Arts at Pace

Welcome to Pace Academy Arts!

There’s just something about escaping into a character, really feeling the music or translating the image in your head onto canvas. In all of its forms, art introduces new perspectives, presents exciting challenges and encourages students to THINK BIG.

At Pace, we provide the highest level of artistic experience and knowledge, and we embed study of the visual and performing arts in our curriculum at every level. It begins with introductions to art and music in the Lower School, where students participate in class plays, our annual holiday program and, in the fourth and fifth grades, join our band, chorus or strings ensembles.

Our offerings expand in the Middle School as young artists explore new mediums through visual art courses, participate in drama, play in the band or orchestra or sing in the chorus. Extracurricular activities offer additional outlets for students to discover their artists passions and hone their talents.

Upper School students further specialize in the visual arts with courses in photography, ceramics, drawing, painting and sculpture. Or, they pursue band, chorus, strings, acting and stagecraft in the performing arts. Advanced Placement classes in art history and music theory provide additional opportunities to develop expertise—knowledge and experiences we encourage students to leverage in the college-application process.

Our teachers are committed to delivering positive personal feedback as part of the learning process. They encourage students to explore and experiment in the arts, to find and pursue their passions. We emphasize process and tradition while remaining current with pedagogy within each discipline. Over time, expanding performance and visual arts opportunities provide outlets to share talents both within and outside the Pace community.

We’re proud of our artistic traditions, and we’re sure that every student will find a place in the arts!

As part of our longstanding partnership with Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Pace will host photographer Nathalie Daoust’s Korean Dreams Oct. 1-30 in the Fine Arts Center.

The exhibit includes a complex series of photographs that “probes the unsettling vacuity of North Korea… and [reveals] a country that seems to exist outside of time, as a carefully choreographed mirage.” Stop by the Fine Arts Center to take in this powerful exhibit.

It’s an exciting fall for Upper School theatre! The department will present two productions: Almost, Maine, a whimsical comedy about love and loss, on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 12 at 3:15 p.m.; and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, scheduled for Oct. 25, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. Due to popular demand, an additional performance of Beauty and the Beast has been added on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m.!

Online ticket sales for both shows will begin on Friday, Sept. 28, at Tickets for Almost, Maine are $5; tickets for Beauty and the Beast are $10 for students and $20 for adults.

The Pace community is invited to a workshop with actor Jared Bradshow on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center.

Bradshaw, whose Broadway credits include Jersey Boys and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, has returned to Atlanta to star as Leo Frank in the Wallace Buice Theatre Company’s production of Parade, also featuring Upper School Theatre Director Sean Bryan.

Bradshaw will discuss his journey to Broadway and work with Upper School theatre students. Join us!

When the Wallace Buice Theatre Company’s inaugural production opens at the Lyric Studio in Marietta on Sept. 27, Pace will play a supporting role. Parade, a musical, is a retelling of the 1913 trial of Leo Frank, and its cast spent several weeks rehearsing in the Pace Fine Arts Center. As part of Pace’s partnership with the company, Upper School theatre students were invited observe rehearsals to get a behind-the-scenes look at putting together a professional production.

The cast of Parade also includes several familiar faces. Upper School Theatre Director Sean Bryan plays the roles of Judge Roan and the Old Soldier, while Koby Parker, who choreographed Pace’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and will work on this fall’s Beauty and the Beast, plays the role of Frankie Epps.

Parade runs Sept. 27-30 and Oct. 4-7. Tickets are available at

During the Upper School theatre department’s annual kick-off picnic on Aug. 15, Upper School Theatre Director Sean Bryan revealed the 2018-2019 season’s scheduled productions.

The year will begin with a production of Almost, Maine, a whimsical comedy about love and loss. Performances will take place on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 12 at 3:15 p.m., before the cast competes in the Georgia High School Association’s One Act Play competition.

The fall musical, scheduled for Oct. 25, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m., will bring to life the enchanted world of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The department’s annual student-led Winter Showcase will take place Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 25 at 3:30 p.m., and the season will conclude with Disaster!, a musical tribute to classic disaster films, complete with 70s tunes like I Will Survive, Still the One and Hooked on a Feeling. Disaster! will hit the stage April 26 and 27 at 7 p.m.

Auditions for the season will take place Aug. 27-29 at 3:30 p.m.