The Theatre Arts Department at IACS is an in-depth, inclusive course of study. It is arranged and geared toward helping the high school drama student grow, progress and learn along 4 fronts.

            First, to provide the developing actor with a variety of techniques to help them understand the full range of skills necessary to move forward to either post-secondary or professional/regional theatre. This includes, but is not limited to: Mime, Voice and Diction, Stanislavski System, Character and Play Analysis as well as the process and progress of a full theatrical production. It is our intent to provide the student with multiple opportunities to participate in a multitude of styles-classical, Shakespearean, avant-garde or existential, presentational and representational, contemporary, reader’s theatre and musical theatre.

            Second, to give an overview and basic instruction on all of the jobs and tasks related to the technical theatre. The Stagecraft students will get an opportunity to work with set design, sound design, makeup, lighting, properties, costumes and stage management. The intent of our technical program will be to give them an opportunity to explore all of the avenues and find their own place to thrive.

            Third, to give the students an opportunity to be involved with the competitive drama element. While competitive drama does not lend itself to future goals, the skills required to compete are invaluable. To truly excel at this, the student needs to be able to work independently, self-motivate and learn to work with and guide other students with only oversight by the teacher. At the end of the process they will also learn that most valuable of tools for the budding actor: How to network with fellow artists.

            Fourth, and perhaps most importantly, we give them real-world skills. The things that we stress in all aspects of the theatre are skills and tools they will need in order to be successful, either in drama or life. They will learn how to collaborate and work with others (even, sometimes, when they may not like or agree with those others). They will develop a solid work ethic. They will learn how to think critically and “outside of the box” to solve problems. They will develop those skills necessary to meet concrete deadlines and the consequences associated with them. And finally, how to best communicate ideas, feelings and thoughts to others in a constructive manner. 

            This department is focused on not only developing the actor, but the person.