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Theatre Arts

Why Theatre?

The value of theatre in education is greater today perhaps, than in any time since its inclusion in the standard secondary and post secondary curriculum. Where the academic themes of ...more

Simi Valley High School is home to
the Pioneer Players, our award winning
Theatre Arts Department.

Class Offerings

  • Theatre Arts I - Basic Level - Year long
  • Theatre Arts II - Intermediate Level - Year long
  • Play Production - Advanced Level - Year long (by permission only)
  • Acting for the Camera - Beginning Level - Year long
  • Creative Dramatics - Non-performance oriented - Fall Semester
  • Technical Theatre - Practical Art course - Spring Semester


  • Monthly lunch time Brown Bag performances
  • ComedySportz training and performances (Improv team)
  • Field trips to Will Geer Theatre
  • Attendance at theatrical productions


  • Drama Teachers Association of Southern California Fall Festival
  • Drama Teachers Association of Southern California Shakespeare Festival
  • International Thespian Society Weekend Conference
  • Actor’s Drama Festival -Ojai


  • Play Production Winter Show
  • All School Spring Musical
  • One Act Festival
  • Mystery/Melodrama Dinner Show

 Student Leadership Opportunities

  • Thespian Society Club Officers
  • Directors
  • Stage Managers
  • Publicity Manager

 Student Awards

  • $200 - $500 Senior Scholarships
  • Senior Plaques
  • Trophies

Our Theatre Arts classes include: 

Theatre Arts I - Year course - No prerequisite
This class covers the basics of performance. Students will gain self-confidence and a greater awareness of their environment through theatre games, improvisation, and pantomime during the first semester. The second semester includes character and scene work, theatre vocabulary and job opportunities. 

Theatre Arts II - Year course - College Prep - Prerequisite: Prior acting experience and/or one year of Theatre Arts
Students continue to develop their performance skills. Performances before live audiences are a possibility but rehearsals for these performances are usually completed during class time. Students will study directing and theatre history. 

Play Production - Year course - College Prep - Prerequisite: Prior acting experience and/or one year of Theatre Arts
Students are involved in performing in one acts, scenes for competition, and a major full length production each semester. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are required. Students also study theatre history to prepare them for college work in theatre. 

Acting For The Camera - Year course - Prerequisite: Prior acting experience and/or one year of Theatre Arts
Students will learn techniques for acting before the camera in commercials, soap operas, news casts, sit-coms, independent films, and mini-series. 

Creative Dramatics - Semester course - No prerequisite
Students will participate in theatre games to develop sensory awareness, self-confidence, team building, goal setting and communication skills. Public performance is not the goal of this class. 

Technical Theatre - Semester course - Practical Art credit - No prerequisite
Students will gain practical knowledge in the areas of stage lighting, sound, set construction, stage make-up, properties, costumes, publicity, and theatre management. 


Drama Masks


Mrs. Sharon Crane
B.A. Theatre Arts

SVUSD Theatre Arts Instructor

Pioneer Player
Productions & Competitions

2013 - 2014 
Roomers, a comedy in one act
DTASC Fall Festival
Two One Acts:
           Vonnegut's Who Am I This Time?
Dickens' A Christmas Carol
Patchwork, performances on the theme of Love
Dr. Suess Day
DTASC Shakespeare Festival
Read Across America (SV Public Library)
Good News!
Dramathon 2014

2012 - 2013 
Comedy Sportz Game Con

back-to-the-80s.jpgDTASC Fall Festival
Holiday Show
The Crucible
Actor's Festival Ojai
DTASC Shakespeare Festival
Simi Valley Library Day: Celebrate Literature
On The Town
Dramathon 2013

2011 - 2012 
DTASC Fall Festival
Spirit of Hispania
Actor's Festival Ojai
DTASC Shakespeare Festival
Simi Valley Library Day: Tales from Latin America
Guys and Dolls

One Act Festival
Dramathon 2012

 2010 - 2011 
trouble-at-the-talent-show.jpgTrouble at the Talent Show
DTASC Fall Festival
Waiting for Lefty
Actor's Festival Ojai
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Simi Valley Library Day: Jungle Stories
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Dramathon 2011

Murder Most Fowl
DTASC Fall Festival
Canterbury Tales
DTASC Shakespeare Festival
Wonderland - Spring Musical
One Act Festival
Dramathon '10 

The Clumsy Custard Horror Show
and Ice Cream Clone Review

DTASC Fall Festival
Actor's Festival in Ojai
DTASC Shakespeare Festival
Wonderful Town - Spring Musical
Dramathon '09 

Stop the Presses! - Melodrama
DTASC Fall and Shakespeare Festivals
Dr. Seuss Day - Horton Hatches an Egg
Back to the '80's
Brown Bag Theatre
Becoming Bianca - One Act

Lost in the Bermuda Triangle - Dinner Theatre
DTASC Fall and Shakespeare Festivals
The Skin of Our Teeth
Comedy Sportz Improv Team
Dr Seuss Day - The Cat in the Hat
International Thespian Festival
Bells are Ringing

2005 - 2006
Murder at Homicide High
DTASC Fall and Shakespeare Festivals
Midsummer Night's Dream
Dr. Seuss Day - Go, Dog, Go!
International Thespian Festival
Everything I Needed to Know
I Learned in Kindergarten 

DTASC Fall and Shakespeare Festivals
murder-most-fowl.jpgDr. Seuss Day - Theatre Arts II
Comedy Sportz - Rebecca Stoner - manager
Pride and Prejudice
Hello, Dolly
- Kristina Stieffel - choreographer
Mystery Dinner - Brandon Flick –Director 

DTASC Fall and Shakespeare Festivals
Mystery Dinner - Remains to Be Seen
The Outsiders
- Kyle Robertson - Director
Twelve Angry Jurors - Caylin Jett -Director
Thespian Festival @ Fullerton Colleges
Comedy Sportz - Kenny Dietz, Armand Greene - managers
The Pajama Game 

DTASC Fall and Shakespeare Festivals
Playboy of the Western World
Comedy Sportz - Beth Cooper - manager
Thespian Festival
skin_of_our_teeth.jpgOnce Upon a Mattress

DTASC Fall & Shakespeare Festivals
My Fatal Romance
ComedySportz Meets
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Dr. Seuss Stories
The Canterbury Tales
Romeo and Juliet


DTASC Fall & Shakespeare Festivals, B/C divisions
Mystery Dinner Theatre: Who Killed the Director
ComedySportz Meets
The Tempest
Is It Soup Yet?
Bye, Bye, Birdie


DTASC Fall & Shakespeare Festivals
The Front Page
Barefoot In The Park
The Devil and Daniel Webster
Alice In Wonderland
Bang, Bang, You're Dead  

DTASC Fall & Shakespeare Festivals
As You Like It
Wagon Wheels West
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
A Christmas Carol

One-Act Festivaldrama-masks.jpg

Much Ado About Nothing
Into the Woods
The Night of January 16th