• Welcome to Burbank High School's Drama Department

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    Want to fall in love? 

    Come see Almost Maine!

    In conjunction with Maine Reflections – a BHS student art exhibit

    March 13, 14, 20, & 21 At the Colony Theater

    Tickets on sale now: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4447459

    Almost Maine

     

    The BHS 2019-2020 Drama Season

    Alice in Wonderland – Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12

    Children’s Theatre in the Wolfson Auditorium!

    Ghost Light – Dec 11 & 12

    Staged-reading of a new work by playwright Stephen Gregg.

    Presented by Advanced Drama 2.  7PM in room 2101

    Drama 2 Scene Showcase – Dec. 13th

    6:30PM in room 2101

    Disneylogues – February 14th

    Original monologues performed by Drama 2.

    7PM in room 2101

    Almost Maine at the Colony Theater – March 13, 14, 20, 21

    A heart-warming work about love by the Play-Production class

    7PM at the Colony. 555 N. 3rd St., Burbank

    Short Film screening – March/April TBD

    Original works by Adv. Drama 2 & Adv. Video Production

    Kids on Stage – April 30 & May 1

    Sketch comedy by Play Production

    7PM in room 2101

    A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room – May 7

    An Adv. Drama 2 workshop presentation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play

    7PM in room 2101

    Tennessee William’s The Glass Menagerie – May 8

    A Drama 2 workshop showing of this American classic

    7PM in room 2101


    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 program. This course surveys many aspects of the theatre arts including basic terminology, improvisation, acting, pantomime, stage combat, theatre history, performance analysis, character creation, and scriptwriting.  This course may be repeated for credit.

    Drama II (UC approved) year long; 5 credits per semester; Grade 9-12.

    Prerequisites: Completion of Drama II with a “B” or higher is recommended; an audition is required, and admittance approval is by instructor only.

    Drama II is an intermediate 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 course, students study many aspects of the theatre arts in greater depth and detail than in Drama I.  Drama II includes scene showcases and/or “workshop” productions of iconic works. This course may be repeated for credit.

    Advanced Drama II (UC approved) year long; 5 credits per semester; Grade 10-12.

    Prerequisites: Completion of Drama II with a “B” or higher is recommended; an audition is required, and admittance approval is by instructor only.

    Similar to Drama II, this intermediate course places particular emphasis on developing the student’s acting skills, as well as the exploring the art of scriptwriting.  This course may be repeated for credit.

    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 covers 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 10- 12.

    Prerequisites: Completion of Drama II or Adv. Drama II with a “B” or higher is recommended; an audition is required, and admittance approval is by instructor only.

    “Play-Pro” is the highest-level theatre course of the Drama Program; designed for only the most accomplished and dedicated theatre student.  In this class, students apply what they’ve learned in earlier Drama courses as they develop and perform public theatrical presentations. The course may also explore directing and scriptwriting, as well as contain various workshops with professional guest artists.  Many hours of work outside of class are required. This course may be repeated for credit.

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    Drama 2 “Time Travelers” regularly visit Miller, Emerson, and Jefferson Elementary Schools.


    Teaching Artists

    Donovan Glover

    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.
    Karen Broderick

    Karen Broderick teaches Technical Theatre to an award-winning group of techies, and has enjoyed seeing the BHS Theatre Department grow.  After developing students’ skills, she is ever proud to collaborate with them on major show set and lighting design.  She has in the past designed for Spamalot, The Crucible, Little Shop of Horrors, The Imaginary Invalid, Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Nights Dream, to name a few.

    Mama J

    Patricia Jahangiri (Costume & Prop Design): Affectionately known to all as “Mama J,” Patricia has spent nearly twenty years designing for and sharing life lessons with aspiring young artists.  Mama J is the mother in the mother/son team of Creative Elements – a full, theatrical service for costumes, sets and props.  She teaches costume design at LACHSA, and is the resident designer to five performing arts high schools in the Greater Los Angeles area.  Mama J is a mentor for the LA Shakespeare Center, and costume designer for Broadway Bound NYC.

    Maria McCann  

    Maria McCann-Glover (Acting Coach): Maria is a UCLA Theatre alumnus who has appeared on shows like E.R., Shameless, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, Lucifer, and All About the Washingtons.  She’s especially honored to work closely with the brave and invested actors in Play-Production.  Maria is the proud wife of Donovan Glover, as well as a ukulele fan and soccer mom for daughters Grace and Gwyneth.


    For more information, or to donate to our program, please email DonovanGlover@burbankusd.org

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