Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.
We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
— Aristotle

A Fresh Approach 

 

The Final Cause-Why?

In a world that has increasingly lost its ability to tell compelling stories, the solution rests not in the escalation of spectacle--a key device in distracting the uninformed--but in the formation of young artists as they pursue lives that are fully human.  

The Formal Cause-What?

To that end, we have assembled an academy-based dramatic arts training program that aims to teach students how to infuse their lives and stories with a fresh, powerful vision of humanity, grounded in a Christian anthropology. 

The Efficient Cause-How?

By using story structure as a lens through which they may more easily evaluate their lives and the world around them, students are encouraged to self-identify as the hero of their own personal stories while participating in a series of increasingly layered improvisational exercises inspired by the late Sanford Meisner. These exercises form the foundation of our work with teens and young adults, and are intended to help each participant grow in craft, in virtue, and in their capacity for authentic relationship. 

In our nine-month immersion process, the second semester is dedicated to learning the craft of dramatic writing, to reading narrative works of enduring beauty, and to the writing and staging of an original piece of theatre.