Fine Arts Academy

Performance and Technical Theatre

There are two majors within the theatre department at McCallum Fine Arts Academy: the performance-based theatre (acting, playwriting, directing) major and the design and production (tech theatre) major. These students produce multiple performances each year in McCallum’s theatre facilities.  Acting theatre majors may also pursue a Musical Theatre Certificate.  All McCallum students are invited to audition for the department’s plays and musicals.

With McCallum’s Theatre focus, students participate in pre-professional training and exceptional performance opportunities from the very start. Throughout their four years, students are cast and crew in a range of musicals and plays, as understudies, ensemble members, supporting parts, designers, and leading roles. Students also have the opportunity to perform in and collaborate on films produced by our award-winning Cinematic Arts program.

MacTheatre is a lively, friendly group of musicians and actors. The theatre department itself is intimate and supportive. Our students form close-knit groups, developing personal and professional relationships that last for years. At McCallum we are known for our integration of craft training, the care and attention we give to individual student development and the strong ensemble ethic shared by our staff and students.


The Performance Theatre  major is designed for young actors who are serious about their craft. Through challenging coursework and guidance from an actor-teacher, students develop their skills in all aspects of acting and theatre. Each year, the program presents five full productions, giving students a chance to explore a wide variety of repertoire and roles. The performance training is Stanislavsky-based and incorporates techniques designed to help the students explore the full potential of their own unique resources. When students leave McCallum, they have a broad range of experiences and are prepared for success in university, conservatory, and/or professional theatre.


  • Acting for Film
  • College Audition Prep.
  • Contemporary Theatre
  • Directing
  • Improvisation
  • Meisner
  • Movement
  • Playwriting
  • Shakespeare
  • Significant Plays and Playwrights
  • Speech/Dialects/IPA
  • Stage Combat
  • Stanislavsky
  • Theatre History
  • Viewpoints


The Technical Theatre major gives students opportunities to study stagecraft and design in the classroom and use McCallum’s state-of-the-art facilities to make their ideas a reality. The program includes hands-on experience in scenic design, lighting design, costume design, sound design and stage management. Design and production students have opportunities for collaboration with other departments including Dance and Cinematic Arts.


  • Scene Painting & Props
  • Set Design
  • Stage Management
  • Sound Design
  • Scenery Technology
  • Lighting and Sound
  • Lighting Design
  • Costume Technology
  • Costume Design


The Musical Theatre Performance Certificate program is an add-on to the primary major in Choral Studies, Performance Theatre, or Dance. To graduate with the performance certificate, students complete the additional four courses linked below in addition to all courses in the primary major.


  • Acting the Song
  • Choreography
  • College Audition Prep.
  • Contemporary and Golden Age Performance Styles
  • Musical Theatre Dance Styles
  • Musical Theatre History
  • Musical Theatre Writing
  • Voice


Denning, Josh
Teacher-Fine Arts (Theater)

FAB Theatre (FA-6)

Vandenberg, Kristin
Director of Technical Theatre

MAC Theater


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