The  Pineville High Department of Theatre continues to achieve national prominence as one of the top Theatre programs in the country.  Our programs  (concentrations in Theatre, Musical Theatre, Design/Technology and dance) provide rigorous training designed to allow students to explore the demands of an artistic career.  Students are prepared for entry into college/university programs, professional schools, conservatory settings and in some instances, professional career entry. The  Department  of  Theatre  fosters  creativity  and  originality  in  its  stage  productions and offers a unique learning environment allowing students to receive intensive training beyond the normal High School experience.

Alumni from the PHS Theatre Department can be found in every corner of the nation continuing their Theatre training in Universities, Conservatories, Regional Theatres and professional theatres as students, faculty and professional company members. In addition, students in the Department have the opportunity to work with Theatre professionals in all areas of Theatrical Arts during their time at the school.

The Pineville High Theatre Department has been a previous recipient of the Louisiana Governor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Achievement In Arts Education.  In addition, theatrical performances at the school are regularly voted by Cenla viewers as the best theatrical production of the year in the Central Louisiana area.  Audiences have grown far beyond the local area and season ticket holders from across the region regularly travel to see theatrical productions at the school. The Department annually is nominated to attend the AHSTF in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Recently, the Department was honored to began preparations with the Cultural Specialist from the American Embassy in Sarajevo to be the first American participant at the Sarajevo High School Theatre Festival

The Pineville High Theatre Educational Outreach Program to area pre-school, elementary, middle school and high school students has been recognized by the Rapides Parish School Board and the Arts Council of Central Louisiana as serving a crucial role in the nurturing and development of arts awareness for area school children from K-12.  This program, designed to expose area school children to theatrical arts through performances, workshops and in school teaching, has served over 50,000 children since its inception since 1993. 

The  Department  of  Theatre  at Pineville High has  a  unique  and  significant  place  in the Central Louisiana area and contributes in a very visible way to the quality of life of both the region and the state.  


In 1996, the Rapides Parish School Board designated Pineville High School as the Magnet Arts Center for the Rapides Parish School District.  Since that time, artistically gifted students from all corners of the district audition and attend the school to receive superior training in their chosen discipline.

Vision Statement:

To aspire to national prominence in the training and preparation of students and in the teaching, artistry and professionalism of its faculty.

Mission Statement:  

The Pineville High School Magnet Center Department of Theatre will attempt to provide rigorous training in performance and production practices, arts advocacy, history  and  literature  of  the  stage,  and  in  the  development of critical skills necessary for a career in professional and educational theatre.