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Performing Arts

Providence's Performing Arts department engages students in a rigorous curriculum, focusing on both theory and practical application, and as a part of the larger Providence High School community which was founded on the principle of educating the whole human being, benefitting from a rich and robust academic and spiritual environment. Led by a team of highly qualified educators who are working professional artists themselves, Providence High Artists enjoy a vast network of resources widening their opportunity for success at every stage—high school, college and beyond.   

With artists studying at top tier colleges and universities including, USC, Chapman University, The New School, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, New York University: Tisch School of the Arts, Boston Conservatory and Philadelphia’s UArts, and making an impact on the world as professionals, the lessons learned while engaged at Providence High Arts provide a lifetime of return.

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The Curriculum

Dance

Our Dance I course seeks to foster an appreciation of and basic knowledge of dance genres and techniques, as well as develop the skills necessary in producing work for public performance as well as personal artistry. This dynamic and engaging introduction to the world of dance utilizes varied techniques: ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern and musical theatre, as well as student created chorography, the analysis of major works from famous choreographers and companies with a focus on movement dynamics and production components as effective tools for storytelling, and dance history. 

Students gain a basic understanding of the anatomy required for proper placement and alignment and key muscle groups used in technically challenging choreography. With a holistic approach to the student as an artist and choreographer, this course aims to develop a love of movement.


Drama

Drama I and Classical Acting courses develop an appreciation and knowledge of acting and acting techniques for the novice performer, while further encouraging the more experienced performer. Both classes focus on strengthening the body and voice as vital instruments in emotional expression and availability. 

Drama I introduces important aspects of theatre: ensemble work, introduction to acting technique and script analysis, writing and creating original work, and the importance of bringing oneself to the character. 

Classical Acting further builds on these fundamentals through the introduction of varied acting techniques, advanced material, theatre history, exploring the roles of writer, director and designer, and deep character work by way of self-exploration and transformation. Both courses offer performance opportunities. 


Musical Ensembles

Music Ensembles cater to the specific strengths of each student with regard to their musical ability. All ensembles offer performance opportunities and focus on expanding the student’s knowledge and use of music theory, music history, sight-reading methods, vocal techniques, and musical expression. 

In addition to developing individual musical strengths, each group is designed to teach self-discipline and commitment while working together toward a common goal of excellence and fostering an appreciation of choral and instrumental music. Many of our ensembles will participate in regional and national competitions/ festivals throughout the academic year. 

The Faculty

Marisa Bradfield

Performing Arts Program Director
Choral Director

Sebastian Johnson

Choreographer

Julianne Kusmierczyk

Performing Arts Faculty

Tracy Stroh

Performing Arts Faculty, Accompanist

Annie Terry

Theatre Operations Specialist