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 18 events.

  • Oct
    30

    MS Musical

    Event Description: The students will perform Matilda, moved from April 2020. Contact Information: Name: Caroline Feldman Phone: x4232 Email: cfeldman@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
  • Oct
    31

    MS Musical

    Event Description: Students will perform Matilda-- moved from April 2020. Contact Information: Name: Caroline Feldman Phone: x4232 Email: cfeldman@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
    13

    Blackout Riely Theatre

    Event Description: Blackout of Theatre for Upper School Classical Production Contact Information: Name: Matt Ploch Phone: Ext 4226 Email: mploch@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
    14

    Blackout Riely Theatre

    Event Description: Blackout of Theatre for Upper School Classical Production Contact Information: Name: Matt Ploch Phone: Ext 4226 Email: mploch@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
    15

    Blackout Riely Theatre

    Event Description: Blackout of Theatre for Upper School Classical Production Contact Information: Name: Matt Ploch Phone: Ext 4226 Email: mploch@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
    16

    Blackout Riely Theatre

    Event Description: Blackout of Theatre for Upper School Classical Production Contact Information: Name: Matt Ploch Phone: Ext 4226 Email: mploch@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 Theatre

    Event Description: Blackout of Theatre for Upper School Classical Production Contact Information: Name: Matt Ploch Phone: Ext 4226 Email: mploch@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 Theatre

    Event Description: Blackout of Theatre for Upper School Classical Production Contact Information: Name: Matt Ploch Phone: Ext 4226 Email: mploch@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 Theatre

    Event Description: Blackout of Theatre for Upper School Classical Production Contact Information: Name: Matt Ploch Phone: Ext 4226 Email: mploch@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 Theatre

    Event Description: Blackout of Theatre for Upper School Classical Production Contact Information: Name: Matt Ploch Phone: Ext 4226 Email: mploch@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

    Upper School Shakespeare Performance

    Event Description: Upper School students will perform in a play directed by Mrs. Emma Gibson. Contact Information: Name: Matt Ploch Phone: Ext 4226 Email: mploch@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 Theatre

    Event Description: Blackout of Theatre for Upper School Classical Production Contact Information: Name: Matt Ploch Phone: Ext 4226 Email: mploch@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

    Upper School Shakespeare Performance

    Event Description: Upper School students will perform in a play directed by Mrs. Emma Gibson. Contact Information: Name: Matt Ploch Phone: Ext 4226 Email: mploch@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 Theatre

    Event Description: Blackout of Theatre for Upper School Classical Production Contact Information: Name: Matt Ploch Phone: Ext 4226 Email: mploch@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: Upper School students will perform a play directed by Mrs. Emma Gibson Contact Information: Name: Matt Ploch Phone: Ext 4226 Email: mploch@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
  • Apr
    23

    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 (814 Yarrow St) Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) - 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 (814 Yarrow St) Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) - 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 (814 Yarrow St) Room: Riely Theatre
    Upper Campus - US Main Building (814 Yarrow St) - Room: Riely Theatre

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Phillip Brown

    Phillip Brown 

    Upper School Theater Director
    Phone/Extension: 4267
  • Photo of Emma Gibson

    Emma Gibson 

    Upper School Theater Teacher
    Phone/Extension: 4294
  • Photo of Arvelle Jones

    Arvelle Jones 

    Middle School Theater Director, Middle School Drama Teacher
    Phone/Extension: 4112
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.