The Theater program provides multiple entry points for students, allowing for diversity in backgrounds, interests and levels of experience. A three-level sequential acting track -- Fundamentals of Drama, Intermediate Drama and Advanced Drama -- provide a pathway for the student to develop and hone acting and directing skills while learning to interpret dramatic source material. Both courses and practical experience are offered in Technical Theater and Design.

Performance and technical theater opportunities are abundant. Each year we offer four department-produced productions, including dramas, comedies, student-directed one-act plays, and a major musical theater production. Members of Phoenix, the School’s honorary drama society, mount one production annually and produce monthly coffee house performances open to the entire school community. OutSpoken, our student-led spoken word group, offers additional original writing and performance opportunities. The recent addition of a 100-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
  • Public Speaking
  • Musical Theater Workshop
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. Sixth and 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.
Student Performing Groups
  • Phoenix, Honorary Drama Society 
  • Outspoken (spoken word troupe)
Co-Curricular Theater 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)


  • April 2018
    • FriApr27 Upper School Spring Shorts 7:00 PMExperimental Theater
    • SatApr28 Upper School Spring Shorts 3:00 PMExperimental Theater
    • SatApr28 Upper School Spring Shorts 7:00 PMExperimental Theater
  • May 2018
    • FriMay11 Upper School Spring Drama Class Showcase 7:00 PMExperimental Theater
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Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(914) 479-6400

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