“When doing a show, we are all a part of this intense, crazy show that is big and beautiful and fun, but we are also creating a family backstage ― growing together and growing individually ― and ultimately I know that I am a better person because I have come through this program.”
Not every future actor, playwright, director, stage manager, or theater technician arrives at Loomis Chaffee knowing that they want to be involved in theater, but we have a place for everyone whose interests and curiosity steer them to the John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols Center for Theater and Dance. Whether you are new to the performing arts or an advanced performer looking to hone your skills alongside talented and experienced peers and professionals, our extensive curricular and extracurricular offerings will enable you to grow as an artist and discover new talents.
During the class day, students can take classes in acting, improvisation, Shakespeare, acting for the camera, masks, stage combat, technical theater, playwriting and directing, and public speaking. After school, interested students can audition to perform in the main stage fall drama production or winter musical; the IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and acceptance) Film Festival; and second stage productions, including student-produced one-act plays, the spring term Improviganza, and spoken-word performances. All of these productions are supported by student stage managers, lighting and sound technicians, set designers, and costumers who are trained by and work alongside professionals with experience at such theaters as Hartford Stage; Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut; and on- and off-Broadway theaters.
Like all of Loomis Chaffee’s programs in the arts, our theater programs are structured so that participating students are able to pursue a wide variety of interests beyond the boards. As a result, many students find their way to the theater and balance many different interests during their time at Loomis.