RHS Theatre’s mission is to shape lives through theatre education by: teaching 21st century skills that can prepare students for college, jumpstart artistic careers, and transfer to any field or walk of life; offering a rich performance, tech, and dance curriculum full of production opportunities; connecting students with working professionals from our community; and cultivating a safe and nurturing environment to experiment creatively and grow as young adults.


People Matter

  • Every individual has the opportunity to make a difference.

  • Take care of yourself and your colleagues—practice Meta Moments!

  • Give and accept real apologies.

  • In your groups, cultivate each person’s skills, strengths, & talents.

Strive for Excellence

  • Define success with each new show and project.

  • Be open to positive changes and growth mindset.

  • Look outside the walls of RHS.  Learn and document new ways to do things better.

  • Take risks.  Turn creative successes and failures into lessons learned.

Work Together

  • The best ideas, performances, and results come through collaboration. 

  • Focus on the objective and challenge ideas, not people.

  • Be kind, assertive, and supportive—even when there is disagreement.

  • Work through conflicts, do not avoid them.

  • Support the final decision.

Bring Your Best Self

  • Be the person you want to work with.

  • Celebrate individuality and honor diversity.

  • Engage fully.

  • Check in on the Mood Meter.  Shift your energy & pleasantness for the job at hand.

  • Strive to bring grit, gratitude, optimism, curiosity, self control, social intelligence, and ZEST to your work!


Roosevelt High School offers a full time theatre department with eight periods of theatre and dance classes each day including all levels of acting, technical theatre & design, directing, playwriting, special topics, and a full musical theatre program with vocal coaching and a celebrated large-scale spring musical.


The annual production calendar includes: The Book-It Show—an evening of new work adapted from literature by intermediate students in a residency with Book-It Repertory Theatre, Light Up the Stars—a dinner theatre show and fundraising auction, Dramafest—a festival of student directed one-act plays, Roughwriters—an evening of new plays written and performed by students and directed by professionals from the Seattle Children’s Theatre, Play Productions—full length straight plays produced after school and in certain classes, The Variety Show—an evening of improv, pantomime, and stage combat, and finally, the Musical Production—a grand Roosevelt tradition.

In addition, we participate in Thespians—the national honors society for theatre students. Roosevelt Troupe 5832 is a Gold Honor Troupe with Washington State Thespians, and our students attend fall Thespian workshops, unified college auditions, Individual Events (IE) festivals for both performance and tech, the State Festival, and the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln Nebraska.


Along with the annual department offerings, special opportunities are created for the students to broaden their experiences. The theatre program has performed on the Main Stage at the International Thespian Festival, twice at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and in Hawaii with a musical review, where we also lead workshops in improv and musical theatre. We have also brought students to New York to take workshops taught by Broadway actors/directors/agents, audition for colleges, and enjoy Broadway shows. 

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