The Hill School theatre program offers classroom instruction coupled with co-curricular opportunities in play production to provide a well-rounded theatre experience.
Classes develop skills in acting, oral communication, and public speaking. Students enter the class with diverse levels of experience; therefore, grading must be highly individualized with each student being assessed on his or her individual development in the class.
Productions are open to all Hill School students. Auditions are held at the beginning of each term during the same time as athletics team tryouts. All students are welcome to audition; however, not all students who audition will get cast. Students who have an interest in theatre, but do not wish to perform on stage, may sign up for technical theatre where they will work behind-the-scenes on lighting, set construction, rigging, sound design, costumes, makeup, and special effects. Rehearsals for all productions take place during the afternoon period but may extend to weekends and later evening hours as the production progresses. This is a great opportunity for all students to express their artistic side and try something new!
Productions for the 2023-2024 school year include:
Clue (Fall); PROM (Winter); Little Shop of Horrors (Spring)
We perform three shows each school year:
- A fall musical in our Black Box Theatre Space or main stage.
- A winter musical on the main stage
- A spring play in our Black Box Theatre Space or main stage.
In addition to the theatre productions, students may take theatre-specific courses:
- Musical Theatre Course (a full-credited, graded course). This course gives the students an opportunity to write, develop, and present their own full original musical.
- Acting for TV and Film: Students write, create, and film their own TV series
- Theatre Workshop (term course)
- Public Speaking (term course)
- Speech and Debate (term course)
Kat Ross Kline joined The Hill School Theatre Department in the fall of 2023. She serves as an instructor of the performing arts and Director of the Ellis Theatre Guild. Kat has been a professional theatre practitioner in the tri-state area for more than 20 years serving as a director, choreographer, actor, designer, and educator. Recent directorial credits include the 10th Anniversary Reunion concert of A Tale of Two Cities on Broadway in NYC; guest director for Billy Elliot and A Christmas Story at The BTOP; and a reimagined 33 Variations (in support of the ALS Hope foundation), which toured multiple theaters including The Kelsey Theatre, where Kat serves as a Theatre Advisory board member for Mercer County Community College.
A Philadelphia-area native, Kat is honored to work in close conjunction both with the Philadelphia International Girls Choir as a resident acting coach and creative director for their biannual music videos, and has served as a guest choreographer for ABC's Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade - a nationally televised family tradition. She is the full-time director/choreographer for The Sharpe Family singers, a Broadway touring concert and a worldwide social media phenomenon, that most recently was seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.. Academically, Kat is committed to a visionary mission: the "redesigning and redirection of classical theatre that may be deemed outdated, all while upholding its artistic integrity.”
Kat's dedication lies in making these timeless works not only culturally relevant, but also view-friendly for today's discerning audiences. Through insightful research and creative innovations, she aspires to "breathe new life into the classics and spark meaningful discussions about the evolving landscapes of the performing arts." Kat received her master’s degree in Theatre from Villanova University, her dance education at both Broadway Dance Center and STEPS in New York City, and is proud member of SDC, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Overall, Kat is excited to inspire and teach the next generation of talented actors and stage enthusiasts, and is dedicated to fostering creativity and nurturing young talent to bring a new era of excellence to The Hill School Theatre Department.
Bobby Goodrich came to The Hill School in the fall of 2019. As production designer, Bobby oversees all of the costume, wig, makeup, and scenic and properties designs for the Ellis Theatre Guild. A native of Philadelphia, they studied Theatre at Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Theatre Design and Musical Theatre. While at Clarion, Bobby was the resident costume designer for two seasons of the Summer Musical Theatre Workshop. Following their time at Clarion, they apprenticed at the Walnut St. Theatre in Philadelphia, where they worked in costumes, wardrobe, and makeup. In 2015, Bobby made their off Broadway debut as "Divine" in the world premier of DIVINE/INTERVENTION to rave reviews. Bobby continues to work throughout the tri-state area as a cabaret artist, actor, and designer.
Peter Gorneault has been with The Hill as the Technical Theatre Director since the fall of 2021. He has a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting and Scenic Design from the University of Georgia, and a B.S. from SUNY Oneonta in Technical Theatre. Prior to Hill, Peter worked five years as a Live Events designer for Bentley Meeker Lighting and Staging in Manhattan, where he produced more than 125 live shows annually, three years as the in-house Production and Facilities Manager for the Mark Morris Dance Group, and six years as six years as Technical Director for the Wang Center at Stony Brook University. Peter’s passion has always been educational theatre, He is proud to be a member of The Hill community and excited to help develop the theatrical program at The Hill.
Anna Taylor arrived at The Hill in 2021 as the Theatre Administrative Manager & Assistant Technical Theater Director. She is a Drama Merit Scholar recipient and studying for her degree at Montgomery County Community College. Prior to Hill, she worked as Stage Manager with The Steel River Playhouse in Pottstown.