The North East School of the Arts (NESA) has been chosen as one of the top 10 high schools in the nation for young talent to get its start. The Hollywood Reporter released its list of the Top 10 High Schools that are a “launch pad for teenage talent” in conjunction with its annual list of the Top 25 Drama Schools in the United States. The schools are among those that have produced some of the finest artists in show business, the publication said.  

“It’s a wonderful recognition of NESA’s work with exceptional young artists,” said Dena Mabry, Director of NESA. “We have nearly twenty years worth of graduates working in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. Talent agents, casting agents and college training programs have become very familiar with the level of talent coming from our school.”

“NESA attracts students who are determined, focused and ambitious,” said David Connelly, teacher at NESA. “Our students find their ‘tribe’ at NESA. They discover a place filled with peers who share the same passions, talent and ‘weirdness’ – a place where they can be themselves.

Established in 1997, the North East School of the Arts is a magnet program located on the campus of Robert E. Lee High School. Offering intensive training for gifted and talented students in the arts, NESA offers majors in Cinema, Creative Writing, Dance, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, Tech Theatre, and Visual Arts.

KSAT 12 news covered the announcement.


From the Fall 2013 musical “Hairspray.” 



From the May 2014 musical “Summer of Love.”



Grace Phipps, Class of 2010, working with students in class at NESA. Phipps is best known for her starring role in Teen Beach Movie.

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