Drama & Theater

CSG’s theater training specializes in developing confident girls comfortable with 21st-century skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Classes and productions are developed in an ensemble format and enable the students to learn how to use problem-solving strategies, take direction, and acquire the discipline necessary for high-quality performances. Participants learn empathy through the process of creating character. Creativity and risk-taking are encouraged as students develop confidence in their abilities in both performance and design. Students have the opportunity to build and refine technique, develop analytical and critical skills, and increase their repertoire of expressive tools. Students who study stage management acquire unique leadership skills and opportunities. Technical students are challenged with state of the art lighting and sound equipment in the new Agnes Jeffrey Shedd Theater. All classes allow students to grow in their involvement and appreciation for the process of the art as well as for the final performance.

Acting I

Acting I develops the skills and qualities like self-awareness, confidence, character, empathy, risk-taking, and trust. The class is a place for students to explore basic acting techniques and to acquire the vocabulary to confidently create character and become believable on stage. Students experiment with physicality, scene work, and exercises in order to promote their expertise as actors and their self-awareness and confidence.


Theater class gives students experience with problem-solving strategies, design awareness, world historical and cultural context, and critical thinking. This is a broad-based course with a World Drama focus to allow the student to explore the diversity of theatrical arts around the globe and through history. Students explore lighting, scenic, costume, and properties design in an experiential, hands-on fashion.

Advanced Theater Lab

Advanced students focus on critical thinking, risk-taking, creativity, playwriting, and performance skills. This is a laboratory-based course that allows advanced students to further their studies in theater in a small group or individualized atmosphere. Students may write their own plays for performance at the end of the semester or study important works from theater history.

Acting II

Acting II hones and promotes creativity, discipline, honesty, collaboration, communication, and listening. This class is designed for advanced acting students to augment their preparation for audition monologues.

Public Speaking

This course is required of all Form X students and teaches basic methods of public presentation from idea to performance. Students will deliver several different types of speeches.

Beginning Filmmaking

This class is an overview that focuses on the creation of narrative film from screenwriting to basic camera work, lighting work, and in-depth editing.

Independent Study

Students may choose to take an independent study in advanced theater topics such as contemporary theater, college audition process, monologue work, stage management, and theater history.