Course Offerings
The Arts


The College Prep Drama program welcomes students of all skill levels and backgrounds.
Our productions strive for high artistic excellence while offering exciting and creative opportunities. There are two major drama productions every year—one in the fall and another in spring—where students shine both on stage as actors and behind the scenes as the technical crew.

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  • Acting

    This class introduces the fundamentals involved in the art of acting. Participants develop spontaneity, imagination, and the expressive use of the body and voice through improvisation, games, and scene studies. Students work towards a showcase event in the spring. This class also provides a foundation for those interested in participating in drama productions.
  • Drama Performance

    College Prep’s drama productions span a great variety of theatrical styles and time periods. Every production is a unique adventure for the cast and tech crew. Past productions include: The Tempest, Guys and Dolls, Inherit the Wind, Cyrano de Bergerac, Jane Eyre, All Shook Up, A Tale of Two Cities, Shrek the Musical, The Winter’s Tale, The Imaginary Invalid, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail and The Drowsy Chaperone. Every other year the spring drama production is a musical. No prior acting experience is required; enrollment and casting are by audition, usually held in the first week of each semester.
  • Stagecraft

    Students acquire hands-on experience with a wide variety of tools and techniques commonly used in the creation of theatrical productions. This class is designed to develop “can do” confidence when working with physical materials, to nurture artistic sensibility, and to encourage students to have fun with the creative process. Projects include carpentry, stage lighting, metalwork, sound design, mask-making, scenic paint techniques, theatrical makeup, and stage design.
  • Drama Tech

    Students design and create all of the technical aspects of the College Prep drama production. The class begins by reading the play, discussing it with the director, and determining the look and feel. Drama Tech students then create the sets, props, costumes, light, and sound for the play. During performances, class members crew the show backstage and in the tech booth. No prior tech experience is required.

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  • Photo of Molly Aaronson-Gelb

    Molly Aaronson-Gelb 98

    Drama Teacher
  • Photo of Charles Neifeld

    Charles Neifeld 

    510-652-0111 x232

mens conscia recti

a mind aware of what is right