Annual theatrical productions include the One Act Festival and musical.
Ceramics students make art with or without a potter's wheel.


areas in the fine and performing arts
CityDance at Strathmore Ensemble teach Madeira dance classes.
Creativity, a Madeira core value, flourishes in the studio.
Access to places such as the Shakespeare Theatre in D.C. is a boon to the arts at Madeira.
Get into character in one of the annual theatrical performances.
The Studio Art curriculum is suitable for beginners and for students planning on majoring in art in college.

The Arts at Madeira

Whether you want to sing or dance in a musical, prepare your portfolio for art school, throw ceramic pots, dance ballet or hip hop, learn viola, or vie for editor-in-chief of yearbook, you can do it all at Madeira.

Arts programming at Madeira is robust. The arts curriculum offers courses and activities in disciplines from visual arts to performing arts to film. Then there are the benefits of excellent arts facilities on a campus only a dozen miles from the theatres, museums, and art galleries of Washington, D.C. 

The Arts in Washington

The D.C. arts scene is a mix of nationally known theatre companies – such as the Shakespeare Theatre – and smaller companies such as Woolly Mammoth and Arena Stage. The Kennedy Center features world-class theatrical productions, concerts, and dance performances. In fact, Madeira girls participate in the Cappies program, which culminates in an annual award program at the Kennedy Center. Professional dancers from CityDance at Strathmore Ensemble teach Madeira dance classes and direct and choreograph the Madeira Select, Madeira’s advanced-level dance troupe. Many of the world’s greatest artworks hang in Washington, at places such as the Smithsonian, Corcoran Gallery, the Hirschhorn Gallery, The Phillips Collection, and the National Portrait Gallery. These are places that Madeira girls visit on field trips and weekends. Some of these places have also served as sites for senior Co-Curriculum internships.

The Madeira Arts Scene

Madeira has a vibrant arts scene all its own, which is in large part an extension of the work that goes on in our studios, galleries, and practice and performance spaces. Madeira offers courses in the arts for academic or activity credit to give exposure and development that fit our students' interests and passions. Click through for details on Dance, Music, Drama and Theatre, and the Film Program at Madeira. Or explore Madeira's photo and video galleries to see and hear recent work by Madeira girls. 


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