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Northwest Rankin Theatre Department

 

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 8th year at Northwest and her 4th 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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Mrs. Esther Newell 

Esther Newell is a theatre teacher at Northwest Rankin High School, co-sponsor for International Thespians Society Troupe #5727, Production Supervisor, and Marketing Director 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 4th year teaching Theatre at NWR, and she is excited to help this department continue to grow and thrive.

 

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:

  • HIGHER ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
  • CONFIDENCE & SELF-PRESENTATION SKILLS
  • FINDING A MEDIUM FOR SELF EXPRESSION
  • PROBLEM SOLVING & PERSEVERANCE
  • EMPATHY & COMPASSION
 
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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. Presently, NWR Thespians is preparing to represent Mississippi at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska for the second consecutive year where they will perform their award-winning production of Shape of the Grave.

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