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PDS Wins National High School Theater Program Honors

PDS Wins National High School Theater Program Honors
The cast of Princeton Day School’s production of “Urinetown: the Musical.” The Princeton Day School Theater program was named the winner of the 2014 High School Theater Honors Program in the Northeast

PDS Named Top School in Northeast

Princeton – In the November issue of Stage Directions Magazine, which has just been published, Princeton Day School is named the winner of the 2014 High School Theater Honors Program in the Northeast. This program celebrates the most extraordinary high school drama programs nationwide.

The magazine states: “Dynamic production values. Innovative material tackled by fearless young artists. Forward-thinking, artistically committed instructors. These qualities are shared in spades by the winners of the Stage Directions 2014 High School Theatre Honors Program winners. Chosen from a pool of many excellent applicants, our honorees distinguish themselves in particular this year by continually challenging their students to take their dramatic work farther than they ever have before—with incredibly impressive results.” For the entire issue, please click here:

In order to be considered for this honor, Princeton Day School was nominated by the community and submitted information about the school’s approach to theater. In addition, local theater and arts education colleagues were surveyed about the school’s work. After a review of curriculum, pedagogy, and production history, PDS was chosen as the leading program in the entire Northeast.

On winning this honor, Artist in Residence Stan Cahill notes, “We enjoy the position of being the first school from New Jersey to win this honor. Additionally, we are now positioned to be a school with access to technology and scripts before they are released to the national educational theater community.”

This honor comes on the heels of some impressive accolades for the PDS Theater program. In 2013, the program was nominated for 8 New Jersey Theater awards, and won two for their production of Anon(ymous). This year, the production of Urinetown received an impressive 13 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards, and won 7 awards, leading the state in awards.

The winners of the State Directions High School Theater Honors Program in the other regions were as follows: Midwest, the Warren Consolidated School of Performing Arts; Northwest, Gresham High School; Southeast, Fort Lauderdale High School; and Southwest, Chaparral High School.

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