Students currently in 8th-11th grades may apply.

The Drama Division seeks to instill in students a love and respect for theatre as art while developing internal and external resources, exploring creative potential, investigating the social and historical context of art, and expanding critical acumen. To achieve the development of artistry in the student-actor, background skills and a strong foundation in the student's resources become the primary focus in training. Those resources are: the voice, the body, the literary background, the creative imagination. Extensive work in class serves to exercise and enhance these resources. Daily practice is essential to artistic and professional growth both individually and in ensemble. Observation and constructive critique become part of each class and are offered to support the development of skills and to give the student discernment in the practice of his/her art.

Include with your completed application:
A written or typed resume or list of your training and experiences in performance/acting.

At the audition:

    • You will be asked to participate in exercises that will require some movement. Try to find a space by your computer where you will have a little room to move around in and wear clothes and shoes that you can move in easily.
    • Perform a memorized monologue selection provided by the Theatre Department (see below for the list of acceptable choices/NO ORIGINAL SPEECHES OR POEMS) and be familiar with the play from which the monologue was taken.
    • Respond spontaneously in directed improvisational exercises.
    • We may show a clip of a play during the audition and ask you to discuss the clip with the group.
    • You may be asked to participate in an individual interview if the faculty needs further clarification concerning your application to NOCCA.

2022 Drama High School list of Monologues 


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Grace Booth

Faculty: Movement, Physical Theatre Drama


Grace Booth is a physical theatre actor and playwright with a focus in devised and community-based performance. Local credits include Vagabond Inventions’ “Requiem For A Stranger” and BodyART’s MAISON. Grace was a resident at The Orchard Project/The Exchange in 2017. Her work in 2016-’18 as co-author, producer, and director of touring theatre-and-education project “Jane Doe in Wonderland” received mention by the CNN Freedom Project.  Performance/Creation/Production credits include “Agatha Apple” (Halifax Fringe Festival) and “Get No Place Fast” (San Francisco Fringe Festival, FuryFestival). She was an actor and co-creator of Til Lalezar Theatre’s “Happyland,” SeriousPlay!’s META/PINA, and Nebunele Theatre “Friend’s Enemy,” and trained and performed with Double Edge Theatre in 2007-’08. Grace received an M.F.A. in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater and a B.A. in Theatre and Dance at Amherst College. Her theatrical work draws inspiration from the forces of nature, athletic engagement, character investigation, mask work, creative writing, and physical comedy.

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