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 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

About the Conservatory

Industry professionals guide and direct students in all aspects of live performances, including set design, lighting, audio, makeup, props, and costume design to their implementation, from construction to stage management. With approximately 50 crewed shows per year, students receive extensive hands-on training. The Production & Design Conservatory is the backbone of performances at the Orange County School of the Arts.

About the Conservatory
Show Assignments - Fall 2020

Show Assignments - Fall 2020

** 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 Kevin.Cook@ocsarts.net

Victoria Hoyt-Heydon at Victoria.Hoyt-Heydon@ocsarts.net

Ben Penman at Ben.Penman@ocsarts.net

August - December

  Information Pending

 

 

 

August - December

Important Dates - Fall 2020

August

August

Tue, Aug 11 Academic Instruction Begins
Wed, Aug 12 Conservatory Instruction Begins
Fri, Aug 14 P&D Supplies Pickup  2-5 pm
   

September

Thu, Sep 3         Conservatory Professional Development  (No Conservatory)
Fri, Sep 4 Staff Professional Development Day  (No School)
Mon, Sep 7 Labor Day  (School Closed)
Thu, Sep 10 Back-to-School Night  (No Conservatory)
Sep 21-25 Virtual Season Premiere Online Auction
Fri, Sep 25 Virtual Season Premiere Performance  7:00 pm
   
September
October

October

Fri, Oct 2 ESport Competition
Oct 22-23 Virtual College Fair
   

 

November

Wed, Nov 11 Veterans Day  (School Closed)
Nov 23-27 Thanksgiving Break  (School Closed)
   
November
December

December

Dec 14-17 1st Semester Final Exams (No Conservatory)
Fri, Dec 18 Teacher Planning Day (No School)
Dec 21, 2020 - Jan 08, 2021     Winter Break (School Closed)
   

FAQs

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 virtual submission guidelines for specifics.

Expectations

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.

Curriculum

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.

Newsletters

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

September 21, 2020

August 10, 2020

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 thespians@ocsarts.net.

 

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

There are many ways to get involved with P&D. Check back soon for upcoming sign ups.

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!

Please note that these donations should be above and beyond the annual parent Voluntary Contribution Agreement, which provides core funding for the arts conservatory programs.

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 kevin.cook@ocsarts.net 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? 

If you should have any questions or concerns regarding support donations, feel free to contact Kevin Cook at 714-560-0900, ext. 6180 or at kevin.cook@ocsarts.net.

Please note that these donations should be above and beyond the annual parent Voluntary Contribution Agreement, which provides core funding for the arts conservatory programs. 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.

Scholarships

Below are some theatre-specific scholarships. Deadlines vary, it's highly recommend you research these great opportunities now so that when the time comes, you can apply to as many as possible. Also please note: due to COVID-19, some scholarships may not be issued this year, but this list is up-to-date as of press time even if applications have not opened for the 2021–2022 school year.

Educational Theatre Association Scholarships: This group of performing art scholarships is open to students at various levels of theatre study (from graduating high school senior to college senior). ($500–$4,000)

  • The Educational Theatre Association Board of Directors Scholarship is a one-time scholarship created with donations by, and in honor of, past and current members of the EdTA Board of Directors. One applicant will receive a one-time scholarship to be applied to tuition and fees associated with full-time enrollment at an accredited college or university. This award is intended for undergraduate students currently enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university who are upcoming sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Upcoming freshman and graduating seniors are not eligible. Applicants must be Alumni of the International Thespian Society and pursuing a career in theatre education.
  • The Bob and Marti Fowler Future Theatre Educator Scholarship is a one-time scholarship awarded to a student pursuing a theatre education major and who demonstrates leadership qualities, an excellent work ethic, the ability to work effectively as a member of a production team, strong character, academic ability, organizational skills, and experience in different aspects of theatre.
  • The Christopher L. Hunt Scholarship is a one-time scholarship created with donations in honor of the late Chris Hunt, Director of Marketing at EdTA. This scholarship is intended for inducted Thespians who plan to use skills learned through theatre in a career focused on business or marketing.
  • The Educational Theatre Association Presidents’ Leadership Scholarship is a one-time scholarship created with donations from and in honor of past and current EdTA board presidents. This scholarship is intended for inducted Thespians who successfully demonstrate leadership abilities.
  • The Michael J. Peitz Leadership Scholarship is a one-time scholarship awarded to an inducted Thespian of the International Thespian Society, the student honorary organization of the Educational Theatre Association, who successfully demonstrates leadership abilities.
  • The Alan D. Engelsman and Penny Lu Engelsman Scholarship is a one-time scholarship awarded to a high school senior who will be pursuing an education major in theatre, technical theatre, playwriting or English.
  • The Melba Day Henning Scholarship is a one-time scholarship intended to be awarded to an undergraduate student currently enrolled full-time in theatre education study at an accredited college or university who are upcoming juniors or seniors. In addition, part-time or full-time graduate students are also eligible to apply. Applicants must have completed their freshman year to apply.

Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship: 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. ($1,000)

John L. Dales & George Heller Memorial Scholarships: Since its inception, the John L. Dales Scholarship Competition has awarded more than $6 million to more than 1,632 SAG-AFTRA members for study in higher education. Recipients must be experienced members who need further education in theatre at a U.S. accredited university, college, junior college, or trade/vocational school.

Dorian De Long Arts & Music Scholarship: The Dorian De Long Arts and Music Scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school student who intends to pursue advanced education in the study of arts. ($1500–$2000)

Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship: Open to student performers wishing to pursue further education and professional development. This scholarship offers roughly 16 regional awards ($500 each); select recipients are invited to take week-long, expenses-paid trips to Washington, D.C., for courses, and to present their scholarship audition to a panel. The top two will receive $2,500 scholarships.

Nellie Love Butcher Music Scholarship: The Nellie Love Butcher Music Scholarship is a one-time preferred amount of up to $5,000 awarded annually to a male and female music student who is pursuing an education in piano or voice.

National Arts Foundation: YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors, and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions.

Scholarships
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