The Drama program provides multiple entry points for students, allowing for diversity in backgrounds, interests, and levels of experience. A three-level scope and sequence track, Fundamentals, Intermediate and Advanced Drama, provide a pathway for the student to develop and hone acting and directing skills while learning to interpret dramatic source material. Additional non-performance course offerings provide opportunities to explore an existing interest or to inspire a new one.  

Performance and technical theater opportunities are abundant. Each year we offer four productions including dramas, comedies, student directed one-acts, and a major musical theater production. Members of Phoenix, the School’s honorary drama society, produce two plays themselves. Phoenix members also emcee monthly coffee house performances open to the entire school community. Out Spoken, our brand new student-led spoken word group offers additional original writing and performance opportunities.  The recent addition of a one hundred seat Experimental Theater in the Fonseca Center provides a state-of-the-art facility for classes, rehearsals, and smaller productions.


Upper School Courses
  • Fundamentals of Drama
  • Intermediate Drama
  • Advanced Drama
  • Playwriting
  • Theater Design and Technology
  • Light Lab
  • On Location
  • Arts Lab Drama
  • Public Speaking
Middle School Drama
The study of dramatic arts is included in the integrated curricula across grade levels including the fifth grade opera project, seventh grade Ellis Island reenactment and eighth grade constitutional convention simulation. Eighth grade students have drama once a week as part of their school day. In addition, seventh and eighth graders perform in a spring musical production as a co-curricular option.
Performance Groups
  • Phoenix, Honorary Drama Society (produces two productions a year)
  • Outspoken (spoken word troupe)
Co-Curricular Drama Productions

Each year we offer four upper school productions including dramas, comedies, student directed one-acts, and a major musical theater production.

Middle School performance and production opportunities are open to 7th and 8th graders as an athletic option in the winter season.

Recent productions include: Rent, The Pajama Game, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Pippin, Honk, Xanadu, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Laramie Project, Love and Information, Metamorphoses, Throne of Blood, A Doll’s House, Spring Shorts (student written and directed one-act plays)


  • June 2017
    • ThuJun08 UPPER SCHOOL Drama Showcase 1:30 PM to 8:00 PMClaudia Boettcher Theatre
    • ThuJun08 UPPER SCHOOL MUSE/UC Dance Performance 1:30 PM to 3:00 PMClaudia Boettcher Theatre
49 Clinton Avenue
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(914) 479-6400

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