Theater 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 theater program in 2000.

Curricular Theater

Punahou's graduation requirements include two credits in the Visual and Performing Arts. All Theater courses may be taken to fulfill Visual and Performing Arts or general elective requirements.

The curricular theater program currently offers nine Academy courses in:

  • Introduction to Theater
  • Acting: Fundamentals
  • Acting: Character Portrayals
  • Theater Performance
  • Acting: Musical Theater
  • Musical Theater Performance
  • Technical Theater: Production
  • Technical Theater: Design
  • Independent Study: Theater

See Academy Course Listing for Theater

Co-curricular Theater

Punahou offers select theater 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 Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Technical Theater

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 theater 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 theater that seats 60 people. An Academy student can be in a drama workshop production by enrolling in the Theater Performance class, or by producing a show on their own, through the Independent Study Program of the Theater Department. Every year (depending on enrollment) the Theater Performance class produces one or two full-length plays.


Theater Information Line
808.943.3295 Tel



Melinda Moore
Theater Director