Midsummer Night's Dream production

The Theater program is a multi-faceted, highly creative, immersive, and award winning program that utilizes both classroom instruction and practical production experience to inspire, cultivate, and grow self-confidence and self-worth, while teaching the skills necessary to become a better performance artist.  The program involves approximately 140 students across all 3 grade levels. 

There are 3 classes available at Austin Academy: 

  • Theatre I: a 6th grade only introductory course,
  • Theatre II: a 7th and 8th grade regulars course for those interested in experiencing a theatre class for the first time
  • Theatre Workshop, an audition based, enriched honors course for 7th and 8th graders, which focuses primarily on rehearsing and preparing for regional and national speech, debate, and competitive theatre tournaments.  Theatre Workshop is unique to Garland ISD middle schools and can only be found at AAE. 

"I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being."   ~Oscar Wilde

Theater program

AAE Theater

Cast and crew of The Book of Dog One Act Play

AAE One Act Play placed second in district competition with The Book of Dog. Several students receiving individual awards for Honorable Mention All Star Cast, All Star Crew, All Star Cast, Best Overall Performer.

AAE Theater at Epic Waters Theater Competition

AAE Theater competed at Epic Waters. Several students won individual awards for Honorable Mention All Star Cast, All Star Crew, All Star Cast, and Best Overall Performer.

Theater members at Texas Skatium

Theater members enjoying time together at Texas Skatium.

Cast and crew of 6th grade play

The cast and crew of the 2024 6th grade play, Shuddersome: Tales of Poe

Theater students visit elementaries

Austin theater students visited 5th graders from our three main feeder elementary schools to share with them about their fine arts options for 6th grade.

Austin theatre crew performing Midsummer Night's Dream
Austin theatre crew performing The Last Illustion