The Drama Department at University School provides every boy with the opportunity to experience and explore his ability to express himself through acting, movement, and public speaking. It is through the curriculum and fall play and spring musical that the boys foster their imagination and confidence on and off of the stage. In sixth grade, our essential question is, "What does it mean to be an actor and theatre technician? Boys establish a foundation in these areas, exploring the body, voice, and emotion that are necessary to create a character. They study the different roles in which a person can work and thrive in the theatre. In seventh grade, our essential question is, "How do you develop your voice as a performer and technician? Boys present their own monologues, study script analysis, musical theatre, audition techniques, and playwriting. At this level the boys are expected to develop sensitivity to the arts and realize how the arts affect society and daily life. In eighth grade, our essential question is, "What does it mean to be a working actor and theatre technician in the world?” Boys are expected to become masterful actors and technicians in the classroom. They delve deeply into characterization, directing, and improvisation.
Boys looking to further their drama experience may audition for the fall play and/or spring musical.