The Theater Program at Montgomery Bell Academy
The Theater Program at MBA helps students develop creative solutions to complex problems. In facing the challenges of performance, students develop sensitivity to the interpersonal relationships inherent in the collaborative process and grow as individuals, thus preparing them for all enterprises that value these qualities.
As teachers, we spend a great deal of time discussing what “character” means. How do we “build character” both on stage and in our lives? My favorite motto by modern acting teacher Sanford Meisner is “an ounce of behavior is worth a ton of words.” This too, applies both to how we prepare a role and how we prepare ourselves for living as responsible adults. It is very important (but also complicated) to be a gentleman in our contemporary world. Theater offers a mirror for understanding these complexities; at the same time, it celebrates life’s mystery and revels in life’s joys, its comic absurdities and its sheer silliness. Moreover, while plays celebrate individuality, they also show the power of people uniting behind a shared cause. Play-making urges self-discovery and expression, yet it depends for its effectiveness on the attentive and passionate collaboration of all the artists involved.
Specifically, the theater program's curricular and extra-curricular offerings provide a history and an appreciation of drama for the beginning student, as well as extensive training and college preparation for the advanced student.