Sacred Heart School for the Arts offers classes designed to teach the basic concepts of acting and theatre through age-appropriate exercises and games. Students develop the three basic tools of the actor: voice, body and imagination.

As a performance based school, all students in Beginning, Intermediate and Youth Drama classes have the opportunity to participate in full-length, staged productions that are performed at the Ursuline Arts Center or the SHSA Recital Hall.

Students in the fall and spring session of Beginning Drama produce a showcase at the end of each semester. Students in Intermediate and Youth Drama each produce two shows a year. Participation in productions help the student cultivate their creativity, develop value in practice and perseverance, and advance in teamwork and leadership skills. To view a list of current productions and past productions, please visit SHSA Performances.

Visit the Summer Camps and Courses page to learn about our summer Dance offerings.

Below is a brief listing of Drama Classes traidtionally offered in the Fall and Spring.To view a complete description of each course and class times, please view the SHSA Course Catalog.
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  • Fairy & Folk Tale Theatre (ages 4-6)
  • Beginning Drama (grades K-2)
  • Intermediate Drama (grades 3-5)
  • Youth Drama (grades 6-8)
  • Costume Design (ages 12 and up)
  • Technical Theatre Apprenticeship (ages 12 and up)

Drama Faculty

Loren Crawford (Department Chair)

Ms. Crawford is Chair of the Drama Department of Sacred Heart School for the Arts. She is a playwright, an arts educator, performer, a certified Kundalini yoga instructor and sometime filmmaker. She has taught theater since 1992 starting as a teaching artist with the Kentucky Arts Council and then with various organizations in Chicago, working with all ages and abilities to create theater. Her specialty is curriculum integration through project based work, creating four or five original pieces a year with the students at Sacred Heart Schools- most recently The Tapestry Room for Intermediate Drama. Her stage plays include an SHSA premiere Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, published by Eldridge Publishing, Prelude: The Life and Work of Katherine Mansfield, Missing Memaw, Mama: A play for Voices, The People Could Fly and dozens of plays for children. Her plays Voyaging, a dance theater piece about Darwin’s world changing voyage on HMS The Beagle, The Unembarrassed Mind, about the explorer Sir Richard Burton, and Goldbrick , which features the music of Jon Longford, were created collaboratively with Stephan Mazurek. Her work for adults has been performed in Chicago, Louisville and Edinburgh, Scotland, while her children’s play have been performed throughout the U.S. She produced and directed a full length documentary UnderKentucky Skies: 25 Years of the Kentucky Music Weekend for KET and has worked as associate producer on Morgan Atkinson’s documentaies: Wonder: The Lives of Anna and Harlan Hubbard, The Last Days of Thomas Merton & Beargrass Creek: A Life Story. She is currently working on a novel version of The Tapestry Room and a brand new mystery play for Youth Drama titled Hyde & Seek.Loren Crawford holds a B.S. in Theater Arts from Northwestern University and has completed all coursework for a Masters in Liberal Studies, also at Northwestern.

Trina Fischer

Ms. Fischer is the public relations and marketing director of the local artist-run ensemble theatre company Looking for Lilith, which re-examines history from women's perspectives and creates and produces original plays. A Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS) grad, Ms. Fischer received a bachelor’s degree in performance studies with a minor in Latin American studies from Northwestern University. After graduating, she spent a year in Chile studying and teaching acting as a Fulbright Scholar. Ms. Fischer apprenticed at Actors Theatre of Louisville before moving to New York City to act and teach for six years. She also worked as a teaching artist with the Early Learning Through the Arts Team at City University of New York's Creative Arts Team, exploring social justice issues and developing literacy skills through interactive drama curriculum with 3-7-year-olds. Ms. Fischer is a certified instructor in Alba Emoting (TM), a psycho physiological emotional induction technique used in theatre, therapy and other areas.With Looking for Lilith she has helped create, produce and/or performed in all of its original works, including producing and performing in their tours, and has participated in their Faith Stories Project in Guatemala. She is a proud member of Alternate ROOTS: an organization, based in the Southern U.S., of artists committed to eliminating oppression in all its forms.

Letitia Usher

Letitia Usher (Miss Tish) is a Colorado native who graduated cum laude with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre and Speech Communications from Murray State University in 1994. In 2009, she earned a Masters Degree from the University of Louisville in Counseling. She is a Master Storyteller, Certified Teacher and School Counselor who has over 20 years experience in Theatre Education. She has worked professionally as an actress, storyteller, scenic painter, carpenter, and stage manager. Ms. Usher has taught theatre/storytelling and literacy building programs to young people in multiple states, including; California, Colorado, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

Elizabeth Huling

Elizabeth Huling teaches voice and acting as well as musical directs and stage directs for these organization. Elizabeth attended Carson Newman University, Southern Baptist Seminary, The University of Louisville and Manhattan School of Music. Elizabeth has been a Regional Metropolitan Opera Audition Finalist, a Vocal Fellow at Tanglewood and a Young Artist at Chautauqua Opera. After Elizabeth made her professional debut at Kentucky Opera in 1985 she relocated to New York and began her opera career with a New York debut at Carnegie Hall. She sang opera exclusively for ten years until she discovered her versatility as an actor and singer and was cast in an Equity production of “A Christmas Carol”. She earned her Equity card and realized this was her ticket to Broadway! Her Off Broadway debut followed as Ruth in “Pirates of Penzance” with The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Society and soon after her Broadway debut in “The Phantom of the Opera". She is honored to be a member of The Professional Musical Theatre Workshop at Manhattan School of Music founded by Hal Prince and Stephen Sondheim.

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