Theater and Dance
Theater and Dance hold center stage within the Exeter curriculum. Each art explores its own disciplines and techniques, while teaching students an array of creative skills that will enhance their lives at the Academy and beyond.
These two performing arts join in our department's central mission to help our students better know themselves, to thoughtfully explore their imaginations, to experiment creatively and effectively express their ideas within the larger community.
Whether in a rehearsal room, on a film set, or in a dance studio, the growth of each student occurs in the context of Harkness learning, a group dynamic that is highly collaborative.
Our collective mission remains to inspire students toward greater understanding of their unique potentials through thorough and disciplined research into the creative process.
The Dance Program welcomes all students who are interested in dance. It strives to offer students of all levels and interests the opportunity to study, choreograph, perform and explore various dance forms. Participation in and exposure to the arts is an integral part of education, expanding one's horizons and encouraging tolerance and understanding.
All theater courses earn one credit toward the studio/performance arts requirement. Dance courses grant physical education credit, but not studio/performance art credit. The dance studio is located in the Davis Center. Major performances are held on the mainstage in Fisher Theater. Informal performances are held in the Davis Dance Studio.
Unless otherwise stipulated, all courses are open to students at all grade levels and require no previous experience.
Performers and choreographers explore a range of themes including celebration, grief, platonic friendship, separation, value transformation, compassion and empathy.
Movement explodes at Fisher Theater Main Stage this weekend when the Fall Dance Company Concert features original works examining scientific and mathematical principles.
Myra Donnelley '75 talks about her career, which started with theater and went on to global health. She attributes her flexibility and success to her theater training, and encourages Exonians to take part in performing arts.
New Line Cinema development chief Sam Brown '92 found happiness and a greater sense of accomplishment after tapping into what he describes as his 'uncomfort zone.'