The Dalton Department’s mission is to build a community and culture of learning, collaboration, and creative theatre art
through curriculum, production, and closely supervised independent projects; to nurture collaborative relationships among young theatre artists as they make meaning with text, voice, music, rhythm, movement, light, form, texture, and color; to help students develop habits of observation, self-study, and critical commentary which are generous in spirit, insightful, and helpful; and to bring to life before the Dalton community a broad range of dramatic literature and performance styles, offering as many students as possible opportunities to participate in the unique conjunction of work and play, instruction and delight, art and business which is the Art of Theatre.
The Dalton School came together to honor Frida Kahlo on Wednesday, April 19. ¡Yo soy Frida! Day has already become a Dalton tradition. The school "blossomed" with the joy and color of this Latin Amercian artist, to honor her art and the challenges she laid before our culture. Frida was ahead of her time, questioning gender roles and identity at a time where those weren’t even topics for discussion. Echoing Frida's unique characteristics, students, teachers and staff wore flowers in their hair, and some bravely drew in a Frida-style unibrow. Many exchanged smiles at their change adopted appearance, making the camaraderie evident. Reaching across disciplines just as Frida reached across societal boundaries, the event drew greater understanding and connection within Dalton to illustrate the challenges that many people experience, male and female, due to stereotypes and social expectations.