Theatre Program

While many of our students go on to careers in theatre, television and film, that’s not the primary goal for the AIS Theatre Program.

Through both the IB Theatre courses and our co-curricular theatre company, Atlanta International School Theatre Players, we strive to help students develop a lifelong passion for the arts as well as strengthen their ability to take risks, solve problems, collaborate, persevere, listen and empathize with others.


AIS’ IB Theatre curriculum, which becomes more structured and advanced as students progress through the Middle Years and Diploma Programs, offers a depth and breadth that goes far beyond performance.  

We help students become stronger public speakers and performers. But ultimately we create students who question and explore their other subjects as well as issues of global importance through the use of theatrical exercises, techniques and plays.   

Our students not only study works by established playwrights, but, more powerfully, they create their own theatrical pieces to examine important issues. They learn to use their own voices, both individually and as part of an ensemble, to solve real-world problems.

Atlanta International School Players

Our co-curricular theatre company, Atlanta International School Theatre Players, was launched by students and is fully run and operated by students.

Each year, we put on two Upper School mainstage productions, one Middle School mainstage production and three IB Diploma Program Theatre student showcases.

Pieces are selected that encourage students to think about global issues and challenging topics. Through playing a role or participating in the production behind the scenes, students learn to work with others as well as empathize with characters and cultures different from their own.

Beyond being artists and craftsmen, our students become entrepreneurs. For each show, students oversee the business side of the production (e.g., marketing and publicity) as well as the technical side (e.g., lighting, set design and costume design). They hone skills, such as goal setting, time management, and accountability that equip them for success in school and beyond.

"The move to a more digital society has ironically meant that liveness, immediacy and negotiation of relationships are growing in importance in the education of young people. Schools have changed little to meet many of the changes occurring rapidly in society, but drama could be the catalyst to make these changes happen in many curriculum contexts. Drama has the capacity to meet those emerging needs, but also to connect people with a growing understanding of how they might act morally, ethically, sustainably and democratically in an ever-changing world”

- Michael Anderson, 'MasterClass in Drama Education: Transforming Teaching and Learning'

Theatre Staff

List of 4 members.

AIS Theatre Season 2017 - 2018

List of 4 items.

  • Upper School Fall Production

    Noises Off
    by Michael Frayn
    November 9 - 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., in the LPAC

    The Opening Night performance of the farce Nothing On is just hours away, and as the cast stumbles through their final dress rehearsal, things couldn't be going any worse. With lines being forgotten, love triangles unraveling and sardines flying everywhere, it’s complete pandemonium… and we haven’t even reached intermission! Can the cast pull their act together on the stage even if they can't behind the scenes?

    Audition Preparation: Students must prepare a one-minute monologue which shows characterization skills appropriate to Noises Off. The monologue does not need to be from the play itself but must be from a published play text. There will be cold readings from the script during callbacks. Students may pick up a perusal script from the theatre office.

    Auditions: August 21 and August 23, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., in the LPAC
    Callbacks: August 24, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., in the LPAC
  • Middle School Winter Production

    Willy Wonka Jr.
    Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse & Timothy Allen McDonald
    Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley
    February 22 - 24, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., in the LPAC

    Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences.
  • Upper School Spring Production

    By Mike Bartlett
    April 19 - 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., in the LPAC

    An identical, terrifying dream haunts civilians in the midst of economic gloom and ineffective protest. Whilst the Prime Minister considers a preventive war, a young man returns home with a vision for the future. Coincidences, omens, and visions collide with political reality in this epic play. Set in a dark and magical landscape, it depicts a city both familiar and strange, a city staring into the void.

    Audition Preparation: 
    Students must prepare a monologue of no more than 1 minute from the play text of 13. It can be an amalgamation of lines or a single speech. We will be looking for your understanding of the lines in the context of this moment of the play and for an attempt to communicate the character. Additionally, should you be called for callbacks, there will be cold readings from the script so please have read the entire script in advance.You may pick up a script from the Theatre Office from Dec 13,2017.

    Auditions: January 8 and January 9, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., in the LPAC

    Callbacks: January 10, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., in the LPAC
  • Theatre Showcases

    Grade 12 IBDP Theater: Collaborative Project
    December 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., in the LPAC

    Grade 11 IBDP Theater: Devised Theater Performance
    January 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., in the LPAC

    Grade 12 IBDP Theater: Solo Theater Piece
    March 29, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., in the LPAC

Atlanta International School

A private, non-profit, international, IB World School for grades 3K-12,
featuring full and dual-immersion language programs.

2890 North Fulton Drive

Atlanta, Georgia 30305, USA