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Performing Arts

St. John’s Prep believes that the arts have the power to transform young people’s lives — to open them to the greatness that lies within them and in others. Our program is integral to our mission of providing a multi-faceted education for our students. The Performing Arts program includes courses and extracurricular opportunities that recognize students as artists with individual strengths to be celebrated in a collaborative environment. Our program helps students build confidence, self-discipline, leadership, collaboration skills, and develops their ability to work independently, take risks and learn from mistakes. Imagine a community that values your creativity. Discover the arts at St. John’s Prep.


Our Mission is to:

  • Provide quality learning opportunities in the performing arts.
  • Surround students with professional artists who serve as mentors and teachers
  • Create an awareness that the arts are an important and constructive vehicle of personal expression.
  • Develop a body of work for their portfolio for admission to college.
  • Provide a space to for students to collaborate with others who share their interests.



Under the guidance of singer, actress and producer Simona Rodano, and a team of highly respected professional artists, students are immersed in a technology based arts-through-performance program.


Dedicated Space:

  • Mater Christi Auditorium (1400 seats)
  • Black Box Theater “Studio 18” (70 seats)
  • Recording Studio
  • Fashion 3 North
  • Multimedia Room




VOCAL PERFORMANCE & MUSIC STUDIES:  Students develop and strengthen their voice, their posture and their stage presence while learning to work in diverse styles such as improvisation, theater games, pantomime, scene work and musical theater. In Vocal & Music Studies, students learn to apply theoretical concepts such as pitch and rhythmic notation, dynamics, harmony, timing and tempo. Students perform before a live audience throughout the year in productions that include the Christmas Concert, “Who Got Talent” Show, the Spring Concert, school liturgies, jam sessions along with outside events. 


MULTIMEDIA ART: This innovative program seeks to unify a large range of art forms achieved by combining an array of artistic and creative crafts in film, live performance, music and sound, drama, visual arts and design. Whether students are engaged in taking pictures, animating special effects or mapping an original installation, the Multimedia Studio is where St. John’s Prep students are encouraged to explore and expand their creative talents and develop a portfolio for college and beyond. 


SCREENWRITING:  Every great project – whether it’s a movie, television episode or webcast – starts with a good script. Students learn about the most important aspects of the art and craft of writing for the screen through a mixture of lecture, discussion, screenplay analysis, writing exercises and workshops. Students works will be selected and presented at the SJP Film Festival in the spring.


FILM & VIDEO STUDIES:  Our students learn from working filmmakers how to use professional equipment in the creation of student led productions. Students learn how to work the lights, audio, camera and mastering the software used in the music and theatre industries.


ACTING & TECHNICAL THEATRE: On-stage, students focus on acting fundamentals, such as theory and technique for performance, improvisation and scene study.  Unique workshops in special techniques are offered that include elements such as stage directing, audition techniques, mask and acting for film. Technical Theater is a way for students to learn in a tactile environment about the magic of backstage. From the lights, sound, building sets/props, and costumes students learn problem solving, teamwork, safety and develop a professional work ethic. Students play an active role in helping with school wide events and in the midst of all the work have fun.


FASHION DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION: Color, pattern making and illustration are all skills a fashion designer must learn to put a collection together.  Students learn the fundamental techniques used in the design of stylish, creative and coherent fashion collections. Students learn about fabric, coordinating color and texture. Students will sketch, draw, design and ultimately create work culminating in a fashion show of student work.

Exciting design opportunities and production assignments are a fundamental component of this program. Students with an interest in costuming learn how to design, select and build costumes for characters in school productions. In addition to sketching and creating costumes of their own design, students learn about the costume history and period style as well as wardrobe and stage makeup.


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