IDEAL’s theater program equips students with the skills to be creative and compassionate leaders in our global community. All students participate in drama games and exercises that build imagination, trust, and self-confidence.
In the Lower School, actors experiment with role-play, pantomime, and improvisation, learning to be innovative risk takers and to face challenges. The Lower School Theater Program culminates with the fifth grade musical for parents and their peers.
The focus for sixth grade is building an ensemble and foundational skills in acting, directing, theater literacy, play making, and design. In the older grades, students will continue to create, perform, develop understanding, and respond to theater with room for more individualized areas of study as well as cross-curricular projects. The Upper School Theater Program introduces students to theater from various contexts, allowing them to discover their own interests and passions.
Theater electives include Theater for Social Change, Playmaking, and Musical Theater. Students will also experience the incredible theater resources that New York City has to offer, including live performances, research facilities, and career opportunities. Eighth grade students collaborate to create an original musical that they write, direct, choreograph, and produce, and all Upper School Students have the option of participating in the Spring Musical.