Our highly-regarded theater program encompasses both classes and a full performance season in our black box space; students receive course credit for participation in plays (both onstage or backstage).

Burke's "no cut" policy applies to our theater program and we deliberately select works with large ensembles, so that all students who complete the audition process will receive a role.

2019-20 Classes

MS Drama 1 & 2
MS Comedy
MS Play Production and Stagecraft
HS Introduction to Drama
HS Advanced Drama
HS Improvisation and Acting 
Singing in the Spotlight: Vocal Performance

2019-20 Theater Season

The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe
we, the invisibles by Susan Soon He Stanton

9 to 5 by Dolly Parton (music & lyrics) and Patricia Resnick (book)

Middle School Musical
5th Annual Student One-Act Plays (SOAP)

Past Theatrical Seasons

List of 5 items.

  • 2018-19 Season

    The Glass Menagerie
    O Beautiful
    Mamma Mia T
    he Lion King Jr.
    4th Annual Student One-Act Plays (SOAP)
  • 2017-18 Season

    Fires in the Mirror
    A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    3rd Annual Student One-Act Plays (SOAP)
  • 2016-17 Season

    Judgement at Nuremberg
    The Diary of Anne Frank
    West Side Story
    Spoon River Anthology
    2nd Annual Student One-Act Plays (SOAP)
  • 2015-16 Season

    Almost Maine
    Shakespeare's R&J
    Legally Blonde the Musical
    She Kills Monsters
    1st Annual Student One-Act Plays (SOAP)
  • 2014-15 Season

    Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Forum
    Charlotte's Web

Theater Department

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Elizabeth Ringenberg

    Elizabeth "Liz" Ringenberg 

    Edmund Burke School
    MS & HS Performing Arts
    202-362-8882 x203
    Shepherd University - Bachelors Music Education
  • Photo of Jim Gagne

    Jim Gagne 

    Edmund Burke School
    MS & HS Performing Arts, Department Chair
    202-362-8882 x651
    University of Hartford - B.F.A.

Arts at Burke

Pictured: 9 to 5 (Winter 2020), The Wolves (Fall 2019), we, the invisibles (Fall 2019), The Lion King Jr. (Spring 2019)

Co-ed, progressive, college prep school in Washington, DC featuring a challenging curriculum in an inclusive environment for grades 6-12.