For fifteen years, Theatre Focus has been a community of students and faculty dedicated to the study, practice and production of theatre. This special program, integrated within the vibrant academic atmosphere and the larger theatre department of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, provides extra programming opportunities for students who wish to deepen their understanding of and experience in theatre arts.
For new students, Theatre Focus provides an immediate sense of belonging in a community that shares their passions. The students take theatre classes offered to all students at St. Stephen's, take private lessons, meet for a colloquium once per class rotation, participate in workshops and Master Classes taught by world-class professional theatre artists, travel to theatres locally and to nearby cities to view plays, and work on productions in various capacities throughout the year.
For students interested in pursuing theatre in college, Theatre Focus provides experienced guidance in all areas of the college application and audition process, culminating in coaching the students through the Unified Auditions in Chicago.
Students not interested in majoring in theatre at college still acquire valuable skills and experience applicable to all endeavors, including: emotional intelligence, examination of the human condition, study of literature from a theatrical perspective, critical analysis, project management, improvisation, comfort with risk-taking, and many hours of collaborative problem-solving on creative projects.