Our stage is a platform for creative theatre education
The Theatre Conservatory offers a pre-professional experience in theatre arts. Ensemble members audition at the start of the year for placement and work together to present a full season of plays.
With a focus on classical training, students perform masterpieces of theatre from Ancient Greece, Shakespeare, Molière and Chekhov as well as contemporary classics and musical theatre standards. As an annual showcase of their talents, senior students also create and produce a project and direct their peers in a performance.
Instruction covers the areas of vocal and physical training to improve range and flexibility. Through performance on selected scripts, students will focus on the critical analysis of text and in-depth interpretation of scenes. In-class evaluations and field trips to local theatres will enable students to learn to critique this art form.
When the 2020-2021 theatre season had to start remotely, Theatre Conservatory Director Maryanne Householder didn’t fuss. Auditions? She could hold them on Zoom. Plenty of actors prepare remote auditions at the best of times. Rehearsals? A ton of play preparation involves research, which could be done online, too. No sweat. And Ms. Householder’s can-do attitude extended to the selection of the fall production as well. She chose a one-act play without too many technical requirements, dealing with material that she loves to teach, and a story that would make the actors shine.
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 28 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.