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Cultivating Creativity Through Theater Arts
Aragon High School Drama strives to be a welcoming space for students to explore self expression through the arts of acting and technical theater. Shane Smuin, Aragon’s Director of Theater, believes that theater is a conservatory: a safe space where self expression and personal growth is cultivated, encouraged, and developed.
In Aragon’s Beginning Drama class, students begin the process of self expression through theater games, monologues, scenes, published plays, and original projects.
In Advanced Drama, students deepen their understanding through advanced improvisational work, classical monologues and scripts. Through our partnership with Silicon Valley TheatreWorks, students work with professional playwrights to write their own short plays culminating in an on-stage final performance by professional actors. At the conclusion of the year, the students perform and produce a One-Act Musical.
In Technical Theater, students learn practical hands-on skills and techniques for the creation of sets, designed by Fred Eiras, professional Set Designer, for Aragon Performing Arts’ main stage productions. Through this process, they gain a deeper understanding of the technical and design elements of theater.