Students in Gardiner Theater rehearse a scene on stage

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 an innovative and student-centered approach, our dynamic program and curriculum creates a 360-degree view of the theater for students, fostering creativity and self-discovery at every turn.

On the Stage

The cast of Avenue Q sing a song using puppets during a performance in Gardiner Theater

The Theater Department mounts 2-3 main-stage theatrical productions each school year, ranging from one-act plays to full-scale musicals. In both coursework and productions, students are able to hone their performing technique as they engage, collaborate, and enhance their imaginations, characterization skills, and empathy. 

Courses include: Improvisational Comedy, Public Speaking, Theater Practices, and more!

Behind the Stage

In the world of live theater, a crucial part of any performance happens behind the scenes. Students on the Tech Crew take part in building the set, designing the lighting, planning the sound cues, creating the special effects, and more.

With an emphasis on safety and collaboration, they learn fundamental construction and building methods, lighting and sound system engineering, and stage management skills — from the moment the curtain rises to the very last cue.

A student adjusts the stage lighting in Gardiner Theater
A group of students and faculty at School of Rock, The Musical on Broadway
Be Inspired by New York City!

Our close proximity to New York City theaters provides students with impressive experiential learning opportunities. Throughout the year, students can catch a train from Pawling to NYC to experience some of the most dynamic theater performances in the world, from highly-acclaimed Broadway shows to smaller, edgier off-Broadway productions. The trips increase our students’ exposure to all types of live theater, and perhaps spark an interest that they may not have discovered otherwise.

Guest Artists on Campus

Visiting artists also play an integral role in our Theater Arts Program and provide students with exposure to a variety of seasoned professionals through theater workshops and guest performances.

Past Productions at Trinity-Pawling

The cast and crew of A Few Good Men
A Few Good Men

Winter 2024

The cast and crew of Sadness 101
Sadness 101, An Original Production

Spring 2023

Two actors read from a book during a scene of All in the Timing on stage in Gardiner Theater
All in the Timing

Fall 2022

The cast of Avenue Q sing a song using puppets during a performance in Gardiner Theater
Avenue Q: School Edition

Spring 2022

Cast members in character during a scene in The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple

Fall 2021

The cast of Monty Python's Edukational Show takes a bow in Gardiner Theater
Monty Python's Edukational Show

Spring 2021

The 24-Hour Plays Virtual Showcase, 2020
24-Hour Plays: Virtual Monologues

Winter 2021

A scene from the Fall 2020 One Acts on the campus quad
Fall One Acts

Fall 2020

Student actors perform a scene during Urinetown the Musical at Trinity-Pawling
Urinetown the Musical

Spring 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

A scene from the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Winter 2019

Cast members of 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

Cast members of The Producers
The Producers

Spring 2017

Cast members of One Man, Two Guvnors
One Man, Two Guvnors

Fall 2016

Members of the cast for Spring 2017 One Acts
Spring One Acts

Spring 2016

Cast members of Spamalot

Winter 2016

Cast members of Drop Dead
Drop Dead

Fall 2015

Trinity-Pawling Theater: In the News

Theater During Quarantine: Virtual Monologues, 24-Hour Virtual Play Festival
Featuring Trinity-Pawling students, faculty, and alumni

Living History: Theater in the Time of Coronavirus 
Featuring a virtual theater production with Westover School

Drama Programs Take on a 24-hour Theater Marathon
24-Hour Plays produced in Gardiner Theater

I started my acting career at Trinity-Pawling as Juror #4 in Twelve Angry Men. 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