Performing Arts Faculty

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  • Photo of Dan Burmester

    Mr. Dan Burmester 

    Head of Theater Arts / Strategic Plan Coordinator
    Emerson College - MA
    SUNY New Paltz - BS

Horowitz Hall

Our performing arts center and auditorium features: 
  • 350 Seat Theater
  • Professional Sound
  • 60+ Theatrical Lighting Capacity
  • Full Catwalk, Electrical, and Mechanical Fly Systems
  • Scene Shop
  • Student-Operated Production Booth
  • WiFi and Full Digital Projection
  • Bechstein Grand Piano
  • Gallery Space
Performing Arts


At Vermont Academy when you access the arts, you access your self.

List of 5 items.

  • What does Vermont Academy Theatre Arts (VATA) provide?

    Vermont Academy Theatre Arts (VATA) provides four production experiences a year, and elective coursework. The season consists of two plays, or, one play and one musical, a student-generated piece and a 24-hour play festival. This multi-genre season offers the entire VA community to enjoy, and learn from a well-rounded year of theater.

    VATA strives to select shows that reflect who our students are and expose them to realities different from theirs. VATA’s coursework introduces students to Theatre, then, should the students choose, deepen their knowledge and skills in areas such as theatre styles, acting, and theatre technology.
  • When does Vermont Academy Theatre Arts happen?

    VATA works to make theatre accessible to those who want to give it a try and those who find Theatre to be a primary interest. Theatre is a part of Vermont Academy’s day, afternoon and evening. Two production experiences are offered as an afternoon activity and one as an extracurricular evening commitment. The evening commitment rotates to a different trimester every year. This way, students can choose to participate in theatre in the afternoons, or, if a student has an interest in a sport or different afternoon activity, they are able to engage with theatre in the evening. Elective coursework in theatre is available to all students.
  • Why participate in Vermont Academy Theatre Arts?

    Whether you want to step outside your comfort zone, or, if theatre is a central passion in your life, or if you just curious, VATA will meet you where you are.

    While involved you will learn and practice creative collaboration, artistic process, community-oriented participation, connection with different perspectives and beliefs, and personal excellence. You can pursue a variety of interests in Theatre Arts and will be given the knowledge and skills to cultivate a new ability or strengthen an existing one.
  • How do I participate in Vermont Academy Theatre Arts?

    Show up and have a great time. You won’t be turned away. If you’d like, contact the Head of the Theatre Arts Program, Daniel Burmester with any questions.
  • Vermont Academy Theatre Arts Production Experience

    In VATA’s Production Experience (VATAPE) students engage in a collaborative and
    creative process with a scripted work. This process is situated in a professional presenting/producing model and enhanced via focus on individual student interest and prosocial growth.

    Students are assigned various roles based in personal interest and growth opportunities. Students are guided through and learn the steps of pre-production, rehearsal, design and post production processes of their production assignment. Examples of these roles can include but are not limited to, actor, stage manager, carpenter, dramaturg, scenic designer, playwright, sound board operator. Knowledge and skills germane to assignments will be offered by the instructor through demonstration, craft-based exercises, brief lectures and experiential tasks.

    Students will synthesize the knowledge and skills they are provided to realize their process as theatre makers. Through artistic analysis, intuition and evaluation students will interpret meaning from a scripted work to collaborate, develop and craft their production. Specifically, students might analyze and evaluate the scripted work for theatre styles, management tasks, design, acting choices and a personal and meaningful connection to the text. Through this collaborative process with peers and instructors, they will execute their production assignment to convey the scripted work’s story and their discovered meaning and vision. Students will present their work to Vermont Academy and its extended community.
"Theater has given me the chance to try things I never thought I could do. On stage, I am able to step out of my comfort zone and create something that people love to watch. Being able to perform here at VA, with the incredible cast and crew, has allowed my true self to shine through." - Sarah '19

Education for Life - One Student at a Time

Vermont Academy is a coed college preparatory boarding and day school in southern Vermont, serving grades 9-12 plus a postgraduate year.