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


areas in the fine and performing arts
The Studio Art curriculum is suitable for beginners and for students planning on majoring in art in college.
Access to places such as the Shakespeare Theatre in D.C. is a boon to the arts at Madeira.

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 yearbook-editor-in-chief, you can do it all at Madeira.

Arts programming at Madeira is robust. The fine arts curriculum offers courses 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 the photo and video galleries on this website to see and hear recent work by Madeira girls. 


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Two Madeira girls chosen as finalists in art competition

April 17, 2014

Congratulations to juniors Griffin Ball and Julia Mandel for being selected as finalists for the Best of the Independent School’s Art Competition. Their…

2014 One Acts Festival was truly one of a kind

April 17, 2014

The Advanced Theatre Production class held the 2014 One Acts Festival on April 10-11. The festival was originally part of the Stage Directing class for…

Sophomores perform Romeo and Juliet

March 21, 2014

For the 35th annual Shakespeare Festival, the English Department chose the most well-known of Shakespeare’s plays, Romeo and Juliet. Part way into reading…


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