Signature in the Schools - for Students

Signature in the Schools is a theatrical training program unlike any other. The chance to be in a world premiere production, written, directed and designed by professional theater artists, featuring a professional actor. And beyond all of that, it’s the chance to participate in a theatrical conversation about issues that matter: citizenship and the power of the vote; freedoms of expression; immigration; feminism. These are just a few of the topics that Signature in the Schools productions have delved into. The 2020/21 production will explore the New Deal and its contemporary relevance.

For the 2020/21 season, Signature in the Schools will be producing a film that will be available to stream at home and in school settings. Set during the current pandemic, the film will be a series of conversations filmed primarily in the students ’homes, through platforms like Zoom, Skype and FaceTime. The film will also include one in-person scene involving two socially-distant/masked-wearing characters filmed outdoors.

Auditions are now closed for the 2020/21 Signature in the Schools film.


Recognizing the unusual circumstances that students throughout the region this year, Signature in the Schools will be temporarily expanding, allowing any student currently enrolled in a public high school in the Northern Virginia region will be eligible to participate in this year’s production (subsequent productions will return to being exclusively for Arlington Public School students.)

Students enrolled in a high school in the following school districts are eligible to participate in the 2020/21 film production: Alexandria, Arlington County, Clarke County, Culpeper County, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Fauquier County, Frederick County, Loudoun County, Madison County, Manassas, Manassas Park, Orange County, Page County, Prince William County, Lynchburg, Nelson County, Rockbridge County, Rockingham County, Staunton, Waynesboro.

Time Commitment

When you audition, you’ll get a chance to tell us every day that you’re unable to come to rehearsal/crew call. We will honor all submitted conflicts. Any conflicts that come up after the audition will have to be approved by the director (and they might not be approved!).

The general breakdown of how the program works are in the boxes on this page. For more information, see the Signature in the Schools student calendar in the side box on this page.

PART I – Boot Camp and Table Work: Aimed to create a true theater ensemble, these sessions are devoted to theatrical skill building and hands-on lessons about the year’s given subject matter. Additionally, there are regular opportunities for the cast and cast and crew to gather together to read through the script and to discuss it with the writer as it goes through revisions.

PART II – Rehearsals and Filming: After a week off for Thanksgiving, the cast/crew return for two weeks of filming and one week for any reshoots or rewrites that may come up.

PART III – The Release of the Film: The film will be released for streaming at home and in schools in mid-February.

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