Excellence Together Is Our Motto
We are dedicated to master the fundamental skills and principles of Theatre.
We believe that Theatre is a collaborative art and depends people working together.
We understand that collaboration means treating others as we would like to be treated. We are honest and respectful of each other.
We love Theatre as a unique art.
We know that Theatre is hard work. But the harder we work the more we learn. The more we learn the more fun we have.
We strive to be thinking artists, scholars, and students.
We are committed to excellence in all we do. We do NOT compromise our high standards for anything.
How do we do what we do? We pledge the following:
I will fully invest my time, energy, and commitment to coursework both within and outside of this department.
As a member of the PHS Theatre Company, I recognize that my commitment—or lack thereof—in academic classes outside Theatre reflects on the reputation of the department in the eyes of other faculty, students and academic departments. I will strive to present the best face possible to the rest of the school and the community in a professional and respectful manner.
I will take charge of my own performance in every class by keeping up with assignments, monitoring my grades, and balance my academic responsibilities with my theatre responsibilities.
I will be respectful of the Theatre Department and my peers in my use of social media, including Facebook, and Twitter, with the full understanding that all comments reflect on me, and my potential as a theatre artist.
I will be prepared and determined. As an actor, these are the things in my control.
I will audition with authority, skill, and joy.
I will be quiet after auditions.
I will be open to any role not just the role I think I desire most.
I will read and react to a cast list with an awareness of those around me.
I will avoid gossip, rumor, and disparaging comments about others and re-examine my own audition preparations rather than creating conflict about casting decisions.
I will express my happiness for those who have been cast just as I would want them to do for me.
I will use auditions and casting as learning opportunities.
I will not allow disappointments to destroy my love of and passion for the theatre.
I will be prepared to do what needs to be done (lines, choreography, research, character work, application of notes, etc.).
I will be on time (i.e. early). I am reliable.
I will work hard.
I will always call my stage manager if I am going to be unavoidably late for rehearsal.
I will never miss a rehearsal unless due to unique, unusual circumstances such as illness or emergency.
I will forego all social activities which interfere with scheduled rehearsals.
I will have the script, a pencil, and a notebook at every rehearsal. The professional actor, technician, crew member, stage manager takes the director, designer, or crew head’s notes with a simple “Thank you. Got it.”
I will not distract from rehearsal activity – excessive noise, moving around, cell phones, and eating or drinking are disrespectful and immature.
I will never miss a cue.
I will be sure the stage manager knows where I am at all times. I am not dismissed until the stage manager dismisses me.
Life happens – whatever my personal challenges or prejudices – I will leave them outside of rehearsal.
I will keep myself physically and mentally fit during rehearsal. The student that does not study or meet class assignments during rehearsal/performance periods is causing himself and the department harm.
Backbiting, sarcasm, and gossip destroy trust and take the magic out of the process for everyone.
I will avoid directing the show unless I am the director! In other words, I will not direct my fellow actors, technicians, crew members or other collaborators. I am a valued collaborator but I will make constructive suggestions at appropriate times.
I will honor and support my stage manager whose yeoman work often goes unappreciated.
I will give everyone in a production enough space to succeed or not. If true creativity is to take place in the process of a production, artists need to experiment and try new things. If people feel that someone may run outside of rehearsal and tell everyone “how bad they are”, they will settle for what is safe and probably mediocre. If outsiders ask how the show is going, I will simply say, “We’re working hard."
I will keep a production alive by continuing to create. However, I will avoid making radical changes during the run of the show. When in doubt I will discuss any changes with the director.
I will perform each show with energy and enthusiasm.
I will never miss an entrance.
Only under extreme, emergency circumstances will I ever miss a performance.
I will always call my stage manager if I am going to be unavoidably late due to an emergency.
I shall not break the illusion by appearing offstage in make‐up and costume prior to a performance.
I will handle stage properties with care, never touch a property that is not mine, and always return my personal props to the designated property table or storage area.
I will develop an inner objectivity about what I do as an artist. I will seek constructive criticism from those professionals I trust and will not be fooled by people who may apply non-professional or non-artistic criteria of me or the production.