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One of the boldest high school theatre programs in the country- PLAYBILL


Voted Austin's Outstanding Academic Theatre

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One of the boldest high school theatre programs in the country- PLAYBILL


Voted Austin's Outstanding Academic Theatre

 

OUR MISSION

Preparing Gifted and Talented Students for Post-Secondary Colleges and Careers in the Arts.

 
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WHAT'S ON


The Theatre is an opportunity to create the world that we want to live in onstage. In 2018-19 we invite you to create with us.

#CREATEYOURSELF

 

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WHAT'S ON


The Theatre is an opportunity to create the world that we want to live in onstage. In 2018-19 we invite you to create with us.

#CREATEYOURSELF

 

Reserve Tickets

 
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MAINSTAGE

Starmites is a Sci-fi Fantasy with a big heart and big laughs. The heroine Eleanor is a modern-day Dorothy who dreams of being a super-hero and wakes up to find herself not over the rainbow but up above the stars in a phantasmagorical galaxy. September 20-30, 2018 McCallum Arts Center

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Enter the enchanted land of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shakespeare’s lush forest besieged by quixotic love triangles and feuding fairy kingdoms, awash with magic at every turn. November 8-11, 2018 Fine Arts Building Theatre

42nd Street The ultimate show-biz musical. January 31- February-10, 2019 McCallum Arts Center

Our Town Miracles are the glory of the commonplace, and change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live and die in a hauntingly beautiful meditation on the glory of daily existence. May 16-19, 2019 Fine Arts Building Theatre

THE REP: STUDENT-DIRECTED

The Little Prince This play tells the story of a world-weary and disenchanted Aviator whose sputtering plane strands him in the Sahara Desert and the mysterious, regal "little man" he encounters there.  April 1, 2019 6:30pm Fine Arts Building Theatre

My Mother *%^#ing College Life What’s in the minds and hearts of college students today?  A thought-provoking portrait of a new generation struggling with higher education’s promise of “personal transformation.” April 1, 2019 7:30pm Fine Arts Building Theatre

Shakespeare in Mind takes a strange and wondrous trip through a dozen "post-modern Elizabethan" plays, poems and songs.  Interweaving comedy, romance, song and tragedy as it presents contemporary characters interacting with 20+ other classic Shakespearean characters. April 2, 2019 7:00pm Fine Arts Building Theatre

The Gappers of Frip Gappers are fuzzy orange creatures that wreak havoc on the seaside town of Frip. A tuneful, hilarious and wildly theatrical youth musical presented by quick-change actors and a bevy of puppets, Gappers received its world premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in a Mark Taper Forum P.L.A.Y. production. April 3, 2019 7:00pm Fine Arts Building Theatre

The Student-Written Musical TBA April 4, 2019 7:00pm Fine Arts Building Theatre

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THE PROGRAM


ACTING

TECHNICAL THEATRE

MUSICAL THEATRE CERTIFICATE

THE PROGRAM


ACTING

TECHNICAL THEATRE

MUSICAL THEATRE CERTIFICATE

ACTING

The Performance Theatre major is designed for young actors who are serious about their craft. Through challenging coursework and guidance from an actor-teacher, students develop their skills in all aspects of acting and theatre. Each year, the program presents five full productions, giving students a chance to explore a wide variety of repertoire and roles. The performance training is Stanislavsky-based and incorporates techniques designed to help the students explore the full potential of their own unique resources. When students leave McCallum, they have a broad range of experiences and are prepared for success in university, conservatory, and/or professional theatre. 

Curriculum

  • Acting for Film
  • College Audition Prep.
  • Contemporary Theatre
  • Directing
  • Improvisation
  • Integration of Abilities
  • Meisner
  • Movement
  • Playwriting
  • Shakespeare
  • Significant Plays and Playwrights
  • Speech/Dialects/IPA
  • Stage Combat
  • Stanislavsky
  • Theatre History
  • Theatre of The Absurd
  • Viewpoints

TECHNICAL THEATRE

The Technical Theatre major gives students opportunities to study stagecraft and design in the classroom and use McCallum’s state-of-the-art facilities to make their ideas a reality. The program includes hands-on experience in scenic design, lighting design, costume design, sound design and stage management. Design and production students have opportunities for collaboration with other departments including Dance and Cinematic Arts. 

Curriculum

  • Scene Painting & Props
  • Set Design
  • Stage Management
  • Sound Design
  • Scenery Technology
  • Lighting and Sound
  • Lighting Design
  • Costume Technology
  • Costume Design

MUSICAL THEATRE CERTIFICATE

The Musical Theatre Performance Certificate program is an add-on to the primary major in Choral Studies, Acting, or Dance. To graduate with the performance certificate, students complete the additional four courses linked below in addition to all courses in the primary major.

Curriculum

  • Acting The Song
  • Choreography
  • College Audition Prep.
  • Contemporary Performance Styles
  • Directing
  • Golden Age Performance Styles
  • Musical Theatre Dance Styles
  • Musical Theatre History
  • Musical Theatre Writing (NEW!)
  • Voice
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COLLEGE MATRICULATION


 

MacTheatre is proud of its alumni, who have been accepted to the most exclusive theatre schools in the nation and Europe.

COLLEGE MATRICULATION


 

MacTheatre is proud of its alumni, who have been accepted to the most exclusive theatre schools in the nation and Europe.

COMPETETIVE

This is one of the most impressive high school theater programs in the country. I’ve seen graduates from McCallum compete successfully for placement at the very top BFA programs. I’m proud to call Joshua Denning a graduate of my program and to welcome his students to Wright State University.
— JOE DEER, Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre, Wright State University

PROVEN

Experience in the Fine Arts Academy theatre program prepares students for successful auditions at leading theatre programs at the college or conservatory level. Recent graduates have been accepted to the following theatre schools:

  • Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music 
  • University of Michigan
  • Wright State University
  • Ithaca
  • Pace
  • NYU
  • Oklahoma City University
  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama, UK
  • Eastman School of Music
  • Northwestern
  • Rider
  • Rutgers
  • Boston Conservatory
  • CalArts
  • Roosevelt
  • Point Park
  • Oberlin
  • University of the Arts
  • North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Emerson
  • Brown
  • Parsons
  • Vassar
  • DePaul
  • Liverpool Institute of the Arts, UK
  • Marymount Manhattan 
  • Webster
  • Syracuse
  • Montclair
  • Shenandoah
  • University Of Oklahoma
  • CAP21
  • University of Evansville

INTERNATIONAL

The Austin American-Statesman article about Wyatt Martin (Acting, 2015), who has been accepted into the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.


SOME OF OUR SUCCESS STORIES

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GUEST ARTISTS


Throughout the year, guest artists from the Broadway stage and professional film and television industry provide Master Classes and residencies with the Acting, Musical, and Technical Theatre students.

GUEST ARTISTS


Throughout the year, guest artists from the Broadway stage and professional film and television industry provide Master Classes and residencies with the Acting, Musical, and Technical Theatre students.

Previous Guest Artists

 Special Guest Artist, Tony Award-nominee, Obie Award-winner, & Drama Leauge Award-winner, Adam Pascal with MFAA Musical Theatre Certificate student, Dylan Jacob Tacker

Special Guest Artist, Tony Award-nominee, Obie Award-winner, & Drama Leauge Award-winner, Adam Pascal with MFAA Musical Theatre Certificate student, Dylan Jacob Tacker

 

It all started at McCallum...

  • Broadway Star Adam Pascal (Memphis, Aida, Cabaret, Chicago, Rent)- Auditioning For Musical Theatre
  • Olesya Rulin famous for her role as Kelsi in the Disney High School Musical film franchise- The Spiritual Care of the Performing Artist
  • Emmy award-winner Allen Robertson workshopped his new TYA musical Tortoise & Hare with our advanced Musical Theatre students
  • Jon Hacker, National Tour of Newsies and Broadway company of Jersey Boys- 16-Bar Auditions & Musical Theatre Dance
  • Catherine Weidner, Head of Theatre, Ithaca College- Meisner Technique & College Audition Prep.
  • Broadway Performer Cody Wiliams (On The Town, Cinderella, Memphis)- Acting The Song
  • Roger Del Pozo, New York Film Academy- Acting For Film
  • Blake Babbitt, New York Film Academy- Acting For Film
  • Internationally-Acclaimed Physical Theatre Company Action Hero- Physical Theatre & Movement
  • Broadway Veteran Dave Clemmons (Les Mis, Scarlett Pimpernel, Civil War) Founder, Dave Clemmons Casting- College Audition Prep.
  • Internationally-Acclaimed Performance Artist Carla Goldman- Devising Theatre
  • Professional Film & Stage Actor Aaron D. Alexander, BFA University of Texas- Stage Combat: Hand to Hand & Rapier
  • Jelani Remi, Electra Weston, and 14 Members of the Cast and Crew of the National Tour of The Lion King- Professional Theatre Practices
  • Union Broadway Technician Jeff Miller- Guest Sound Design
  • Award-winning Austin Actress Lara Wright, American Academy of Dramatic Arts- Guest Director, Trenchcoat In Common, You Can't Take It With You, The Man Who Came To Dinner
  • Master Teacher Beryl Knifton- Guest Director, Rumors, Halequinade, The 39 Steps, Billy Liar, Dialects
  • Adam Roberts, master's degree in music and college teaching certificate from the Florida State University and undergraduate degrees from Kent State University and Youngstown State University's Dana School of Music- Guest Musical Director, Contemporary Broadway and Pop/Rock Vocal Technique
  • Patrick W. Anthony, MFA Lighting Design, The LIR- Guest Lighting Designer
  • Court Watson, MFA Scenic & Costume Design, NYU- Scenic & Costume Design from Page to Stage
  • Founder of Austin-Based Nationally-Acclaimed Experimental Theatre Company Rude Mechs Madge Darlington- Devising Theatre
  • Northwestern University X-Factors- Pop/Rock Musical Theatre Performance
  • Shana Merlin and Sarah Marie Curry, Merlin Works Institute for Improvisation, ZACH Theatre- Musical Improv
  • Scott Vandenberg, Lighting Faculty at Texas Sate University- Guest Lighting Designer
  • McNally Smith College of Music- Vocal Jazz
  • Christine Ferguson, BFA Musical Theatre, Texas State University- What Is My Type?
  • Michelle Hache, MA Voice, The Julliard School, BFA Voice, Okahoma City University- Guest Director, Cyrano The Musical
  • Adam Miller-Batteau, BFA Acting, University of Michigain- Guest Fight Director, Cyrano The Musical, Animal Farm
  • Patrick Shaw, Managing Director, Rude Mechanicals Off Center Teens- Devising Theatre
  • Nick Mayo, Broadway and Juilliard Alum- Staying Generous and Stanislavsky's Given Circumstances
  • Shawn Churchman, Associate Professor of Musical Theatre, Oklahoma University- College Audition Prep.
  •  Ramón Valdez, Assistant Director of Admissions, University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts- The College Theatre Experience
  • Joe Deer is Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre and Director of The Musical Theatre Initiative at Wright State University. He was founding president of The Musical Theatre Educators' Alliance, an international organization of educators and training programs dedicated to recruiting, training and placing talented young artists into Musical Theatre professions. Prof. Deer has taught and directed internationally at some of the worlds top Musical Theatre programs, including The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Carnegie Mellon University, North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Stage School of Hamburg (Germany), Danish Academy of Musical Theatre, Sheridan College (Toronto) and many others. He is a frequent guest at the top pre-college programs in the nation.- College Audition Prep
  • Molly Fox, Professor of Anthropology, UCLA- Writing for the Musical Stage
  • Frank Cortez, Union Stage Hand, The Long Center-Professional Rigging Practices
  • Dr. Ana María Tekina-eirú Maynard- Puerto Rican History: From Tainos to West Side Story
  • Connor Jameson Casey, Peter, Finding Neverland National Tour- Life On The Road/Auditioning in Musical Theatre
  • Omar Abdullah, Artistic Director, ComedySportz Austin, Showcase Improvisation
 
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THE FACULTY


THE FACULTY


 
 From left to right: Joshua O'Daniel Denning. Laura Kieler, Sarah Hirsch, Natalie Jolly-Uehara

From left to right: Joshua O'Daniel Denning. Laura Kieler, Sarah Hirsch, Natalie Jolly-Uehara

Joshua O'Daniel Denning- Acting & Musical Theatre

After graduating with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Wright State University, Joshua split his time between New York, New York, and Hamburg, Germany, where he played young adult Simba in The Lion King directed by Julie Taymor. Following Josh's 2-year stint in The Lion King he has appeared in over 30 professional productions of classic and popular plays and musicals in international, regional, summer stock, and university venues. Josh most recently appeared as Tick/Mitzi in Priscilla Queen of the Desert at ZACH Theatre (Broadway World nomination). Josh is the recipient of numerous Broadway World Awards including Best Direction of a Musical Bonnie & Clyde, Best Scenic Design The Producers, Best Family Friendly Production Les Miserables, Outstanding High School Or College Production The Producers. Josh is currently Head of Theatre at McCallum Fine Arts Academy. Under his direction McCallum has twice earned the distinction Outstanding Academic Theatre by the Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Awards. His acting has twice earned him distinction from the Austin Critics' Table Awards and the Austin Creative Alliance/B. Iden Payne Awards for his portrayal of Angel in RENT at ZACH Theatre. Josh is also a recipient of the Odyssey of The Mind Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award for spontaneous problem solving. www.joshuadenning.net

Sarah Hirsch- Musical Theatre

Sarah Hirsch holds a B.A. in music from Yale University and an M.F.A. from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.  Favorite music-directing credits include Company (Nittany Theatre at the Barn), Parade (FUSE Productions), and See What I Wanna See (Yale Cabaret).  Sarah is an avid musical-theatre-writer.  Her musical The Fall of the House of Usher (an adaptation of Poe’s story) won the Outstanding Musical Award at the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival, and Becoming David received an Equity reading at the Dramatists Guild this past summer.  Sarah is thrilled to join McCallum as the new Assistant Choir Director/Musical Theatre Teacher.  www.sarahahirsch.com

Laura Kieler- Technical Theatre

Originally hailing from Chicago, Laura Kieler moved to Texas to pursue a BFA in Theatre Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, with a focus in lighting and set design and construction.  After completing her degree, she worked as the Technical Director at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, TX and College Park High School in The Woodlands, TX.  Before deciding to combine her passion for technical theatre and teaching, Laura spent a year working with Brown Couch Theatre Company in Chicago where she stage managed and earned her title as "Jigsaw Wizard" during set builds.  She found her love of teaching through an AmeriCorps position that gave her the opportunity to teach and engage students in community issues on the south and west sides of Chicago. While working for the AmeriCorps, she also organized community service events across Chicago as well as serving as a literacy tutor trained in the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute methodology.Laura believes theatre is an incredible tool in creating dialogue through exploration and expression of ideas in our ever-changing and shifting society and world.  She is excited to share her experience and skills with the McCallum community. Outside of theatre, Laura enjoys art, live music, the Chicago Bulls, and traveling. 

Natalie Uehara- Musical Theatre Dance

After earning a BFA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, Natalie danced professionally at theme parks and on international cruise lines for many years. During her time in NYC and beyond, she trained and worked under some of the most prestigious names in the Musical Theatre industry, including Ann Reinking, Chet Walker and Gregory Hines. Natalie recently relocated to Austin from Honolulu, HI where she was the director of Castle DanceForce for over 8 years. Here she worked hard to develop and expand the dance department at the internationally recognized Castle Performing Arts Center (CPAC). Furthermore, she was the resident choreographer for CPAC, working on at least 4 musical productions per year. She was on the faculty at Diamond Head Theatre and the Punahou Dance School, both prestigious arts organizations in Hawaii. Natalie was also involved in Oahu’s vibrant theatre industry, both as a performer and choreographer. In 2010, she won a Hawaii State Theatre Council award for choreography for her work on the Hawaii premier of the musical, Zombie Prom. She is thrilled to join the Arts Academy at McCallum High School where she looks forward to working with both theatre and dance majors. Additionally, she is a new faculty member at ZACH Theatre. Natalie has been married to her husband, Chris Uehara, for 8 years and together they have two beautiful children, Kobe (4) & Giabella (2).

 

MCCALLUM FINE ARTS ACADEMY


The mission of McCallum Fine Arts Academy is to foster a diverse group of student artists who will create, lead, inspire, and contribute to a global community.

 

FIVE PILLARS

1. Focuses on the individual development of each student.

2. Provides high-quality instruction.

3. Integrates collaborative. intentional, reciprocal relationships with the broader Austin arts community into programs and instruction.

4. Encourages an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum and instruction.

5. Graduating students produce a pre-professional level of product in their chosen art form.

 

MCCALLUM FINE ARTS ACADEMY


The mission of McCallum Fine Arts Academy is to foster a diverse group of student artists who will create, lead, inspire, and contribute to a global community.

 

FIVE PILLARS

1. Focuses on the individual development of each student.

2. Provides high-quality instruction.

3. Integrates collaborative. intentional, reciprocal relationships with the broader Austin arts community into programs and instruction.

4. Encourages an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum and instruction.

5. Graduating students produce a pre-professional level of product in their chosen art form.

 

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