The award-winning theater arts programs of the Abilene Independent School District offers opportunities for students to cultivate their creative talents.
Students may begin their study of theater arts in middle school. The purpose of middle school theater arts is to introduce the students to the varied aspects of dramatic arts. Creativity, the importance of self-discipline, the development of a positive self-image, and an appreciation of total theatrical experiences are emphasized in middle school theater classes.
The theater arts departments at both high schools are extremely active, featuring both non-musical and musical performances. Each year, qualified senior students are honored with the opportunity to direct a one-act play. Theater arts courses focus on the “nuts and bolts” of performance, theater history and criticism, acting techniques, voice, and movement. Technical Theater courses provide practical experience in set construction and design, costuming, lighting and sound, and stage management. Special independent study courses may be taken by advanced students.
Campus theatrical productions allow students to explore and create through the development of acting skills, physical movement, use of make-up, costuming, lighting, sound, set design, and construction.
The University Interscholastic League One-Act Play competition allows advancement beyond the district competition based on extremely high standards of excellence. The One-Act Play is a priority of both high school theater programs. Abilene High School and Cooper High School theater departments have successfully advanced in numerous UIL competitions.
AISD theater programs have been very successful in preparing students for acceptance in university theater programs throughout Texas and the nation.