Performing Arts

Example Courses

List of 12 items.

  • Acting

    The course develops the essential skills of acting from character development to text analysis and performance. 

    Emphasis is placed on taking creative risks and finding truth in performance. Techniques for approaching the craft of acting are explored through exercises, selected readings and quizzes, group discussions, scene study, and self-assessments. Students also examine the role of the actor in society by learning about various world performance traditions. 
  • Choreography

    This class provides an opportunity for students who have attained a certain level of technical proficiency to create their own performance pieces. The students in the class perform these works in the final spring performance. Students must attend 3 technique sessions per week. Prerequisite: permission of the Department. Half credit.
  • Advanced Theatre

    This course is a two-year rotating curriculum that engages students in the theory and application of acting techniques, the history of theatre, and study in a variety of special topics (e.g. musical theatre, directing, Shakespeare, etc.) relevant to young theatre artists. Each year, students either develop a major theatre project of interest or rehearse and perform a short play to apply their learning to pre-professional practice.
  • Choir

    St. Stephen's Choir has extensive training on sight-singing, ear training, and rhythm skills. Activities include participation in seasonal concerts/chapel services, school assemblies, social events, and various performances. Occasionally, after-school rehearsals are required in preparation for combined Middle School, Upper School, and Madrigals concerts. The rehearsals and performances are a core part of the curriculum.
  • Dance

    Dance may fulfill sports or P.E. requirements as an after school activity.  Students receive training in classical ballet, modern, jazz, and rhythm tap. Dancers work with St. Stephen's faculty and guest artists throughout the year.
  • Guitar

    Open to all student who play guitar, this ensemble gives students the opportunity to strengthen their music reading and listening skills in a small group setting. Specially written or arranged music provides all players parts that help them develop their overall musicianship.
  • Jazz Band

    Open to students who play brass or woodwind instruments, drums, guitar, bass, and keyboard, the jazz band performs for special events throughout the year, including the ISAS Fine Arts Festival.
  • Musical Theatre

    Students learn about the American musical form by studying its history and gaining “hands-on” experience. Students perform musical numbers and scenes from some of the most popular works in musical theatre history in a recital at the end of the second and third trimesters. Dance for musical theatre is included in the course work.
  • Orchestra

    Open to all students who play string or wind instruments or piano, this ensemble performs the standard literature for string orchestra and full orchestra. In addition, smaller groups may perform the standard duet, trio, and quartet literature. This ensemble performs for special events throughout the year, including ISAS Fine Arts Festival. 
  • Percussion

    This ensemble performs for school events throughout the year, working primarily on original drum line material.
  • Technical Theatre

    This course trains students in the creative and practical elements of the technical side of theatre production, with an emphasis on safe and efficient use of equipment. Students develop an understanding of the functions of stagecraft and stagecraft artists through hands-on application of skills in designing and building scenery, lighting, and costumes.
  • Theatrical Improvisation

    An introduction to improvisation, this course will focus on the foundational elements of building trust, taking risks, developing full characters, creating relationships, establishing truthful settings and having fun.  Students will gain experience with short-form and long-form improvisation with emphasis on process rather than product.  The class will culminate with a public performance.  


The St. Stephen's Episcopal School Madrigal Singers is a select chamber group of 15-20 Upper School students. They perform a variety of repertoire including: Baroque, Classical, Broadway, Jazz/Pop and World Cultural music. The Madrigals perform a variety of annual concerts including December's Lessons and Carols services, seasonal concerts, arts festivals, Modern Voices pop show and Baccalaureate ceremonies.

In the past several years the Madrigals have toured extensively around the world performing in famous chapels and cathedrals in the United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, Canada, China, The Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Poland, Ireland, and various U.S. cities. 

Auditions for the Madrigals are held in May preceding each new school year. Contact Kendra Lipman to schedule an audition time.

List of 9 members.

  • Liz Moon 

    Fine Arts Dept. Chair
    Music Instructor
    University of Texas at Austin - M.M.
    Luther College - B.A.
  • Jodi Blount Ph.D. 

    Fine Arts
    Piano Instructor
    University of Texas at Austin - D.M.A.
    University of Maryland at College Par - M.M.
    Furman University - B.M.
  • Lindsay Brustein 

    Fine Arts
    Director of Theatre Focus, Theatre Instructor
    University of Texas - M.F.A.
    Northwestern - B.A.
  • Mike Dolan 

    Fine Arts
    Film & Theatre Instructor
    University of Texas at Austin - M.F.A.
    City College of New York - M.S.
    Empire State College - B.A.
  • Mark Kazanoff Ph.D. 

    Fine Arts
    Music Instructor
    University of Texas at Austin - D.M.A.
    University of Texas at Austin - M.M.
    University of Chicago - B.A.
  • Kendra Lipman 

    Fine Arts
    Director of Choral Music
    University of Texas at Austin - B.M.
    University of Texas at Austin - B.S.
    Certified Judge with Texas Music Adjudicators Association
  • John Moon 

    Fine Arts
    Music Instructor
    D.M.A. candidate - University of Texas at Austin
    University of Texas at Austin - M.M.
    University of Texas at Austin - B.M.
  • Deirdre Strand 

    Fine Arts
    Director of Dance
    University of Houston at Clear Lake City - B.A.
  • Jeremy Sweetlamb 

    Director of Middle School Theatre
    University of Texas at Austin - B.S.
Address: 6500 St. Stephen's Dr., Austin, TX 78746
Phone: (512) 327-1213