How do actors act? What about lighting, sets, costumes and sound? How does a play get from the page to the stage?

The theatre program offers opportunities to study acting, explore dramatic literature, read and analyze scripts, write and produce original works, perform in classrooms and the Raleigh community, and become familiar with the history of theatre. Through our tech classes, students serve as designers and crew heads in the main stage productions. Open to all students at Saint Mary’s are opportunities to be involved as production company members, serving as stage managers, actors, and crew members for scenic painting, costume, hair, make-up, props, lighting and sound. Each year, students create on-campus productions that include a full-length play in the fall, one-act plays, and the musical in the winter.

We also sponsor an International Thespian Society Troupe, # 8103. This honor club forms the leadership of the program, attending the state ITS Festival and performing an improv show in the spring.


The Boy Friend

Pride and Prejudice

Women in White

Costume crew for Legally Blonde

Set building for The Boy Friend

Legally Blonde


Fall Play

Decision Height
October 25, 2019 • 7 p.m.
October 26, 2019 • 7 p.m.

Complementary General Admission
Tickets available at the door
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Contact Us

For more information about the Saint Mary's arts program, please contact:

Michelle Wells

Director of Theatre Arts
Instructor of Visual and Performing Arts


Arts News

Mary Virginia Swain '77C

Saint Mary's Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Department students, faculty, and families celebrated the year in the arts at the 2019 Celebration of the Arts, Sunday, April 28, with breakfast in Chan-Poyner Hall followed by the celebration and awards in Eliza Battle Pittman Auditorium.
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