Monte Vista Drama
Mr. Connor grew up in Lafayette with the idea he would either be an actor or a teacher. This led him to a BA in English at UC Santa Barbara. While deciding what to do with his life, Connor moved to Hollywood and started taking classes with The Groundlings. His teachers at the
world famous school reminded him where is passion really was.
He spent the next 10 years studying and performing, all the while missing his Bay Area roots. Eventually, the classroom pulled him back to the Bay and he earned his teaching credential at Cal State East Bay. Connor started teaching at Monte Vista in the Fall of 2011. He recently completed his Masters of Theater Production and Design at Southern Oregon University.
I love that this world creates a place for those who sing with hairbrushes, bang on invisible drums, and who dream an old, white sheet hanging across the clothesline in the garage is the curtain of a Broadway stage. I am fortunate to work with colleagues and students who help me live my dream every day, and I hope I can play a part in helping them achieve theirs.
My goal is to help students realize that anyone can be a drama kid. There is no great secret to what we do on stage or behind it. Our success is born of hard-work, teamwork, and love for the theater. This drama room is a place to explore who we are and how this world works. A place where we try to understand and interpret the human condition. The drama room is a place where a student can be vulnerable enough to take risks and be willing to fail. A place where a student can then realize that failure isn't an end, but just a mile post on a journey to their ultimate ending. The drama room is a place to understand that theater and life is a process, not a series singular victories.
Most important to me is that the drama room is a place where students learn three important words:
YOU ARE ENOUGH.
Everything needed to succeed on the stage, behind it, or in life is already within us. The goal is to get out of our own way and be willing to work for it.
Monte Vista Theatre Arts Teacher
DID YOU KNOW ...
- Students involved in drama performance coursework or experience outscored non-arts students on the 2005 SAT by an average of 65 points in the verbal component and 34 points in the math component(1)?
- Drama activities improve reading comprehension, and both verbal and non-verbal communication skills?
- Drama helps to improve school attendance and reduce high school dropout rates(2)?
- A 2005 Harris Poll revealed that 93% of the public believes that arts, including theatre, are vital to a well-rounded education (3)?
- Drama can improve skills and academic performance in children and youth with learning disabilities?