Westminster Academy’s upper school drama program gives the students an exciting array of experiences and training in many facets of the dramatic arts, including acting, improvisation, writing and directing. The upper school drama curriculum begins with Middle School Drama and continues in High School with Drama I, Drama II, and Drama III. Students enjoy performing in venues from in-class productions to middle school and high school chapels, to the annual school production. Students discover how dramatic storytelling reflects the beauty of God’s ultimate story, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Students are given many opportunities to cultivate their dramatic talents for God’s glory.
The drama program is led by Mrs. Rachel Smoker Cox. Mrs. Cox is a Westminster Academy graduate and has been on the stage and taking performance courses since she was a child. She started off as a member of First Baptist of Fort Lauderdale's internationally televised Christmas Pageant for 12 years. At Westminster, she took all available drama classes and was in three WA productions. Mrs. Cox continued her passion for the arts at Florida State University's School of Theatre where she performed, directed, and stage-managed many different shows and short films. She also was a member of a popular improve/sketch troupe called Slow Children Playing.
Graduating in 2008 with a double major in Theatre and Creative Writing, she then took two years to working abroad. She started in London where she interned with award winning producer, Steven Evans, of Britannia Film and TV, and then later with a British talent agency. In Ireland, she worked as a charity fundraiser for Oxfam and then finally moved to Australia where she worked with Tony Bones, a children's party entertainment company. When she moved back to Florida, Rachel immediately started working with MUSE Center for Arts as a theatre teacher as well as assistant director and stage manager for many of their productions.