Theatre Program at Westinghouse

A fall play, spring musical, holiday concerts, performing clubs and classes, show choirs, and other production opportunities create consistent opportunities for our theatre-focused students. They gain experience on stage, while learning multiple acting techniques to hone skills in classes led by experienced actors and performers working in the industry.

Westinghouse Arts offers comprehensive training for performers, supporting a range of skills in a flexible program that tailors to students’ talents. Theatre majors take a range of classes to prepare for life on stage, behind the curtain, and beyond.

Though many students mix all three, our classes are concentrated around three areas of focus:

Theatre & Acting

This is a traditional program to develop acting skills for the stage, including everything from Shakespeare to improv. Plays and class projects offer many opportunities for students to find their voice, and expand their talents. Theatre majors learn from faculty and teaching artists with extensive experience on the stage, benefitting from exceptional professional instruction.

Musical Theatre

Those focused on musical theatre cross content areas. Students take fewer acting classes, and add classes from dance and vocal music focus areas to customize a program to develop their talents. The annual spring musical, award-winning from its very first year, offers the chance to bring all three together.

Technical Theatre

Our craft-focused students study directing, lighting, set design or construction, and other essential backstage theatre activities. Supporting a variety of productions all year long, technical theatre students bring performance to life. They learn through rich and ample opportunities that imbue a range of skills applicable to theatre, or other pursuits.

Courses

  • Classical to Modern
  • Acting and Reaction
  • Process and Theory
  • Acting with Song
  • Theatre/Musical Theatre Ensemble
  • Set/Lighting Design
  • Directing

Our Faculty Includes:

Missy Moreno

Missy Moreno

Teaching artist Missy Moreno is an experienced improvisor. She trained with Second City, is featured at Arcade Comedy Theater, and appears at festivals and shows nationwide. As an actor, she’s drawn to musical or comedic roles and productions for children. She has appeared with Bricolage, the International Children’s Theater Festival, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, the American Theater Company, and many others.

Angela Mazzocco

Angela Mazzocco

Angela Mazzocco is a director, stage manager, actor, and teaching artist. A graduate of Seton Hill University with a degree in theatre, her credits include the Pittsburgh CLO, Quantum Theatre, Front Porch Theatricals, City Theatre, Prime Stage, Gemini Children’s Theatre, Stage Right, and more.

Mallory Mousseau Grantz

Mallory Mousseau Grantz

Performing arts is led by Mallory Mousseau Grantz. She is a PA-certified teacher who also holds a BFA in musical theatre and has worked in professional, regional, and community theaters across the country and internationally. She toured with Missoula Children’s Theatre, and has directed, musical directed and choreographed with various theaters in the Pittsburgh Area and was a teaching artist with the Pittsburgh CLO. 

Missy Moreno

Missy Moreno

Teaching artist Missy Moreno is an experienced improvisor. She trained with Second City, is featured at Arcade Comedy Theater, and appears at festivals and shows nationwide. As an actor, she’s drawn to musical or comedic roles and productions for children. She has appeared with Bricolage, the International Children’s Theater Festival, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, the American Theater Company, and many others.

Angela Mazzocco

Angela Mazzocco

Angela Mazzocco is a director, stage manager, actor, and teaching artist. A graduate of Seton Hill University with a degree in theatre, her credits include the Pittsburgh CLO, Quantum Theatre, Front Porch Theatricals, City Theatre, Prime Stage, Gemini Children’s Theatre, Stage Right, and more.

Mallory Mousseau Grantz

Mallory Mousseau Grantz

Performing arts is led by Mallory Mousseau Grantz. She is a PA-certified teacher who also holds a BFA in musical theatre and has worked in professional, regional, and community theaters across the country and internationally. She toured with Missoula Children’s Theatre, and has directed, musical directed and choreographed with various theaters in the Pittsburgh Area and was a teaching artist with the Pittsburgh CLO. 

Missy Moreno

Missy Moreno

Teaching artist Missy Moreno is an experienced improvisor. She trained with Second City, is featured at Arcade Comedy Theater, and appears at festivals and shows nationwide. As an actor, she’s drawn to musical or comedic roles and productions for children. She has appeared with Bricolage, the International Children’s Theater Festival, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, the American Theater Company, and many others.

Angela Mazzocco

Angela Mazzocco

Angela Mazzocco is a director, stage manager, actor, and teaching artist. A graduate of Seton Hill University with a degree in theatre, her credits include the Pittsburgh CLO, Quantum Theatre, Front Porch Theatricals, City Theatre, Prime Stage, Gemini Children’s Theatre, Stage Right, and more.

Mallory Mousseau Grantz

Mallory Mousseau Grantz

Performing arts is led by Mallory Mousseau Grantz. She is a PA-certified teacher who also holds a BFA in musical theatre and has worked in professional, regional, and community theaters across the country and internationally. She toured with Missoula Children’s Theatre, and has directed, musical directed and choreographed with various theaters in the Pittsburgh Area and was a teaching artist with the Pittsburgh CLO. 

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.

Technical Theatre:

Be prepared to discuss why you are interested in studying technical theatre.

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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