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Meet Isabel Algrant '17

Hailing from Englewood, NJ, Isabel Algrant ’17 is a “D-E Lifer” having been enrolled in all three divisions at Dwight-Englewood. It’s ‘all in the family’ in this case, as Isabel’s sister, Haley Algrant ’21, also attends D-E, and her dad, Joe Algrant, is Principal of the Upper School.
Through seventh grade theater class Isabel first discovered a passion for stage directing. Even though she was originally recruited as a performer to be on the stage, it did not take too long for Isabel to realize it “behind the scene” -- organizing the creative collaboration -- was her true interest. Isabel said her first show, Fiddler on the Roof, solidified her interest in theater production as she mentions “nothing feels better than watching people enjoy a show you helped put together.”
Isabel shares her theater directing experiences: “one of the best experiences I had was writing Little 2 Middle [the Middle School musical] and then helping to direct it. Another experience that I am incredibly proud of was working on the School’s performance of Sound of Music. It was my first high school production [involving students of all ages, from the Lower to the Upper School], and I was in the eighth grade. The fact that I could be helpful and people listened to me felt amazing, especially so early in my work in theater.”
Isabel went on to serve as the assistant director for the D-E Performing Arts Department’s production of Les Misérables was then tapped to direct the Spring Theatre 2017 production of High School Musical. Isabel will be attending Wesleyan University next year.

Located in Englewood, New Jersey, Dwight-Englewood is a greater New York City area private school with a rigorous college prep curriculum for boys and girls in preschool through grade 12.