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All classes are meeting this year through Microsoft Teams. If you are unsure how to log in to your Teams, VIEW THIS
All Drama students are expected to follow all in-class policies laid out by PVPHS and PVPUSD, including, but not limited to:
- Cameras On
- Dressed for School
- Appropriate School Behavior
- Sitting up, and NOT sitting in your bed. 
See the complete list of expectations linked below.
Play seminars happening Thursday mornings and Production Seminars on Fridays. Seminars can be viewed live on their Facebook page, or you can view previous seminars as well. 

LINKS for live production webcasts or webinars:


Meet The Voyagers, written by 2001 PVPHS grad Kyle Ewalt!

Meet the Voyagers is a uniquely human story inspired by those who ran the Voyager space mission. Written by PVPHS Drama Department Alumnus Kyle Ewalt, this musical features actors scattered around the country, bringing together traditional theatre with technology for a fully virtual musical theater experience. 
October 6 and 8, at 5pm; October 9 at 6pm, Get your tickets HERE


The Oregons Shakespeare Festival is launching a new digital platform, check them out to see previously staged productions as well as other digital content. More content will be getting added constantly, (and it's not just Shakespeare).


- Shakespeare's Globe is also rotating selections of some of their greatest productions if you want even more great Shakespeare.

- Starkid Productions - has a handful of their produced shows available online as well. 


- Broadway HD - Broadway HD is offering a free 7-day trial to view their archive of productions, featuring a lot of classic Broadway hits from decades past as well as more recent shows.


- The National Theatre has many talks and webinars streaming online - you view their offerings HERE. (for your critiques, you may only use the full length productions)


- Every Friday, another Andrew Lloyd Weber musical is available through The Show Must Go On


- Straftord (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival has launched, Stratfest@Home and they are releasing one of their filmed Shakespeare productions each week for streaming.

“What do actors really want? To be great actors? Yes, but you can’t buy talent, so it’s best to leave the word ‘great’ out of it. I think to be believed, onstage or onscreen, is the one hope that all actors share.”
-- Gene Wilder, Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search For Love And Art
Mr. Cohen will accept written homework for late credit. The policy for written work (unless noted otherwise on specific assignment sheets) is as follows:
- Work is accepted for -10% for each day late. (Turned in 1 day late, up to 90% full credit. Turned in 4 days late, up to 60% full credit).
- Late penalties bottom at 20%, meaning that an assignment turned in 8 days late can receive up to 20% full credit. Assignments turned in 9 or more days late can receive up to 20% full credit.
- Long term writing assignments (4+ days), such as Play Critiques or Research Assignments, are due on the due date, regardless of illness. Any written assignment can be emailed to and are due by the start of your class on their due dates. If timestamped later than the official end of the student school day regardless of illness, assignment is considered late.
- The last day to turn in late assignments for credit is 3pm, the Friday before Semester Finals. 
Other High School Shows to Support
EMMA at Redondo Union High -
Reminder: Other high school's productions may not be used for your play critique assignments, but they MAY be used for additional critiques for Thespian points.
All students are required to write one play critique each semester, (1) "Professional" show.
The show must be a theatrical narrative -- meaning it must have a story to follow. It can be an improv show. It can be a dance show. As long as it has a storyline.
Yes: Comedy SportzLA, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Cirque du Soleil
No: Stand-up comedy, UCLA Dance Major Showcase
Play critiques should be 1-2 pages, with ticket stub attached as proof of attendance, and address the following information:
- Play
- Writer(s)
- Director(s)
- Main characters and the actors who play them
- A brief description of the plot/storyline
- What the theme/message/main idea of the show is.
- Setting (where and when does the show take place)
- General impressions of technical elements - was the design thought out and are those designs well implemented
+ Costume/Scenic/Lighting/Sound
- Your favorite character / actor in the show.
- If you saw a musical, what is your favorite song.
- Your overall impression of the show and if you would recommend it to others.
Drama 1 and Drama 1 Advanced can fill out the Play Critique Form and answer all questions.
Drama 2, 3 and 4 must type their critiques in paragraph form, but may use the Play Evaluation Form as a guiding document.
Q. What is a "professional show"?
A. For these purposes, a professional show is any show ABOVE high school level. This can include junior college (El Camino or Harbor College), college (CSU Long Beach), adult community theatre (Aerosapce Players, Torrance Theatre Company), small professional/regional (Long Beach Playhouse) or really big (Ahmanson, Pantages, Mark Taper Forum).
Q. My friend is in a play, can I go see his/her show for critique credit?
A. That depends. If the theatre fits the above category, then yes. If your friend is in a show at another high school (e.g. PV High, Chadwick) or a local youth community theatre company (e.g. Encore, Pops, South Bay Conservatory) then you should still see the show and support your friend - but you may not use it for your professional show critique assignment.
Q. What about a filmed version of a play?
A. While theatres are closed this is the only way you will be able to view a show for this assignment, however this is at Mr. Cohen's discretion. Needless to say, a bootleg version of Hamilton you find online is not acceptable. But sometimes the BBC or a similar company will film a live performance; if that is the case, please check with me in advance, and I will research to see if it can work.
Q. My critique is due today and I'm absent and/or my printer is out of ink. Can I email my critique? Is it okay to turn in late. 
A. Yes, you should email your critique as an attached .doc or .pdf file. Please don't embed the text into your email message. .odt files or other proprietary softwares are not accepted. If you can't attach a .doc or .pdf an open shared cloud document (Google Drive) is acceptable. However, if there are any issues with my ability to open the file due to sharing settings, the document may be late. Don't forget to scan and send your ticket stub.
Absence does not excuse your critique from being late. This is a long-term assignment, there are not exceptions to the due dates.
Q. What if I am not sure about the show?
A. Email Mr Cohen ( production information. Don't just send a show title, but include a link to the particular production you are looking at seeing, and he can respond with an opinion.
Q. I can't find a show to see, can I skip this assignment?
A. NO! This is Los Angeles. Arguably the largest city for theatre in the World. You can find a show. Check out the Helpful Links page for some ideas. 
to laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived -- this is to have succeeded
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Virtual Guest Speaker Series
Upcoming Guest Speakers: 

Check back here for future Webinars...


Previous Guest Speakers:

April 24 - Katie Northlich from Studio School Los Angeles

Katie Northlich meets with current students about Studio School Los Angeles

May 15 - Maureen Lee Lenker (PVPHS, 2007) from Entertainment Weekly

Maureen Lee Lenker meets with students about careers in entertainment journalism.


THURSDAY, MAY 21, 230pm - Q&A panel with alumni discussing majoring in Musical Theatre in college and starting your career after college. Featuring Nina Donville (2016), Shannon Duke (2013), Makenzie Gomez (2011), Isabella Navarro (2018)  and Nicole Powell (2012)

Alumni MT Panel Guests



FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2pm - Q&A panel with alumni currently studying and/or pursuing careers in Technical Theatre & Design - Featuring Nita Beyla (2012, AA Stage Management, El Camino; Theatre Technology - Drafting/Design, Chapman University; MA Teaching - USC) Alexa Jones (2018, Currently studying Radio/TV/Film at UT-Austin), & Ashley Trutanich (2014, BA Costume Design -2018, MFA Costume Design - in progress - CSULB)

Tech Theatre Q&A