Director's Message

Parents and Students,

Welcome to the Production & Design family! We're excited that you're joining us on this education journey. To make life easier for everyone, we've developed this information portal for the Production & Design Conservatory, and we know you'll 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'll 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

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.

Show Assignments - Spring 2021
January - May

January - May

  Information Pending




Important Dates - Spring 2021


Mon, Jan 11 School Resumes
Mon, Jan 18 Martin Luther King, Jr Birthday (School Closed)


Feb 12-15        Presidents Day (School Closed)


Thu, Mar 18 No Conservatory (Staff Professional Development Day)
Fri, Mar 19 Staff Professional Development Day (No School)
Mon, Mar 29 P&D Roundtable Guest Presenter - Ebony Madry - Block 8




Fri, Apr 2 Non Student/Teacher Day (No School)
Apr 5-9 Spring Break (School Closed)
Apr 12-15 No Conservatory (1:30 pm release)
Apr 13-20 CAASPP Testing


May 3-14 AP Testing
Thu, May 20 Last Day of Conservatory
Fri, May 28 Non Student/Teacher Day (School Closed)
Mon, May 31 Memorial Day (No School)


Tue, Jun 1 P&D Awards Night & Flashlight Ceremony (DMS Quad & virtual)
Sat, Jun 5 Season Finale
  Jun 7-8 2nd Semester Final Exams (1:30 release)
Tue, Jun 8 Last Day of School
Wed, Jun 9 Teacher Planning Day (No School)
Thu, Jun 10    Graduation - Class of 2021


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.


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

Show requirements are currently suspended until further notice.



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

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Get your P&D merchandise at our online store.

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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

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 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

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.

P&D Conservatory Specific Scholarships

P&D Conservatory Specific Scholarships

Gina Davidson Memorial Scholarship & Nathan LeMaster Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled at OCSA in Production and Design and be graduating in June 2021
  • Applicants must be currently earning a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Applicants must attend an institution of higher education, beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year

Scholarship Terms:

  • Award recipients will receive between $500 to $1000 for one year
  • Scholarship Committee will review each award recipient’s eligibility

Application Process:

  • Applicants will be evaluated on: academic excellence, conservatory involvement, community service, artistic craft, and leadership role(s)/experience inside & outside of OCSA.
  • Applicants must submit the following for consideration:
    • Unofficial high school transcript, including fall semester senior year grades
    • Resume of extracurricular activities and community involvement
    • Written statement - Chose one (1) of the following prompts to write an essay (maximum 750 words) :
  • If funding were not an issue, what school or training would you pursue and why?
  • What experience at OCSA or within the greater arts community has had the biggest influence on you?
  • All application materials must be sent in one (1) email to:
    • Email subject: “Student full name - Scholarship Application”
    • Please ensure that your email also includes your full contact information: home address, home phone number, parent/guardian email(s), and student phone number.
  • Complete application email must be received by MONDAY, MAY 3, 2021. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Finalists may be invited to participate in an interview as needed.

Please direct all questions to Kevin Cook, Director of Production and Design.


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.



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