Theater Pathway

The Theater pathway is for any student who wishes to expand their creativity, improve their public speaking and performance skills, and enhance and develop their collaborative skills as well as for focused, aspiring actors. With an emphasis on areas of acting development skills including method acting, working with improvisational acting exercises, and learning how to create authentic and powerful characters, the Theater Pathway helps aspiring actors and directors emerge as confident and expressive performers.   Students will learn in a hands-on environment, working on everything from monologue and scene studies to dramatic, comedic, improvisational, and musical theater.

Available Courses:

  • Theater 1
  • Theater 2
  • Improvisation
  • Film Criticism and Appreciation 1
  • Independent Study
  • Teacher’s Assistant to Theater 1

More detailed information regarding these courses is available in our EHS Program of Studies.

AVPA Endorsement Requirements

Students are eligible to receive the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts endorsement from Essex High School after meeting the following requirements:

  • earn at least 3.0 credits of visual and performing arts courses
  • enrollment in the AVPA advisory
  • successful completion of the AVPA Internship Course, usually during junior year
  • successful completion of the AVPA Capstone Project during senior year
  • receive 30 points in experiential learning opportunity credits (ELO’s) such as field trips and masterclasses
    • AVPA Field Trip – 3 points
    • Guest Artist Workshop – 4 points
    • Pre-approved Experiential Learning opportunity