AVPA - Theater




The AVPA theatre arts concentration is a training program for students interested in pursuing a college major in theatre or film leading to a career in some aspect of those fields. Core courses include sequences in acting, voice and speech, theatre history, dramatic writing and directing. In addition to studying with faculty members, AVPA theatre students work with industry professionals in the study of dance, musical theatre, technical theatre and design, and the business of theatre. Students are required to participate, either as performers or technicians, in at least one major theatrical production each year.

Our goal is to nurture creativity and imagination, develop skills and discipline and emphasize process. Rather than provide students with a single technique we introduce young artists to a variety of methods (including improvisation, Viewpoints, Stanislavsky technique, Linklater, and physical style techniques), encouraging them to learn to work in ways most productive for their individual growth.

Theatre concentration students will be well prepared to audition for college and conservatory Theatre Arts programs (BA and BFA). AVPA theatre students, because of their course of study, will be ready for almost any college major or career path encountered in the 21st Century. Students acquire a deep understanding of multiple perspectives and world views and a keen ear for the subtleties and nuances in language, music and movement. Moreover, they have enhanced and developed imaginative capacity, flexible ways of thinking, self-discipline, and sophisticated presentation skills.