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Northwest Rankin Theatre Department

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Mrs. Juniper Wallace

Juniper Wallace is Northwest Rankin High School's Theatre Director and oversees all events, performances, and travel associated with NWR Thespians.

This is Juniper's 12th year at Northwest and her 5th year as NWR Thespians Theatre Director. She has decades of professional theatre experience working as director, actress, stage manager, as well as almost a decade of experience as a high school theatre director.


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Ms. Esther Newell 

Esther Newell is an art and theatre teacher at Northwest Rankin High School and serves as co-sponsor for NWR Thespians.

She received her BFA in Theatrical Design and Technology with a specialization in Costuming from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2011. This is her 5th year teaching at NWR, and she is excited to help this department continue to grow and thrive.


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NWR Middle School Theatre

Theatre education at Northwest begins at Northwest Rankin Middle School with Mrs. Emily Wright.

Mrs. Emily Wright

I am so excited to be starting my 15th year as the Theatre Arts teacher at Northwest Rankin Middle School. I love sharing my passion for the theatre with my students, and I know the art form will help them grow as students as well as individuals. I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Theatre, and I continue to pursue my love of the craft by working in local theatre, commercials and film.   

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Children’s Theatre Performance

Each year, Theatre 1 classes produce a children’s theatre show that they perform at local elementary schools.

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Classroom Environment

Mrs. Wright works to create an environment that allows all students a safe place to learn about, explore, and experience the art of theatre.

NWR Theatre Arts Newsletter

Northwest Rankin Theatre is a very active department, participating in numerous competitions, performing shows, and hosting workshops, as well as working to serve the community. Learn more by reading our quarterly newsletter!

Theatre Arts Newsletter Fall 2018

Theatre Arts Newsletter Spring 2018

Theatre Arts Newsletter Fall 2017

Theatre Arts Newsletter Spring 2017


Theatre Arts Education

In many studies, researchers are now linking involvement in the arts to better child development and higher student achievement in the following areas:







National Standards Aligned Courses

All theatre courses taught in the Northwest Rankin zone are aligned with the National Core Art Standards created in 2014.

International Thespian Society

The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the Educational Theatre Association's student honorary organization. ITS recognizes the achievements of high school and middle school theatre students. Since 1929, EdTA has inducted more 2 million Thespians into ITS.  

Northwest Rankin High School has its own ITS Troupe (#5727) which sponsors all of NWR Theatre's events. Recently, NWR Thespians represented Mississippi at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska for the second consecutive year where they performed their award-winning production of Shape of the Grave.