Performing Arts

Our Performing Arts program begins in Green Trees with an introduction to dance, music, and movement. Exploration continues through to 4th and 5th grade ,when students choose to participate in the Movement and Theater programs. In Middle School, students have the opportunity to choose the Middle School Arts Rotation, which offers courses in dance and acting as well as Media Arts and Studio Arts. In Upper School students have the opportunity to study more advanced techniques in acting, dance, music, and technical theater, and have the option to participate in fully-mounted dramatic and musical productions in the fall and spring.

The Drama and Theater Program at Newman offers acting classes in grades 4 through 12 and technical theater classes in grades 9 through 12. The Newman Players each year produce a fall and spring play or musical, and the Middle School produces a winter musical. Past productions have included The Laramie Project, Hairspray, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Shop of Horrors, The Lion King, and Grease.

The Dance and Movement Program at Newman emphasizes self-discovery, exploring movement, and collaboration with others, as well as creative development, artistic expression, and physical strengthening. The program encourages an overall experience of healthful living. As students develop their craft in class and after school during performances, they build a vocabulary and skills that they can pull from to choreograph their own work in the Upper School.


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  • Green Trees

    Green Trees Students explore the fundamentals of rhythm, tone, and creative expression through dance.

    • Movement and Music Exploration
  • Lower School

    In 4th and 5th grade, students may choose between Band, Choir, and Movement/Theater study rotation program. If the student chooses Choir and Movement/Theater, he or she will study the basics of musical theater through performances and interactive games. This will begin to develop foundational skills which can be applied in Middle and Upper School.

    • Cadet Band
    • 4th & 5th Grade Movement/Theater (Arts Rotation)
  • Middle School

    A student’s performing art study continues in Middle School with the Middle School Arts Rotation. This program explores art activities from film editing to dance. The performing arts portions of this rotation are acting courses and movement and dance classes. Both of these sections are semester long and they introduce acting and dance concepts with more depth then in the Lower School. Students can showcase the techniques and skills they learn in these courses to theatrical performances in Middle and Upper School.

    • Drama (Arts Rotation)
    • Dance (Arts Rotation)
  • Upper School

    The Upper School Performing Arts program offers opportunities for specialized study in acting, dance, and technical theater at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

    • Introductory and Intermediate Technical Theater
    • Advanced Theater Design
    • Acting: Improvisation
    • Acting: Stage Performance
    • Introductory Dance
    • Advanced Dance
    Click here for a complete list of Upper School Arts offerings.
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New Orleans, LA 70115
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An independent,
non-denominational day
school in New Orleans for
early childhood through 12th grade