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"I regard the theater as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being."
- Oscar Wilde -

O’Dowd’s rich theater program gives students the opportunity to express their passions, develop agency, and learn to artistically interrogate local and global issues. Through intimate classes alongside full-scale productions, students learn voice and movement, acting, improvisation, character and scene development, and playwriting. 


Our facilities include a modern professional theater, as well as a state-of-the-art black box theater for more exploratory performances. Students are encouraged to direct and produce original work, as well as perform both classical and cutting-edge plays and musicals.

“In theater, we are humanitarians. We make change by telling stories. That’s our charism for social justice. We help people see the world differently, and we motivate them to action.”
- Trina Oliver, Dramatic Arts Teacher