Performing Arts

At Baltimore Lab School, discrete training in the arts, both visual and performing, is integral to Sally Smith's vision and philosophy of capitalizing on our students' creative strengths. The arts faculty is first-rate and is committed to the ideal of allowing every student to shine.
The Performing Arts department focuses on several goals.  We strive to access reluctant readers, teach social skills in a creative setting, give students specific focusing skills, and realize body/voice/emotional awareness.  We teach the students the specific skills and techniques involved in dance, drama, and vocal and instrumental music to students in the Lower School, Middle School, and High School.  

In particular, in the Lower School, there is a focus on a multi-cultural approach in all arts areas, providing an inter-disciplinary cohesiveness that aids in the students' acquisition and retention of knowledge. There has been much research done in the use of the arts in assisting with academics and life-skills. This is particularly true with the population we serve: the objectives of focus, memory, and ensemble work are the underpinnings of the work we do in the studios on a daily basis. 

Our performance calendar is rigorous. Students in all three divisions are involved in a first-quarter inter-disciplinary thematic celebration, a Hispanic Heritage as well as an African Heritage Festival and an end-of-the-year musical.   Additionally, in April, Grandparents and Special Friends Day affords our students the opportunity to showcase their new skills for their extended families.

The Rehearsal and Performance Ensemble has two to three fully mounted productions every year.  Recent past seasons have included Chekhov one acts, Wilder one acts, original plays and musicals, collaborations with the Lab School of Washington, and an original Staff/Student Production.

Baltimore Lab School strives to be an important cultural asset to the Station North Arts District.  To that end, Rehearsal and Performance Ensemble has performed at the Load of Fun performance space on North Avenue and University of Baltimore’s Lillian and Vernon Wright Theater. Baltimore Lab School strives to be an important cultural asset to the Station North Arts District. 

We also believe firmly that access and exposure to professional arts experiences is invaluable.  The students attend a variety of performances outside of school and Baltimore Lab School hosts many visiting performing artists, including Grammy award winning musicians, international story tellers, mimes, and more.

Nothing More - Kindness Project

    • Under the direction of Mrs. Weishaar, BLS students and staff recently collaborated on a Kindness Project. Their performance of Nothing More is inspiring!

Our talented staff creates unique, highly individualized courses including:

  • Lower School Drama
  • Audio-Visual Production
  • Instrumental and Vocal Music
  • Music Elements
  • Composition and Technique
  • Creative Movement
  • Movement Challenge
  • Focused Creative Movement
  • Creative Acting
  • Theatrical Rehearsal and Performance

Meet Our Performing Arts Team

List of 4 members.

  • Marianne Angelella 

    Academic Club & Drama Teacher
    Goucher College - B.A.
  • Nicholas Bavani 

    Music Teacher
    Shepherd University - B.M.E.
    West Chester University - M.M.
  • Jacqueline Lesh 

    Academic Club & Creative Movement Teacher
    West Chester University - B.S.Ed.
    Towson University - M.Ed.
  • Amy Weishaar 

    Music Teacher
    College of Saint Rose - B.S.
    University of Maryland, College Park - M.A.


2016 Young Playwrights Festival:
Congratulations to BLS Middle School student, Jordan P.! Jordan's play, The Robot Bodyguard, made it to the semi-finalist round for Center Stage's Young Playwright's Festival. Out of 600 entries, only 6 finalists and 6 semi-finalists were chosen!
Actors from Center Stage visited BLS to perform Jordan's play for the Middle School. Great job, Jordan!

Previous Awardees:
In 2014, BLS 7th grade student, Grace G. was selected as a finalist for Center Stage's Young Playwrights Festival Award. Center Stage honored Grace's original play with a live performance featuring professional actors. Her play, written in school during a playwriting workshop, was selected out of 500 entries across Maryland. This is Center Stage's highest honor for young playwrights. In 2012, Baltimore Lab School Senior, Daniel K., won the same honor. We are so proud of our amazing and talented students!
Founded by visionary educator Sally L. Smith in 2000, Baltimore Lab School educates bright, motivated children in Grades 1-12 with learning disabilities like dyslexia, ADHD, and more. Through our innovative, arts-based curriculum, our students go on to succeed in college and careers.