BHS drAMA cOURSES & iNSTRUCTORS


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 not be repeated for credit.

Technical Theatre      

Year long; 5 credits of 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.

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 not be repeated for credit.

Play Production      

(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.

“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, & Jefferson Elementary Schools.

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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. 
Jose Vasquez is a technician/engineer, producer/composer and teacher with experience in multiple areas of the entertainment industry. In the area of education, Jose has been involved with vocational and occupational programs in Los Angeles, California, developing the Curriculum for the Audio Production Program for the Los Angeles Office of Education and Regional Occupational Program. Jose has been involved with Burbank High School’s Performing Art Groups since 2005. Some of his credits include Night of The Living Dead (Sound Designer/Engineer; Original Score Composer), Viet-nan 101: War on Campus (Sound Designer; Tech Director), Candide (Sound Designer/Engineer; Tech Director); Flowers for Algernon (Sound Designer/Tech Director), Seussical The Musical (Sound Designer/Performer-Show Camp).
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.
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  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.