The Hopkins Drama Department offers courses in acting for the classical and modern stage, improvisation, comedy, theater studies, public speaking, set building, lighting, and stage management. 

Under the direction of Michael Calderone and Hope Hartup, the Drama Department produces five major shows each year – fall and spring dramatic plays, a musical, a series of one-act plays, and a junior school production in the spring. Fall term theater classes also culminate in a final performance in January. Currently our main-stage theater building is undergoing renovations, and most productions will take place at the Woodbridge Club or in Upper Heath Commons. All productions are open to the public. Ticket reservations are available one week prior to the first performance - call 203-397-1001 x120.

A student-run Hopkins Drama Association helps to produce the plays and sponsors a Cabaret Night. An Improv Club occasionally performs in the evening and at school assemblies.

2023–2024 Productions

October 19–21
Our Town
at the Woodbridge Club

December 8–9
Live from New Haven… Winter One-Acts
Heath Commons

January 11
Theater Seminar Performance
Heath Commons

January 12
Shoestring Ensemble Presents Truly Grimm Tales
Heath Commons

February 29–March 3
at the Woodbridge Club

April 25–27
The Importance of Being Earnest
at the Woodbridge Club

May 10–11 
Junior School Play
Woodbridge Club

Past Productions

Chance of a Lifetime
Short Stuff One Acts
Antigone, Now
Ecce, Romani
Mamma Mia!

A Comedy of Errors

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sense and Sensibility
Student-Directed Winter One-Acts:
     Monty Python's Edukational Show
Les Misérables
Romeo and Juliet

Boxes, an original production
War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells
Killing Time,
an original musical 

Almost, Maine
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
One Act Plays
The Spell in the Well (An Evening of Classical Shoestring Folk Tales)
An Absolutely True Story (As Told by a Bunch of Lying Liars)
Execution of Justice by Emily Mann

Much Ado About Nothing 
The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket
Into The Woods
As You Like It 
How I Got That Part

Peter and the Starcatcher
Canterbury Tales
Shakespeare on a Shoestring: Macbeth
Heathers: The Musical
Once in a Lifetime
Seussical, Jr. 

Winter One Acts
Comedy of Errors
One Man, Two Guvnors

Alice in Wonderland


Melancholy Play
Twelve Angry Jurors

An Evening of Student Directed One Acts
Legally Blonde, The Musical



Dancing at Lughnasa
Student Written & Directed Plays

The Crucible
Comedy Tonight!

Recent Productions

HDA presents Our Town, Oct. 19–21, 2023

J School Drama presents The Comedy of Errors | May 12-13, 2023

HDA presents Macbeth | Apr. 27–29, 2023

HDA presents Mamma Mia | March 2, 3, 4, 5, 2023

Browse & download full galleries of past productions and other Hopkins events in our SmugMug gallery.
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