Performing Arts

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The Upper School Performing Arts offers a diverse selection of classes and co-curricular programs in Dance, Drama and Music. Students have the opportunity to explore their passion in the performing arts developing as dancers, actors and musicians in a sequential classroom program that caters for all student levels and interests. In addition to the classroom program students have the opportunity to audition for a variety of co-curricular large and small productions or for places as Dance, Drama and Music delegates in the IASAS Cultural Convention. Upper School Music students also have the option of preparing auditions for the AMIS (Association of Music in International Schools) Honor Ensembles that convene throughout the year at varying schools around the world. Selected upper school dancers also participate in major dance festivals in Asia and America.

Taipei American School offers students in the Performing Arts excellent facilities in which to hone their art. Our school has a 21st Century Auditorium with orchestra pit for productions, a Black Box Theater and Drama Workshop space, 2 Dance Studios and a Technical Theater workshop for production design and the creation of sets and props. There are large ensemble rehearsal areas for Choir, Band and Orchestras, and numerous other music classrooms for small group instruction including practice rooms for students to individually work.

The curricular and co-curricular program showcases student excellence in the Performing Arts through numerous large and small scale concerts and productions during the year. Featured annually is a fall Drama or Musical production, a fall Dance production, Winter Concerts, Chamber music recitals, and student showcases during the annual Fine and Performing Arts Festival.

Course Offerings 2018-2019

Department Members

Stephen Abernethy (Department Chair) - Band
Jennifer Anderson - Music Production & Technology
Andrea Blough - Choir & Music Theater
Stella Chang - AP Music and Flute Chamber Ensemble
Betty Chang - Choir
Laura Cipriano - Strings
Cory Edwards - Theater
Deb Flemming - Dance
Ray Heberer - Band
Kevin Held (Theater Manager) - Tech. Theater
Jessica Huang (Asst. Theater Manager) - Theater
Vivian Huang - Strings
Kari Jensen - Theater
Ruth Lin - Strings
Joan Pipkin - Strings

Support Staff

Chris Bryant - Theater Assistant
Grace Ku - K-12 Music Assistant

Agnes Yang - US Dance/Drama Assistant

Department Chair