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, and students have opportunities to direct and stage their own productions in our black box theater. 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 students 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. Class VII students put on an annual musical, and Class VIII students may audition for the Upper School spring musical.

In addition to drama classes that may be taken for academic credit, Upper School students have the opportunity to perform in a fall dramatic production, as well as a spring musical. Recent plays and musicals have included Hairspray, The Crucible, Guys and Dolls, and Noises Off

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