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Ruth Asawa San Francisco

School of the Arts Theatre Department

About the Theatre Department

Welcome to the Asawa SOTA Theatre Department!

​2018 Theatre Department FIELD DAY WINNERS!!!!

Department Room 238

The Beautiful ASAWA SOTA Theatre Department students at 2018 PROM
(April 14, 2018)


2017-2018 Theatre Department Facilities

Calendars & Schedules

Congratulations to Michelle Selene Ang (Theatre ’12)  for being cast as Courtney Crimson in the new Netflix Series ’13 Reasons Why’. Click here to watch!

Department Room 238

S. F. Asawa SOTA Theatre Department

Fall 2018 S.F. Mime Troupe Glen Park Field Trip

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Theatre Department Staff

2018-              Elizabeth Carter, Director

1990 - 2018   Phillip Rayher, Director
1982 - 1989   Lewis Campbell, Director

Jason Tran ('19) as Mr. Rayher

Department Mat Room

Photos & Videos

STUDIO THEATRE
555 Portola Drive • San Francisco, CA 94131
(The Studio Theatre is located on the Quad Level across from the Main Building)


WATCH THIS SPACE FOR 2017-2018 SEASON
Join the Theatre Department for the exciting season we are planning!  ​

Tickets: Adults $15  • Students (K-12) $7 • Seniors (65+) & Alumni $10 • Season Passes Accepted • Tickets also available at the Box Office 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Congratulations to Mr. Rayher on his completely sold out workshop entitled "The Use of the 10-Minute Play to Touch All (or Most) of the California Theatre CA Standards in Grades 9 – 12 (or Thank you Jon Jory!)". He received such an overwhelming response from the attendees that the organizers asked Mr. Rayher a second workshop session! The California Educational Theatre Association (CETA) annual fall Conference "FINDING CENTER- SETTING THE NEW STANDARDS" was held October 10-11, 2015 in Pacific Grove, and is the 70th annual gathering of dedicated, passionate Theatre Educators, K – University from around the state.

Congratulations to our new Director of the Theatre Department Elizabeth Carter.

Elizabeth is thrilled to take on a new role as Director of the Theatre Department. She first joined Asawa School of the Arts as a Guest Judge for the 2003 Shakespeare Evening contest. Later she joined the department  as an Artist in Residence in the 2004-2005 school year, teaching Voice and Shakespeare where she had remained as a core part of the staff for the past 14 years. Elizabeth's has also performed with numerous Bay Area theaters over the past 25 years including California Shakespeare Theater, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Word for Word, Aurora Theatre Co, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Shotgun Players and TheatreWorks amongst others. A graduate of Mills College with a BA in Dramatic Arts, she also studied in London with teachers from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her favorite roles include Rose in Fences,  Mistress Ford in Merry Wives of Winsor, and Agnes in Agnes of God, Mai Tamba in the Convert, Millie in Aurora Theatre Co’s Trouble in Mind, which won 6 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, and most recently Carina in Eureka Day!. She has been nominated for several TBA Awards and BACC Awards as well as being featured in Theatre Bay Area Magazine as someone to Keep An Eye On.  As a director Elizabeth enjoys new works and has helmed projects for ACT, TheatreFirst, AlterTheatre, and African American Shakespeare Co. Her teaching career has led her to work with students from of all ages from Kindergarten to adults actors, and has trained teachers in alternative ways to access literature through theater. She has spent the last 23 years teaching acting, voice and Shakespeare performance across the Bay Area for companies such as California Shakespeare Theatre, Berkeley Rep and Brava! For Women in the Arts. She was also the Education Director for the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. She is excited to continue the respect, rigor, excitement and excellence in the Theatre Department.