High School Drama & Improv

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Our Mission

The St. Francis School theatre program is dedicated to producing theatre for thought. Our aim is to elicit creative expression, social awareness, critical thinking, and artistry through our productions. We are committed to producing relevant new work and reinvented classics which will allow our students to grow as performers, directors, and stage technicians. Our aim is to provide an engaging and vital theatre experience for students and audience alike.

Productions
Students have the opportunity to participate in two productions every year.

Showcase – This longtime SFS tradition “showcases” student-written and student-directed plays and gives students the opportunity to create their own artistic vision, collaborate with their peers, and share their work with the school and the larger community. Plays are generally written in the Playwriting elective course led by Jane B. Jones, director of the Education program at our very own nationally renown Actors Theatre of Louisville.

This production allows students to come into their own as artists and technicians and fosters a unique experience to create their own work and support the work of their classmates.

Our second production of the year alternates between a play (odd years) and a musical (even years). This production exposes students to the process of making theater and encourages a connection between the subject of the play, the material in their classes, and current events in their lives and around the world.

All students have the ability to participate in the drama program in some capacity from acting on the stage to building props to working the crew for the productions.

The Improv Group: “Currently Out of Order”
Louisville’s finest high school improv team “Currently Out of Order” is in its fifth season! This student ensemble has weekly rehearsal and performs regularly in the city and at the high school. Students work together to create the structure of their performances incorporating short- and long-form improv with dynamic comedy exercises. This group is an incredible opportunity to perform regularly.

Michelle Salerno (Drama Director/Coordinator of The Learning Center)
Michelle has a B.A. in Theatre from the New School: Eugene Lang College  and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught several theatre classes including student-driven courses that allow for the creation and production of original work by students. Michelle has also worked as a professional director, producer, and playwright in New York and Chicago.

National Youth Art Nominations and Awards

Eleventh Annual National Youth Art Nominations 2015-16

Awards:
Lead Actress in a Musical: Zoë Koss as Kate Monster in Avenue Q

Nominations:
Lead Actor in a Musical: Thomas Simpson as Princeton in Avenue Q

Supporting Actor in a Musical: Charley Drew-Wolak as Rod in Avenue Q

Supporting Actor in a Musical: Jack Tierney as Nicky in Avenue Q

Featured Actress in a Musical: Evvie Cooley as Girl Bear in Avenue Q

Ensemble: Avenue Q

Tenth Annual National Youth Art Nominations 2014-15

Nominations:
Supporting Actress in a Play: Jillian Morrison as Mrs. Gottleib in Dead Man’s Cellphone

Featured Actress in a Play: Zoe Koss as The Other Woman in Dead Man’s Cellphone

Ninth Annual National Youth Art Nominations 2013-14

Awards:
Supporting Actor in a Play: Gray Thurstone as Pablo Picasso in Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Featured Actress in a Play: Stuart Matson as Suzanne in Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Outstanding Ensemble: Picasso at the Lapin Agile