The Department of Performing Arts at The Masters School encompasses Dance, Music and Theater studies and experiences.
The faculty are dedicated to facilitating student pathways to discover the thrill of performing. Across a variety of performance mediums and in a wide range of performance settings, from ensemble pieces to technical artists, the department features opportunities for students to try their hand at performance art. Further, the department offers opportunities for deep understanding of the various areas through courses that offer perspectives in production, theory and history.

Our Mission

With a philosophy and pedagogy deeply rooted in the belief that artistic expression is a fundamental fiber of being human, The Department of Performing Arts of The Masters School contributes to a community characterized by curiosity and empathy by nurturing adaptable, resilient and expressive artists.

We Gather...

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  • to Learn

    to engage with performing arts through active participation and meaningful collaboration; to explore the spectrum of our artistry; to take ownership of our personal learning as well as the collective growth of a collaborative group.

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  • to Strive

    to create safe spaces and new worlds; to cultivate versatility; to grow in proportion to our potential and in relationship to our starting points; to feel and express passion.

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  • to Dare

    to imagine a better tomorrow; to persevere through setbacks; to feel what it means to be human; to push our boundaries.

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  • to Do

    to create together in a variety of styles and settings; to develop personal meaning and character through performing arts experiences; to find and experience joy.

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  • to Be a Power for Good in the World

    to connect to self as well as to something larger; to serve our community through our art; to connect to what it means to be human universally; to elevate each other and the community through both artistic inquiry and celebration.

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Upcoming Events

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  • Performers “Journey to the West” in Fall Play

    It has all the markings of a Marvel superhero movie. The Mainstage fall production of the classic Chinese tale "Journey to the West" promises characters who turn into tigers, constellations that come to earth and battle and a character who has 20 hearts fly out of his chest. 
  • Talent Show Highlights Global Voices

    It was a standing-room-only crowd in the Experimental Theater on September 30 as the “Polyglot” participants prepared for an evening of song, dance, poetry, conversation and presentations. The one caveat? No English allowed.
  • Performers Step Into the Fall Spotlight During Preseason

    On the first day of preseason, Masters Dance Company students had an appetite to get moving. “The students returned hungry to dance and prepare for MDC’s fall dance concert,” MDC Director Shell Benjamin explained. “Preseason went extremely well this year.” 
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream Comes True for Theater Students

    Graduation Terrace was transformed into a magical, mythical forest in late May with the beautifully staged upper school production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
  • Middle School Students Wow With Capstone Projects

    From operas and folk songs to poetry and sculpture, middle school students’ year-end presentations were replete with creativity, insight and joy.