Whether interested in acting, directing, stage management, or theatrical design, there are many opportunities to be involved in theatre at The Lawrenceville School. Our objective is to impart in our students vivid self awareness and a comprehensive process for creating stageworthy theatre through a diverse and structured approach. Through Harkness discussions and projects, we observe, collaborate, discuss, and test choices in rehearsal, arguing our ideas in shaping conflict and relationship for the stage. As students develop their own creative skills, they come to a deeper understanding of themselves and others in the process. We praise objective feedback of each other's work and revel in the process of getting there.
Students will tap into their inner creative artist starting in our Foundations of Theatre classes, building on physical and vocal skills through a variety of game and play studies. Our curriculum extends to intermediate-level classes and advanced theatre electives in several theatrical disciplines, including acting, directing, theatrical design, and dramatic composition. Following intermediate classes, students will have the skills to effectively collaborate and act a leading role in a production or take up a leading technical position in our active co-curricular program. Students can also select from a variety of advanced theatre elective courses, pursuing mastery of their craft in their upper form years.
Our co-curricular program is where all of our production work happens, driven by the student artists and thespians in the Periwig Club, Lawrenceville’s dynamic theatre group and the oldest student club on campus. All students can audition for onstage roles in our staged productions (though these come with varying and considerable time commitments) as well as take up numerous technical theatre positions with Mr. Jamie Cuthrell, Technical Director, including stage management, lighting, sound, costumes, and stage crew. We offer large and small scale productions, with a fully staged musical or play production in the fall term over Parents’ Weekend. The winter term boasts a diverse program in our Black Box theater, with our WinterFest one-act play festival featuring student directors, actors, and technicians, as well as our Second Form class production of a Shakespeare play. For singers, there are opportunities for voice lessons, a great choral program in the Music Department, plus a WinterFest favorite, the Broadway Cabaret. The spring term features our annual Spring Dance Concert, led by Mr. Derrick Wilder, Director of Dance, as well as a spring Black Box production. If you are a student who plays a varsity sport, you can audition for our Jean S. Stephens Play Reading Series, a public play-reading performance of both published and new works once each term; join our popular comedy improv troupe, Impulse; or request to play a smaller role in any of our staged offerings. There is also our annual regional Shakespeare competition to consider and our ideal location sets us conveniently between Philadelphia and New York City, putting theatre right in our backyard. No matter where your level of interest in theatre calls you, there are myriad opportunities at a variety of levels to get involved with the Theatre Program at Lawrenceville. See you on the stage!
Matthew R. Campbell
Director of Theatre