San Francisco High School of the Arts

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This premiere theatre program offers in-depth conservatory and repertory style training designed to inspire students to use theatre as a bridge to creativity and communication. The theatre curriculum prepares passionate students for university and pre-professional training in acting, writing and directing for stage and film in the 21st century. This unique Theatre Arts program offers almost three hours of daily instruction in theatre history and styles (including The Greeks, Shakespeare, contemporary and world theatre), technique, improvisation, monologue and scene study, script analysis, comedic and dramatic literature and structure, voice and movement. At SF High School of the Arts, students are exposed to all facets of theatre arts to find their own voice as an actor, director and/or writer. The dedicated faculty focus on developing students into great theatre artists by instilling principles of confidence, communication, relationship, presence, focus, creativity, imagination, persistence, listening, and discipline.

Special classes may include audition technique, acting for the camera, mask creation, musical theatre, stage make-up, Japanese Theatre, stand-up comedy, and multi-disciplinary performance.

While the program emphasizes process over product, students will be given progressive opportunities to perform, create and direct both original and published works each year in studio showcases, recitals or school productions.

About the Acting Program

The Acting Program offers comprehensive acting and movement training to students in grades 6 through 12, who want to learn theatre skills, engage in enrichment activities, major in theatre, attend a performing arts conservatory or aspire to achieve a career on stage or in film and television. Tailored for young actors interested in advancing their dramatic acting skills, the program encourages its students to develop healthy technique, experience a variety of styles, learn about the history of the craft, and prepare themselves for further study and/or a career in the arts. Students are exposed to professional local theatre makers, who visit the school’s campus to share their expertise and creativity through lectures.

Students enrolled in the Acting Program learn all aspects of the craft of acting, from fundamentals to advanced techniques. Each grade level offers its own unique acting class, exposing students to different approaches and styles every year. Over the course of the 4-year program, students have the opportunity to study production, play reading, dance for actors, singing for actors, movement styles, voice and diction, stage combat, audition technique, and other exciting topics.

About the Playwriting Program (Grades 10-12)

Students will learn how writers approach writing an original scene and one-act play using character development and plot elements.

About the Directing Program (Grades 10-12)

Students will learn how to identify the role of the director in a production, how a director defines the playwright’s intent of a script, and how a director blocks a scene. Additionally, students will learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of a director in a production, as well as learn the process of engaging in rehearsal.

Theatre Curriculum

  • Acting Technique
  • Movement Technique
  • Improvisation
  • Shakespeare
  • Play Analysis
  • Theatre History
  • Mask Work
  • Voice and Diction
  • Dialects
  • Acting for the Camera
  • Voice & Dance for Musical Theatre

Theatre Faculty

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Ms. Aimee Greenburg

Theatre Department Chair
Aimee Greenberg, MA, RDT is an award-winning veteran theatre artist whose works have been performed world-wide. She is the Founding Artistic Director of fruitlessmoon theatreworks (SD) and Heijera productions. (LA) A native New Yorker who trained with master teachers Sanford Meisner, Wynn Handman and Stella Adler, Aimee cut her teeth with several off-Broadway companies including La Mama ETC, The Medicine Show Theatre and Theatre for the New City. She has had the good fortune to collaborate with theatre icons Grotowski, Boal and Gentile. Greenberg is the recipient of multiple awards and fellowships including The Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, The Los Angeles Endowment, The Los Angeles Women’s Foundation Award, Seattle Original Works, and The Susan B. Komen Award. As an educator, Aimee has developed theatre programs and taught acting, writing and directing for theatre and film for grades for high schools, theatres, universities and international conservatories including: UCSD, CSUSM, SDSU, CSULA, and JAMU.
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Ms. Alyssa Puleo

Theatre & Dance Teacher
Ms. Puleo, a professional dancer and teacher, began her ballet career under Hanna Karacic in Southern California. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dance from the University of Oregon, with a focus in Kinesiology. She has over ten years of teaching experience and specializes in preparatory ballet, folk dance and technique coaching.
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Ms. Shannon Wolfe

Voice Teacher
Shannon Wolfe, soprano, holds a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she specialized in opera and Baroque chamber music performance. Ms. Wolfe is sought after both as a voice teacher and director of musical theater for kids and teens. She now maintains a private voice studio in San Francisco's Outer Sunset district. An active cabaret performer, Ms. Wolfe delights in the art of singing and storytelling using the Great American Songbook as her muse. She is the creator of numerous solo shows including, Femmes Fatales: A Film Noir cabaret.
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Ms. Hayley Bowman

Dance Teacher
Ms. Bowman originates from Charlotte, North Carolina and came to California to earn her degree in Dance with the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California in 2014. She is a freelance dancer, teacher, creator, and arts administrator in the Bay Area, currently working with Nagata Dance, RoCo Dance, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and LINES Dance Center. Hayley has performed for the ka·nei·see \ collective, Katie Scherman + Artists, The MoveMessenger(s), and more. Her work has been presented at Dance Maui, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, San Francisco Movement Arts Festival at Grace Cathedral, ODC Pilot 71 & 72, PUSHfest at ODC Theatre, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center Winter Salon, and the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

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