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2018-              Elizabeth Carter, Director

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

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

She first joined us as a Guest Judge for the 2003 Shakespeare Evening contest. She later joined the staff as an Artist in Residence beginning in the 2004-2005 school year, teaching Voice and Shakespeare. We are honored to have her accept the position of Director of the Program.

She has also performed with numerous Bay Area theaters over the past 19 years including California Shakespeare Theater, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Word for Word, Aurora Theatre Co, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and TheatreWorks amongst others.  A graduate of Mills College with a BA in Dramatic Arts, she has also studied in London with teachers from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her favorite roles include Rose in Fences, the Bawd in Pericles, Effie in Dreamgirls, Mistress Ford in Merry Wives of Winsor, and Agnes in Agnes of God.. She was last seen in Aurora Theatre Co’s Trouble in Mind,  which won 6 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards. Elizabeth has been featured in Theatre Bay Area Magazine as someone to Keep An Eye On. 
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 17 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.


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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.


THEATRE ALUMN ON CBS' "THE GOOD WIFE"

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Department Room 238

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!

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.

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


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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.

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. 

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