• Get the most up-to-date RWJH Theatre Arts Magnet information and find out more on the RWJH Theatre Arts Magnet Website: RWJH Theatre Arts Website


    Emphasis is placed on the development of imagination and creativity, body and voice control, knowledge of dramatic structure and plot, comfort and confidence in performance, an introduction to technical theatre, basic understanding of theatrical styles and history, and various aspects of the communication process. Students will have opportunities to study improvisation, vocal technique, readers’ theatre, storytelling, and to engage in two classroom productions throughout the year.


    West’s Theatre Arts magnet strand, singular among Richardson ISD junior high schools, attracts students who are highly imaginative, expressive, and enjoy working with others.


    • Exploration of the history of theatre arts and terminology
    • Master voice expression; develop characterizations
    • Craft pantomime, script writing and improvisation
    • Analysis of character motivation and script
    • Practice vocal and physical warm-up
    • Monologues and auditioning
    • Introduction into costuming and props
    • Musical theatre and Shakespeare
    • Understand the elements of successful storytelling and public speaking
    • Participate in at least two stage performances per year
    • High school graduation credit, including Communications Applications credit upon successful completion of 8th grade

    Any RISD student may audition for the program during their 6th grade year. Look for information sent home with your student with exact dates and how to apply. For more information about placement and magnets, contact the Director of Special Projects for RISD Michael Freeman at michael.freeman@risd.org or (469) 593-0340 or the RWJH Arts Magnet Director, Nicole Novit at (469) 593-3739 or nicole.novit@risd.org.


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    Theatre Arts students working.

  • Director of Theatre Arts Magnet

    Nicole Novit