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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!

Kevin Bigley (Theatre ’05) was a guest star on the Season Finale of CBS’ “THE GOOD WIFE” (Season 6, Episode 22: “Wanna Partner”) on Sunday, May 10, 2015. Kevin played Officer Chris Tannerman. Watch the episode here: http://www.cbs.com/shows/the_good_wife/video/38384E0C-DB34-8087-082A-35C285CC0217/the-good-wife-wanna-partner-/

Calendars & Schedules

The 24th Annual Asawa SOTA New Play Festival 2016-2017 – Part One: An evening of original plays written and performed by members of the Advanced Ensemble.

Friday, October 21  4:30 & 7:30pm  Studio Theatre

​Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts

(The Studio Theatre is located on the Quad Level across from the Main Building)

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 the FOURTEEN Asawa SOTA Theatre Department students who are this summers California Governor’s State Arts Scholars who were accepted to the 30th California State Summer School of the Arts (CSSSA) 4 week session (July 9 to August 5) in Southern California. Learn more about CSSSA on their website: http://csssa.org

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Theatre Department Staff
1990 - Present   Phillip Rayher, Director
1982 - 1989   Lewis Campbell, Director


Congratulations to our winners: Third Place: Madeleine Hubbert (’17), Second Place: Kathryn Dragone (’18) and First Place: India Cale (’18). We’d also like to give a special congratulations to all of our contestants!

India Cale will advance to the English Speaking Union of San Francisco’s Regional Competition on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Archbishop Riordan High School. To learn more about the English Speaking Union of the United States and the National Shakespeare Competition, visit http://www.esuus.org/sanfrancisco/about/shakespeare_competition/

Photos & Videos

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 have asked Mr. Rayher a second workshop session! The California Educational Theatre Association (CETA) annual fall Conference "FINDING CENTER- SETTING THE NEW STANDARDS" is being 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.


Aya Cash (Theatre ’00) was a guest star on CBS’ “THE GOOD WIFE” (Season 6, Episode 21: “Don’t Fail”) on Sunday, May 3, 2015. Aya played nervous newbie Defense Attorney Amber Audrey. Watch the episode here: http://www.cbs.com/…/35FDB267-E3A…/the-good-wife-don-t-fail/

CONGRATULATIONS to Isabel Aks (Theatre ’19), Camila Dwyer (Theatre ’17), Cicely Henderson (Theatre ’19), and Max Itsikson (Theatre ’18) who were just announced as finalist is PlayGround’s 2016 Young Playwrights Project. This is the first time in the Young Playwrights Project’s eight year history that all four finalists are from Asawa SOTA!
The four finalists' short plays will be presented on the dates below as script-in-hand staged readings before select performances of the Best of PlayGround 20, PlayGround's annual showcase of the best short plays by the Bay Area's best new writers.  

Thursday, June 9 @ 8pm / APARTMENT NUMBER FOUR by Cicely Henderson ('19) 
Friday, June 10 @ 8pm / COMING AROUND by Isabel Rose Aks ('19)
Saturday, June 11 @ 8pm / IN BLACK AND WHITE by Camilla Dwyer ('17)
Sunday, June 12 @ 7pm / MY NAME IS by Max Itsikson ('18)
For tickets and information visit: http://playground-sf.org/youngplaywrights. High School students can use code PG10YPP to receive $10 tickets for any of the YPP performances.