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Theatre Department at Westinghouse Arts

The Theatre program at Westinghouse Arts Academy offers students two different tracks to choose from: Musical Theatre and Theatre. In both of these tracks, students will learn necessary performing arts skills in an environment founded on professionalism. Outside of classes, students can expand their educational experience through annual Fall Plays, Spring Musicals, Holiday Concerts, Cabarets, Show Choir and Performing Clubs. 

6 Time Gene Kelly Award Winning Program!

The Musical Theatre program holds 6 Gene Kelly Awards for their production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” The awards include:

  • Best Musical
  • Best Vocal Ensemble
  • Best Dance Ensemble
  • Best Lighting Design
  • Best Scenic Design
  • Best Costume Design

Courses

  • Acting Process & Technique
  • Scene Work (Int. and Adv.)
  • Acting: Classical & Shakespeare
  • Movement for Actors
  • Music Theory
  • Script Analysis
  • Theatre History
  • Stagecraft
  • Professional Portfolio & Audition Techniques
  • Film/Television Acting Styles
  • Jazz, Tap, Ballet and other Dance

Our Faculty Includes:

Nick Lenz

Nick Lenz

Nick Lenz (He/Him/His) is a theatre educator in the Greater Pittsburgh
Region and currently serves as the Head of the Musical Theatre
department at Westinghouse Arts Academy in Wilmerding, PA.
After training and performing at Pittsburgh theatre schools like Pittsburgh
Musical Theatre, Nick attended Shenandoah Conservatory where he
graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre.
Since graduating, Nick has brought arts education and advocacy back to
Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas through instruction and performance.
While exploring theatre disciplines through technique-focused methods
students in Nick’s classes will use their artistic integrity to make informed
choices about the art that they are putting out into the world. When a
student is in his class, they are provided a voice, a choice, and a safe
environment to explore the arts. Creating inclusive, healthy environments
in his classroom is of the utmost importance to him.

Nick’s classrooms are LGBTQIA+, People of Global Majority, and Disabled
persons safe spaces where students from all walks of life will be
welcomed and included.

Rebecca R. Lustig

Rebecca R. Lustig

Rebecca R. Lustig (She/Her) was born and raised in Ohio. She received her MFA in Theatre Management from Wayne State University, her MA in Theatre and Directing from Miami University, and her BA in Theatre Arts from Ashland University. Mrs. Lustig served as a Board Member at Large and Vice President for Wyoming Educators of Secondary Theatre, whose mission is to support and enhance quality theatre education in Wyoming schools. She served as the Artistic Producer for the Put-in-Bay Community Theatre, and the President of the Put-in-Bay Arts Council both in Put-in-Bay, OH. Mrs.Lustig served as the Acting Teacher for Gillette Performing Arts Workshop and worked on several community productions including: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, A Christmas Carol, HONK!, Annie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Zara Spook and Other Lures, Marisol, and Afraid of the Dark. In her free time, Mrs. Lustig served on the board for the Fur Kids Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of families with animals. Mrs. Lustig is excited to start her second year with Westinghouse Arts Academy where she serves as the Theatre Arts Teacher, the Director of the International Thespian Society Troupe, and volunteer eSports Team faculty advisor. Mrs. Lustig would like to thank her family and friends for always believing she could do anything.

Audition Requirements

All theatre applicants will have a short interview with your evaluators to discuss goals related to studying theatre.  Additional requirements are required by focus area.

Theatre:

You will perform one memorized monologue. Be prepared to discuss your goals as a performer, and how you prepared for your monologue.

How to prepare:

  • Monologue should be 1-2 minutes, and must be memorized.
  • Monologue can be either comedy or drama.
  • Selection must be from a play (not from a movie or a book of monologues).

Musical Theatre:

You will perform one monologue, one vocal performance, and be evaluated in dance. 

Be prepared to discuss your goals as a student and a performer. How to prepare:

  • Memorize a one-minute monologue from a play (not a book of monologues or a movie).
  • Prepare for the dance evaluation as directed in the dance evaluation requirements.
  • Select 32 bars of a Broadway standard song.
  • Please bring sheet music in the key that you will sing in, and an accompanist will be provided. No recorded accompaniment will be accepted.

Please bring any of  the following to your evaluation:

  • A written description or drawings of an idea you have for a scenic, costume or lighting design for a musical, video or play.
  • Any examples of your work in technical theatre (this may be programs, work samples, designs, prompt books, letters from supervisors, photographs or resume).

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Next Steps

Admission to Westinghouse Arts Academy is offered to students who successfully audition for one of our six arts focus areas. If you’re interested in audition and enrollment information, sign up to learn more about the process, schedule a tour or shadow day, and secure an evaluation date to audition. Or, support our programs with a financial gift.

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