Nightingale’s drama program emphasizes self-discipline, responsibility, teamwork, and the development of self-confidence.

Throughout our program, we give students ways to surprise themselves, to be audacious, to discover new talents and interests. On our own and with partner boys’ schools, we produce several full-scale theatrical productions each year. In musicals and farce, in Shakespeare and Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, our students access talents, take guided risks, and become more capable and eloquent individuals through the creative process. We want them to respect their own uniqueness and to be able to articulate their ideas and those of others in an imaginative and confident way. 

Beginning in the Middle School, our students have opportunities to perform or work behind the scenes in a number of dramatic productions. After a trimester of drama in Class V, all Class VI girls participate in a joint musical production with the sixth-grade boys from the Allen-Stevenson School; interested students in Classes VII and VIII may also choose to take part in productions staged at Allen-Stevenson. In Class VII, the girls perform a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, and Class VIII girls may audition for the Upper School spring musical.

In addition to drama classes that may be taken for academic credit, Upper School girls have the opportunity to perform in a fall dramatic production, as well as a spring musical performed in conjunction with boys from the Browning School. Recent plays and musicals have included Romeo and JulietStage DoorInto the WoodsH.M.S. PinaforeAnything Goes, and The Music Man

Our facilities include a 350-seat theater, featuring a professional stage with state-of-the-art lighting, and our recently completed blackbox theater, which presents us with exciting and seemingly limitless possibilities to expand our students' opportunities in the dramatic arts.