Performing Arts


At Vermont Academy, students can follow thier passion

Every year, the Vermont Academy theater program produces a musical, a play, a student generated production, 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.

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  • Theater Curriculum

    Improvisational and Devised Theater
    Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell: all
    great comedic actors, and even better improvisers who got
    their start in improv groups like “Upright Citizens Brigade” and
    “Second City”. This is a performance-based course for actors
    at any level of experience. Students will learn the basics of
    improvisation through daily games and exercises and test their
    abilities in front of live audiences as much as possible. In addition
    to improvisation, students will create original performance
    pieces based on a series of prompts and perform their work in a
    variety of venues and settings. Out of class assignments for this
    course include light reading and creative writing assignments.

    During this course, students will become versed in the
    basic tools and vocabulary necessary to the actor. Through
    improvisation, physical technique, and text analysis, each
    student will analyze and workshop a variety of scenes
    with the final goal of performing for the class and, at
    times, for the public. In order to get the most out of this
    course, students will be required to complete moderate
    amounts of reading, writing and memorization.

    Playwriting: Black Box Theater
    Throughout this trimester, students in this course will be
    responsible for conceiving, writing and producing the annual
    Black Box Theater production. Participants in the course are
    expected to collaborate intensively, and each member of the
    class will be expected to contribute throughout the process and
    take on an active role in the final product (the play) as well.

    Acting I
    This course, aimed at students of all levels, is a practical
    approach to Theater Arts. Students will explore the
    performance-based elements of theater through exercises
    and projects designed to aid the actor in defining and
    honing his/her “actor’s toolkit”. Students will also be given
    the opportunity to experiment with directing and writing for
    the stage, and will learn the basics of technical theater. Each
    student will be expected to work well individually as well as
    collaboratively, and to participate fully in all of the required
    activities. Students will be asked to perform regularly in front
    of the class and, on occasion, in front of larger audiences.

    Acting and Directing for Film
    Enrollment by instructor permission. Prior experience encouraged.
    Intended for experienced film and theater students, this
    course is aimed at making original, collaborative films with an
    emphasis on acting and expressive cinematography. Students
    will be given various assignments to tackle throughout the
    term, with a culminating project that will be considered for
    submission to the Williston Northampton Film Festival in May.
    Topics to be discussed will include screenwriting, acting,
    blocking, cinematography and editing. We will produce both
    silent and dialogue-focused short films in a variety of styles.
    Students can choose to classify as actors or filmmakers,
    but will have the opportunity to work both in front of and
    behind the camera at various points throughout the term.

    Page to Stage
    Permission from the Performing Arts and English
    Department Chairs is needed for enrollment.
    The primary focus of this course will be reading and
    analyzing the text of the Spring Play in preparation for the main
    stage production in early May. Students in the course will be
    encouraged to act in the production; those who do not wish
    to be on stage will be expected to actively engage with the
    rehearsal process in some way (i.e. assistant direct) or complete
    other assignments in lieu of rehearsing. Students will be expected
    to keep a character journal, engage actively with the texts,
    and to find their own voice within Shakespeare’s language.
  • Horowitz Hall

    Students thrive when they are encouraged to pursue their strengths, and a strong aptitude in one area can spark the courage to try something new. The fresh spaces and new resources generated by our Studio and Performing Arts Center give our students the support and opportunity they need to find a voice, take the stage, and play with passion.

    • 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
  • Technical Theater