Academy of Music, Theatre and Dance
Academy Head: Mr. Ryan Sullivan
The Academy of Music, Theatre and Dance is committed to empowering, building confidence, and community through active engagement of our diverse student population and a well-rounded performing arts education.
Students in the Academy of Music, Theatre, and Dance examine ways in which people connect with each other and covey their ideas in various performance opportunities. The students in these pathways engage in a comprehensive performing arts education that exposes them to an intensive course of study in the Performing Arts and/or Dance fields. - Performing Arts Pathway students participate in a music, theatre, dance curriculum that exposes them to a variety of performing arts courses. Dance Pathway students participate in an intensive study of dance that allows them to build technical, performance and choreographic skills. Through these pathways students foster strong relations with community members as they build a creative and innovated arts language.
- Performing Arts Pathway electives include: General/9th grade Chorus, Vocal Ensemble, Men’s Choir, Concert Band, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Piano 1/2, Guitar1/2, Theatre1/2, Advanced Acting/Stage Directing, Musical Theatre and Dance classes: see Dance Pathway
- Dance Pathway electives include: Dance as PE, ESOL Cultural Dance, Dance as Fine Art, Intermediate Dance, Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz, Advanced Dance, Latin Dance Company, Junior Dance Company, Senior Dance Company
- Opportunities to participate in master classes both in school and at colleges, internships, and performances at various community locations.
- Opportunities to choreograph, student direct, sing, dance, play in the orchestra and act in school productions and present their own student created work.
Students will successfully complete four years of electives within the academy pathways, (for the dance pathway, 9th graders must complete Dance as PE before moving into elective course work). Successful completion requires students to:
- Maintain portfolio reflections for each course,
- Obtain a teacher recommendation for each course, and
- Earn a minimum semester grade of a “B” in each course and a minimum 2.0 GPA overall.
- Over the course of their high school career, students are expected to participate in at least one extracurricular activity such as the Fall Play, Spring Musical, Billboard Magic, Northwood Drumline and/or Student One Acts. The activity should exemplify the student’s commitment to the field above and beyond the classroom requirements.
- By their senior year, successful candidates will be expected to pursue a position of student leadership and
- Complete a capstone project that demonstrates their growth as learners, their effectiveness as leaders, their recognized accomplishments, and their contributions toward the enhancement of Northwood High School and/or the community.
Faculty members will foster student academic and leadership growth. Questions? Please contact Mr. Ryan Sullivan, Music, Theatre and Dance Academy Head, at Ryan_P_Sullivan@mcpsmd.org or 301-649-8205.
Dr. Brian Semos
Graduate of Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
Mr. Ryan Sullivan
MM: Collaborative Piano – Carnegie Mellon University
Ms. Karley Lovelace
Graduate of Baltimore School of the Arts
Ms. Corinne Haas
BA with Certification in Education- University of Maryland Baltimore County
Dr. Heidi A. Temple
B.S. in Education, English and Communications - Kutztown University of PA