Shipley’s theater program involves coursework as well as extracurricular rehearsals and performances.

The Lower School and Middle School theater programs focus on improvisation, script writing, and creativity. Opportunities abound for both informal and formal performances.
 
All Sixth Grade students take a theater course and put on a production that showcases the skills learned. Seventh and Eighth Graders have the option of choosing Theater as their Performing Arts course. In addition, they may audition for the Middle School Musical each spring.
 
Upper School classes perform theater exercises based on dramatic texts taken primarily from American contemporary theater. The level of sophistication increases by grade level as students learn general theater history and work with plays ranging from Greek tragedy to existential theater.

Theater at Shipley

Performance opportunities in Upper School include:
  • one-act plays
  • an auditioned spring musical
  • informal performances at assemblies
  • Shakespeare or other classical productions
Facilities
  • Newly renovated Riely Theatre includes state of the art lighting, sound, and scenic materials. Students also have the opportunity to learn technical theater and production skills
  • A new “grey box” (flexible “black box”) space in the Shipley Commons
  • Theater classrooms, dressing rooms, and offices beneath Riely Theatre

List of 9 news stories.

List of 19 events.

  • Nov
    16

    Blackout Riely Theater

    Event Description: Contact Information: Name: Phillip Brown Phone: x 4104 Email: pbrown@shipleyschool.org Location Information: Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) - Room: Riely Theatre
  • Nov
    17

    Blackout Riely Theater

    Event Description: Contact Information: Name: Phillip Brown Phone: x 4104 Email: pbrown@shipleyschool.org Location Information: Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) - Room: Riely Theatre
  • Nov
    18

    Blackout Riely Theater

    Event Description: Contact Information: Name: Phillip Brown Phone: x 4104 Email: pbrown@shipleyschool.org Location Information: Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) - Room: Riely Theatre
  • Nov
    19

    Blackout Riely Theater

    Event Description: Contact Information: Name: Phillip Brown Phone: x 4104 Email: pbrown@shipleyschool.org Location Information: Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) - Room: Riely Theatre
  • Nov
    20

    Blackout Riely Theater

    Event Description: Contact Information: Name: Phillip Brown Phone: x 4104 Email: pbrown@shipleyschool.org Location Information: Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) - Room: Riely Theatre
  • Nov
    21

    Blackout Riely Theater

    Event Description: Contact Information: Name: Phillip Brown Phone: x 4104 Email: pbrown@shipleyschool.org Location Information: Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) - Room: Riely Theatre
  • Nov
    22

    Blackout Riely Theater

    Event Description: Contact Information: Name: Phillip Brown Phone: x 4104 Email: pbrown@shipleyschool.org Location Information: Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) - Room: Riely Theatre
  • Nov
    22

    Upper School Shakespeare Performance

    Event Description: Contact Information: Name: Emma Gibson Phone: x 4104 Email: egibson@shipleyschool.org Location Information: Upper Campus - US Main Building Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building - Room: Riely Theatre
  • Nov
    23

    Blackout Riely Theater

    Event Description: Contact Information: Name: Phillip Brown Phone: x 4104 Email: pbrown@shipleyschool.org Location Information: Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) - Room: Riely Theatre
  • Nov
    23

    Upper School Shakespeare Performance

    Event Description: Contact Information: Name: Emma Gibson Phone: x 4104 Email: egibson@shipleyschool.org Location Information: Upper Campus - US Main Building Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building - Room: Riely Theatre
  • Nov
    24

    Blackout Riely Theater

    Event Description: Contact Information: Name: Phillip Brown Phone: x 4104 Email: pbrown@shipleyschool.org Location Information: Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) - Room: Riely Theatre
  • Nov
    24

    Upper School Shakespeare Performance

    Event Description: Contact Information: Name: Emma Gibson Phone: x 4104 Email: egibson@shipleyschool.org Location Information: Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) - Room: Riely Theatre
  • Mar
    5

    Upper School Winter Musical

    Event Description: Contact Information: Name: Emma Gibson Phone: x 4104 Email: egibson@shipleyschool.org Location Information: Upper Campus - US Main Building Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building - Room: Riely Theatre
  • Mar
    6

    Upper School Winter Musical

    Event Description: Contact Information: Name: Emma Gibson Phone: x 4104 Email: egibson@shipleyschool.org Location Information: Upper Campus - US Main Building Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building - Room: Riely Theatre
  • Mar
    7

    Upper School Winter Musical

    Event Description: Contact Information: Name: Emma Gibson Phone: x 4104 Email: egibson@shipleyschool.org Location Information: Upper Campus - US Main Building Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building - Room: Riely Theatre
  • Mar
    8

    Upper School Winter Musical

    Event Description: Contact Information: Name: Emma Gibson Phone: x 4104 Email: egibson@shipleyschool.org Location Information: Upper Campus - US Main Building Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building - Room: Riely Theatre
  • Apr
    24

    MS Musical

    Event Description: Enjoy the musical and theatrical talents of Shipley's Middle School students at the annual Middle School Musical. More information about the production will be posted once it becomes available. Contact Information: Name: Caroline Feldman Phone: x4232 Email: cfeldman@shipleyschool.org Location Information: Upper Campus - US Main Building Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building - Room: Riely Theatre
  • Apr
    25

    MS Musical

    Event Description: Enjoy the musical and theatrical talents of Shipley's Middle School students at the annual Middle School Musical. More information about the production will be posted once it becomes available. Contact Information: Name: Caroline Feldman Phone: x4232 Email: cfeldman@shipleyschool.org Location Information: Upper Campus - US Main Building Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building - Room: Riely Theatre
  • Apr
    26

    MS Musical

    Event Description: Enjoy the musical and theatrical talents of Shipley's Middle School students at the annual Middle School Musical. More information about the production will be posted once it becomes available. Contact Information: Name: Caroline Feldman Phone: x4232 Email: cfeldman@shipleyschool.org Location Information: Upper Campus - US Main Building Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building - Room: Riely Theatre

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The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.