The theater is one of the few places left where we can gather and take part in a communal experience.
After 5,000 years of civilization, there is still no better place to practice compassion and understanding, or to feel the transformative effect of human beings sharing a space and a story.
Our approach emphasizes rigor and wholesome discipline alongside curiosity, generosity and an orientation toward others. Our curriculum provides students with the artistic and personal skills to be leaders in the field, their community, and in whatever profession they choose to pursue.
The Waterwell Drama Program at PPAS is a conservatory-style training program with a three year intensive in musical theatre at the middle school level and a four year intensive in acting and theater-making at the high school level. Following a full academic course load, our middle school students take an hour and a half to train in voice, dance, and acting; our high schoolers devote two hours to acting, devising, movement, and speech classes.
Additional rehearsal projects give students in both programs the opportunity to collaborate with world-class artists to create new work and top-quality productions. Through these experiences, students learn to embrace change and surprise, to work with courage outside their comfort zones and to deliver increasingly more challenging results on time in spite of obstacles – skills that will ensure they both thrive and contribute in this modern world.
Founded in 2002 by Arian Moayed and Tom Ridgely, Waterwell has been nominated for three IT Awards, a Drama Desk, a New York Magazine Culture award and a Village Voice Best of NYC. The New York Times calls the work, “Brilliant, original and inspired”, and TheaterMania writes “Waterwell has artfully staked a claim on our collective conscience”.