Theater & Dance
Not every future actor or dancer arrives at Loomis Chaffee knowing already that he or she wants to be “on stage.” While advanced students of performance can hone their skills alongside talented and experienced faculty and professional artists, those new to the performing arts can discover new talents through Loomis’ extensive curricular and extracurricular offerings. From performance to production, from stage management to technical theater, and from ballet to hip hop, there is something for everyone. Performers will find a packed house is the norm at the numerous productions that take place in the historic NEO Theater — including the fall drama production, the winter musical, the one-act playwriting festival, and the spring dance revue.
The Show Goes On
While many Loomis Chaffee students go on to study theater and related subjects in college, some pursue highly successful careers in theater, the entertainment industry, and related fields — including well-known satirist Tom Lehrer ’43, (also a mathematics professor); Hollywood producer Bob Yari ’79 (Crash); actor, producer, and director James Widdoes ’72 (Eight Simple Rules, Two and a Half Men, Dave’s World); and film, stage, and television actor Betty Gilpin ’04 (Medium, Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent).