Aspiring actor and writer Ella Grace Abisi ’21 (USA) will study English Literature and Theater at Colby College after eight outstanding years at TASIS.
The theater program is open to every student at TASIS, and there are many opportunities in all three divisions (Elementary, Middle, and High School) to become involved as a performer, designer, technician, scholar, and audience member. Whatever a student’s interest, it is awaiting them in theater.
For Elementary School students, after-school drama classes are offered in the fall and spring, the former concentrating on skill-building, creativity, and confidence in performance, and the latter focusing on preparation for a musical theater performance for the community.
The Middle School offers a similar program appropriate for students in grades 6–8 with an after-school drama class during the fall semester and the production of a full-scale musical in the spring.
In the High School, students can pursue (or discover!) the magic of theater through a variety of choices:
- Theater courses count towards graduation credit and offer students at all levels of experience a broad-based course of study in the dramatic arts. In addition, a new Performing Arts course that encompasses theater, music, and dance was added to the curriculum in the fall of 2023.
- Two mainstage productions each year—typically a Shakespeare or classic play in the fall and a musical in the spring—plus performances during the Spring Arts Festival offer students many opportunities to act onstage or design, manage, and run tech behind the scenes.
- While TASIS's main theatrical venue is the Palmer Center, performances are also held in a variety of locations around campus, from the outdoor stage near Casa Fleming to “pop-up” theater in dorms, the dining hall, and other surprising places.