Knowing yourself and empathizing with the experiences of others
Theater courses and experiences offer students the opportunity to examine and explore the complexities of human experiences, both from their own vantage points and through the embodiment of others.
Theater courses in the Upper School range from introductory surveys of theater production and acting, to complex academic electives in directing, set design, and technical theater. Students are able to engage in the academic study of theater and its components through coursework, as well as through multiple extra-curricular opportunities for performance and production during multiple shows each year. In short, whether in or out of the classroom setting, the learning and the opportunities never cease.
Annual, theater productions include an Upper School Fall Drama Production, Middle School Plays, a combined Upper and Middle School musical each spring, student-written and directed One Act Plays, and more. Students also participate in annual festivals and competitions in and beyond Arizona to further their artistic development.
For a recent production of Robin Hood, the theater program engaged with a professional stage-fighting expert to teach students the intricacies of the craft.