Drama and Theater

Fostering joy and appreciation for the world of performing arts


MS & HS theater at CIS offers students a variety of hands-on opportunities to learn about the performing arts by assuming the roles of performer, director, designer and spectator.

The overarching goal of the program is to foster each student’s aesthetic faculties. In other words, we teach students to be sensitive, critical thinkers when it comes to theater, so that they may enjoy a lifelong appreciation of the arts irrespective of their chosen career paths.

We strive to create authentic learning experiences by exposing students to classic as well as contemporary movements in theater, attending live performances and workshops with professionals, and presenting student work to the community as often as possible.

At CIS, we value our multicultural nature, and the theater classroom provides a safe space to learn about and explore cultural differences in a personal and practical way. Theater classes at CIS are designed to combine academic rigour with creative expression in a way that allows students to grow intellectually while deriving joy from the process.


In Grades 6-8, CIS students learn the fundamental tools of drama.

Classes focus on developing:


  • Character

  • Ensemble Performance

  • Gestures

  • Performance Skills

  • Stage Presence

  • Spatial Awareness

  • Voice Modulation

The culminating project in the spring is an all-MS drama production. By the end of Grade 8, CIS drama students are well-equipped to enroll in IGCSE Drama if they choose.


Grades 9-10 focus on further refining skills learned in MS, and applying those skills to more substantial works of theater such as monologues, devised pieces, and long excerpts from scripted plays.

Grades 9-10 focus on IGCSE DRAMA


  • Students learn to justify their artistic choices by developing a robust vocabulary of theater terminology and learning to use evidence to support their explanations.

  • Students with no previous experience in drama can go on to be highly successful in this course.

  • The curriculum allows students a good deal of choice and creativity as they learn the required skills.

  • Throughout the two years, students develop a portfolio of performance material, which they may later use as assessment pieces for their IGCSE coursework.

  • The final written exam for IGCSE asks students to analyze their own creative work using theater vocabulary developed throughout the course.


Grade 11 and 12 students who choose IB Theatre engage practically in a variety of theatre practices, traditions, plays and theories.

Grade 11 and 12 students


  • Students learn how to think and work as creators, designers, directors and performers of theatre.

  • Creative projects are approached collaboratively as well as individually.

  •  Lesson formats include workshops, close readings of text, group discussions, independent research, creative experimentation, and student presentations.

  • Students keep a journal in which they document their artistic explorations, reflections, and conclusions.


Being in India allows us access to the rich, diverse performing arts of the region. Theater at CIS provides unique and authentic learning opportunities. We strive to connect students to theater experiences within Bangalore, to help them understand the dynamic nature of this art form, and the impact it can have on the world.

CIS students have consistently earned high marks in IGCSE Drama and IB Theater. In 2014-15, a CIS student earned the highest score in India for IGCSE Drama. IB students have consistently scored well above the world average. But numbers aside, the quality of work produced by the CIS Theater Program speaks for itself with a reputation of quality and integrity.


Every school year, CIS puts on a HS theatre production at the end of January and an MS production in mid-May.



  •  Middle School: 2 classes per cycle

  • IGCSE: 4 classes per cycle

  •  IB: 6 classes per cycle


CIS is a culturally-rich mosaic, serving each student by providing a world-class international education, nurturing potential, developing life-long skills, and preparing students for an ever-changing global community.