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 - Fall 2017



 Sep 9


 FND Season Premier (Balboa Bay Club)

 Crew List        Tech Schedule

 Sep 12-13


 CV Fall Choral Concert (SH)


 rescheduled to

January 20, 2018

 MT Lip Sync (TBA)



 Oct 5, 9-13


 IMCM Concert #1 (Webb)

 Crew List        Tech Schedule

 Oct 14-22, 26-29


 MT 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee (Studio) 

 Crew List        Tech Schedule

 Oct 16-22


 IA James and the Giant Peach (SH)

 Crew List        Tech Schedule

 Oct 28-Nov 5, 9-11  


 MT Drowsy Chaperone (Webb)  *PD Display - 11th-12th Gr

 Crew List        Tech Schedule

 Oct 30-Nov 5, 8-12,  


 ACT Our Town (Studio)

 Crew List        Tech Schedule




 (Oct 28)-Nov 5, 9-11  


 MT Drowsy Chaperone (Webb)  *PD Display - 11th-12th Gr

 Crew List        Tech Schedule

 (Oct 30)-Nov 5, 8-12,  


 ACT Our Town (Studio)

 Crew List        Tech Schedule

 Nov 11-19


 IA Addams Family (SH)  *PD Display - 11th-12th Gr

 Crew List        Tech Schedule updated!

 Nov 12-17


 FND Tree Lighting (Westin South Coast Plaza)

 Crew List        Tech Schedule

 Nov 27-Dec 3, 6-10,


 ACT Waiting for Lefty (Studio)

 Crew List        Tech Schedule

 Nov 27-Dec 1


 CMD Winter Solstice Dance Celebration (Webb)

 Crew List & Tech Schedule

 Nov 30-Dec 2


 CV Opera Scenes (SH)

 Crew List        Tech Schedule


 (Nov 27)-Dec 3, 6-10,   


 ACT Waiting for Lefty (Studio)

 Crew List        Tech Schedule

 (Nov 27)-Dec 1


 CMD Winter Solstice Dance Celebration (Webb)

 Crew List & Tech Schedule

 (Nov 30)-Dec 2


 CV Opera Scenes (SH)

 Crew List        Tech Schedule

 Dec 11-15


 CCD Fall Performance (Webb)

 Crew List & Tech Schedule


Important Dates - Fall 2017



Aug 8-10    On Campus Registration  

Thu, Aug 10


P&D Welcome Pool Party - Anaheim Hills


Tue, Aug 15 First Day of School
Mon, Aug 21 First Day of Conservatory
Fri, Aug 25 Freshman Retreat (On Campus)
Aug 25-26 Thespians - Casting for Santa Ana Cemetary Tours - check Thespians call board on 2nd floor for more info


Mon, Sep 4 Labor Day - No School
Wed, Sep 6 Thespians - 1st Meeting - during lunch in DMS 218
Sep 6-7   Academic Back to School Night - No Conservatory
Thu, Sep 7 Disney Leadership Workshop Field Trip (selected juniors & seniors)
Fri, Sep 8 Professional Development Day - No School
Sep 27-28 Thespians - Showcase Tech/Dress Rehearsals
Fri, Sep 29 Thespians - Showcase Performance SH 6:30 pm
Sep 30-Oct 1 Cirque du Soleil Symposium at Chapman University (selected P&D students)


Tue, Oct 3      P&D Step into the Classroom Back-to-School Event (SH) - 1:30 pm - for parents  RSVP
Wed, Oct 4 Thespians Meeting - during lunch in DMS 218
Sat, Oct 7 Preview Day
Fri, Oct 13 Dodgeball Tournament
Sat, Oct 14 Homecoming Dance - 9th-12th Grade
Sun, Oct 15 Thespians - Dress Rehearsal Santa Ana Cemetary Tour
Sat, Oct 21 Thespians - Santa Ana Cemetary Tour
Oct 26-27 College Fair - No Conservatory
Tue, Oct 31 Halloween  - No Conservatory   *Wear a costume!!


Wed, Nov 1 Thespians Meeting - during lunch in DMS 218
Sat, Nov 4    Preview Day
Fri, Nov 10 Veterans Day (celebrated) - No School
Nov 20-24 Thanksgiving Break - No School
Nov 29-30 VA Winter Market - DMS Plaza


Wed, Dec 6 Thespians Meeting - during lunch in DMS 218
Thu, Dec 14    P&D "Safety Meeting" (Shop) - during conservatory
Dec 18-21 No Conservatory
Dec 19-21 1st Semester Finals
Dec 22 Teacher Planning Day - No School
Dec 25-Jan 5 Winter Break


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.

Fall 2017

Summer 2017

Winter 2017


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, Cemetery Tours in Oct, and Techfest on Feb 10, 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
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



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National Scholarships

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

Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS)

Award Amount: $100-$3,000
Awards Available: multiple
Deadline: October 1, 2017
1. If you are enrolled in high school, you must be a senior.
2. If you are not enrolled in high school (whether you are enrolled in college, are a high school graduate not enrolled in college, or an individual not completing high school), you must be 17 or 18 years old on December 1.
3. You must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or of its official territories unless applying in Jazz.
ARTS is a national program designed to identify, recognize and encourage talented high school seniors and other young artists 17 or 18 years of age in the areas of Dance, Music/Instrumental, Music/Jazz, Music/Voice, Theater, Photography, Film and Video, Visual Arts, and Writing. The ARTS program recognizes these young people with the following opportunities to let their talents shine: ARTS Week - An all-expenses-paid week in Miami in January consisting of master classes, workshops, discussions, performances, exhibitions and interaction between 125 young artists and panels of distinguished artists. An evaluation of each artist's work by experts in the field. Scholarships - Access to scholarships offered by NFAA's Scholarship List Service subscribers. Unrestricted cash grants from $100-$3,000 each. Nominations to the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. NFAA's ongoing support of its alumni through various internships and career advancement programs. The ARTS program is sanctioned by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). 


National YoungArts Foundation

Award Amount: varies – up to $10,000

Deadline: Oct 13, 2017 at 11:59 EST

The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison. 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—such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sarah Brightman, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Rebecca Walker and Carrie Mae Weems—and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions.

Additionally, YoungArts Winners are eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence. U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts receive a Presidential Medal at the White House and perform and exhibit at the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian.

   Design Arts Requirements


Rose Brand Scholarship Program

Award Amount: up to $5,000

Deadline: November 28, 2017

Designed to ensure that those who excel in set design and technical production are not overlooked when it comes to financial support, the Rose Brand Scholarship Program provides up to $5,000 to undergraduate and graduate students who are seeking theatre careers by studying scenic design at an accredited U.S. university. Selection will be based on faculty recommendations, photographs/descriptions of projects, essay responses, and expected promise as a theatre professional.


Rose Brand Scholarship Program
4 Emerson Lane
Secaucus, NJ 07094
(201) 809-1730


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.


Gordon Hay Scholarship

Award Amount: $5,000
Awards Available: 1
Deadline: March 9, 2018

The $5,000 Gordon Hay Scholarship is a merit-based award for an extraordinary graduating high school senior who is planning to pursue a non-performing career within the performing arts field and demonstrates a personal drive for excellence, scholarly accomplishment, and community engagement.

Students must be planning a career in a non-performance area of the performing arts including but not limited to music composition or musical direction; orchestration; choreography; playwriting; set, costume, lighting or sound design; arts administration; stage management; production management; technical direction.

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


Kacy Connon

345 N. College St.

Charlotte, NC 28202



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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