Learning to express yourself in public and gain self-confidence.
The theater program aims to provide students with the opportunity to experience the full range of emotions and human experiences in a healthy and non-judgmental environment.
While analyzing texts and creating characters in specific situations, the students are encouraged to think about and express a variety of real and sometimes unfamiliar emotions, helping them to learn more about themselves and the world around them. Students must develop an awareness of the different situations and circumstances in life while learning to react critically and with sensitivity.
Theater is taught in English by Tamara Torok. It is mandatory in seventh grade and optional from eighth grade onwards. Middle school students may also sign up for theater club to practice improvisation.
Tami Torok is an Actors Equity Membership Candidate. She has appeared on stages not only throughout Chicago, but also in roughly twenty states across the country as well as in Mexico and Greece. She has performed in multiple styles of theater including Improvisation, Greek Tragedy, Shakespeare, Children’s Theater, Historical Dramas, Contemporary Works, and World Premiers. She has worked in both independent and feature Films. She has trained with independent acting institutions and individuals in Chicago including (but not limited to) The Second City Conservatory as well as the Second City Music Program. She attended The Goldston and Johnson School for Mimes in Ohio. She was certified and recommended as a stage combatant by the Society of American Fight Directors. Tami holds a BFA in Acting from The University of Arizona School of Theater in Tucson.