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Theatre

Our Theatre programs foster artists who are concerned, sensitive to cross-cultural understanding, and passionate about social change. We develop a unique voice and understand the power of that voice within a community.

We combine essential foundational skills in acting with introductory courses in technical theater, film and playwriting to emphasize the concept that theatre is a collaborative art form. Every creative mind counts, and every student participates with the appropriate energy, effort, and attitude.

Following sophomore year, students are invited to deepen their study in one of four concentrations: Acting, Filmmaking, Multimedia Production (a Chapter 74 Program), and Technical Theatre. This extensive study in the arts is balanced by a strong academic base in the Humanities, STEAM, and Literary Arts, preparing students for whatever path they choose to pursue. (Linked to these dept. pages)

We offer multiple opportunities for students to connect with working theatre professionals and hone their skills through festival and summer acting programs, master classes with visiting teaching artists and industry professionals, ensemble projects written, directed and produced by students, outside internships, and community service projects.

Ninth Grade

English (Language and Literary Arts) · Introductory Physics · Geometry · Humanities I · World Language or Learning Center · Orientation · Technical Theatre I · Movement for Actors I · Introduction to Theatre I · Theatre Arts I · Voice & Speech I · Voice & Speech II

Offered | Not Required
Stagecraft · Playwriting · Theatre and Production II

Additional Academic Opportunities
Open Honors · Dual Enrollment at Roxbury Community College (RCC)

Additional Arts Electives
Musical Theatre · Entrepreneurship · Art Connections · Photography

Other Requirements
All ninth grade Theatre students usher and help with strike for BAA main stage production and receive a grade for this in Theatre Arts I.

Juries and Assessments
At the end of the first semester, freshmen Theatre students participate in a mid-year review, where their growth and skill in a formal presentation of movement, vocal technique, monologues and scenes is assessed. Students are required to prepare a two-character scene and one monologue. A panel of Theatre faculty and outside professionals will review the work. A portfolio review will also analyze the student’s ability to document their work, both in their theatre journal and in their digital portfolio.

Tenth Grade

English (Language and Literary Arts) · Biology · Algebra · Humanities II · World Language or Learning Center · Technical Theatre II · Movement for Actors II · Introduction to Theatre II · Theatre Arts II

Offered | Not Required
Stagecraft · Playwriting · Theatre and Production II

Additional Academic Opportunities
Open Honors · Dual Enrollment at Roxbury Community College (RCC)

Additional Arts Electives
Musical Theatre · Entrepreneurship · Art Connections · Photography

Other Requirements
All tenth grade students will be part of a tech crew and help with strike.

Juries and Assessments
The formative assessment in tenth grade reviews students’ ability to maintain a ‘C’ or above in all arts classes, seriousness of purpose, participating in class and collaboration with ensemble members, ability to write play or character analysis, and ability to memorize and rehearse assigned work.

Eleventh Grade

English (Language and Literary Arts) · Chemistry · Advanced Algebra · Humanities III · Elective or Learning Center · Theatre and Production Advanced Seminar

Acting Concentration
Actor’s Studio

Filmmaking Concentration
Filmmaking

Multimedia Production Concentration
Design I

Technical Theatre Concentration
Theatre Arts III

Offered | Not Required
Internship: In School · Independent Study · Voice and Speech III · Theatre and Production III

Additional Academic Opportunities
Open Honors · Spanish III · AP Biology

Additional Arts Electives
Musical Theatre · Entrepreneurship · Art Connections · Photography

ProArts Dual Enrollment
Berklee & Boston Conservatory · Boston Architectural Center (BAC) · Emerson · Mass Art

BPS Dual Enrollment
Ben Franklin Institute of Technology · Bunker Hill · Roxbury Community College (RCC) · Suffolk University

Partnership
Vertex Science Summer Internship

Juries and Assessments
At the end of eleventh grade, students will participate in a jury. A panel of outside professionals and BAA faculty will assess students’ growth and skill in formal presentation of movement, vocal technique, monologues, scenes, and oral interview.

Twelfth Grade

English (Language and Literary Arts) · Environmental Science · Probability and Statistics or AP Statistics or Dual Enrollment Calculus or Other College Math · Humanities IV · Elective or Learning Center · Theatre and Production Advanced Seminar

Acting Concentration
Actor’s Studio

Filmmaking Concentration
Filmmaking

Multimedia Production Concentration
Design II

Technical Theatre Concentration
Theatre Arts IV

Offered | Not Required
Internship: In School · Independent Study · Voice and Speech IV · Theatre and Production III

Additional Academic Opportunities
Open Honors · AP Biology (elective) · AP Statistics · Seal of Biliteracy

Additional Arts Electives
Musical Theatre · Entrepreneurship · Art Connections · Photography

ProArts Dual Enrollment
Berklee/Boston Conservatory · Boston Architectural Center (BAC) · Emerson · Mass Art

BPS Dual Enrollment
Ben Franklin Institute of Technology · Bunker Hill · Roxbury Community College (RCC) · Suffolk University · Cambridge College

Partnership
Vertex Summer and School-Year Internships

Juries and Assessments
All seniors in the acting concentration will be required to demonstrate what they have learned over their four years at BAA. Their Senior Showcase will be either a one-act play or ten-minute scene and monologue. An outside panel of professional theatre artists will attend and critique these performances. All seniors in the filmmaking concentration will be required to make two short films and write a 25-page screenplay. Seniors in the production concentrations must complete a professional outside internship.

More information on our benchmarks and requirements for the Theatre Major can be found in our BAA Student Handbook HERE.

BAA Theatre major student on a darkly lit stage during a production of "The Wiz".
Theatre is the art of looking at ourselves.

Augusto Boal

2021's Musical Theatre Show

Our graduates go on to post-secondary conservatory programs, college, professional careers as theatre artists, or other careers that benefit from our multi-disciplinary foundation.

A headshot of Chris with a big smile.

Chris Russo

Class of 2003 | Theatre

Success on the stage and behind the camera.

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