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 staged 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: contemporary feminism, race relations in America, global imperialism, veteran issues. These are just a few of the topics that Signature in the Schools productions have delved into.

Want to audition? Would you rather work backstage? Good news, any high school student currently enrolled in an Arlington County public high school is eligible to apply for both acting and technical positions. No experience necessary – we’ll teach you on the job!

Time Commitment

Signature in the Schools is a serious 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. Any conflicts that come up after that will have to be approved by the director for you to miss them (and they might not be approved!).

The general breakdown of how the program works are in the boxes 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 playwright as it goes through revisions.

PART II – BREAK: Cast and crew are then given three weeks off for winter break. Actors are expected to return from break fully memorized.

PART III – Rehearsals and Crew Calls: Rehearsals are every day after school (3:45PM-6:15PM and occasional Saturdays (10AM-2PM.) NO ACTOR WILL BE CALLED EVERY DAY. After Boot Camp and Table Work, costumes and props should plan on meeting to work 1-2 days a week after school (3:45PM-6:15PM.) Lights and sound are not called again until tech. Stage Management is called to every rehearsal and performance.

PART IV – Tech: All of the departments have been working separately for weeks. Now, we finally put it all together. Every minute of tech is mandatory for every person working on the production.

PART V – Student Matinees: As noted on production calendars, students involved in the production miss their morning classes for five days. While students are excused from their classes to participate in morning performances, they are not excused from doing their work for those classes. Students are responsible for school work and class time missed.

PART VI – Evening Performances: It’s not just for the students though. There are two performances for the public so everyone you know can come see you in a professional-quality show!

Have questions about Signature in the Schools? Send your questions to See you in September!