The Elizabeth Seton High School Theater Program is centered on the knowledge that theater is an art and institution with a vital role in culture. Through it, we gain insight into the human experience, both past and present. The ESHS Theater Program emphasizes the reciprocal relationship between scholarly study and practical training, offering the study of Greek tragedy, Shakespeare and other classics, paired with core studio classes in modern acting techniques, character study, voice and movement.
The Seton Theatre CompanyAn extension of the academic and practical classroom training, the Theater Program also includes an after school club which meets twice weekly. The Seton Theatre Company allows serious theater students the opportunity to perform in open house presentations as well as a fall play and spring musical. These productions are designed to not only give students on-stage experience, but also behind-the-scenes training in the theater arts such as stage management and lighting, set and costume design.
8th Grade Applicants - Seton Theatre Scholarship Auditions
The Dramatic Arts Department at Elizabeth Seton High School awards young thespians with a theater scholarship. Students who wish to be considered for a Theater Scholarship will perform a monologue of their choice and participate in a brief interview. If chosen, students must participate in the theater program and theater lab during the school year. Scholarships will be up to $1,500.
Drama Instructor: Jodie Johnson
Jodie Johnson is a native of New York City and has had a lifelong love for the performing arts. Since the days of her youth, training in drama, musical theater, and dance were all a major part of her experience. She traveled around various New York venues as part of a performing arts group, until one day she determined that she also wanted to learn the behind the scenes of production and how to present shows and events where the arts could be displayed with panache.
Johnson holds a degree in Television, Radio and Film Production from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. For the past 10 years, she served as Production Manager for a local megachurch, where she planned and executed events from concerts and plays to fashion shows and conferences. She is now a proud member of the ESHS community and more than ready to share her experiences, knowledge and passion with her students.