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 2017



Mar 1-5


MT Footloose (Webb) 9th-10th

Crew List & Tech Schedule

Mar 17-18


GALA - Load In (Hotel Irvine)

Crew List        Tech Schedule

Mar 18


GALA - Show (Hotel Irvine)

Crew List        Tech Schedule

Mar 20-26,

Mar 31-Apr 2            

CW/ACT Play Festival (Studio Theatre)

Crew List & Tech Schedule

Mar 20-26


IA Actors High School Showcase (SH)

Crew List & Tech Schedule

Mar 27-Apr 2          


IA Actors Middle School Showcase (Event Center)

Crew List & Tech Schedule

Mar 29-31


CV Operetta (SH)

Crew List & Tech Schedule



May 1-5


CCD Spring Concert (Webb)

Crew List & Tech Schedule

May 1-7


MT Broadway Bound (SH)

Crew List & Tech Schedule

May 9-13


CM Purple Rain (Webb)

Crew List & Tech Schedule

May 15-19           


CMD Emerging Expressions (Webb)

Crew List & Tech Schedule

May 30- Jun 4       


IA Willie Wonka (SH)

Crew List & Tech Schedule

Important Dates - Spring 2017


Fri, Mar 10      Progress Reports Available Online   
Fri, Mar 17 Gala Prep - No school
Sat, Mar 18 Gala - Hotel Irvine


Apr 10-14      Spring Break - No school
Fri, Apr 28 Progress Reports Available Online 


May 1-12      AP Testing
Mon, May 8 P&D Roundtable / Industry Panel
Thu, May 25 Last Day of Conservatory
Sat, May 27 Season Finale - Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Mon, May 29 Memorial Day - 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 3:30pm
  • 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 and to work the junior high Musical Theatre production Broadway Bound during the spring semester.


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

Winter 2017

Summer 2017

International Thespian Society (ITS)

ITS is OCSA's Theatre honor society, and students can earn induction based on their achievements in the Theatre program. As members of ITS, students will 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.

For more information about OCSA Thespian Society troupe, please contact Wendy Tobiska at (until June 2017) and Donald Amerson at (beginning Fall 2017).

To be eligible for lifetime Junior Thespian membership, students in grades six through eight must attend a school with an active Junior Thespian troupe and complete a sufficient quantity and quality of work in theatre arts. A one-time induction fee is required, and troupes may assess additional participation fees at their discretion. Junior Thespians may earn additional honors for work done after induction. Most Junior Thespian benefits last through the end of grade 8. Graduated students become Junior Thespian alumni and begin their high school careers with half the points needed for Thespian induction.

To be eligible for lifetime Thespian membership, students in grades nine through twelve must attend a school with an active Thespian troupe and complete a sufficient quantity and quality of work in theatre arts. A one-time induction fee is required, and troupes may assess additional participation fees at their discretion. Thespians may earn additional honors for work done after induction. Most Thespian benefits last through grade twelve. Graduated members become Thespian alumni.

The International Thespian Society is an honor society for theatre arts students; it is not a secret society or club. Thespians may not be inducted based on election or review by other students. Hazing is prohibited. The troupe constitution and all membership requirements must be readily available to any interested parties, and all troupe activities are subject to the oversight of the school administration.

ITS keeps a permanent record of each student’s induction. Thespian point records are kept at the troupe level. Correspondence with the National Office should be directed through the troupe director whenever possible.

Member Benefits

As members of ITS, your students will be honored on a national level and have access to resources beyond those of their school.

* ITS state and national events, including the International Thespian Festival, with workshops, college and scholarship auditions,a s well as opportunities to showcase and receive assessment on tech and performance skills.

* A membership card, certificate and induction pin.

* Thespians receive print and digital subscriptions to Dramatics magazine, the only publication edited exclusively for theatre students and teachers.

* Student leadership opportunities at the troupe, state, and national levels that provide forums to learn and put their leadership skills to work.

* ITS honor society membership to enhance college and employment applications.

Below are links to some of the most important and useful Thespian membership information from the Thespian Troupe Handbook.

Induction criteria

Benefits of induction

Membership cards and certificates

Thespian graduation and honor items

Transferring Thespian membership

Addressing student and parent concerns about the troupe

Revoking Thespian membership

Hazing policy 

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International Thespian Society (ITS)
Volunteer and Donations Opportunities

Volunteer and Donations Opportunities

There are many ways to get involved with P&D. Check out the various sign ups via the SignUpGenius links below.

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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Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunities


OCSA Affiliated

Dragon Kim Foundation Memorial Scholarship - Two $5,000 scholarship grants will be awarded to two OCSA seniors attending an institution of higher education in 2017-18. Questions and submissions for these scholarships must be emailed to by Friday, April 7.

Nancy Egan Memorial Scholarship - OCSA seniors who are pursuing an education at an accredited college, university or conservatory are invited to apply for this $3,000 scholarship to be awarded to one OCSA senior. Apply by Friday, March 31 at Questions regarding this scholarship should be emailed to

Sunny Brown Memorial Scholarship - This $10,000 scholarship is for seniors pursuing higher education in performing or visual arts, and will be awarded to one OCSA senior. Apply by Friday, March 31 at Questions regarding this scholarship should be emailed to


Educational Theatre Association

Deadline:  April 1, 2017

The Educational Theatre Association offers a variety of options to recognize student achievement through its scholarship opportunities. Applications for the 2016-2017 school year must be received by April 1, 2017. Attendance at the International Thespian Festival is not required for the following scholarships:

The Austin Yeatman Technical Theatre Scholarship is a one-time $1,000 scholarship for a graduating senior studying technical theatre in college.

The Jhon Marshall/International Thespian Officers’ Outstanding Student Achievement Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to two graduating seniors who exemplify the ideals of the International Thespian Society.

The Bob and Marti Fowler Future Theatre Educator Scholarship is 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 $1,000 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. Applicants should demonstrate leadership qualities, academic ability, organizational skills, experience in different aspects of theatre business and marketing, and an appreciation of the value of the arts to our society and to a well-rounded education.

The Educational Theatre Association Presidents’ Leadership Scholarship is a $1,000 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. Emphasis is placed on the student’s troupe involvement and demonstrated leadership abilities and experiences both in and out of school. Applicants do not have to major in theatre in college.

The Michael J. Peitz Leadership Scholarship is 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 awarded to a high school senior that will be pursuing an education major in theatre, technical theatre, playwriting or English.


Assistance League of Orange

Deadline:  April 1, 2017

Assistance League of Orange recognizes outstanding graduating seniors by offering individual scholarships based on the following criteria: a student’s academic achievements; financial need;high school activities; extracurricular activities; community service; and leadership qualities. In addition, specific scholarships are dedicated to those students that are pursuing certain areas of future study. All of these awards are to encourage students who have the potential to make a difference in our community and the nation. Members of Assistance League of Orange and other local Assistance Leagues and Auxiliaries and their immediate and extended families are not eligible to apply.
Scholarship Criteria: All applicants must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, must have graduated by September 1, 2017 from an Orange Unified School District (OUSD) high school OR from another high school while residing in the OUSD attendance area. Applicants must be planning to attend an accredited college, university, community college or trade or technical school as a full-time student in the fall of 2017. For more information, go to

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