The Drama program begins in the Middle School and aims to introduce students to the traditions of theater history and a variety of basic theater techniques. Students in grades 6-8 have the option of taking yearlong drama classes, in which they explore physical theater, masks, building a character, and theatrical text. At all grade levels, students have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular plays, which are performed for an invited audience.
In the Upper School, the Drama Department offers instruction in the theoretical and practical application of theater. Through the exploration of dramatic texts, historical contexts, and physical and vocal techniques, students develop greater emotional literacy, facility with their bodies and voices, and an appreciation of theatrical conventions. The program offers classes in acting, directing, technical design, and New York City theater. Students also have the opportunity to participate in five to six productions each year.