OUSD DRAMA TEACHERS
Degrees and Certifications:
Administrative credential/M.Ed.Educational Leadership- U.C. Berkeley (July, 2020); Single subject teaching credential/M.Ed. Teaching- Alliant University; B.A. California Institute of Integral Studies
Ena Dallas is the school climate and culture, "Teacher on Special Assignment", and the drama director of Oakland Technical high school. She was an arts integration instructional coach with ACOE's Integrated Learning Specialist Program. Ena is a life-long learner and multi-disciplinary artist who was a professional aerialist many moons ago.
School: Oakland Technical High School
Oakland Tech's drama program has beginning, intermediate, and advanced drama, and a vibrant technical theatre program. OakTech Rep, Oakland Tech's advanced drama/production class was honored by the OUSD school board in fall of 2019 for their original, student created work that amplifies the rich history of Oakland. The director of OakTech Rep, Ena Dallas, also created and teaches a multi-disciplinary art class called "Art for Social Communication and Change", that is affiliated with Tech's Race, Policy, and Law pathway.
Learn more at Oakland Technical High School's Performing Arts website.
Degrees and Certifications:
MA: Language & Literacy; BFA: Theatre Arts, Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts
Awele (ah WAY lay) Makeba
Awele (ah WAY lay) has mesmerized audiences around the world including at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Musikverein in Vienna, Tsinchu Teacher’s College inTaiwan, Suriname (U. S. Dept. of State Tour), Russia, Australia, France, Canada, Suriname, Austria, NYU, Stanford University and TED-Ed. She wears many hats in Oakland Unified School District including, Producer, Dr. MLK, Jr. Oratorical Fest. At Skyline, she is the Drama teacher, Chair of the Performing Arts Department, and she mentors and supports students that she does not teach.
Recent accomplishments: HBO’s We Are the Dream (2/2020), features the OUSD 40th Annual MLK Oratorical Fest a program she has produced for 6 years; contributing author of the dramaturgy of the classroom in Diversity, Inclusion, and Representation in Contemporary Dramaturgy edited by Philippa Kelly, Routlege Pres (4/2020); Awarded 2019 CTEIG, $50K, 21st C, state-of-the art innovation grant; NBC Universal All-Star Teacher https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/video/all-star-teacher-awele-makeba
School: Skyline High School
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.
Learn more at Skyline High School's Drama Webpage