Drama and its appreciation are important parts of the enrichment program at Gill St. Bernard's. Participation in drama encourages cooperation and teamwork and helps to develop confidence and poise. The Upper School fall play and spring musical, the Middle School play, and the Lower School Nutcracker performance provide stages for student actors, enlist the assistance of student technicians and stage hands, and encourage the participation of parent volunteers.
The GSB Players' production of The Mystery Of Edwin Drood in the spring of 2012 received the Outstanding Overall Production Award at the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Competition. The school received 11 total nominations and took home four additional awards for Outstanding Achievement by a Supporting Actress, Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design, Outstanding Achievement in Musical Direction, and Outstanding Achievement in Direction. GSB outstanding musical and theatrical productions are nominated and recognized for state-wide awards.

2017 Paper Mill Playhouse Awards

Nomination – Outstanding Costuming Achievement
Paul Canada

Theater Chair

Paul H. Canada, Chair of the Performing Arts Department, has been teaching theater and staging award-winning Upper School productions for three decades. He holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in costume and set design from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, as well as a Bachelor’s of Music Education in vocal music from Mississippi College. He has worked extensively as a director and designer in educational and community theatre, and as a designer in professional theater.

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Paul Canada

    Paul Canada 

    Chair, Performing Arts Department
    908-234-1611, Ext. 239
  • Photo of Margery Schiesswohl

    Margery Schiesswohl 

    Performing Arts; 9th Grade Seminar; 9th Grade Dean
    908-234-1611, Ext. 463
  • Photo of Todd Ross

    Todd Ross 

    Drama, Grades 7-8
    908-234-1611, Ext. 432
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful, and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.