Studying Drama at JAGS enables our students to be intellectually curious and to take risks. The subject also fosters a wide range of qualities such as creativity, confidence, tenacity and individual and group awareness.
We are a vibrant and innovative department with excellent facilities including the purpose built and highly flexible Prissian Theatre, a theatre studio and a dedicated design space. There is always a wealth of Drama taking place there are plenty of opportunities for students to develop their talents whether in acting, directing, writing or technical theatre. We also take advantage of our proximity to central London and offer a diverse range of theatre trips throughout the year.
We stage an impressive range of productions and often collaborate with Dulwich College. We celebrate large scale ensemble theatre and currently offer two full scale senior productions and four House Plays in the Autumn term. Numerous examination and student initiated projects in the Spring Term, and the Summer term includes a Year 10 production and a full scale Junior Show for Year 7-9. We also offer a wide range of clubs which allow students to explore new possibilities including a Lunch Box Theatre Club, Backstage Club and Playwriting Club.
Drama is taught throughout the school to GCSE and A level by specialist teachers. Visiting companies such as Complicite and Shared Experience are often invited to enrich the students understanding of contemporary theatre practice. Many students also take private classes in ESB or LAMDA qualifications.
Students are regularly recruited by NYT and several of our senior students take part in the Young Pleasance Theatre Company productions at the Edinburgh festival and the London Fringe each year. Casting agents are welcomed into the school to observe classes or to run their own auditions.
A number of our students go on to study theatre and performance at university and beyond. Alumnae have gone on to careers in professional theatre, television and film.