Director of Theater Arts Kent Burnham directs Trinity-Pawling students in rehearsal

In the Theater Department at Trinity-Pawling, there’s a place for everyone! Through an array of theater courses and extracurriculars, the Theater Department ignites passion in our students, in all aspects of the theater arts — whether acting, improvisation, directing, playwriting, producing, or lighting and set design. With his innovative and student-centered approach, Director of Theater Arts Kent Burnham creates a 360-degree view of the theater for his students, fostering creativity and self-discovery at every turn. 

For me, teaching theater is all about discovering and building a student’s sense of empathy. My goal is for them to understand another person, culture, or way a person behaves. That’s all acting is, really. It’s a sense of understanding and the ability to recognize ourselves in someone else and create something with it. 
Kent Burnham, Director of Theater Arts

24 Hour Play Festival

In January 2020, the Trinity-Pawling Theater Department partnered with Westover School to put on a 24 Hour Play Festival! In just 24 short hours, students wrote, designed, staged, directed, and performed 6 plays and 1 monologue in Gardiner Theater. It was an amazing undertaking and the students fully embraced the challenge, producing a great night of theater. 

We are thrilled to continue to partner with Westover School and can't wait to see what's next!

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Past Productions at Trinity-Pawling

Urinetown the Musical • Winter 2020
Cast members on stage performing a scene from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time • Fall 2019
Characters in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare duel in a scene on stage
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare • Spring 2019
The cast of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee during their final performance
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee • Winter 2019
Cast members of Harvey
Harvey • Fall 2018
Cast members of A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream • Spring 2018
Cast members of Peter and the Starcatcher
Peter and the Starcatcher • Winter 2018
Cast members of Almost, Maine
Almost, Maine • Fall 2017
Members of the cast for Spring 2017 One Acts
One Acts • Spring 2017
Cast members of The Producers
The Producers • Winter 2017
Cast members of Spamalot
Spamalot • Winter 2016
Cast members of One Man, Two Guvnors
One Man, Two Guvnors • Fall 2016
Cast members of Drop Dead
Drop Dead • Fall 2015

I started my acting career at Trinity-Pawling as Juror #4 in Twelve Angry Men during my senior year. That's where I caught the bug that set the course for my life. I felt comfortable on stage and in front of the camera. I learned that if you find something you're good at, latch on to it.

Andrew Massett ’67