WHS Theater Department


John Minigan Director of Drama at WHS has

news on his playwriting work

March 2015


His short plays " It's the Jews" and "A Dateless Bargain with Engrossing Dick" will be produced at Lincoln Center, NY in May.

HIs short play " Moving On" will be part of the prestigious Boston Theatre Marathon in May.

He has signed a film option contract with a British producer

interested in making a short film of his play "The Maltese Walter".


"The Maltese Walter" opens tonight in Virginia, where it won the Longwood 0-60 contest.

"Maltese Walter" to be produced in Los Angeles
October 2014
Theater teacher John Minigan's play "The Maltese Walter" was selected for the Pick of the Vine at Little Fish Theater in Los Angeles, for a January through February run. It's also been selected by Open Tent Theater for a New York City run in the new year, dates also in January and February.
The play also won the Longwood University 0-60 Contest (one of six co-winners).
Minigan's work to be produced locally
October 2014
John Minigan's play in the style of Thornton Wilder THE LONG CHRISTMAS JOURNEY TO WELLESLEY AND WESTON won the New Works Competition (one-acts) at the Firehouse Theatre in Newburyport, MA. Firehouse will produce the play in January.  This is Minigan's third win at the Firehouse Center for the Arts
Minigan's short play GENUINE CASHMERE will be produced in North Carolina in March by the Cary Playwrights Forum  as part of their LITE (Laugh Inspire Think Encourage) Festival.

Drama Teacher's play to be produced in Amsterdam  

October 2014

The Maltese Walter, by Mr. John Minigan, WHS Drama teacher, theater company advisor, took first place in the Rover Dramawerks Playwriting Competition.  It will be part of Stage Left Theatre's Hit and Run Festival (Spokane) and will be the featured play of Boston Play Cafe (a documentary web series about new plays), in November, 2014; it will be produced by the Orange Tea Theatre in Amsterdam in December, 2014; and by Rover in Texas April 2015.  In addition, the play is a finalist for the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville. 
In addition, the Nantucket Short Play Contest group presented a reading of Minigan's one-act play Entrée Gold on the island in August, 2014, as one of five winners of their contest.  Playwrights Round Table of Orlando will produce the play in November, 2014, as part of their annual John Goring Memorial Festival at the Orlando Shakespeare Center.
Minigan's full-length play Concordance (read at Weston High in 2012 as part of the PTO's Beyond the Classroom series) will be produced by Bay Colony Shakespeare Company in March, 2015. 
His new full-length Little Ant Renovation will have its first public reading as part of Boston Playwrights Theatre's "Second Sunday" reading series at erbaluce in Boston's Bay Village.
For details visit johnminigan.com

Congratulations to the students

who were recognized by the Theater Department

for excellence in 2014


Theater Undergraduate Achievement Awards and awards for Departmental Excellence are given in recognition of academic achievement, exemplary contribution to the learning environment, and/or noteworthy academic growth over the course of the school year. 


Click the link at the left to see the recipients of all the 2014 departmental awards for Theater.



Courses in theater arts are designed to be equally relevant to all students whether or not they participate in the school‘s after-school drama program. Through study in theater arts, students gain self-confidence in public, greater clarity of speaking, improved interpersonal skills, and spontaneity. Classroom approaches to performance skills and technical work are designed to be appropriate for the novice as well as the experienced performer or technician.

Students wishing to continue the work done in middle school drama courses should enroll in Introduction to Theater Arts. Students desiring more focused study may wish to enroll in Advanced Theater Arts and/or Technical Theater Arts.


Click here to be directed to the District Curriculum and Instruction page.


The Weston High School Theater Company is an award-winning extra-curricular student activity that produces drama, musicals, and original works.  To volunteer in support of theater, please join the Community Alliance for Student Theater.

Mr. John MiniganWHS Drama teacher, theater company advisor, and playwright, has made many contributions to developing student talent as well as to the theater-going public.  His play Breaking the Shakespeare Code is one of three nominees for the Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script. The Nortons are given annually by the Boston Theater Critics Association. 

Breaking the Shakespeare Code is also an official selection of the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival.
Theater Department Head, John Minigan




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