Theater Performance: First and Second Semester Courses

Acting Technique

This course provides the foundational studio experience for all performance majors in the Theatre Arts division.  Students are divided into class sections to work with individual acting faculty members and a select ensemble of peers for the entire school year, with the opportunity to work with a different teacher for every year that they are at the Academy.  Basic exercises from primary theorists are intermixed with ensemble improvisations and analytical and practical work with assigned dramatic texts. 

Text/materials needed:

  • Various theoretical texts and play scripts as assigned by individual instructors 
  • Notebook/journal and writing materials

Theatre Company

This serves as the primary “lab course” for the Academy Theatre Arts division, allowing students to utilize the skills that they are evolving in their other theatre curricular offerings.  Division students actively participate in all facets of the practical preparation of theatrical productions to be presented to audiences of the school community as well as the general public.

Text/Materials Needed:

  • Copies of the dramatic texts utilized in the productions in which the students are cast and/or assigned to work
  • Notebook/journal and writing materials
  • Appropriate clothing for rehearsals and/or work in the various technical shops