Director's Message

Parents and Students,

Welcome to the Production & Design family! We are excited that you are joining us on this education journey. To make life easier for everyone, we have developed this information portal for the Production & Design Conservatory, and we know you will find the information useful and helpful as you become more involved in the school and conservatory. This will be the main source of information about show assignments, upcoming events, scholarships, and outside opportunities. We will also communicate via Aeries email, newsletters, Facebook, and SignUpGenius. Everything moves very rapidly at OCSA, and communication is a big part of keeping everything moving effectively. Please check this page frequently for the most current information.

Welcome and Thank You!

Kevin Cook, aka "Captain"
Director of Production & Design

Director's Message
About the Conservatory

About the Conservatory

For each performer on stage, there are several artists working behind the scenes. Under the direction of industry professionals, students in the Production & Design Conservatory create and control the lighting, audio, costume, make-up, and scenery design for all the school’s performances and events. The students work in a professional environment using advanced equipment, including Protools Audio and ETC Lighting. With more than 200 performances each year, students receive extensive hands-on training.

Show Assignments - Fall 2019

Show Assignments - Fall 2019

** Show crew assignments and tech schedules are subject to change. Please check this page frequently for any updates or changes.**

In case of emergency, please contact:

Kevin Cook at

Victoria Hoyt-Heydon at

Ben Penman at



  Oct 3-19


 MT Quilters (Studio)

 Crew List & Tech Schedule

 Oct 9-19


 PM 80's vs 90's (Webb)

 Crew List & Tech Schedule




 Nov 1-9



 MT 9 to 5 (Webb)

 Crew List & Tech Schedule 

 *Need 11th-12th grade student works for display in Webb*

  Nov 1-16


 ACT Charley's Aunt (Studio)

 Crew List & Tech Schedule

  Nov 16-23


 IA All Shook Up (SH)

 Crew List & Tech Schedule

 *Need 9th-12th grade student works for display in SH*

  Nov 17-23


 FND Tree Lighting (SCP Costa Mesa)

  Crew List & Tech Schedule

  Nov 18-22

 CCD Fall Dance Concert (Webb)

 Crew List & Tech Schedule

  Nov 30-Dec 1


 FND Tree Lighting (BBC Newport Beach)

 Crew List & Tech Schedule





  (Nov 30)-Dec 1


 FND Tree Lighting (BBC Newport Beach)

 Crew List & Tech Schedule

  Dec 2-14


 ACT Three Stories (Studio)

 Crew List & Tech Schedule

  Dec 5-6


 CV Opera Scenes (SH)

 Crew List & Tech Schedule

  Dec 9-13

 CMD Winter Solstice (Webb)

 Crew List & Tech Schedule



Important Dates - Fall 2019


  Tue-Thu, Aug 6-8  On-Campus Registration
  Thu, Aug 8  P&D Welcome Pool Party  RSVP
  Tue, Aug 13  1st Day of School
  Mon, Aug 20  1st Day of Conservatory
  Wed-Thu, Aug 28-29  Picture Makeup Day


  Mon, Sep 2  Labor Day - No School
  Tue-Thu, Sep 3-5    No Conservatory
  Wed, Sep 4   Academic Back-to-School, A-K
  Thu, Sep 5  Academic Back-to-School, L-Z
  Fri, Sep 6  No School
  Sun, Sep 15  P&D Flea Market Flip Sale - Veterans Memorial Stadium, Long Beach
  Thu-Fri, Sep 19-20    OCSA College Fair
  Sun, Sep 22  P&D Faculty-Parents Meet & Greet Luncheon - Parents Only - Yoshino Home, Orange, CA  RSVP


  Thu, Oct 3  P&D Step-into-the-Classrsoom
  Sat, Oct 5  OCSA Preview Day
  Sat, Oct 12  Homecoming Dance - 9th-12th Grade
  Thu, Oct 31  Halloween - No Conservatory


  Fri, Nov 1  No School
  Sat, Nov 2  OCSA Preview Day
  Mon, Nov 11  Veterans' Day - No School
  Thu, Nov 21  Tree Lighting - Westin Hotel, South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
  Nov 25-29  Thanksgiving Break - No School


  Sat, Dec 7  OCSA Preview Day
  Thu, Dec 12  P&D Safety Meeting - during Conservatory
  Dec 16-19  No Conservatory
  Tue-Thu, Dec 17-19   1st Semester Final Exams
  Fri, Dec 20  Teacher Planning Day - No School
  Dec 23, 2019-Jan 3, 2020    Winter Break - No School


Captain's Rules

  • All School rules and regulations are always in force in all conservatory classes, activities or productions.
  • Block 8 - 2:15 to 3:25 pm
  • Block 9 - 3:35 to 4:45 pm
  • You will be respectful and follow the directions from all school administration, teachers and staff members at all times.
  • Treat fellow students, crew and cast members with respect at all times.
  • Interfering with fellow students’ right to learn is not tolerated.
  • Be prepared for all classes, conservatory and academic with the necessary materials.
  • Follow each instructor’s classroom rules no matter if they are different from other teachers.
  • Dress in appropriate clothing and footwear for each class and production assignment. (sandals/open toed shoes are never permitted; no sunglasses in class.)
  • Multi-tools and pocket knives are “tools” that may only be used during conservatory. They must be stored in your conservatory classrooms only! Speak to conservatory teachers about where you can store these tools. They are not to be carried or out at any other times.
  • Clean-up after yourselves in all classes and crew assignments.
  • Check the P&D call board, Aeries emails, social media (Facebook, Instagram), and/or this P&D webpage for updated information and announcements.
  • No food is allowed in any of the classrooms and theaters, including backstage or FOH control areas.
  • Show blacks are required for all crew assignments from final dress rehearsal to the last performance.
  • Check out with the stage manager and/or staff supervisor before leaving any crew assignment or activity.

Class Rules

1.  Be prepared for class.

2.  Interact in a respectful manner with fellow students and teacher.

3.  Add constructive comments and thoughts to classroom discussions or activities.

4.  Help other students and teacher daily in classroom activities.

5.  Have necessary materials to take notes or work on during classroom activities and assignments. (notebook, paper, pencil, crescent wrench and class handouts)

Display Guidelines

Periodically, we request "display-ready artwork" to highlight the artistry of P&D students. View the submission guidelines for specifics.


ALL students are expected to fully participate and produce the best work possible in classes and in shows. Accountability and timeliness are paramount.

Early is on time. On time is late. Late is unacceptable.

Do what you say you're gonna do.


Building upon basic, foundational courses in junior high, the high school classes explore the various disciplines within Production and Design, where they develop invaluable skills immediately useful in "the real world." Click here to see the curriculum.

Show Requirements


ALL high school students are required to work per semester 1 major show and 2 smaller shows OR 2 major shows.

8th grade students will have the opportunity to shadow shows (talk to Captain) and to work the junior high Musical Theatre production History in the Making during the spring semester.


Stay informed by reading Behind the Scenes, the conservatory newsletter.

Fall 2019

Summer 2019

Winter 2019

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

International Thespian Society (ITS)

The International Thespian Society (ITS) is an honorary organization for high school & middle school students, commending student achievement in the theatre arts. High school inductees are known as Thespians & middle school inductees are Junior Thespians.

Troupe 6826 is the theatre honor society for OCSA. Members come from all conservatories, including P&D. In addition to competing at festivals, performing at cemetery tours, fundraising, collecting food (TOTs Can Eat), performing at the Annual Thespian Showcase, students must maintain high grades & participate onstage or behind the scenes for OCSA productions.

Tech Components include:

1-Automatic placement into the Southern California Leadership and Tech Conference (great opportunity to learn and network)

2-Special opportunities to be part of Tech Crew for Thespian Showcase

3-Special college audition and scholarship opportunities at the International Festival

For more information about OCSA Thespian Society, please contact


International Thespian Society (ITS)
State of the Art

State of the Art

Give your child a "shout out" for achievements outside of OCSA--or even OCSA-affiliated--that you're proud of (i.e., worked on a show/production, achievements in scouting or athletics, earned a scholarship/award, etc.). Submissions are published monthly via email from Dr. Ralph Opacic. Click the button below to fill out the form.

Volunteer and Donations Opportunities
Gina Davidson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Gina Davidson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Gina Davidson was a much-loved P&D conservatory teacher who taught 8th grade Stagecraft II. She passed away unexpectedly just before the start of the school year in the fall of 2015. Her family initiated a scholarship in her memory to one or two deserving P&D students in 2016, 2017, and 2018, in amounts of $500 or $1,000.

We are continuing that tradition by inviting monetary donations of any size from P&D families, alumni and friends of P&D to specifically support P&D students as they move on to higher education. Lots of littles make a huge difference!

Kindly note that this donation is not part of the Parent Funding Agreement (PFA).

The Orange County School of the Arts is organized as a non-profit organization under IRS code 501(c) (3). Our Tax ID# is 33-0891574. All cash donations are fully tax deductible as provided by law.

Contact P&D Director Kevin Cook at or call 714.560.0900 ext. 6180 with any questions, comments or donations.


General Support Donations

Would you like to support Production & Design by making a cash donation? 

I you should have any questions or concerns regarding support donations, feel free to contact Kevin Cook at 714-560-0900, ext. 6180 or at

Please note that support donations are not part of the Parent Funding Agreement (PFA). The Orange County School of the Arts is organized as a non-profit organization under IRS code 501(c)(3) our Tax ID is 33-0891574.
All cash donations are fully tax deductible as provided by law.



Follow us on Instagram. @ocsapd

National Scholarships

Click on each scholarship name for more information or to apply.

California Educational Theatre Association Scholarships (CETA)

Application Deadline: varies

Amount: varies

CETA provides high school and college student scholarships, as well as funds to assist teachers to participate in CETA events. CETA scholarships are made possible by individual donations to the CETA Scholarship Fund. Monies available determine the amount of each scholarship.

Charlotte Motter Scholarship
This scholarship is for a high school senior who plans a career in theatre education.

Mario Lomeli Scholarship
In partnership with the Drama Teachers of Southern California, this scholarship has been created for an outstanding student participant of the CETA Southern High School Theatre Festivals and DTASC Festivals.

Vivian “Bish” Edwards Scholarship
The grant is given to a high school senior from southern California who plans to major or minor in theatre in their post-secondary education with the goal of becoming a theatre educator.

Kaleta Brown Community College Scholarship
This annual scholarship is offered to a community college student who is transferring to a theatre program at an institution of higher learning.

This scholarship is for a high school senior who plans to pursue a degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Costume Design.
CETA Senior Scholarship Auditions
CETA Senior Auditions is a chance for high school seniors in the state of CA to audition for college scholarship money. Scholarships awarded to participants in the CETA Southern High School Theatre Festival for both Acting and Technical Theatre.



Hope College Distinguished Artist Awards - Theatre

Application Deadline: Varies

Amount: $10,000

Each year at Hope College, up to 60 Distinguished Artist Award (DAA) scholarships are given to students with strong academic records and outstanding creative abilities in art, dance, music, theatre or creative writing. Renewable for four years, the DAA's provide eligible students with $2,500 each year toward their college costs. DAA recipients also take part in a variety of opportunities set up to increase their creative experience and technical knowledge in their chosen field.

Application requirements: Audition and/or design-technical portfolio presentation and interview. On-campus auditions are in February. Students unable to attend the on-campus auditions should contact the theatre department for other options.

Eligibility: Students must minor or major in theatre.

For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.


Michelle Bombe
Hope College Office of Financial Aid
174 E. 11th St.
Holland, MI 49423


The Fulbright Program

Application Deadline: Varies

Amount: Varies

The Fulbright Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide and has provided approximately 310,000 participants with the opportunity to study, teach, or conduct research in each others' countries and exchange ideas. Fulbright eligibility requirements vary by program and country of citizenship. For specific contact information, eligibility requirements and limits on the number of awards by country, please see the participating countries page.

For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.


Scholarship Committee

National Scholarships

Welcome Pool Party 2019

We found 4 events in December 2019

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Coming up in January