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Using the model of a professional ensemble company, theater students learn proven performance techniques and explore exciting innovations in theater practice.

The Perpich theater program is challenging for all levels of experience from beginner to advanced. It offers solid preparation for college programs in theater and the liberal arts and has a strong record of placement in conservatory programs.

The curriculum consists of performance skills including acting, movement and voice, with training opportunities for actor-singers, playmakers, and stage managers; emphasis on drama of literary and social significance; text analysis and action-playing through the Stanislavsky System; inclusion of all students in ensemble performance work; collaboration with the music program (musical theater), media arts (acting for film) and local professional artists. The program prepares two full productions and two workshop presentations.

In the theater program, students produce collective art—art that is meaningful to everyone in the group, because everyone has had an opportunity to contribute. Students explore performance techniques, dramatic theory and theater history while working in an ensemble company. Together, they read, see, reflect upon and perform plays and literature of historical and social significance. Students learn how performances are crafted, how plays are made and the cultural contexts from which the stories arise. Students develop their own themes, using principles of drama they have learned in performance classes.

Student production


  • Performance skills: acting, movement and voice, with training opportunities for actor-singers, playmakers and stage managers
  • Emphasis on drama of literary and social significance
  • Text analysis and action-playing through the Stanislavsky System
  • Inclusion of all students in ensemble performance work
  • Collaboration with music (musical theater) and media arts (acting for film)
  • Collaboration with local professional artists
  • Preparation for college conservatory or liberal arts programs

Students participate in acting, movement, playmaking, theater history and theory courses from 1-3 p.m. and do production work from 3-6 p.m. We prepare two full productions and two workshop presentations. Theater students are required to participate in public performance projects.

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Are you thinking Perpich Arts High School might be the place for you? It’s a big decision, we know. We would welcome a visit from you to learn more! Check our schedule for Information Sessions or contact Admissions to plan a shadow day.

“Perpich is the best school for me because it provides a diverse student population, artistic environment and academic opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else in the state.”

Erika Beal, Literary Arts Student from Plymouth

“My teachers encourage me to push myself outside of my comfort zone and to always strive to better my art, never settling for good enough.”

Regan Dockery, Theater Student from Sartell

"Perpich is providing me with the opportunity to develop my art, and fulfill a potential which I might never have on my own. I decided to come to Perpich because I was an ugly duckling, and I’m glad I did because now I’m flying with the swans."

Naftalia Rose, Literary Arts Student from Crystal

"For 17 years I’d carried the bulk of my children’s education myself. Sending the two oldest away to Perpich was a huge step of faith and I have not been disappointed. The teachers, in particular, have been fabulous!"

Merri Mickelson, Parent

"[Perpich] was a hugely formative experience for me and I think gave me many of the tools to get to this point of, as you said, doing meaningful work that I love."

Andrew Edman, ‘05, Visual Arts

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