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Current Asawa SOTA Theatre Students - Have a GREAT Summer...But Don’t Forget:

• DO YOUR SUMMER READING! Click Here for the Summer Reading Assignment
• WORK ON YOUR SUMMER SCENES AND MEMORIZE YOUR LINES! Click Here for the Summer Scenes Assignment
• WORK ON YOUR "WHAT I DID THIS SUMMER" PAPER! Click Here for the Summer Vacation Writing Assignment

Goodbye and Good Luck to the Asawa SOTA Theatre Class of 2015!


Check Back Soon For Information About Our 2015-2016 Season!


Congratulations to the FIFTEEN Asawa Theatre Department students who are this summers California Governor’s State Arts Scholars who were accepted to the 29th California State Summer School of the Arts (CSSSA) 4 week session (July 11 to August 7) in Southern California:  Matthew Avery (’16), Isis Castillo (’16), Edith Castorena (’16), Maeve Dellert (’18), Isaac Edejer (’17), Max Gunkel (’17), Isabel Hansen (18), Sara Heckadon (’17), Allene Hegberg (’17), Maximilion Itsikson (’18), Veronika Kramer (’18),  Jamie Leung (’17), Schuyler Poh (’17), Bay Tamboury (’18), Casey Valentine (’18). 


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. 
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Congratulations to Sydney Maresca (Theatre '94 –– pictured above with Mr. Rayher during his 2012 visit to New York)  and the Cast & Creative Team of “HAND TO GOD” by Robert Askins on their Tony Award nomination for Best Play. In addition to being a faculty member at Marymount Manhattan College, her work includes the costumes for Hand to God (MCC, EST), When January Feels Like Summer (EST), Il Turco in Italia (Peter Jay Sharp Theater), 16 Words or Less (Clubbed Thumb), Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief (TheaterWorks USA), Year of the Rooster (EST, Henry Hewes Nomination), Square Peg, Round Hole (Tectonic Theater Project), Blood Play (The Debate Society), Finks (EST), Alice in Wonderland (New York City Opera), and Buddy Cop 2 (The Debate Society, Henry Hewes Nomination). Film work includes Sin Matador, Breakup at a Wedding, and Movie 43’s “Superhero Speed Dating.” She received her MFA from NYU.
To Learn more about HAND TO GOD on their website:

And speaking of Tony Awards, last week we were honored to have Lena Hall  –– 2014 Tony Award Winner BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL for “HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH” and Asawa SOTA Alumni (Dance '97) –– visit the Theatre Department! She spoke about her life after graduating from SOTA, her experience and preparation for her roles in CATS, 42ND STREET, Disney's TARZAN, KINKY BOOTS, what it was like auditioning for John Cameron Mitchell, and what it's like performing on Broadway eight shows a week!

You can catch the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 7th at 8pm on CBS. For more information on the Tony Awards and this years nominees, visit:

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