High Tech High School’s Award-Winning Performing Arts Program consists of the following programs:  Dance, Drama, Music/Audio Technology, and Musical Theatre.  Students audition while in 8th grade and commit to one of these four majors throughout their four years at High Tech.  Students will study closely with their primary instructors (who are professionals in their own fields), as well as outside professionals. As productions require teamwork, Performing Arts students frequently work collaboratively, and there will be many times when majors overlap and students work together on interdisciplinary projects.  The Performing Arts curriculum is developed around a central theme:  strong support from teachers that allows students, through individualized instruction, to shape their own educational experiences and accomplishments in the context of a challenging, exciting and fun environment. The Performing Arts Academy pathway allows students to pursue rigorous Advanced Placement courses in addition to their Core Requirements.

For more information and to register visit: hthspa.org

High Tech High School Musical Theatre’s Evita Receives Two Rising Star Award Nominations

(Millburn, NJ--May 6, 2019) High Tech Musical Theatre’s production of Evita received two Rising Star Award nominations from Paper Mill Playhouse, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School. Junior Sara Bartoszek, a resident of Hoboken, received a nomination for Best Featured Actress for her portrayal of the “Mistress”, and Trista DeFilippis, head... Continue reading

National YoungArts Foundation Recognizes High Tech’s Carlos Hernandez and Tomoe Carr This Year

(Miami, FL–April 22-26, 2019) National YoungArts Foundation announced High Tech Graphic Arts major Carlos Hernandez, a resident of Jersey City, a finalist for Photography, while Dance major and North Bergen resident Tomoe Carr earned an honorable mention for Hip Hop this year, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School. Both Hernandez, named among... Continue reading

Students Get Sneak Peak at High Tech Dance Department’s “Novum”

(April 10, 2019–Jersey City, NJ) As the High Tech dance majors and their instructor, Trista DeFilippis, prepared for the spring show, Novum, they invited Explore students to sneak a peak during their final dress rehearsal. The students were thrilled to see a number of the pieces from Novum, that were all student choreographed; one of... Continue reading


High Tech Dance Department continues its 2018-2019 season with their annual Spring Dance Showcase, Novum: A new beginning. Directed by Trista DeFilippis, Novum stars dance majors who will present their own choreography which is the culmination of year long projects. These dancers create their own works, choose their own music scores, light and costume their own... Continue reading

High Tech Dance Alumnus Idaliz Cristian Goes on Tour with Singer/Songwriter Khalid, Appears in His Latest Video, too

(Los Angeles, CA–March 11, 2019) High Tech Dance Department alumnus Idaliz Cristian (Class of 2017), currently on tour with singer/songwriter Khalid, has just been featured in Khalid’s latest video for his song “Talk,” announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School. In 2017, Khalid received five nominations at the Grammy Awards, including Best... Continue reading

Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice’s EVITA

Performances March 22nd and 23rd at 7pm, and Sunday March 24th at 2pm. Tickets are reserved seating and are $15.00 High Tech High School 1 High Tech Way Secaucus, NJ 07094   High Tech Musical Theatre continues its 2018-2019 season with the epic Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice musical, EVITA. Directed by John Zisa and Musically Directed... Continue reading

“Hamiltunes” Brings Hamilton to High Tech

(Secaucus, NJ–January 25, 2019) Over 200 Hamilton fans gathered in the Main Stage Theater for the High Tech Performing Arts Department’s first “Hamiltunes: An American Sing-along,” announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech. An officially-licensed, karaoke-style sing-along, “Hamiltunes” raised funds for the High Tech Musical Theatre Department. The successful show, inspired by Lin Manuel Miranda’s Tony... Continue reading

Jon Rua, Broadway Star of “Hamilton,” Visits High Tech

(Secaucus, NJ–January 24, 2019) To coincide with the Musical Theatre fundraiser “Hamiltunes,” Broadway actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer Jon Rua paid a visit to the High Tech Performing Arts Department, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School. The Main Stage Theater at the Frank J. Gargiulo Campus served as the backdrop for... Continue reading

John Zisa, High Tech Director of Musical Theater, Produces Show in Homage to American Singer-Songwriter Kenny Rankin

(New York City--January 12, 2019) High Tech's Director of Musical Theater, John Zisa, produced a show that pays homage to American singer-songwriter Kenny Rankin, a popular figure of the 60's and 70's, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School. Zisa, along with his band members, one of whom happens to be new... Continue reading

High Tech Dance Department Welcomes Back Alumni

(Secaucus, NJ–January 4, 2019) Veteran High Tech dance director Trista DeFilippis hosted an alumni dance day at the Frank J. Gargiulo Campus, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech. DeFilippis reached out to former dance majors who graduated from High Tech as far back as four years ago. All of the alumni have been... Continue reading