• HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA PROGRAMS

 Fremont High School Drama Program

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Fremont High School Drama Program

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 McClymonds High School Drama Program

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 Oakland Technical High School Drama Program

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Oakland Technical High School Drama Program

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The current Theatre Arts Program at Oakland Tech began in 2005, as a district, school, parent and community effort to increase access to the performing arts school wide. The Oakland Tech Drama department focuses on modern and classical theatre training with the goal of building personal integrity and strong community. Beginning and intermediate drama students learn theatre skills such as: vocal training, improvisation, text analysis, playwriting, character development, physical theatre, and spoken word. Advanced students are a part of the pre-professional student ensemble, OakTech Rep that focus is the production of Oakland Tech’s play productions. Recognized for the last 6 years as one of the top high school theatre programs in the U.S. by the American High School Theatre Festival, OakTech Rep specializes in original, collaboratively created productions that are both timeless to the human condition and relevant to our times.


Current staff include Ena Dallas (Beginning Drama, Acrobatics, OakTechRep Director), and Casey Fern (Technical Director, Tech Techies). Beginning Drama scene study includes physical and vocal technique, playwriting, and work from classic and contemporary texts (Metamorphoses, A Raisin In the Sun). Guest Artist residencies include: CalShakes, Word for Word, Shadowlight Productions, and individual professional actors, directors, playwrights, dramaturgs, and casting directors from the broader Bay Area. Field Trips bi-annually to: American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Rep, CalShakes, SF Playhouse.

 Skyline High School Drama Program

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Overview
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 and theatre-for-social change. The pre-conservatory style training and the ensemble-based theatre-making CTE curriculum focuses on developing young artists, scholars, and activists through creative exploration of social-political issues that impact our community with scripted, original plays, and civic engagement that amplify student voice, humanizes issues with intellectual rigor, fervent humanity, and vibrant imagination. We design bold opportunities for participation and unforgettable community engagement, with striking physicality. We want to inspire people to envision a more just and humane world.


Performances

Students perform on our mainstage, in our black box performance lab and have performed inter/nationally. Past performances include: HBO’s We Are the Dream Documentary; HAMILTON-Ed matinee; Oregon Shakespeare Festival; American Theatre Festival, Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland; American Conservatory Theatre (ACY); Shogun Players, Mayor Libby Schaaf’s Inauguration - Paramount Theatre & Oakland City Hall; CA State Legislature, Sacramento State Capital; UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Conference; Blk Prime’s Lower Bottoms, web series; RJOY Gala w/ Alice Walker; RJOY Gala w/ Danny Glover; Women’s Cancer Resource Center; Youth Speaks Poetry Slam; Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Program; P.R.I.D.E. Conference Oakley Union School District; MLK Oratorical Festival; Friends of the Oakland; Public Library; Student Voices Summit; Poetry Out Loud; Bay Area Book Festival; CETA Conference; UCSF Teen Patient Training Program.


Industry Partners

Industry partners who provide residencies, master classes, and work-based-learning experiences aligned to the Arts, Media and Entertainment standards: The African American Shakespeare Company, American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Rep Theatre, California Shakespeare, Shotgun Players, Theatre First, Oregon Shakespeare Fest, Opera Parallele with Marcus Shelby, dramaturg-in-residence, Dr. Philippa Kelly; master director, L. Peter Callender, music composer, Tammy L. Hall, playwright Cleavon Smith, poet, filmmaker, playwright, Donte Clark, Laney College Theatre Department, Marin Theatre, Marin Shakespeare, PCPA, and Youth Speaks.

Last Modified on August 5, 2020