Performing Arts at ND

The Notre Dame High School Theater Department is dedicated to creating a collaborative, supportive learning environment with high-quality education in the performing arts.

Our aim is to elicit creative self-expression, critical thinking, and artistry through our theatre course offerings and productions. Students of all grade levels have opportunities to grow in the study of acting, singing, dancing, musical and technical theater in a rigorous, pre-professional program. Students will participate in an all-inclusive, supportive, family-like atmosphere where they collaborate with each other and build an artistic community.

Acting IV Honors Senior Show

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    Written by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project

    Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 pm
    Friday, May 24 at 3:30 pm
    Saturday, May 25 at 7:00 pm

Courses Offered

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  • Acting I

    This course will focus on stage presence and creativity and will move toward monologues, scene study and character development. Improvisation and theatre games will be rehearsed and presented as will scripted material by some of the world’s greatest playwrights. Freshman and sophomores students of all levels of experience and proficiency are welcome. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - An elective course for 9th grade students. (UC “f” VPA) 
  • Technical Theatre

    A hands-on class for crew members in the ND Theatre Program. Through practical work on theatrical productions, students are trained in Stagecraft, Lighting, Sound, Scenic Construction, Stage Management, Costuming, Hair and MakeUp. There is a fee for this course. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - An elective course for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. (UC “f” VPA pending) 
  • Acting II

    Group acting exercises and games are explored through Improvisation, Theatre of the Oppressed and Ethnography. Attention is given to voice work and movement for the actor. Students prepare and present various scenes and monologues with focus on script analysis, character building and storytelling. 

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    An elective course for 10th grade students who have completed Acting I or Musical  Theatre or who have obtained departmental approval. (UC “f” VPA) 
  • Acting III

    The emphasis in this course is on scene work and Realism. An on-going exploration of theatre for the intermediate acting student, this course will emphasize stage performance with a realistic perspective. While focusing more advanced voice work and movement, actors continue to heighten improvisational skills while working on modern and classic realism plays. 
    Prerequisites/Comments - An elective course for 11th grade students who have completed Acting II or who have obtained departmental approval. (UC “f” VPA) 
  • Honors Acting IV

    This is an advanced course for the experienced acting student. This course will emphasize performance with a professional perspective. While studying influential modern playwrights, students will prepare and present scenes from the artist’s work. The members of this class will collectively present the third play of the theatrical season.

    Prerequisites/Comments - An elective course for 12th grade students who have completed Acting III or who have obtained departmental approval. (UC “f” VPA Honors) 
  • Musical Theatre

    A workshop designed to develop the student’s talent in the performance of musical theatre. Students will participate in dance, singing and acting sessions and will present group and solo performances from the canon of musical theatre. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - An elective course for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. May be taken simultaneously with other Theatre courses. Course may be repeated for credit. (UC “f” VPA) 
  • Film Acting

    This one-semester course is focused on the unique demands on the actor when performing for film and television. Students will have the opportunity to act on camera and evaluate themselves, their peers and professional actors. Students will also have the opportunity to write, direct, and design for film if they choose. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - An elective course for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students who have completed Acting I. 
  • Improv, Film & TV Acting

    This course is designed to study beginning acting technique , scene study, and development of voice and movement skills. The course is geared toward both the beginner and those who want to hone their acting techniques and build their skill portfolio for the entertainment industry. lmprov, Film and TV Acting studies improvisation and using voice and physicality as storytelling techniques. Students study Improv and Acting in tandem to help develop various character viewpoints and scenes, as well as introduce the unique demands of the actor when performing in both filmed and live in a studio setting. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - Acting I or previous acting experience recommended. Open to all grades. (UC “f” VPA) 


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  • Amanda Tepe

    Performing Arts Department Chair
    (818) 933-3649
  • Julia Pinhey

    Technical Theatre Instructor
    (818) 933-3600 Ext. 302
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