Dramatic Arts Academy

  • Cumberland Regional High School's Dramatic Arts Academy is a four-year, comprehensive program designed to foster students' personal, intellectual, and social development, while arming them with skills and experiences necessary for potential future careers in the performing arts. The Academy focuses on the exploration of the human condition through dramatic literature and performance. Students in the Academy will develop a greater awareness of themselves and an appreciation and understanding of the arts and the world around them.

    The Academy also provides students with learning experiences that develop the 21st-century skills of communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity, which are needed for students to succeed in the competitive global economy and work place. Students will be able to take part in a number of events including the fall play, spring musical, statewide dramatic competitions, and academy showcases. An articulation agreement is in place with Rowan University and Cumberland County College, whereby students can earn dual credit for college while enrolled in high school classes. Additionally, guest artist residencies and partnerships are a staple of the program. Partnerships exist with Rowan University, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Appel Farm, and more.


Dramatic Arts Academy Brochure

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Dramatic Arts Academy Course Progression

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  • Drama Boosters
    Information on the volunteer organization supporting the Dramatic Arts Academy at CRHS

    Parents have a role to play, too! 

    Drama Boosters is a nonprofit volunteer organization of parents and guardians who are dedicated to supporting the dramatic arts programs at Cumberland Regional High School. The goal of Drama Boosters is to make the programs more accessible and meaningful for students by raising funds and providing support for college scholarships, field trips and events, and for the various dramatic arts productions throughout the year at Cumberland Regional High School. We encourage parents and guardians to get involved with the Drama Boosters program. Volunteers are crucial to the success of the programs, and your commitment can be as little or as much as you'd like it to be.

    For more information on joining the CRHS Drama Boosters, please contact Elisabeth Campbell at campbelle@crhsd.org


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  • Accolades for the Dramatic Arts at CRHS

    "Theatre Night Awards" by Montclair State University:
    The Man Who Came to Dinner (2014)
    -Best Performance by an Ensemble (Nomination)
    -Best Choreography/Movement (Nomination)
    -Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play--Carly Jorgenson as Miss Preen (Nomination)

    Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey Governor's Award Competition:
    -Senior Scholarship Award--Katie Kiessling (2012 Winner)

    Papermill Playhouse "Rising Star Awards":
    The Wizard of Oz (2015)
    -Best Supporting Actress in a Musical--Danea Hayes as Zeke/Cowardly Lion (Honorable Mention)

    Disney's Beauty and the Beast (2012)
    -Best Supporting Actor in a Musical--Tyler Daddario as Cogsworth (Honorable Mention)

    "Theatre Night Awards" by Montclair State University: 
    Makin’ It (2015)
    -Outstanding Achievement in Choreography or Movement (nomination)
    -Outstanding Achievement by an Acting Ensemble of a Drama (nomination)

    To Kill a Mockingbird (2016)
    -Outstanding Achievement by an Acting Ensemble of a Drama (nomination)
    -Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama – Nathan Langston (Atticus Finch) (nomination)


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