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.
You can watch a short video at the bottom of this page with a theater student who shares why she chose the Perpich theater program.
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.
- 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.
"With all of the great mentoring, etc. at Perpich I met professionals in the theatre and film arts. This showed me that it was possible to be a filmmaker (or any kind of artist) for a living."
—Tasha Hardy, '92, theater