Lawrence Academy offers students opportunities in theatre that allow them to discover their own creative voice, to be a member of an ensemble, to explore important ideas about the world, and to have fun while engaged in the serious learning of a craft. The full curriculum of theatre courses includes term-long electives such as Theatre Ensemble, Improvisation, Acting, and Physical Theatre as well as the year-long intensive Honors Theatre Ensemble.
Theatre in the afternoon can fulfill the after school "sport" requirement in the Fall and Winter onstage and all three terms for Stage Crew. Participating in theatre beyond the classroom at LA can involve performing on stage, being a member of the technical team working behind the scenes, or directing. The student-centered mission of LA is embodied in the kind of work that we make in the theatre here. There is a heavy focus on ensemble-created, devised productions that look to investigate questions about the world and often include student-composed and performed musical scores.
The Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art performance venue, offers young actors, directors, designers, and technicians a professional environment in which to practice their craft (view the theatre in a virtual tour).
A teaching classroom space adjacent to the venue serves as a black box studio theatre space for small-scale, experimental or class productions, workshops, and rehearsals; right next door is an expansive scene shop.
For more information about theatre at LA please contact:
Director of Theatre Joel Sugerman