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Students acting in drama class

Be Dramatic!

At Bancroft, being dramatic is encouraged. The Lower. Middle. and Upper schools provide opportunities for everyone to be comfortable both in the spotlight and behind the scenes. We believe that performing arts builds creativity, team building, and self expression. Whether you want to be a Broadway star, producer, or lighting expert, we'll help you find your place on our stage.


Students don't have to be on stage to shine. All school productions are completely student run. From the sound to the lighting. There is something for everyone to take part of - and pride in.


Every year, the Upper School produces not one but two mainstage performances including a drama and a musical. The 5th and 7/8th grades also star in and put on their own plays.

Jada Boadu

Class of '26

The performing arts program at Bancroft has done so much for me in building my confidence and giving me a chance to shine alongside those who are genuinely passionate about creating a story to portray to the audience.

Jada in Pippin scene


Bancroft's Lower School Drama program builds a foundation of lifetime skills. As stage skills develop, students learn self-confidence, camaraderie, and different ways to communicate with an audience. These skills culminate with a full-scale performance in 5th grade where family, friends, and fellow classmates fill the audience to cheer on our youngest actors.


Middle School Drama is all about learning the nuances of theater - from 6th graders who read and perform several short plays and sections of full-length dramas, to our 7th and 8th graders that put on a fully staged production - students learn to project their voice, rehearse lines and scenes, and accomplish polished productions - together.



In the Upper School, we find your passion and turn it into your craft. Classes in technical theater, Introduction to Acting, and Advanced Acting are offered as well as showcases like the Upper School Drama in the Fall and Musical in the Spring. The cast and crew are guided by our dedicated faculty along the way, but when the curtain goes up, the shows are entirely student run.

Meet Our Performing Arts Team

Paul Belanger

Paul Belanger

Performing Arts Teacher, Department Chair

Chris Sheldon

Chris Sheldon

Upper School History Teacher, Performing Arts Teacher

Rachel Wagner

Rachel Wagner

Lower & Middle School Performing Arts Teacher, Middle School Music Teacher