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 perform enduring works, from Shakespeare's As You Like It to Greek classics like Antigone. We do Agatha Christie, Bertold Brecht, and Tennessee Williams. Throw in some big, splashy musicals and a handful of student-written and -directed one-acts, and you'll have an idea of the range of our theater productions.

Our theater courses cover everything from acting to set design and stage management to playwriting and directing. The classroom work is just the beginning; 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 our 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 challenging monologue has its place, the real satisfaction comes from ensemble work. Collaboration is the heart of theater, making it deeply exhilarating.

For more information, and to see course descriptions, see the theater section of the online Curriculum Guide.

Gretel Schatz

I want dance students to engage their own memory and intellect.

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Mary Hefner

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Faculty Profiles

This past summer, I increased my awareness of my identity by reconnecting with my native country, Ethiopia.


“I don’t think I would be anywhere near the person I am today if it wasn’t for NMH. It’s enlightened me about so many different things, and I’ve met people from everywhere you can imagine.”


In my old school, I never saw myself as someone who could be a Division I player one day. Now I can.


"One of my biggest influences has been my math teacher. He built this love of math in me—specifically, the idea that math can be used to interpret the world." 


"The fact that everything is here at my fingertips has really helped me grow."


"Almost all of our classes are conversation-based, which means that you're totally engaged in classroom discussion."


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"In VOTES, I learned how to prepare and present—skills I drew on in Washington."


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“I like that you can start completely new things. You can reinvent yourself.”


Dance has taken this creative learner on an artistic journey. 

Xiaoxian (Lily)

 “My teachers told me to use my own voice, and they pushed me to think about what I really believed in.”


"The curriculum here is hard, but it’s the right amount of hard."


“The academics are extremely rigorous, but because of the way teachers present things, it’s like, ‘I have school today!’”


“The learning you can do in a study-abroad program can outweigh anything else you can do even at a school like this.” 


“NMH encouraged me to explore new things, try everything, and see what’s best for me.”


“You’ll always find a place here as long as you just be yourself.”


“There is a community here that cares about you.”

Student Profiles