In Westtown’s theater program, students learn to use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to create something for their community.
Westtown’s in-depth program utilizes the stage to animate the essential skills of critical thinking, communication, and empathy; Through the craft of storytelling, students are empowered to incite those skills in others.
Although Westtown’s campus is 600 acres, the Meeting House and the theater are within yards of each other. In partnership with Quaker traditions, we see theater as a sibling to the meeting house, where strangers and friends alike gather in fellowship to question, celebrate, and rehearse humanity.
Located in the evocative landscape of the Brandywine Valley and within travel distance to the hubs of cutting-edge theater, Philadelphia and New York City, Westtown believes in the humble wisdom that the more you do something, the better you get at it.
The classroom, rehearsal hall, scene shop, and light booth all serve as hands-on labs for project-based challenges that necessitate resourcefulness and creative problem-solving, preparing students for direct action as citizen artists.
Our program has three branches: the curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular. Students are encouraged to participate in any or all aspects of theater.
"We see the reality that we choose to see, and we have more power to do that than ever before. Theater is one of the last things that eliminates that."
— Lin Manuel Miranda,
playwright, lyricist, and performer (2015)