Theater

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


Past Productions at Trinity-Pawling

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