The Theater program provides multiple entry points, allowing for diversity in backgrounds, interests and levels of experience. A three-level sequential acting track -- Acting I, Acting II and Advanced Acting and Introduction to Directing -- provides a pathway for you to develop and hone acting and directing skills while learning to interpret dramatic source material. Both courses and practical experience are offered in Technical Theater and Design.
Performance and technical theater opportunities are abundant. Each year we offer four department-produced productions, including dramas, comedies, student-directed one-act plays and a major musical theater production. Members of Phoenix, the School’s honorary drama society, mount one production annually and produce coffee house performances open to the entire School community. OutSpoken, our student-led spoken word group, offers additional original writing and performance opportunities. The recent addition of a 100-seat Experimental Theater in the Fonseca Center provides a state-of-the-art facility for classes, rehearsals and smaller productions. 

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  • Upper School Courses

    • Acting I
    • Acting II
    • Advanced Acting & Intro to Directing I
    • Advanced Acting & Intro to Directing II
    • Advanced Musical Theater Workshop
    • Musical Theatre Workshop
    • Theater Tech & Design
  • Middle School Theater

    The study of dramatic arts is included in the integrated curricula across grade levels including the fifth grade opera project, seventh grade Ellis Island reenactment and eighth grade constitutional convention simulation. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students have drama once a week as part of their school day. In addition, seventh and eighth graders have the opportunity to rehears and perform in a winter musical production as a co-curricular option.
  • Student Performing Groups

    Phoenix, Honorary Drama Society 
    Phoenix is a drama association that promotes excellence in all drama department activities. A student is eligible for membership after he or she has worked on a major play at school. The society shall provide training through the performances and productions of plays and musicals. The Society, by reason of its example as role models of the theatre, shall also cultivate interest in the dramatic arts among the school community. Phoenix produces a show in December and performs in the Spring SPG Festival.

    Outspoken 
    Outspoken is a creative performance group dedicated to the performance and appreciation of spoken word poetry. Ultimately, the group is dedicated to showcasing spoken-word poetry and to creating poetry together. The group will strive to build and maintain a strong spoken-word community. We will dazzle the public with our ability to string words together, to turn the stars of our compositions into a constellation of poetic light. Our mission is to be the North Star of poetry at Masters. Outspoken performs a solo showcase in December and performs in the Spring SPG Festival.

    Motley Fools 
    Motley Fools aims to provide theatrical opportunities to the Masters community in a non-traditional setting that values creative collaboration and the cultivation of individual passion over performance skill. We will create a fun and inclusive environment that welcomes all skill levels.

    Sphinx
    Sphinx strives to obtain recognition for the hard work that goes unnoticed backstage as well as provide the opportunity to organize technicians for theater and other events. It will also help members grow their skills related to technical theater and other forms of technology. Two members of the group will provide tech for morning meeting.
  • Co-Curricular Theater Productions

    Each year we offer four Upper School productions, including dramas, comedies, student-directed one-act plays, and a major musical theater production.
     
    Middle School performance and production opportunities are open to seventh and eighth graders as a co-curricular option in the winter season.
     
    Recent productions include: Spring Awakening, The Crucible, Our Town, Footloose, Rent, The Pajama Game, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Pippin, Honk, Xanadu, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Laramie Project, Love and Information, Metamorphoses, Throne of Blood, A Doll’s House, Spring Shorts (student-written and directed one-act plays).

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