The dramatic arts are a central aspect of each student's experience at Nueva. Integrated into classroom curricula, each grade uses drama as a way to deepen the study of humanities. From Greek tragedies, to Shakespeare, to original plays penned by classes, students learn the importance of structure, form, dialogue, and performance. Each grade studies how drama has mirrored the development of culture and society around the world, and how it has directly affected historical events.
Drama-related opportunities abound such as working with professional actors, choreographers, set designers, costumers, and other drama professionals. Students also see productions both locally, and in Oregon, Washington, DC, and other areas. These opportunities arise both in core curricula, through musical theater, or both.
In addition to the study of drama, students can delve deeply into the world of musical theater. With offerings for Lower, Middle, and Upper School students, members of our musical theater productions learn the entire process of putting on a show. All participants audition for parts, learn dialogue, songs, and choreography, learn blocking, staging, set design and more. Importantly, after months of rehearsals, the student cast and crew put on striking performances with full sets and costumes!
With drama in the classroom and musical theater as electives, there are frequent and high-quality opportunities for each Nueva student to go as deeply into the dramatic arts as their passion dictates.