Northfield Mount Hermon's theater department has a simple but lofty goal: to put on great shows. In that pursuit, we explore pieces from a wide variety of eras, styles, and worldviews. We do enduring works, from Shakespeare's As You Like It, to Greek classics like Antigone. We do Woody Allen, Agatha Christie, Bertold Brecht, and Tennessee Williams. Throw in some big splashy musicals, say Carousel, and a handful of student-written and -directed one-acts and you'll have an idea of the range of our theater performances.
Our theater courses cover everything from acting to set design and stage management to playwriting and directing. And the classroom work is just the beginning, as you go onto the stage and into the prop and costume shops and begin working on one of our faculty-supervised major productions. And our many smaller, student-run works put you in charge of everything.
Our theater faculty has experience writing, producing, directing, and acting in plays and films, and their students have gone on to win industry kudos. But the most important thing NMH faculty have to share with you is their love of this art form and the importance of building a supportive creative community. They understand that, while a good challenging monologue has its place, the real satisfaction comes from ensemble work and being part of a team. Collaboration is the heart of theater, what makes it deeply exhilarating and truly great.