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Which prep schools have the best Theatre Programs?

unfortunatelydumbunfortunatelydumb Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
Which prep schools have the best Theatre Programs? It would be best to only include prep schools in or near the North East.

Replies to: Which prep schools have the best Theatre Programs?

  • CaliMexCaliMex Registered User Posts: 904 Member
    Walnut Hill?
  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 4,150 Senior Member
    Walnut Hill if your primary focus is performing arts. We have a friend who transferred there from PA and was launched very successfully from there.

    George School has a very good program and lots of alums over the years who have ended up with theater careers. It is viewed as a serious part of an education, not as an EC. Worth a look.

    One of the nice things about most prep school programs is that there is often a place for newbies and kids who want to participate but not star as well as for really talented, serious kids.

  • Golfgr8Golfgr8 Registered User Posts: 528 Member
    Kent School has some pretty famous alums in the entertainment industry. Seth McFarlane (Family Guy) has spoken about @ the theatre-drama program. I think Lana Del Ray went there and Alicia Coppola, Treat Williams and Ted Danson. When you visit the school, check out the theatre program.
  • ChoatieMomChoatieMom Registered User Posts: 4,439 Senior Member
    edited February 14
    Choate has a pretty strong theatre program and an Arts Concentration. Lots of talent attended or graduated from Choate: Edward Albee, Ali McGraw, Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Paul Giamatti, Buck Henry, Bruce Dern, Jamie Lee Curtis and many important writers, producers, and directors whose names are not as popularly known. The Paul Mellon Arts Center was designed by I. M Pei and worth visiting:

    https://www.choate.edu/arts/pmac/arts-center
    In 2017, the school broke ground on Colony Hall, an academic and programmatic complement to the Paul Mellon Arts Center. Named in honor of Trustee George F. Colony '72, the new 50,000-square-foot Colony Hall is designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. With ample seating for faculty, staff, and students, the auditorium will serve not only as the venue for weekly all-school meetings, but as a performance hall that can accommodate both large and small audiences.

    The western wing of the Paul Mellon Arts Center houses the main stage theater with seating for 770, scene shop, costume shop and Green Room. The two sides of the building are connected underground through the Chase Bear Experimental Theater. Extensive renovations are planned for this portion of the complex. The Paul Mellon Arts Center's main stage theater, to be named the William T. Little '49 and Frances A. Little Theater in recognition of the donors' lifetime giving to the School, will be completely reconfigured and outfitted for theater arts. Renovation plans include refurbishment of the building's major components, including the lobby; the main theater and audience seating; the experimental theater; scenery shop, and Katz Family Green Room. In addition to upgrading the space for theatergoers with physical disabilities, the Little Theater will also provide access for the hearing impaired including assisted listening devices.
  • buuzn03buuzn03 Registered User Posts: 1,236 Senior Member
    Bookmarking this thread for future use! ;)
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