The Drama department at Oakland Tech is alive with classes, performances, field trips and news!
Each of the drama classes presents at least one production during the school year. Class productions may include student work as well as professionally written plays.
Tech students benefit from the Drama Department’s collaborations with top Bay Area theater professionals such as the California Shakespeare Theater, one of American’s leading Shakespeare repertory companies.
Details on the classes’ performances can be found on each class’s web page.
At Tech, introducing students to a wide variety of theater experiences is an integral part of the drama program. Tech’s drama students take too many field trips each year to list here, going to performances at major and smaller theaters in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. In recent years, students saw blockbusters like “In the Heights,” cutting-edge new drama like Naomi Iizuka’s “Polaroid Stories,” and performances by the California Shakespeare Theater as well as small, intimate performances. They participated in talk-backs with actors and directors, where they were more than once acknowledged from the stage. Students who had never even been to a professional theater performance before got to have dinner and a night at the theater and then meet playwrights, actors and directors after the performance.
And last but not least, Tech’s drama students have performed on the international stage! Winners of the American High School Theater Festival competition, the OakTechRep performed in August 2010 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest theater festival.