About The Department
The School of Arts & Enterprise Department of Theatre Arts brings dynamic Theatre Arts education to the 6th - 12th Graders at The SAE, a State Board of Education authorized Public Charter High School and Middle School.
The High School Theatre Arts Department is an integrated and focused program that allows young actors to gain experience in all aspects of theatre. Students graduate from The School of Arts and Enterprise with a competitive and comprehensive pre-professional experience, ready to navigate the collegiate and/or professional theatre world.
The High School Theatre Arts department combines intense and rigorous curriculum, with a dedicated approach to "learning through doing" - producing up to 8 mainstage productions a year open to all Theatre Arts Majors at The SAE.
The newly developed Middle School Theatre Arts program offers all students an introduction into the world of Theatre. Students can choose to participate in Introduction to Theatre (7th Grade), Theatre Foundations (8th Grade) and/or Musical Theatre PE. Live performance opportunities are limitless, with the annual Middle School Musical, The Middle School Theatre Project, Improv Club and more!
Alumni from The School of Arts & Enterprise Department of Theatre Arts have gained acceptance into and/or currently attending and pursuing degrees in Theatre related fields at Azuza Pacific University, California State University Fullerton, California State University, San Diego, The Theatre School at Depaul University, California State University Los Angeles, University of California, Irvine and The Tisch School for the Arts at NYU.
Please contact Phil Miller, Executive Producer of The School of Arts & Enterprise with questions about The Department of Theatre Arts at email@example.com
Rachel Tracie (Student Advisor) - Rachel Tracie is a professor in the Department of Theater Arts at Azusa Pacific University. She is interested in exploring the connections between a theoretical analysis of theater and its practical application in courses such as Theater History, Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and Directing. She seeks to create a space in which students can freely engage in investigating the historical, social, and spiritual aspects of theatre while drawing on the richness of their liberal arts education. Tracie regularly directs for the department and recent shows include her adaptation of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, entitled Faustus, The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, Amadeus by Peter Shaffer, Tartuffe by Moliere, and Dancing at Lughnasaby Brian Friel. Her current research includes an exploration of memory in women's playwrighting and creating interactive materials for use in the theater history classroom. Tracie received a Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London and an M.A. in Drama from the University of Alberta.
Mark Gamez (Musical Theatre/Resident Choreographer) received a BFA from the University of California in Theater Arts.Currently, Mark is an Adjunct Professor at Chaffey College teaching Stage Costuming. His current project at Chaffey College is designing costumes for The Fanatasticks. Other project done at Chaffey College have been, Metamorphoses, The Miracle Worker and The Laramie Project. Mark has also directed and/or choreographed numerous shows including, Damn Yankees, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Xanadu, Once On This Island, The Music Man, Grease, Cinderella and The Odd Couple (Female Version). However Mark got his start in theatre as an actor and has performed all over the United States. Some of his favorite roles include, Curly in Oklahoma, The MC in Cabaret, Colonel Mustard in Clue , The Musical, Orin in Little Shop of Horrors, Danny in Grease, Captain Von Trapp in Sound of Music, Lucio in Measure for Measure, Floroizel in The Winter's Tale, Dr. Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace, Smee in Peter Pan, The Priest in the west coast premiere of Light in The Piazza at CCPA and originating the role of Ketchenee in Utah , The Musical at Tuacahn, in St. George , Utah Mark is a proud member of The Actors Equity Association and is a SAG/AFTRA member.
Clayton Fournival (Technical Director) - Clayton got his start in the theater through lighting. He found a passion that went on to drive him through school into the professional world. He is a current student at Cal Poly Pomona and is on the hunt for graduate programs. In the meantime, Clayton works on projects all over the industry. He is a Lighting Designer in residence with The Southern California Shakespeare Festival, an Artist in residence at The School Of Arts and Enterprise, as well as the programmer for Ghostlight Entertainment Design and Construction. In his free time, Clayton passes on his knowledge to the up and coming generation. He strives to keep the art of lighting design alive and in the public eye. He is a Certified EOS Family programmer, with experience in a wide variety of events, from live theater, to broadcast.
About The Staff
Phil Miller (Director of Theatre/Executive Producer) - is the Director of Theatre for The Studio Theatre at The Downtown Center and the first Executive Producer in the history of The School of Arts & Enterprise. He is an award winning actor, director, producer and designer. He is the former Producing Artistic Director of the Covina Center for the Performing Arts and founder of the Young Performer’s Institute and the Workman Arts & Entertainment Academy. Miller has been an arts educator and arts advocate for the past 17 years. His diverse work includes classroom instruction, staff development, curriculum development, and work as a program consultant throughout Los Angeles County.
Miller has directed over 80 productions, including the West Coast Premiere of Make Me A Song: The Music of William Finn the Los Angeles Regional Premiere’s of Nijala Sun’s No Child, With Their Eyes: The View from a High School at Ground Zero, Elegies: A Song Cycle and Seussical: The Musical starring Colleen Ballinger. As a producer his extensive credits include producing the West Coast Premiere of the Tony Award Winning musical, The Light in The Piazza of which StageScene LA hailed as, “one of the biggest theatrical triumphs of this or any year”. He has produced shows starring Tony Award Winners, Emmy Award Winners, and at nearly every major venue in Southern California.
His work at The School of Arts & Enterprise includes overseeing the full restructuring of the Department of Theatre Arts, the redevelopment of The Studio Theatre and The Downtown Center, directing and designing such mainstage productions as The Laramie Project, 13: The Musical, The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare, Abridged, Merrily We Roll Along, Dogfight.: The Musical, Joseph....,The Miracle Worker and Little Shop of Horrors. He has also overseen the creation of such unique devised works at The School of Arts & Enterprise as The Middle School Theatre Project, The One Day #Stress Fest, Laughing My Improv Off . He has created and developed such unique programs for The School of Arts and Enterprise as The Free Theatre For Young Audience Program, The Free Professional Shakespeare Program, The Senior Recital, The Master Class Series and The Summer Musical Theatre Workshop. He also serves as the Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair for The SAE.
Miller is a member of the Stage Director’s and Choreographer’s Society and an alumnus of Lincoln Center’s Director’ s Lab West and holds a clear CTE Supervisory Credential in Arts, Media and Entertainment.
He resides in Glendora with his rockstar wife Griffin, and is father to future movie star/cupcake decorator Molly and future super hero/ninja Hudson.
Robert Shields (Acting Instructor) - is a BFA of the Cal Poly Pomona Acting Program and a graduate of the Second City Improv Conservatory in Hollywood. Robert is also a board member of the Southern California Shakespeare Festival and teaches numerous Shakespeare and Improv workshops on their behalf. While a student of Cal Poly, Robert received four Irene Ryan Nominations as well as Renaissance Awards for his success in both the performance and technical aspects of theater. Since his graduation from Cal Poly in 2012, Robert has been directing high school students in performances and education them through workshops. While directing at Arcadia High School Robert’s students received a number of awards, among the a first place finish during the 2013 Shakespearean DTASC out of sixty three schools. Robert has performed in numerous productions, including his portrayal as Hamlet in 2010 which many can attribute to his defining role. Of that production Splash magazine raved “Robert Shields plays an excellent Hamlet; a fantastic energy and voice that resonated throughout the play. His boisterous personality gave Hamlet that quirky appeal that many actors can’t do (or refuse to do).” and “What I loved best about Shields is that he seemed to really understand what he was saying. There have been numerous occasions where, in a Shakespeare play, the actors are just saying the lines because they have no clue what Shakespeare was trying to say. Shields took the ball and ran, and even if he didn’t, he ran a home-run anyways.” Robert has been a part of numerous Shakespearean productions including Macbeth in Macbeth, which performed to shows at The SAE and also Brutus in Julius Caesar. Robert has also performed in numerous shows in Hollywood, most notably as Donald Trump in the critically acclaimed In Trump We Trust. Robert continues to pursue the career of a working actor and strives to bring a modern approach to his acting style of performance and education in order to serve his students in understanding how to succeed in the modern world of performance art.