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ESOL2The Theater Without Borders allows ESOL students to perform and stage productions at Annandale High School and in the community. Started in 2003 by Leslie Chekin and Michelle Picard, the Drama Group performs dramatic works adapted to meet the needs of LEP Students.


esol1Group participants perform one play per semester and often perform for the Annandale community. In this way students become involved in all aspects of play production, including performance, stage management, light and sound, and script-writing.


In addition to supporting students' academic progress in language and literature, the Theater Without Borders promotes an interest in the arts, problem-solving through teamwork and community service. Exposure to drama also enhances students' confidence in their abilities and strengthens self-knowledge.


Theatre Without Borders also welcomes students from Woodson Adult Education and Bryant Alternative HS and other Fairfax County programs.




In a comprehensive effort to expose most English Language Students to theater arts, the ESOL and Performing Arts Programs offer Theatre Without Borders. TWB partners with area theatres, including DC Shakespeare Theatre Company and Synetic Theatre to expose students to the local performing arts community. This course covers basic content in Theater Arts adapted to meet the needs of EL students. Students work in groups on long-tern projects,.


For more information about the program, please contact Leslie Chekin or Nick Liacopoulos