Theater Arts

The Besant Hill School Theater program is dedicated to educating students of all levels in the art of theater through classes in acting, directing, design, voice, dance, musical theater, production, and technical theater. Education occurs not only in the classroom but also in production opportunities. Each year, Besant Hill invites professional artists for lectures and workshops, and to join the creative teams for the school’s main stage productions, sharing their knowledge of the art and business of theater and film. Students will work side by side with entertainment industry professionals, presenting plays for the school and the community.

Theater Arts

The Besant Hill School Theater program is dedicated to educating students of all levels in the art of theater through classes in acting, directing, design, voice, dance, musical theater, production, and technical theater. Education occurs not only in the classroom but also in production opportunities. Each year, Besant Hill invites professional artists for lectures and workshops, and to join the creative teams for the school’s main stage productions, sharing their knowledge of the art and business of theater and film. Students will work side by side with entertainment industry professionals, presenting plays for the school and the community.

Theater Arts

The Besant Hill School Theater program is dedicated to educating students of all levels in the art of theater through classes in acting, directing, design, voice, dance, musical theater, production, and technical theater. Education occurs not only in the classroom but also in production opportunities. Each year, Besant Hill invites professional artists for lectures and workshops, and to join the creative teams for the school’s main stage productions, sharing their knowledge of the art and business of theater and film. Students will work side by side with entertainment industry professionals, presenting plays for the school and the community.

In addition to classroom and production learning, theater students participate in a number of excursions to professional theaters, including the Actors Gang, South Coast Repertory Theatre, A Noise Within, Pasadena Playhouse, Fountain Theater, and many other theaters in the region. Through relationships built with several companies, students have the opportunity to talk with the actors and directors following the shows, gaining first-hand insight into the business and craft of acting. Students of the Besant Hill School theater program are also eligible as interns for the prestigious Ojai Playwrights Conference (OPC), held each year here on campus in the school’s modern facility, the Zalk Theater.

In addition to classroom and production learning, theater students participate in a number of excursions to professional theaters, including the Actors Gang, South Coast Repertory Theatre, A Noise Within, Pasadena Playhouse, Fountain Theater, and many other theaters in the region. Through relationships built with several companies, students have the opportunity to talk with the actors and directors following the shows, gaining first-hand insight into the business and craft of acting. Students of the Besant Hill School theater program are also eligible as interns for the prestigious Ojai Playwrights Conference (OPC), held each year here on campus in the school’s modern facility, the Zalk Theater.

Dan Call

Arts Chair & Performing Arts Teacher

“Besant Hill allows students to be who they are and to explore their passions in a community of respect and encouragement.”

Dave Cosby

Music Chair & Musical Arts Teacher

In other schools students often have to pick what interest will be the focus of their energies, but through our inclusive environment, creative scheduling, and offerings inside and outside of class, students can truly explore multiple passions deeply here at Besant Hill School.

Claire Lowndes

Studio Arts Teacher

“The Besant Hill School community provides an inspiring environment for students to embrace their passions and unlock higher potential.”

Brian Thornhill

Digital Media Teacher

“My teaching philosophy is grounded in the idea that school should not only teach the basics and core skills, but also cultivate the entire person. ”

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