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Specialty Center 
Coordinator: Jamie Barrack

The Thomas Dale Theatre Department is committed to excellence in theatrical performance, design, and technology. Students in the theatre track of the specialty center program begin their training as an ensemble, learning to work collaboratively in the creation of dramatic performances and other projects in Studio Theatre. As students progress through their four years at TDHS, they continue to grow as an ensemble while discovering and honing independent interests and passions. Through their elective coursework, students are provided opportunities to study theatre history and theory, survey a variety of theatrical forms and genres, and read/perform from a broad range of theatrical texts, while challenging themselves and their fellow ensemble members to grow as actors, playwrights, directors, designers, technicians, and producers. After school, specialty center theatre students are strongly encouraged to take on extracurricular roles as cast, designers, stage managers and student directors on fall and spring productions. Students also perform annually as selected for the VHSL one act competition each winter. Learning in the Specialty Center Program is project-based and student-driven. As they mature in their studies, students are encouraged to take on independent projects, engage with the Richmond theatre community as performers, crew-members, and audiences, and develop personal aesthetic perspectives and critical responses to the world and art around them.