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SUMMER IS HERE! We hope all of our students have a most relaxing Summer Break...
But DON'T FORGET about your Summer Assignments!

INCOMING BASIC ENSEMBLE: Refresh your Audition Monologue


If you are planning to join us for the work days instead of doing the Theatre Department Summer Reading Assignment, please join us on the following dates:

July 18, 19, 21, 25, 26

Aug. 1, 2, 3, 5, 8

11 AM to 3 pm All Days at the Studio Theatre


Remember: YOU MUST PARTICIPATE IN 4 DAYS (4 hours a day, 16 hours total) to be excused from the Summer Reading Assignment. Contact Mr. Rayher at and let him know which days you are planning to work.



Calling all Los Angeles Based Theatre Department Alumni! You are invited to join Mr. Rayher and his lovely wife Karen
for our annual L.A. Alumni of Asawa SOTA Theatre Department Brunch.

SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2016 at 12:00pm

1025 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica CA, 90401

Please RSVP to Mr. Rayher at and let us know if you can join us! We’d LOVE to see YOU! Also, please spread the word to any other L.A. based Theatre Department Alumni!


Quad Level at SOTA • 555 Portola Drive at O’Shaugnessy Blvd
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!

Check Back Here For More Details Soon!


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

Congratulations to Mr. Rayher on his completely sold out workshop entitled "The Use of the 10-Minute Play to Touch All (or Most) of the California Theatre CA Standards in Grades 9 – 12 (or Thank you Jon Jory!)". He received such an overwhelming response from the attendees that the organizers have asked Mr. Rayher a second workshop session! The California Educational Theatre Association (CETA) annual fall Conference "FINDING CENTER- SETTING THE NEW STANDARDS" is being held October 10-11, 2015 in Pacific Grove, and is the 70th annual gathering of dedicated, passionate Theatre Educators, K – University from around the state.


Aya Cash (Theatre ’00) was a guest star on CBS’ “THE GOOD WIFE” (Season 6, Episode 21: “Don’t Fail”) on Sunday, May 3, 2015. Aya played nervous newbie Defense Attorney Amber Audrey. Watch the episode here:…/35FDB267-E3A…/the-good-wife-don-t-fail/

Kevin Bigley (Theatre ’05) was a guest star on the Season Finale of CBS’ “THE GOOD WIFE” (Season 6, Episode 22: “Wanna Partner”) on Sunday, May 10, 2015. Kevin played Officer Chris Tannerman. 
Watch the episode here:

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