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, and the Middle School play provide stages for student actors, enlist the assistance of student technicians and stage hands, and encourage the participation of parent volunteers.
GSB Drama productions have been nominated for several state-wide awards in recent years. In the spring of 2012 the GSB Players Production of The Mystery Of Edwin Drood 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.

2015 Paper Mill Playhouse Awards

Nomination – Outstanding Costuming Achievement
Paul Canada
Last spring, four seniors who have been involved with the theater since coming to Gill took their final bows on the GSB stage. These actors share memories of their favorite roles and reflect on the camaraderie of the GSB stage. Read their story!

Theater Chair

Chair of the performing arts department, Paul H. Canada has been teaching theater and staging award-winning Upper School productions for more than 25 years. 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.

Meet the Team

List of 3 members.

  • Paul Canada 

    Chair, Performing Arts Department
    908-234-1611, Ext. 239
    Mississippi College - B.M.Ed.
    Rutgers University - M.F.A.
  • Margery Schiesswohl 

    Performing Arts; 9th Grade Seminar; 9th Grade Dean
    908-234-1611, Ext. 463
    University of New Hampshire - B.A.
  • Todd Ross 

    Drama, Grades 7-8; Performing Arts, Upper School
    908-234-1611, Ext. 432
    Bucknell University - B.A.
    Columbia University - M.F.A.
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 vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.