School Life


Step outside of yourself in Emma Willard School's theatre program. Acting students are introduced to concepts of acting current in American theatre and do exercises and improvisations designed to free them as actors. Sensory awareness, text analysis, and vocal and physical techniques are stressed, and special attention is paid to exercises helping students use their own imaginations with confidence.

In addition to acting, Emma offers courses in playwriting and technical theatre. These classes are designed to help students gain a thorough understanding of theatrical and staging techniques as they have evolved through history.

Credit is granted to participants in school productions. Our productions include both offbeat one-acts and mainstream productions take place in venues ranging from our 350-seat auditorium to the more intimate Lab Theatre, living rooms, and found spaces around campus.
285 Pawling Avenue, Troy, NY 12180 | P: 518.833.1300 F: 518.833.1815
Welcome to Emma Willard School, a private day and boarding high school for girls in Troy, NY, and a leader in girls' education for over 200 years. 

PLEASE NOTE: All visitors to campus must check in with Campus Safety, which can be found at the red flag entrance to Sage Hall (Pawling Ave. entrance).