The Kent Place Theater Program celebrates theater as a living art and as an essential part of world culture. Through the study of global dramatic literature, and through active participation in a variety of performance projects, the program encourages cooperative effort, self-reliance and a healthy respect for the process of creative self-expression. In particular, the Kent Place Theater Program reinforces the importance of the individual creative viewpoint, by offering all of our students a wide range of opportunities to create, write and present their own work in theater and film.

Did You Know

  • In 2015-16, approximately 300 Kent Place students participated in the theater program, whether in classrooms or on the stage.
  • In fifth grade, students study Shakespeare and create an original performance of one of his plays.
  • The first all-women's high school production of the classic American musical 1776 was performed on our stage at the Hyde and Watson Theatre.
  • The newly expanded Middle School Playmakers, which mounts two full productions, one in January and the other in May, provides seventh- and eighth-grade actors more time to pursue the work they love.
  • In the last 15 years, there have been 12 independent-study projects in theater or film.

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Meet the Department

List of 2 members.

  • Mrs. Keri Lesnik 

    PS/MS Drama
    Oakland University - B.F.A.
    New York University - M.A.
    Bank Street College of Education - M.S.
  • Mrs. Danielle Newbury 

    Theatre Technical Assistant
    DeSales University - B.A.
Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.