Performing Arts



Media Studies | Theatre Studies | Dance

The Performing Arts is a diverse and vital part of Thornbury High School. Students are encouraged to explore and develop their individual pursuits through both practical and theoretical studies across a range of subjects.

The Performing Arts program offers Instrumental Music, Classroom Music, and Drama at Years 7 and 8, where it is a core subject. In the Middle School (Years 9 and 10) it is an elective, and students have the opportunity to choose Drama, Theatre Studies, Dance, Music, and Music Production, Recording and Technology.

Students who wish to continue their studies in these areas in VCE can choose from Music Performance and/or Music Investigation (with a group or individual focus), Theatre Studies, and Media Studies.

Throughout the year, students have many opportunities to showcase their creative skills and talents, which include music performances for the school, community concerts, the Create Week showcase, excursions to Top Screens / Top Arts Seasons of Excellence, whole school and VCE productions, and music and performing arts camps.

Highlights from 2015/2016 include:

  • The biannual Sydney Cultural Tour, involving over 50 senior performing arts students in workshops at Belvoir St. Theatre and AFTRS, and public concerts at Darling Harbour and the Manly Pavilion.

  • Gala red-carpet screening of the 2015 VCE Media Studies final films at the Westgarth Cinema.

  • Performance of the 2016 whole school production, “The Wizard of Oz”, involving 200+ students from THS and Fairfield Primary, performed at the Darebin Arts Centre.

  • Performance of the 2016 VCE Theatre Studies play, “Crook’ed: A Criminal Comedy”, at the Kaye Coghlan Theatre.

  • Two lucky dance students were awarded Musical Theatre Program scholarships from the Melbourne Dance Company.

  • Theatre Studies students were involved with special parade-making workshops with internationally renowned performance artists, Aphids.

EmmaMcCullochHead of Performing Arts – Emma McCulloch

Emma is a graduate of the School of Creative Arts of the University of Melbourne. Her passion for theatre led her to produce, direct and perform in a number of successful productions that have toured the Melbourne Fringe Festival, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and the Melbourne Midsumma Festival. She is also a Board member of the Australian Teachers of Media education committee, and regularly presents at Media Education conferences and seminars around Victoria and Australia.

“I regard performance as the greatest of all artforms – the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” – Oscar Wilde