As with the visual arts, our goal in the theatre department is to enhance
students' appreciation of theatre as a literary and performing art, whether
they are active participants on or off stage or simply members of an audience.
Academic courses cover all aspects of theatre, including acting,
play production (ranging from set design and lighting to makeup), directing,
the history of theatre, public speaking, playwriting and storytelling.
Involvement in dramatic productions produced by the Hotchkiss Dramatic
Association (HDA) is open to all students and is a popular extracurricular
Students from theatre courses present a number of studio workshop
plays each year, and, under the auspices of HDA, stage two major plays,
a musical, and a musical theatre revue.
The major theater facility is the Walker Auditorium. This 660-seat
proscenium theater boasts modern lighting and sound systems as well
as comfortable dressing rooms and a green room. A black box theater
adds significantly to the flexibility of rehearsal and performance
Theatre courses fulfill the arts requirement.