About Us

The Chantilly High School Drama Department is the ONLY drama department in Fairfax County with TWO full-time instructors.  We are members of the Cappies of the National Capital Area and the Virginia High School League, Class 6, Region D for Theatre.  Our students are also supported by the Chantilly HS Drama Boosters, a non-profit organization that provides additional financial support and parental assistance to help us stage our productions.

Shannon Spicer
Andy Shaw

Ms. Shannon Spicer

  • B.A. from Virginia Tech in Theatre Arts
  • Masters in Educational Administration
  • 22nd year teaching theatre at Chantilly

Mr. Andy Shaw

  • B.A. in Theatre, English Literature & Music from Mount St. Mary's University
  • Masters in Theatre from Villanova University
  • 7th year teaching theater

Theatre Arts at Chantilly High School

Students explore many phases of Theatre Arts through reading, viewing, and participating in theatre experiences. Activities include the study of dramatic literature from various historical periods, the fundamentals of acting and stagecraft, the basic principles of improvisation and oral interpretation, and elements of playwriting. Emphasis on individual study units may vary, depending on the needs of the students.

Students will serve as directors or stage managers, demonstrate artistic competence in acting and staging, and learn the basics of theatre management.

Course Offerings
  • Theatre Arts 1
  • Theatre Arts 2
  • Theatre Arts 3 HN
  • Theatre Arts 3 DE
  • Theatre Arts 4 HN
  • Theatre Arts 4 DE
  • Musical Theatre
  • Technical Theatre 1
  • Technical Theatre 2
  • Technical Theatre 3
  • Technical Theatre 4
  • Design & Production 1
  • Design & Production 2
  • Design & Production 3