The Brightest High School Theatres in the Country - Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School

Chris Peterson

Every actor, director, designer, stage manager started somewhere. For many of us, it was in high school. Every year we see thousands upon thousands of future theatre professionals start their journeys on various high schools stage across the country. 

So here at OnStage, every week, we want to honor high school theatre programs all over the country that are making the performing arts, a priority within their curriculum, not to mention putting on some fantastic productions. 

If you know a high school in your area that is doing an incredible job of laying the foundation for future theatre professionals, let us know by emailing,


Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School - Rabun Gap, GA

Something that I always find commendable, when it comes to high school theatre programs, is when a school can provide opportunities seldom found at other schools, if ever. 

Tucked in the picturesque southern foothills of the Appalachian mountains lies Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School (RGNS), where students have the extraordinary opportunity to pursue a number of different curriculum when it comes to theatrical arts. 

Their program not only features a number of mainstage and black box productions but also improvisations, guerrilla art, and their own Cirque program, one of the few in the country. And they're not just learning how to juggle in that program, as evidenced from the video. 

Under the innovative leadership of director Bill Patti and his wife Brieanna, RGNS' productions are receiving much acclaim as well. Their recent production of Godspell took home five Shuler Hensley Georgia High School musical awards. This year they're taking on another Stephen Schwartz Biblical epic, Children of Eden. 

Beyond the excellent theatrical training students at RGNS receive, the overall curriculum is rigorous and excellent. Students have been accepted into a number of colleges with excellent performing arts programs such as SUNY Purchase, SCAD, Georgia College, Emerson College and the New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts. 

Photo: Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School's production of Urinetown