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"I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being."

- Oscar Wilde

We are looking for students who are committed to contributing to the world in which they live and developing their artistic and intellectual abilities.  The study of theatre is a life-long activity and requires the student to develop multiple skills across many disciplines.  In addition to rigorous training in acting, movement and speech, students study theatre history, dramatic literature, playwriting and directing.  We place emphasis on individual growth, discovery of personal strengths, critical thinking, process oriented work and the ensemble approach to making theatre.

Our program is demanding and requires a high level of commitment from our students.  In addition to opportunities to perform onstage at Ellington our students have extensive opportunities to work with professional artists and theatre companies from around the country and the world.


Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Acting I Acting II Acting III Acting IV
Theatre History I Movement II Styles Audition Practices*/
Introduction to Directing*
Intro to Theatre/Dramatics Theatre History II Movement III Senior Projects
Movement I Speech II Speech III Movement IV
3 Credits 4 Credits 4 Credits 4 Credits

Online Syllabi

Acting IBillie HolmesView Syllabus
Acting IICaroline ClayView Syllabus
Acting IIICaroline ClayView Syllabus
Acting IVKen JohnsonView Syllabus
Audition TechniquesCaroline ClayView Syllabus
Intro to Theatre & Speech IDenise DiggsView Syllabus
Movement IDawn NaserView Syllabus
Movement IIDawn NaserView Syllabus
Movement IIIDawn NaserView Syllabus
Movement IVDawn NaserView Syllabus
Playwrighting & Play AnalysisKen JohnsonView Syllabus
Senior Projects & SeminarKen JohnsonView Syllabus
Speech II & IIIDenise DiggsView Syllabus
Theatre History I & Script AnalysisEric RuffinView Syllabus
Theatre History IIEric RuffinView Syllabus
Theatre Operations & Arts ManagementDawn NaserView Syllabus
Theatre StylesKen JohnsonView Syllabus
Voice & SpeechDenise DiggsView Syllabus


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