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  The Incarnate Word Theatre Department houses an extInserted Imageracurricular production company performing live works of theatre, along with membership in the International Thespian Society and competition in TAPPS Theatre Events at Regional and State Levels under the direction of Mrs. Lara Benavides. 

  In the fall, the season begins with a Children's Theatre Production presenting to area Catholic elementary and middle schools with about 500 students in attendance.  Around mid-November the annual Fall Production is performed with the 2012-2013 school year introducing participation in the TAPPS One Act Play Competition.  The season continues with a winter comedy showcase in late January, as well as final performance of a Full-length production in April.    

  Theatre students have the opportunity to enroll in Theatre 1, 2, and  Advanced Theatre Arts along with independent studies in areas of further interest. The college preparatory curriculum focuses on techniques of acting, design and technical work, in addition to directing concepts and practice. IWHS Theatre students leave the program with a strong foundation in Theatre History, Multicultural and Feminist drama, play analysis, and character preparation.

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TAPPS Academics Awards


Lea Cuello and Francesanne Willis 3rd in Duet Acting Regionals 2005

Halen George and Megan Passano  2nd in TAPPS Duet Regionals 2006Inserted Image

Allison Villarreal 1st in Solo Acting Regionals 2008

Dana Arismendez and Mia Aguirre  3rd in Duet Acting Regionals 2009

Adrianna Khalil and Mavis Morales 3rd in Duet Acting Regionals 2010

Suzanne Coles and Conner Tichota 2nd in Duet Acting Regionals 2012

Emily Grau 1st in Solo Acting Regionals 2012

Suzanne Coles and Kayla Haase 2nd in Duet Acting Regionals 2013

Elizabeth LaFrance and Emily LaFrance 5th in Duet Acting Regionals 2013

Suzanne Coles  5th in Solo Acting Regionals 2013

Anabelle Pena and Marianne Thrailkill 1st in Duet Acting Regionals 2014

Kayla Haase 2nd in Solo Acting Regionals 2014


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2012-2013: Electra 

1st Place Regionals

 5th Place State


2013-2014 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

2nd Place Regionals 


2014-2015: The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds

4h Place Regionals 

4th Place State


2015-2016: Eurydice

2nd Place Regionals

4th Place State



Alumnae of the IWHS Theatre Company have pursued both acting and technical theatre degrees from the following colleges: Georgetown University, University of Nebraska: Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, Texas State University, University of Southern California: School of Theatre, University of Texas Austin: School of Film and Television, University of the Incarnate Word, New York University Film School, Texas Tech University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Pepperdine University, University of North Texas: School of Radio, TV, and Film 

Collegiate Awards Earned: Creative Excellence Award in Performing Arts, Participation at the Regional and National Levels of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, The Irene Ryan Award for Superior Acting in ACTF


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Past IWHS Theatre Seasons:

2015-2016: The Velveteen Rabbit, Eurydice, The Three Musketeers 

2014-2015: The Snow Queen, The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds, You Can't Take it With You

2013-2014: The Turn of the Screw, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Pinocchio

2012-2013: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Electra, Robin Hood

2011-2012: Twelfth Night, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Peter Pan and Wendy

2010-2011: Dracula, God's Favorite, Greek Stories: From Artemis to Zeus

2009-2010: Beauty and the Beast, Little Women, Arabian Nights                                                                 

2008-2009: Meet Me in St. Louis, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Bridge to Terabithia

2007-2008: Sabrina Fair, Cupid and Psyche, The Little Prince                                                                         

2006-2007: Anne of Green Gables, Blithe Spirit, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

2005-2006: A Christmas Carol, The Odd Couple, Steel Magnolias                                                                                   

2004-2005: Pride and Prejudice, Scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream

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