Welcome to Burbank High School's Drama Department
For volunteer information, or to donate to our program, please email DonovanGlover@burbankusd.org
Donovan Glover is thrilled to be teaching and directing theatre at BHS! Glover graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from UCLA's School of Theatre, Film, & Television. He earned his MFA in writing from Naropa University, in Colorado, and his English Language Arts teaching credential from Cal State LA. As a teacher/director, Glover emphasizes diligence and specificity in developing each student’s individual voice and craft. Glover is an award-winning actor, director, and playwright. He’s also a novelist and screenwriter. He has directed in theaters throughout Los Angeles and, most recently, in Off-Broadway’s Soho Playhouse. He lives in Burbank with his wife, daughters, and not-so-bright dog, Penny.
For more info on our program, please contact DonovanGlover@burbankusd.org.
Karen Broderick teaches Technical Theatre to an award winning group of techies.
Classes and Course Descriptions
Drama I (UC approved) year long; 5 credits per semester; Grade 9-12, Prerequisites: None.
Drama I is the introductory course of the drama program. During the two semesters of the class, students will explore several aspects of the theatre arts including acting, directing, technical theatre, theatre history and literature and how to critically analyze a script or performance. This course may be repeated for credit.
Drama II (UC approved) year long; 5 credits per semester; Grade 9-12
Prerequisites: Completion of Drama I with a grade of “B” or higher (recommended); admittance approval by instructor (required); an audition may be required. This course may be repeated for credit. Drama II is the intermediate theatre course of the drama program. Designed to go beyond the needs of the general student, the instructor will only admit students into this class who are deemed to be capable of more advanced theatrical work. During the two semesters of the class, students will study the many aspects of the theatre arts in greater depth and detail than in Drama I. A particular emphasis will be placed on developing the student’s acting skills, as well as the exploration of playwriting. Drama II includes scene showcases and/or a “workshop” production of an iconic work.
Technical Theatre year long; 5 credits of Fine Arts/Practical Arts Credit per semester; Grade 10-12, Prerequisites: None. Students will learn the behind-the-scene skills necessary to be part of a stage crew. The course will cover stage management, set design and construction, lighting, and script analysis. This class may be repeated for credit.
Play Production (UC approved) year long; 5 credits per semester; Grade 9- 12
Prerequisites: Completion of Drama II with a grade of “B” or higher recommended); admittance approval by instructor (required); an audition may be required. This course may be repeated for credit. Play Production is the advanced theatre course of the Drama Program. Designed for only the most accomplished and dedicated theatre student, this two-semester class is all about applying what the student has learned in the earlier drama courses in the program to actually producing and performing theatrical presentations for the public. Many hours of work outside of class are required. This course may be repeated for credit.