Academy of Music, Theatre and Dance

Telephone: 301-649-8205

Academy Head: Dr. Heidi A. Temple


2016 AMTAD LogoThe Academy of Music, Theatre and Dance is committed to empowering, building confidence, and community through active engagement of our diverse student population and a well-rounded performing arts education.

Fall Play Announcement

Northwood High School’s Academy of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest on November 15 -17, 2018. Students interested in auditioning should join Google Classroom code jfeq94. Download the information flyer for performance times and admission costs.


2016 Academy of Music Theatre and Dance Students in the Academy of Music, Theatre, and Dance examine ways in which people connect with each other and covey their ideas in various performance opportunities. The students in these pathways engage in a comprehensive performing arts education that exposes them to an intensive course of study in the Performing Arts and/or Dance fields. - Performing Arts Pathway students participate in a music, theatre, dance curriculum that exposes them to a variety of performing arts courses. Dance Pathway students participate in an intensive study of dance that allows them to build technical, performance and choreographic skills. Through these pathways students foster strong relations with community members as they build a creative and innovated arts language.

Download the academy pathways information sheet.

Academy Offerings

  • Performing Arts Pathway electives include: General/9th grade Chorus, Vocal Ensemble, Men’s Choir, Concert Band, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Piano 1/2, Guitar1/2, Theatre1/2, Advanced Acting/Stage Directing, Musical Theatre and Dance classes: see Dance Pathway 
  • Dance Pathway electives include: Dance as PE, ESOL Cultural Dance, Dance as Fine Art, Intermediate Dance, Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz, Advanced Dance, Latin Dance Company, Junior Dance Company, Senior Dance Company
  • Opportunities to participate in master classes both in school and at colleges, internships, and performances at various community locations. 
  • Opportunities to choreograph, student direct, sing, dance, play in the orchestra and act in school productions and present their own student created work.

Student Expectations

Students will successfully complete four years of electives within the academy pathways, (for the dance pathway, 9th graders must complete Dance as PE before moving into elective course work). Successful completion requires students to: 

  1. Maintain portfolio reflections for each course, 
  2. Obtain a teacher recommendation for each course, and 
  3. Earn a minimum semester grade of a “B” in each course and a minimum 2.0 GPA overall.
  4. Over the course of their high school career, students are expected to participate in at least one extracurricular activity such as the Fall Play, Spring Musical, Billboard Magic, Northwood Drumline and/or Student One Acts. The activity should exemplify the student’s commitment to the field above and beyond the classroom requirements. 
  5. By their senior year, successful candidates will be expected to pursue a position of student leadership and 
  6. Complete a capstone project that demonstrates their growth as learners, their effectiveness as leaders, their recognized accomplishments, and their contributions toward the enhancement of Northwood High School and/or the community.

Faculty Responsibilities

Faculty members will foster student academic and leadership growth. Questions? Please contact Dr. Heidi A Temple, Music, Theatre and Dance Academy Head, at or 301-649-8205.

Staff Bios


2017 Dr. SemosDr. Brian Semos
Music Teacher
NHS 2005- present; 24 years with MCPS

Graduate of Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
D.M.A. - Vocal Performance, Catholic University of America
M.M. - Vocal Pedagogy, Catholic University of America
B. of Mus. Ed. - K-12 vocal and Instrumental, Adrian College


Mr. Daniel Janis
Instrumental Music Director, Instrumental Music Teacher

NHS 2018-present, 1st year with MCPS

Bachelor of Music Education, University of Maryland, College Park
Bachelor of Music: Jazz Studies (Saxophone Performance), University of Maryland, College Park


2017 Mr. SullivanMr. Ryan Sullivan
Vocal Director, Choral Teacher
NHS 2016-present, 3rd year in MCPS

MM: Collaborative Piano – Carnegie Mellon University
BM: Music Education – University of New Hampshire 



2017 Ms. LazzaroMs. Meredith Lazzaro
Dance Teacher, Academy Choreographer

NHS 2013-present; 14 years with MCPS

Graduate of Baltimore School of the Arts
BA- University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Additional graduate classes at Trinity Washington University and Marygrove College


2017 Mr. LemusMr. Cristian Lemus
Dance Teacher, Academy Choreographer
NHS 2017- present; 2nd year in MCPS

M.Ed in Dance with K-12 Certification- University of Maryland College Park
B.A in Dance- University of Maryland College Park
A.A in Dance- Montgomery College


2017 Ms. LuetjeMs. Corinne Luetje
Dance Teacher, Academy Choreographer
NHS 2015- present; 4th year in MCPS

BA with Certification in Education- University of Maryland Baltimore County
AA- Carroll Community College



2017 Dr. TempleDr. Heidi A. Temple
Theatre Director, Theatre Teacher, AMTAD Academy Head

NHS 2016-present, 3rd year in MCPS, 22nd year teaching

B.S. in Education, English and Communications - Kutztown University of PA
MA in Theatre Studies (certification in Museum Studies) - Florida State University
PhD in American Studies (certification in Women’s Studies) - University of Maryland, College Park