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Theatre Arts – Typical Day

NHSI Theatre Arts Institute students can choose between a focus of study in Acting or Design/Tech. All students take morning and some afternoon Core classes together that explore acting, voice & movement, performance theory, and text/character analysis. In the afternoon, Acting students choose from a variety of electives, while Design/Tech students take stage management and design process classes. All students are assigned to a crew to assist with final productions.


**Times are based on previous years and are subject to change. However, the basic breakdown of the day will remain the same.**


Sample Daily Schedule for Theatre Arts Students


7:00-8:15 am                                           

8:30-9:50 am Acting Core Class (Core 1)
10:00-11:20 am Voice & Movement Core Class (Core 2)
11:30 am-12:00 pm All Institute Meeting
12:15-1:15 pm Lunch
1:30-5:00 pm (4 Periods) Electives, Crew, and Design/Tech Classes
5:15-6:15 pm Dinner
6:30-10:30 pm Rehearsal

Dorm Closing

  • Weekend schedule may vary. Guest lectures, performances, master classes, and other activities can occur throughout the program.


8:30 – 11:20 am  Morning Acting/Voice & Movement Core Classes

Students are broken up into groups of approximately 15-17 students for the Core classes. Each student will spend 1 hour and 20 minutes in each of their morning Core classes; one focused on acting and one focused on voice & movement.




As a performer, I felt more in touch with my body and my emotions than I ever have before.”

Each of these classes contains rigorous physical and vocal warm-ups under the direction of a Faculty member and a Faculty Associate. (The final Core classes, performance theory and text/character analysis, are taught during the afternoons.)

11:30 am – 12:00 pm  All Institute Meeting

The entire Theatre Arts Division will meet for announcements, association, theatre history, and college information sessions.

1:30 – 5:00 pm  Electives, Crew, and Design/Tech Classes

All Theatre Arts students will serve on a crew for final productions and all will be placed in performance theory and text/character analysis classes.

A huge variety of electives will be offered. Acting students will choose and be enrolled in three elective courses, which will meet every other day throughout the summer schedule. Musical Theatre Extension students will be placed in a Dance class, and will have the ability to take two other elective classes.

Design/Technical Theatre students will be enrolled in stage management and design process classes in lieu of electives.

Classes meet every other day for 50 minutes. There is a free period scheduled every other day.  THE BELOW SCHEDULE IS A SAMPLE, ACTUAL SCHEDULE WILL VARY.

Example: A Day B Day
Period 1 1:30 – 2:20 pm Performance Theory Text Analysis
Period 2 2:30 – 3:20 pm Elective Elective
Period 3 3:30 – 4:20 pm Crew Free Hour
Period 4 4:30 – 5:20 pm Crew Elective
6:30 – 10:30 pm  Rehearsal

Every student will be placed in a production company in which the skills and techniques learned in classes will be put to use. The companies will perform twice during the last week of the program.

View past production photos in our Theatre Arts Photo Gallery.

The structure of the program made me feel stimulated and challenged without being overwhelming and I loved ending with rehearsal every day.”

This schedule will be followed 7 days a week. Occasional field trips and Master Classes will be added to the schedule.



Theatre Arts Division  –  Application Information and Deadlines  –  Tuition and Fees  –  Scholarships and Financial Aid  –  FAQ’s
Typical Day  –  Core Classes  –  Electives  –  Creating a Production  –  Design/Tech Concentration  –  Musical Theatre Extension  –  Photo Gallery