WHS Theater Department


Drama Teacher nominated for award  

April 2014

Mr. John Minigan, WHS Drama teacher, theater company advisor, and playwright, whose play Breaking the Shakespeare Code (performed in Boston in March) 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. 

WHS Theater Department Head's Work in Production

John Minigan, the WHS Theater Department Head and adviser for the WHS Theater Company, is a Shakespeare scholar.  His course on Shakespeare is one of the students' favorite electives.  His play, Breaking the Shakespeare Code, had its first reading in 2005, was nominated for a Weissberger Award in 2006, and has been produced in workshop and in full since that time.
Breaking the Shakespeare Code, a full-length play, makes its Boston debut on March 6, 2014, at the Factory Theatre in Boston's South End.  Produced by Vagabond Theatre Group, it runs through March 15.
"Code" is the story of the complicated emotional and artistic relationship between an actor and her "coach," told in three scenes/three rehearsals that cover sixteen years. 
The Salt Lake Tribune called it "...a taut relationship drama about a series of acting lessons that turn into emotional duels... the kind of tense entanglement that happens in real life but rarely onstage..." 
The Orlando Sentinel called it "a serious comedy." 
The Vagabond team is all very young, "just starting out," and Minigan has enjoyed working with them to polish the piece for two productions slated for later this year in Chicago and New York. 
Learn more about  the play at www.johnminigan.com,.  For show listing and tickets, visit the Boston Event Guide.


Congratulations to the students

who were recognized by the Theater Department

for excellence in 2013


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 2013 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 Minigan, Theater Department Head




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