Matching God Given Talents with Extraordinary Opportunities.

The Circle School of the Arts is a specialized arts high school, grades 9-12, within Circle Christian School.

Meet Our Teaching Staff

The faculty in the theatre program have years of experience as directors, designers, and professional actors. Collectively, the faculty has expertise in all styles and varieties of theatre from classical to musicals. Read theatre staff biographies.

Venues and Facilities

The Metro Performing Arts Center Main Stage – our own created space within Metro Church is a 350-seat proscenium theatre. “The Commons” at Metro. A multi-use facility that houses our theatre program, including classroom and rehearsal space. Our Circle Studio Players and Circle Theatre Kids perform their shows here.

What We Believe

It is the vision of Circle School of the Arts to serve and equip students to fulfill their God-given calling in the theatrical arts. This vision includes providing students with a firm academic grounding in the field, as well as providing hands-on instruction for the purpose of artistic development through skills training and performance/ production opportunities. Training includes acting techniques, dance technique and styles, vocal coaching and music skills, behind-the-scenes production experience, and much more.

As a Christ-centered institution, it is also our goal to challenge and inspire students to approach their studies, their craft, their art, indeed their entire lives, in a manner that fully integrates their personal faith in Jesus Christ.

APPLICATION PROCESS

STEP 1: Attend Information Meeting

  • Circle School of the Arts information meetings take place at the Winter Springs campus at The Foundry on scheduled dates during the year. Have questions? Email Erin Theriault.

STEP 2: Complete Application

STEP 3: Audition

Frequently Asked Questions

How do students turn in their CSA application? 

Applications can be scanned and emailed directly to the Director, or turned in to Karen Stella at either campus or turned in at the administration office.  

Does the application need to be turned in before they audition?  

Yes. Applications need to be turned in no less than one week prior to the audition date the student is trying for. As long as they turn in the first 3 pages of the application, this will secure them an audition slot. Then recommendations and test scores can be turned in later, but they won’t receive a decision until their application is complete.    

Can students register for Circle Theatre Company without applying for CSA? 

NO. No one should be registering for Circle Theatre Company without applying and auditioning. Circle Studio Players students do not need to apply for CSA. CSA is high school only. 

Doesn’t every new Circle student go into Studio players before they can be in Circle Theatre Company? 

No. Circle Studio Players is our non-audition option for 7th-12th graders. Anyone can simply sign up to be a part of Studio Players as long as they also take the co-requisite core acting class (Actor’s Lab or Acting 1/2 or 3/4). Studio students are not a part of Circle School of the Arts and are not eligible for the Arts Honors Diploma.

About The Theatre Arts Program

The Theatre Arts program at Circle School of the Arts is designed for young Christian artists who are serious about their craft. Through challenging coursework and guidance from a faculty of Christian artist-educators, students develop their skills in all aspects of theatre. Each year, the program presents up to six productions, giving students a chance to explore a wide variety of repertoire and roles.

The Performance training is Stanislavsky and Meisner-based, providing students with the tools to explore the full potential of their own unique, God-given talents. When students leave Circle, they have a broad range of experiences and are prepared for success in university and conservatory programs.

Apply Now!

The admission process for Circle School of the Arts is as easy as 1-2-3.

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Recent productions include:

2017-18:

  • Caught in the Act
  • Jingle in the City
  • The Little Mermaid, Jr.
  • Anything Goes

2016-17:

  • The Snake in the Grass
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
  • Give My Regards to Broadway
  • Annie

2015-16:

  • The Marvelous Wonderettes Caps and Gowns ’58
  • Sasquatched! The Musical
  • The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of a Christmas Carol
  • Little Women
  • She Loves Me

2014-15:

  • I’m Just Wild About Harry
  • Through The Looking Glass
  • The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge
  • Around The World In 80 Days
  • Calamity Jane

Circle School of the Arts Course Guide

Learn more about what is expected if you are accepted into Circle School of the Arts by reading the appropriate sections of the Upper School Course Guide that can be found on the Admissions Planning Guide. 

Arts Honor Diploma

Students who successfully complete a four year track will be eligible to receive an ARTS HONOR DIPLOMA distinguishing them and their time in high school as dedicated to a specific arts discipline. Having successfully completed four years of intensive study in a discipline and receiving an ARTS HONOR DIPLOMA will give the student a stronger advantage as they apply, audition, and compete for placement in universities and conservatories with other seniors graduating from public and private performing arts high schools.

College Matriculation

Experience in the Circle School of the Arts theatre program prepares students for successful auditions at leading theatre programs at the college and conservatory level. Recent graduates have been accepted and/or are attending the following schools:

      • Asbury University
      • CAP21
      • Denison University
      • Elon University
      • Florida State University
      • Hope College
      • North Carolina Wesleyan
      • NYU Steinhardt
      • NYU Tisch School of the Arts
      • Palm Beach Atlantic University
      • Point Park University
      • Seminole State College
      • Southeastern University
      • University of Central Florida
      • Valencia State College
      • Wheaton University

Student Honors and Awards

In 2013, 2014, and 2015 – Circle Theatre Company was recognized as the BEST THEATRE GROUP by the Orlando A-List.

CSA students have been recognized as National Merit Finalist.

CSA students have received thousands in scholarship funds for their academic and artistic achievements. Sidney McCall (’14) was awarded The John and Charles Wesley Heritage Scholarship at North Carolina Wesleyan College. The 4-year scholarship included the complete cost of tuition, room, board, and books; and was valued at over $145,000.

CSA 2013 graduate named Florida’s 2013 Distinguished Young Woman (formerly America’s Junior Miss) and placed 2nd runner up in the 2013 National Distinguished Young Women program displaying her musical theatre talent.

CSA 2014 graduate named 1st runner up in Florida’s 2014 Distinguished Young Woman program.

CSA graduates have been accepted into world renown music programs, visual art programs, honor colleges, film programs, and WinShape Foundation leadership programs.

In June of 2014, Circle School of the Arts was featured on the national television’s PBS Artisodes.