Director's Message

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 School Loop 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

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 180 performances each year, students receive extensive hands-on training.

About the Conservatory

Show Assignments - Spring 2018

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

Show Assignments - Spring 2018


  (Feb 19)-Mar 4


CW/ACT One Acts (SH)

Crew List & Tech Schedule

  Mar 5-9


CMD Senior Conservatory Concert (Webb)                          

Crew List   Tech Schedule

  Mar 12-16


CCD Spring Concert (Webb)

Crew List & Tech Schedule   Updated!

  Mar 23


Gala Load In (Hotel Irvine)

Crew List   Crews Call Times-Load In

  Mar 24


Gala (Hotel Irvine)

Crew List   Crew Call Times-Strike




  Apr 9-15

CV Opera Production (SH)

Crew List & Tech Schedule  Updated!

  Apr 16-21


ID Ballet Folklorico Spring Concert (Webb)

Crew List & Tech Schedule  Updated!

  Apr 21-29


ACT A Midsummer Night's Dream (DMS Courtyard)    

Crew List   Tech Schedule

  Apr 22-29


MT Jasper in the Deadland (SH)

Crew List & Tech Schedule

  Apr 23-28


ID Ballroom Showcase  (Webb)

Crew List & Tech Schedule

  Apr 30-May 4


CMD Student Expressions (Webb)

Crew List   Tech Schedule

  Apr 30-May13      

MT History in the Making (SH)

Crew List   Tech Schedule





  (Apr 30)-May 4


CMD  Student Expressions (Webb)

Crew List   Tech Schedule

  (Apr 30)-May13      

MT History in the Making (SH)

Crew List   Tech Schedule

  May 7-12


IA Middle School Showcase (Studio)

Crew List   Tech Schedule

  May 7-12


IMCM Concert #4 (Webb)

Crew List   Tech Schedule

  May 29-30


Season Finale (Segerstrom Center for the Arts)

Crew List   Tech Schedule



Important Dates - Spring 2018


  Mon, Jan 8 Staff Development Day - No School
  Tue, Jan 9 School Resumes
  Tue, Jan 9 NYC Field Trip Information Meeting - 11:20 am in DMS 218
  Sat, Jan 13 Preview Day
  Mon, Jan 15 Martin Luther King Day - No School
  Wed, Jan 17       Thespians General Assembly Meeting - during lunch in DMS 218

  Mon, Jan 22   


P&D Roundtable - Symphony Hall 6:00-8:00 pm


  Thu, Jan 25 Junior Thespian Showcase - DMS 218


  Sat, Feb 3 Junior Thespian Festival - Claremont, CA
  Wed, Feb 7 Parent Funding Meeting - Webb Theatre 7:00 pm
  Sat, Feb 10 Winter Formal - 9th-12th grades
  Mon, Feb 12       Parent Funding Meeting - Webb Theatre 5:30 pm
  Wed, Feb 14  Valentine's Day
  Wed, Feb 14 Thespians General Assembly Meeting - during lunch in DMS 218
  Feb 16 & 19 Presidents' Day - No School


  Thu, Mar 1      Conservatory Leadership Staff Meeting - No Conservatory
  Sun, Mar 11 Daylight Savings - Spring Forward 1 Hour
  Wed, Mar 14       Thespians General Assembly Meeting - during lunch in DMS 218

  Fri, Mar 23



Staff Development Day - No School

GALA Setup Hotel Irvine

Water Donations & Parent Volunteers

  Sat, Mar 24



GALA Hotel Irvine

GALA Strike - 9:30 pm

Water Donations & Parent Volunteers

  Mar 29-31 California State Thespian Festival, Highlander Auditorium, Upland CA


  Apr 2-6 Spring Break - No School

  Apr 10-12


New Student Welcome - DMS Plaza 6:30-7:30 pm


  Wed, Apr 18        Thespians General Assembly Meeting - during lunch in DMS 218
  Sat, Apr 21 El Toro Historical Tour (Thespians)


  Sat, May 5 Prom - 9th-12th grades
  Wed, May 9 Thespians General Assembly Meeting - during lunch in DMS 218

  Mon, May 21      


P&D Awards Night & Flashlight Ceremony - Symphony Hall 5:00 pm


  Thu, May 24 Last Day of Conservatory
  Mon, May 28 Memorial Day - No School
  Tue, May 29 No School
  Wed, May 30 Teacher Planning Day / Season Finale at Segerstrom   Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa - No School
  Thu, May 31 Thespian Banquet - location TBA


  Jun 4-6 2nd Semester Final Exams
  Wed, Jun 6         Last Day of School
  Thu, Jun 7 Graduation - Class of 2018
  Jun 12-17 NYC Field Trip


Captain's Rules

  • All School rules and regulations are always in force in all conservatory classes, activities or productions.
  • Block 8 – 2:15 to 3:30pm
  • Block 9- 3:35 to 4:50
  • 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 Production and Design call board and/or School Loop for updated information and announcements.
  • No food is allowed in any of the 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)


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.

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.

Spring 2018

Fall 2017

Summer 2017

Winter 2017


New York City Field Trip

ALL spots have been filled for this year's School of Theatre New York City field trip!

Open to all School of Theatre students from OCSA or CSArts-SGV who have completed their junior year (going into senior year) or graduating senior, this jam-packed 6 day adventure begins on June 12, 2018 and returns on June 17, 2018. Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Ellis Island, Times Square, One World Trade Center Observatory, and the National September 11 Memorial. In between sightseeing, they also take part in a theatrical workshop, tour a couple of performing arts colleges, and attend several Broadway shows.

Questions may be emailed to group leader Mr. Donald Amerson at

This trip happens every other year.

New York City Field Trip
International Thespian Society (ITS)

International Thespian Society (ITS)

ITS is OCSA's Theatre honor society for middle and high school students interested in theatre arts. Students from all conservatories are encouraged to join for an exciting year of performances, competitions, workshops and field trips. As members of ITS, students may be honored on a national level and have access to resources beyond those of the school.

Junior Thespian troupe includes students in grades 7-8 who have completed at least 50 hours of excellent work.

Thespian troupe includes students in grades 9-12 who have completed at least 100 hours of excellent work.

Troupe meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month, starting on Sep 6, 2017, during lunchtime in DMS 218. We're working towards the Thespians Showcase on Sep 29, 2017; Cemetery Tours in Oct 2017; Junior Festival in Claremont, CA, on Feb 3, 2018; and CA State Thespian Festival on Mar 29-31, 2018.

For more information about OCSA Thespian Society troupe, fill out the OCSA Thespian Society Information Form or contact Mr. Donald Amerson at

New Swan Shakespeare Festival

The New Swan Apprentice Program at UC Irvine offers opportunities to work side-by-side with theater professionals in summer Shakespearean productions. Two productions open at the same time and rotate nightly throughout the summer. Interns learn the nuts and bolts of a professional theater operation and can use this experience as a springboard for future employment and/or college applications. 

Applications for its 2018 Apprentice Program are now being accepted. Program runs from June 25 (first tech) to September 1 (closing night) from 5:30 pm – 11 pm, with additional hours available assisting with sets, props, lights, or costumes.

Click on the button below for specific apprenticeship descriptions. Visit to learn more about New Swan Shakespeare.

New Swan Shakespeare Festival

Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas (SILV)

** What panelist Chris Stokes of ETC mentioned at the 2018 Annual Roundtable.**

SILV is a summer program opportunity--like a technical theatre summer camp--in the Las Vegas area for students (and adults) to attain some knowledge and hands-on training using the latest and emerging technologies. For more program information and cost, click on the button below.

Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas (SILV)
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
Corporate Community Outreach Grant

Corporate Community Outreach Grant

If you have contacts at your place of employment that can provide corporate donations, please email Parent Rep Gary Yoshino at or call 714.915.7564 or email P&D Director Kevin Cook at

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.



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National Scholarships

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


California Educational Theatre Association Scholarships (CETA)

Award Amount: varies

Deadline: 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.


Henry & Joyce W. Sumid Scholarship

Award Amount: $5,000
Awards Available: see description
Deadline: April 30, 2018
The Henry and Joyce W. Sumid Scholarship is available to high school seniors and college students interested in studying theatre arts and whose legal residence is within these states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

You must be able to demonstrate financial neediness to be eligible for a Sumid Scholarship.

- Please submit a statement of financial need. Include specific information regarding: Information on your anticipated income, information on your savings or other assets that could be used towards tuition and other education costs, monies that parents, guardians or others will provide for your education/further training, the estimated costs of your education and/or normal living expenses, and any other pertinent information on your financial condition
- Please submit a SAR (Student Aid Report) w/EFC (Expected Family Contribution)from the FAFSA (if not available, please provide an explanation)
-Social Security Numbers included on any documents must be blacked out (if SSN's are visible, the application will be rejected)
-Please submit an essay of 500 words or less on why you think you deserve this scholarship
- You must be a student in good standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Please submit 3 letters of recommendation - One letter of recommendation should be from a theatre instructor
- Please submit a resume: actors must submit a complete resume of all roles that you have played, designers must submit photographs of their work or a DVD of produced designs uploaded to our application site or by URL address, directors must submit a complete listing of all shows they have worked on and the position held on each production, technicians must submit a complete listing of all shows worked on outlining positions held and the equipment with which they are experienced, playwrights must submit a one page synopsis, plus a ten page example by February (after review by Sumid Scholarship committee, finalists will be asked to submit a full script by March
- Submissions must be sent via email

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



Pasadena Playhouse Alumni & Associates

P.O. Box 398

Pasadena, CA 91102



Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Award Amount: $1,000

Awards Available: 1


The Against The Grain Artistic Scholarship provides financial assistance and promotion of Asian-American college students pursuing a major in the performing, visual arts, journalism and/or mass communications. Scholarship Winners will be invited to attend our annual charity event, Fashion for a Passion, held in Fall in Dallas, Texas.

- Must be of at least 50% Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity
- Must be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S
- Must be either a high school senior or a college student currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. vocational, junior college, or four-year college/university and must be a full-time, degree-seeking student by the upcoming academic calendar year and pursuing a major in the visual/performing arts (film, theatre, fashion, photography, graphic design, dance, music, journalism, mass communications, etc.)
- Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Family members of Board members are ineligible

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


Scholarship Committee

3839 McKinney Ave. Ste. 155-231

Dallas, TX 75204




Vectorworks Design Scholarship

Award Amount: $10,000
Awards Available: see description
Deadline: July 15, 2018


Scholarship Description

The program supports promising students on two levels. First, Vectorworks Design Scholarships will be presented to multiple winners around the globe. Prize packages include $3,000, Vectorworks Designer with Renderworks software for a computer lab at the winner's school and virtual or in-person training for faculty and students. Second, all Vectorworks Design Scholarship recipients will compete for The Richard Diehl Award. The winner will receive an additional $7,000. Acceptable areas of study include: architecture, engineering, construction, environmental design, urban design, urban planning, interior design, graphic design, landscape architecture, landscape design, lighting design, industrial design, machine design, theater design, scenic design, event planning, exhibit design, and woodworking. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.



Scholarship Committee

7150 Riverwood Drive

Columbia, MD 21046


National Scholarships

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