Theatre

Philosophy

Teachers at The Galloway School integrate art, music, dance and drama into many classroom activities crossing all levels and academic disciplines. Students in Early and Middle Learning are frequently involved in dramatic productions both in the classroom and in performances for peers and parents. Theatre classes are designed to embrace each student’s individual skills and gifts, while simultaneously building community and ensemble. Students discover their own voice and encourage one another to let their voices be heard as they grow in empathy and perspective while learning the power of language and the role theatre plays across cultures and time periods.

Early Learning

  • Imagination and creativity are enhanced through dramatic play throughout the day in a variety of subject areas. Classroom teachers work with professional theatre artists to create opportunities for students to develop understanding and empathy around a variety of subjects. Examples of past class performances include fairytale theatre, living biographies, ocean exploratory, and poetry slams.
  • Students enjoy performances by professional, visiting theatre artists and attend field trips to see performances at the Alliance Theater and Center for Puppetry Arts throughout the school year.

Middle Learning

  • Grades 5 and 6: All students in grades 5 and 6 participate in a 9-week theatre exploratory in which students create an original work, perform it together, and reflect on their process and final product. Along the way they discover character, plot, conflict, actions and change while learning how to work together as a group.
  • Grades 7 and 8: Students in grades 7 and 8 may elect to take theatre electives designed to build on their experiences in 5th and 6th grade and develop empathy, perspective and an appreciation for the power of language. These classes meet during regular school hours and create a safe environment for students to experience theatre with an option, but no pressure, to perform. Electives include Introduction to Theatre, Improvisation and Playwriting.
  • Grades 6 – 8: For those students seeking performing opportunities the Junior Theatre Ensemble is available for students in grades 6 – 8. The Junior Theatre Ensemble meets three days a week after school and is a vivacious, fun and supportive no-cut group. Students work with the theater and music teachers to rehearse and present a musical. The ensemble is modeled after the UL Galloway Theatre Ensemble and no prior acting or dancing experience is required.

Upper Learning

  • Students in grades 9 – 12 may elect to take theatre classes that earn students credit while exploring, deepening, and honing their skills in acting technique, performance styles, ensemble physical training, playwriting structure and script analysis. Theatre electives include Introduction to Theatre, Acting 1 and 2, Playwriting, Directing and Improvisation.
  • For those who love to perform, The Galloway Theatre Ensemble is a “no-cut”, energetic, fun and supportive group of students who enjoy sharing their love of theatre with audiences. The ensemble is open to any student regardless of experience, and encourages discipline and dedication to the development of their craft. The ensemble presents three productions throughout the school year including a fall play, winter play and spring musical. Though rehearsals are scheduled after school (periods 8 and 9) the students receive course credit for their work. Theater Ensemble members are also given the opportunity to represent Galloway at various conferences and competitions to share their work with other schools in the region.

Faculty Biographies

Megan Cramer, ML & UL Theatre

Megan Cramer joins The Galloway School this year as an Upper Learning theater teacher. Born and raised in Atlanta, and a proud graduate of Henry W. Grady High School, she spent the past 15 years living, working and making theater in New York City, most notably as the Associate Artistic Director of The 52nd Street Project. Ms. Cramer was also the Middle School drama teacher at Avenues: The World School in Manhattan, where she produced and directed bilingual theatrical productions, and guided the entire 6th grade class through writing and staging an original musical adaptation of "The Phantom Tollbooth."

In 2008, she founded an annual playwriting program at Grady High – the Grady Playmakers Workshop-- an intensive curriculum for high school students that culminates in a staged reading of their work, featuring professional Atlanta actors. She has been involved in numerous artistic and theatrical ventures including providing guidance and support to beginning non-profit theatre organizations, touring teen Shakespeare productions to Marfa, Texas and Banff, Canada, and traveling to Madagascar with Zara Aina to make an original play with Malagasy children. Ms. Cramer received a B.A. degree in theater from Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC). Before delving into the world of teaching and directing, she performed as an actor in Atlanta with Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Horizon Theater Company, and the Alliance Theater Company; and in New York City with Prospect Theater Company and Blessed Unrest.

Elissa Marele, ML & UL Theatre

Mrs. Marele is thrilled to be joining the Arts Faculty at The Galloway School. She has been a drama teacher for fifteen years and has loved every minute of it! She received a BA in Theatre Education from The University of South Florida and an MS in Interdisciplinary Arts from Nova Southeastern University. Mrs. Marele has directed over 50 full length and one act musicals and plays in Georgia and in Florida. Through the GHSA One Act Play Competition, her production of Into the Woods was named the Region Champion in 2013 as well as having the honor of receiving the Best Region Actor & Actress and her One Act productions of The Addams Family and Assassins were both named Runner Up at the Region Competitions in 2014 & 2015. While teaching in Florida, Mrs. Marele is proud to have brought 5 one acts to the Florida State Thespian Festival. Her students have won numerous awards including South Florida Cappie Awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Choreography, & Best Lighting.

Mrs. Marele is currently a Resident Director with The Callback Company and was an adjudicator at the 2013 Florida State Thespian Festival. She served as Chairperson of the South Florida Cappies Program from 2005—2007. Mrs. Marele is proud to say she has students studying and working in theatre in New York, Chicago, Washington, North Carolina, Florida, & Georgia.


Bob Upton, ML & UL Theatre Tech

Mr. Upton is very excited to join the great educators at The Galloway School as the Technical Theatre Teacher. Bob has 21 years experience teaching theatre as a Set Designer, Technical Director and Director and was a working technical theatre professional for many years prior to teaching. Bob is a native Georgian and attended Jacksonville State University where he received a BA degree in Theatre. Bob has worked in southeastern regional theatres including the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Alliance Theatre as Master Carpenter and the Georgia Shakespeare Festival as the Technical Director.

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