Middle School students study the different elements of drama, including movement, improvisation, storytelling, adaptation, characterization, and stage production. They also examine their personal skills and relationships with others as part of the acting process. They have multiple opportunities to invent original works and analyze in-class performances. The Drama Club is an after-school program which performs throughout the year in school productions and other settings.
In Upper School, students can take Theatre 1 which introduces various plays from theatre history and teach the craft of acting. Theatre 2: Acting is for the student who desires to continue growing as a performer and Theatre 2: Directing allows students to use the skills they learn to direct scene work and to write original material. Honors Theatre 3 and Honors Theatre 4 are for advanced students interested in pursuing theatre beyond the high school level. These classes, also known as the Touring Company, represent Episcopal at various competitions, festivals, and other events.
In addition to classes, any student is eligible to audition for theatre productions which cover the spectrum of theatre genres. One-act and full-length musicals, comedies, dramas, farces, and historical plays are all a part of the school’s rich extracurricular performance experience. Episcopal chapter of The International Thespian Society participates at district and state thespian festivals. Students may also take part in the wide variety of technical theatre positions supporting these productions.