Addison Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury, VT is an intensive high school program founded by playwright Dana Yeaton to give students the collective skills to run a small professional theater company. The program is directed by Steve Small, English is taught by Sheena Strada and Jessica Krol is the full-time teaching assistant . These energetic and compassionate instructors work with students in the two A.R.T. programs, Technical Theater and Performance. Students spend two hours every day immersed in the A.R.T. curriculum, and earn three high school credits upon successful completion: English, Elective and Fine Arts. Our program teaches students the skills necessary for acting, technical theater, text analysis, research, writing, and ensemble interaction. We are an outcome-based program, and pride ourselves in producing quality theater.
Technical Theater students learn how to create the magic of theater with lights, sound, costume, set, and hair and make-up. Each student receives a basic background in these areas and will choose to deepen skills in one or more area. Technical Theater students complete a variety of analytical reading and writing assignments related to the scripts being studied, in addition to arts management skills, including public relations and marketing writing and outreach.
Performance Theater Students learn the craft of acting. The instructors draw from many techniques and schools of thought to teach movement, voice, character connection and research. Performance students also learn how to create scripts and dissect information as actors.
All students are required to create a comprehensive portfolio. These portfolios contain the students' best work from their A.R.T. course of study, in addition to assignments from their home schools and artifacts from their outside ventures into the arts. Previous A.R.T. students have been accepted to post-secondary institutions based upon their portfolios alone!