"The theater tech and design classes in the Upper and Middle Schools at Calhoun aim to give the students who participate an appreciation for all of the roles on the technical and design side of a production, by exploring and taking on those roles themselves."
The theater program at Calhoun focuses on developing student voice and self-expression in a collaborative environment. We stage multiple productions each year, giving budding thespians the opportunity to explore a wide range of theatrical styles, develop new skills, and see the result of their efforts realized in front of an audience. In performing arts classes, students are asked to connect with who they are and expand their empathy towards others.
Through training in practical performance tools – from improv, movement, acting and vocal technique, to directing, writing for performance and filmmaking – students learn various mediums in order to express their ideas and establish their voice. Theater teachers provide ample opportunities for student-written and directed work, and encourage an atmosphere of experimentation. A production might include collaboration with a professional playwright, veer into the territory of film, or become a platform for activism – the only limit is our imagination!
Students in preschool through 12th grade have the opportunity to showcase their talents to the community in a range of theater productions held throughout the school year.
"Theater, to me, is an opportunity to explore our humanity through art. The goal should always be a rich and fulfilling experience for not only the students involved with the show, both onstage and off, but also for our audiences."
"In performing arts classes, students are asked to connect with who they are and expand their empathy and understanding of themselves and others – and then, to express that understanding in a new way."
Calhoun's Upper School theater program took on an unprecedented project — filming an entire movie from home.
81st Street Performing Arts Theater
Calhoun's Mary Lea Johnson Performing Arts Center has multiple floors dedicated to the performing arts. We have two theaters, and dedicated rehearsal spaces for our student musicians and actors. Our performing arts program is for all students, preschool through 12th grade.