Theatre has a long history at Punahou. Though the Drama Department was officially formed in 1986, theatrical productions have been a part of Punahou curricular or co-curricular activities since its founding in 1841. Punahou introduced an integrated K – 12 theatre program in 2000.
Punahou's graduation requirements include two credits in the Visual and Performing Arts. All Theatre courses may be taken to fulfill Visual and Performing Arts or general elective requirements.
The curricular theatre program currently offers nine Academy courses in:
- Introduction to Theatre
- Acting: Fundamentals
- Acting: Character Portrayals
- Theatre Performance
- Acting: Musical Theatre
- Musical Theatre Performance
- Technical Theatre: Production
- Technical Theatre: Design
- Independent Study: Theatre
See Academy Course Listing for Theatre
Punahou offers select theatre classes to Punahou students, as well as to the public (K – 12) through After School and Summer School programs. Courses typically include:
- Creative Drama
- Circus Theatre
- Musical Theatre
- Technical Theatre
See After School and Summer School catalogs for course listings.
There are generally three or four main Dillingham Hall stage co-curricular productions every year, depending upon the theatre season. Academy and Middle School productions audition two months before a show opens, and any student (of each particular school) can audition, if their after school schedules permit.
Special events include Senior Variety Show, Drama Club one acts, Drama Workshop productions and several chapel dramatic presentations.
Drama Workshop Productions are curricular Academy shows produced in an intimate theatre that seats 60 people. An Academy student can be in a drama workshop production by enrolling in the Theatre Performance class, or by producing a show on their own, through the Independent Study Program of the Theatre Department. Every year (depending on enrollment) the Theatre Performance class produces one or two full-length plays.