The School of Arts & Enterprise Department of Theatre Arts is a highly competitive and rigorous pre-college and professional training ground. Through course work, an intensive and diverse production calendar and small ensemble learning students are given the tools needed to take the theatrical aspirations to the next level. It is the department wide goal to not teach talent, but teach craft, through the learning of the craft, the talent will follow.
High School Theatre Arts Majors take a variety of courses over their 4 years at The School of Arts & Enterprise High School - including Fundamentals of Theatre, Acting I-III, Stage Technology and Design and 4th Year Project. Skills based, Standards Aligned Curriculum includes intense study of Viewpoints, Linklater Voice, The Meisner Technique, Kaufman's Moment Work and hands on, practical experience running state of the art Lighting, Sound and Projection Systems both in a classroom setting and performance environment. The Studio Theatre at The Downtown Center (our resident performance venue) is fully staffed and managed by students of The School of Arts and Enterprise Department of Theatre Arts.
Productions over the last four years have included such diverse offerings as The Laramie Project, Merrily We Roll Along, 13: The Musical, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, Dogfight: The Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, The Exonerated, The Miracle Worker and Fugitive Songs: A Song Cycle. A distinct emphasis at The SAE is the Contemporary American Theatre and Musical Theatre - students perform and study the work of such artists as Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, Adam Rapp, Moises Kaufman, Pasek and Paul, Miller and Tysen, Lin Manuel Miranda, Tracy Letts and more. Students also are exposed to, and assist in the creation of unique devised and original works such as The Middle School Theatre Project, The One Day #Stress Fest, and our Joseph Papp Initiative which encompasses our Free Professional Shakespeare Program and our Free Theatre for Young Audience's. Over the last 3 years The School of Arts and Enterprise has given away over 2,800 to productions of Miss Nelson Is Missing!, Charlotte's Web and Alice In Wonderland. Theatre Arts Majors are frequently offered opportunities to work with professional's through our unique Guest Artist programs and Master Classes.
Alumni from The School of Arts and 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.
The School of Arts and Enterprise Department of Theatre Arts recognizes the need to provide opportunities for students who have had prior theatrical instruction along students who have not had prior training but demonstrate strong natural abilities and a deep dedication to grow as an artist.