High School Drama
High School Drama
The high school drama program is a one-year, process-oriented, intensive course of study offered to rising high-school seniors. This top drama school program emphasizes the importance of fusing technical skill with creative inspiration to mold students into well-equipped and versatile actors.
Students experience diverse approaches for 21st century holistic arts education, strengthening and examining one’s relationship to their craft to facilitate self-awareness, growth and citizenship. Students will have access to innovative resources, impressive facilities, world-class faculty, guest artists, and a wide variety of campus performance offerings.
Courses focus on acting fundamentals, (utilizing a variety of methods, theories and techniques for performance), improvisation, monologues and scene study, as well as theatre and culture and arts for social change. The fundamentals of voice and speech curriculum help students learn techniques in breathing, voice placements, articulation and singing. Artistic movement, such as dance forms, physical theatre methods, yoga, and stage combat are also part of the School of Drama high school curriculum.
Special techniques classes include college and career path preparation and audition techniques for stage and screen, as well as unique workshops in various elements and components of collaborative theatre-making and devising. All high school acting students participate in the ARCH program, which allows them to develop and use skills in clowning and storytelling for young audiences in partnership with Brenner Children's Hospital, entertaining and uplifting patients.
In addition to the drama courses, students are expected to take up to four academic courses in order to nurture and develop the whole person. The high school academic program is highly valued as an integral component in the education of our students.