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.
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.