Performing Arts Department
Director of Performing Arts – Janine Hansen
The Performing Arts Department is a vibrant and dynamic hub of creativity and excellence. Pupils are taught weekly curriculum Drama lessons Year 7 to Year 9, with the option to pursue GCSE Drama, GCSE Dance and A Level Drama.
Year 7 pupils are introduced to the exciting world of drama, whilst developing and mastering the skills needed to become excellent actors, accomplished performers and confident in front of an audience. They also participate in the Year 7 Drama Competition (Autumn Term) and Year 7 Drama Festival (Spring Term). Year 8 have a stimulating and engaging year of drama; from Shakespeare and puppetry to physical theatre and naturalism. Year 9 enjoy a variety of highly creative and invigorating performance styles, topics and genres including promenade, immersive and verbatim theatre . Year 10 and 11 follow the AQA specification for GCSE Dance and GCSE Drama. AQA Drama and Theatre is taught at A level.
Our GCSE and A level examination results are exceptional and our pupils enjoy the creative freedom in their practical work, complimented by their rigorous theory lessons. We are very proud of our 100% success rate of A level pupils gaining access to the top Drama Schools and Universities in the country. As a Performing Arts Department, unique to other schools in the area, we provide our pupils with opportunities, classes, workshops, trips and courses in Drama, acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, design and agency work.
St Teresa’s Performing Arts Department offers pupils an exemplary selection of extra-curricular clubs and activities from Drama and Dance Clubs, to our Performing Arts Conservatoire and Musical Theatre Club. LAMDA is highly popular and our excellent LAMDA examination results are testament to the high standard of tuition offered to our pupils, We are extremely proud to have Stage and Screen Theatre School and Agency as part of our after school offerings as well as ISTD Dance exam classes
We have two main whole school productions each year, with a large scale drama production in the Autumn Term and a musical in the Spring Term. Previous productions have included Les Miserables, A Christmas Carol, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Oliver and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We are keen for as many pupils to be involved in each production and our large cast and orchestra is supported by pupils who are in charge of lighting, sound, costume, make-up and stage management.
Individual year groups are given the opportunity to perform pieces worked on in the lessons to an audience throughout the year and the Performing Arts Department’s calendar is brought to a close by the Performing Arts Evening, at the end of the Summer Term, which showcases all of the exciting and wonderful work the Performing Arts pupils have created throughout the year.