• Drama Program

  • Overview


    The Skyline Drama Program is a nationally recognized training program by the American High School Theatre Festival for their outstanding commitment to artistic excellence in Theatre Arts, cross-cultural understanding, and social justice. We strive to meet every student at the creative junction where life experience meets ambition and intellectual curiosity in order to expose, nurture and challenge our students with a highly rigorous, ensemble project-based, pre-conservatory style training. The curriculum focuses on developing young artists, scholar, activists. We help the student find her/his own voice and know the power that voice can have within a community through creative exploration of social-political issues that impact our community through scripted, original plays, and civic engagement that humanizes those issues with intellectual rigor, fervent humanity, and vibrant imagination. We design bold opportunities for participation and unforgettable experiences, with rigor and striking physicality. We want to inspire people to envision a more just and humane world.

    Essential foundational skills in acting and ensemble-based theatre making are combined with scene study, voice, movement, directing, play writing, devising original work, Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process, critical reflection and the business of acting to emphasize the concept that theatre is a collaborative art form.

    We offer a main stage season of plays, exhibition performances, private and public performances, a new works festival, senior showcase, and spring jury assessment.


    2016-2017 Themes Explored in Our Creative Work 

    School climate and culture, literacy, youth voice/activism, commercial sexual exploited children.


    Industry Partners

    American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), SF Playhouse’s Rising Stars, Laney College Fusion Theatre, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Berkeley Repertory Theatre Teen Council, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth


    Study Tours

    American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), SF Play House, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Shotgun Players, Aurora Theatre, CalShakes, Marin Shakespeare Theatre, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA), Magic Oakland/Magic Theatre


    Work Based Learning

    Guest Artists, Master Classes, Workplace Tours, Informational Interview, Career Exploration Visits, Job Shadows, Student Run Enterprise/Ensemble Performance Services, Service Learning, Mentorships, Project-Based Learning, Internships, Guided Practice and Mentorship at Fusion Theatre/Laney College, and Invitational Scholarship at ACT Young


2016-2017 Class Activities