-professional training allows them to build and expand their individual repertoires, to develop pieces that are fascinatingly complex yet show a broad range of ability, and to explore relational acting as well as the tools of improvisation and experimental theatre.
Students will work on serious audition preparation, including assembling a portfolio body of work and acting resumes. We work very diligently to help place students in highly reputable acting conservatories, university programs, and colleges.
Students study different styles and methods of acting that have been developed from the earliest Greek plays through the major acting schools of the latter 20th century and beyond. Students also explore contemporary trends as they consider the future of theatre as an art form.
The theatre department produces five main stage shows a year – two in middle school, and three in high school. Special acting and musical theatre performances throughout the year round out the program. The final production each year is an original murder mystery comedy, written specifically for theatre students to incorporate the quirks and accomplishments of their engaging personalities. Each murder mystery comedy is set in a different decade or era of history.