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The University School of Nashville High School Theatre Program endeavors to provide a complete and multi-faceted theatre education, exposing students to technical, acting, playwriting, dramaturgical and directorial opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom.

High School
Through participation in the classroom setting, students come to understand that theatre is a many-layered and intricate performing art form while also learning the significance theatre has played, and continues to play, in the cultural development of the world. Outside of the classroom, students are provided with many different opportunities to develop in performance including technical work, acting, directing, and writing.

These opportunities develop both social and practical skills for each individual student to use in their lives long after graduation. USN's High School Theatre Program also strives for excellence in its productions to instill a deep appreciation and respect for the workings of the Stage.

Middle School
The Middle School Theatre Program can be described with these three words: educational, practical, and inclusive. Educationally, this program provides opportunities to learn about all aspects of theatre on stage and off. Many classes include Improv Theatre, Tech Theatre, Musical Theatre, and more to allow the students to become artistically informed. 

Practically, the program gives students hands-on skills that will help them as performers/creators and also provide skills that will have a life long effect. Inclusively, this program opens its arms to all students enrolled in Middle School at USN. This is evident in the record numbers of actors and tech crew members who are encouraged to participate in the Middle School Musical that happens in three short weeks before school starts. USN Middle School Theatre gives students a foundation to stand on so they can see what their future has in store.

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of James Manning

    James "Jim" Manning 

    MS & HS Technical Theater Teacher
    Vanderbilt University - Bachelor of Arts
    Bethel University - MAEd
  • Photo of Bakari King

    Bakari King 

    Middle School Theater Teacher
    Faulkner University - B.S.
  • Photo of Lillian Palmer

    Lillian "Lily" Palmer 

    High School Theatre Director
    Lipscomb University - MA
    Birmingham-Southern College - BA
    Vanderbilt - Ed.D.
  • Photo of Caren Lyons

    Caren Lyons 

    High School Dance Teacher
    Oklahoma City University - Bachelor of Performing Arts
    Lesley University - MA
  • Photo of Marci Murphree

    Marci Murphree 

    Middle School & After School teacher -Dance
    MTSU - BA
    Southern Association of Dance Masters - Re-Certification

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