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San Francisco, CA 94131

Calling all Theatre Department current Students, Families, Alumni & Friends! Join us for an afternoon of food, fun and performances as we kick off the 2016-2017 School Year!

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CONGRATULATIONS to Isabel Aks (Theatre ’19), Camila Dwyer (Theatre ’17), Cicely Henderson (Theatre ’19), and Max Itsikson (Theatre ’18) who were just announced as finalist is PlayGround’s 2016 Young Playwrights Project. This is the first time in the Young Playwrights Project’s eight year history that all four finalists are from Asawa SOTA!

The four finalists' short plays will be presented on the dates below as script-in-hand staged readings before select performances of the Best of PlayGround 20, PlayGround's annual showcase of the best short plays by the Bay Area's best new writers.  

Thursday, June 9 @ 8pm / APARTMENT NUMBER FOUR by Cicely Henderson ('19) 
Friday, June 10 @ 8pm / COMING AROUND by Isabel Rose Aks ('19)
Saturday, June 11 @ 8pm / IN BLACK AND WHITE by Camilla Dwyer ('17)
Sunday, June 12 @ 7pm / MY NAME IS by Max Itsikson ('18)

For tickets and information visit: High School students can use code PG10YPP to receive $10 tickets for any of the YPP performances.

Congratulations to the FOURTEEN Asawa SOTA Theatre Department students who are this summers California Governor’s State Arts Scholars who were accepted to the 30th California State Summer School of the Arts (CSSSA) 4 week session (July 9 to August 5) in Southern California. Learn more about CSSSA on their website:

Congratulations to our winners: Third Place: Madeleine Hubbert (’17), Second Place: Kathryn Dragone (’18) and First Place: India Cale (’18). We’d also like to give a special congratulations to all of our contestants!

India Cale will advance to the English Speaking Union of San Francisco’s Regional Competition on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Archbishop Riordan High School. To learn more about the English Speaking Union of the United States and the National Shakespeare Competition, visit

Theatre Department Staff
1990 - Present   Phillip Rayher, Director
1982 - 1989   Lewis Campbell, Director