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!
Past Productions at Trinity-Pawling
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