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Fine Arts

Theater Arts

Our Theater Program produces two shows each year in the Fall and in the Spring. Past shows have included The Addams Family, Damn Yankees, and Godspell. All students, regardless of experience, are taught  the basics of acting, character development, and communication on stage. The Drama Club is also open to all students who are interested in any aspect of Theater.  This includes acting, stage crew, set design, costuming, make-up, and more. Click here to read more about specific theater classes.

Our dynamic and creative Theater Program is well known for its Cappies, a writing and awards program that trains high school theater and journalism students to be expert writers, critical thinkers, and leaders. As a charter member of the first Cappies, students are well-versed as analytical writers and thinkers. All students are welcome to apply to be a Cappies critics.

Trip Down Broadway

Every year, the Drama Club spends a weekend in New York City learning about various plays and shows. A few highlights include visiting local attractions, such as St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Rockefeller Center, and getting a behind-the-scenes tour of current Broadway productions. Participants also have the chance to attend workshops and rehearsals with actors and actresses from Broadway shows.

Membership in the BI Drama Club is open to any student in the school who is interested in Theater, including acting, stage crew, costuming, designing, or attending shows and drama workshops as a group. Student leaders work hard to make the club active, open and inclusive. The various areas of BI productions are part of one community and work together as a team. There are regular meetings throughout the year to plan and allow the entire club to come together and discuss ideas.

Drama Club Officers 18-19

  • President: Jake Carlo
  • Vice President: Olivia Hays
  • Treasurer: Libby York  
  • Secretary: Gaby Garcia
  • Underclass Representatives: Maya Andersen and Dagny Scannell
  • Drama Club Mentor: Mrs. Carly Walbert
The International Thespian Society (ITS), founded in 1929, is an honorary organization for high school and middle school theatre students located at more than 4,200 affiliated secondary schools across America, Canada, and abroad. The mission of ITS is to honor student achievement in the theatre arts. High school inductees are known as Thespians and junior high/middle school inductees are known as Junior Thespians. ITS is a division of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA).

The Thespian troupe is a subset of our theatre arts program. It is the student honor society, a separate student organization, and membership is earned. Any student may be a member of the theatre program, but only students who have been officially inducted and registered with the EdTA national office are members of the theatre program and the International Thespian Society.

2018/2019 Troupe 3418 members

  • President: Olivia Hays
  • Vice President: Jake Carlo
  • Secretary: Kathleen McNerney
  • Artistic Director: Celia Curry 
  • ITS Mentor: Ms. Joanna Henry

Cappies Reviews of Past Shows

"Though miracles may not be common, with a stunning cast, stellar tech and an overall amazing production that ran like clockwork, Bishop Ireton High School's performance of "Radium Girls" may certainly be a miracle of theatre itself." - Mary Kate Ganley of McLean High School

"Bishop Ireton's Radium Girls is a harrowing play about the struggle and eventual success of the poor girls who gave their lives for a cause. It's heartrendingly beautiful narrative consists of strong characters, crew and choices, and is a memorable experience in every aspect." - Aidan Wilbur of Thomas S. Wootton High School

"Long after the girls' time expired, the radium watches are still ticking. While they may not have found a cure, the girls found a measure of justice. Bishop Ireton's moving production of Radium Girls reminded the audience of how ignorance as a result of apathy is the most dangerous killer." - by Julia Tucker of Westfield High School

"Through honest character presentation by the entire cast and several impressive technical elements, Bishop Ireton movingly tells the story of the Radium Girls." - Joshua Mutterperl of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Theater Staff

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Joanna Henry

    Mrs. Joanna Henry 

    Director of Theater Arts
    703-212-5195 - Masters in Education
  • Photo of Carly Walbert

    Mrs. Carly Walbert 

    Assistant Director of Theater Arts
    Bishop Ireton High School
    University of Mary Washington
  • Photo of Bethany Candalor

    Ms. Bethany Candalor 

    Technical Director
    Bishop Ireton High School

List of 3 members.

List of 3 members.

“Theatre is a science. Theatre is mathematical. Theatre is a foreign language. Theatre is history. Theatre is physical education. Theatre is language arts. Theatre is business. Theatre is technology. Theatre is economics. Theatre is taught in schools, not because you are expected to major in theatre, not because you are expected to perform all through life, not so you can relax, not so you can have fun, BUT so you will recognize beauty, so you will be sensitive, so you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world, so you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good, in short, more life. What value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live? That is why theatre is taught in our schools.” (

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