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.

Curriculum

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.

The productions selected 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'

AIS Theatre Season 2018 - 2019

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  • Upper School Fall Production

    Rent (School Edition)
    Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
    November 8 - 9, 2018 at 7:00pm & November 10, 2018 at 2pm and 7pm in the LPAC
    Rated PG-13
     
    An inspiring musical about friends and artists struggling with addiction, poverty, AIDS and – most of all – love. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent School Edition is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Rent School Edition follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provide the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.
     

    Audition Preparation: RENT Music Auditions
    Students may pick up a perusal script from the theatre office.
    Auditions: August 22 and August 23, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., in the LPAC
    Callbacks: August 24, 2018  from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., in the LPAC
  • Middle School Winter Production

    Around the World in 80 Days
    By Laura Eason. Adapted from the novel by Jules Verne
    February 21 - 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., & February 23, 2019 at 2pm and 7pm in the LPAC
    Rated for All
     
    Phileas Fogg—fantastically wealthy, majestically mysterious, and a dedicated man of scientific reason—has deduced that a mere 80 days is enough to circumnavigate the globe. And he’s staked his entire fortune on it. Will bandits, a herd of buffalo, an act of chivalry, and a meddlesome inspector from Scotland Yard prevent him from fulfilling this mind-boggling task? Follow Fogg and his loyal valet Passepartout from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the steamy subcontinent; aboard steamships, locomotives, and elephants—as he learns about the heart, himself, and a world bigger than he ever anticipated.

    Audition Preparation: TBD
    Students may pick up a perusal script from the theatre office.
    Auditions: November 14 and November 15, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., in the LPAC
    Callbacks: November 16, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., in the LPAC
  • Upper School Spring Production

    Macbeth
    By William Shakespeare
    April 25 - 26, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., & April 27, 2019 at 2pm and 7pm in the LPAC
    Rated PG
     
    In the aftermath of a bloody battle, amongst the desecrated ruins of war, Macbeth and Banquo meet a group of unearthly witches who predict a tale of unimaginable greatness for them. When the prophecy starts to come true, Macbeth dares to imagine… and thus begins the reign of Shakespeare’s most infamous tyrant. Consumed by ambition and drunk with power, Macbeth embarks on a ruthless campaign to murder his king and take the throne for himself. But, in his attempt to cover his tracks and second-guess his rivals, Macbeth sinks deeper and deeper into horror and madness.

    Audition Preparation: TBD
    Students may pick up a perusal script from the theatre office.
    Auditions: January 9 and January 10, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., in the LPAC
    Callbacks: January 11, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., in the LPAC
  • Theatre Showcases

    Grade 12 IBDP Theatre: Collaborative Project Showcase
    December 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., in the LPAC
     
    Grade 11 IBDP Theater: Devised Theatre Showcase
    January 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., in the LPAC
     
    Grade 12 IBDP Theatre: Solo Theatre Piece Showcase
    March 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., in the LPAC
     

Theatre Staff

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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
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