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WHAT IS CTE?

The Importance of Being Earnest

CTE Presents The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Directed by Sue Brashear. Now available to stream by clicking the button below.

Village Life

The latest CTE Production, Village Life by Carol Rocamora. Directed by Julianna Rees and adapted from the classic Anton Chekov story. Click the button below for a link to stream.

Spring One Acts

Click the button below to discover and enjoy the labors of our beginning and sophomore drama students as well upperclassmen student directors! All films shown have been student directed, filmed, and edited following safe social distancing guidelines and protocols!

Tam High’s Macbeth

available to stream NOW!

Come join CTE in our Spring Production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, directed by CTE program director, Ben Cleaveland. Streaming available starting April 15th, check back for a clickable link.

Tam High’s Virtual Improv Performance!

Click the button below to view improv live from Tam High students! The cast includes, Peri Benjamin, Lucia Colaco, Marin Matessi, Amelia Minchin, Bennet Matazzoni, Ruby Rose Amezcua, Taylor Smith, and Tyler Priest-Heck.

Performances, February 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at 7pm PST.

Tam High’s First Once Act Film Festival!

Click the button below to discover and enjoy the labors of our beginning and sophomore drama students as well upperclassmen student directors! All films shown have been student directed, filmed, and edited following safe social distancing guidelines and protocols!

Destination, Missouri

December at Tam Drama’s Conservatory Theatre Ensemble brings the fruit of our labors to life with Destination, Missouri.

Streaming from Broadway On Demand is available!. Click the button below to be directed to your at home showing of Destination, Missouri!

Destination, Missouri, written by alum Dwight Bellisimo and current senior Averie Ledger, is the story of a small town, surrounded with mystery and absurdity . Actors self- and distance-filmed. Special thanks to the parent donors of our CTE Fall fundraising campaign, and to the Tam High Foundation for their grant support. Because of this support, we were able to bring in eight professional theatre experts to coach the students on special skills including editing, design, and production management. 

Noise!

Noise, written by alum Tessa King, is a story of friendship and loss. Director Ben Cleaveland as well as a team of actors worked all fall to bring you this new original work! Actors self- and distance-filmed. Special thanks to the parent donors of our CTE Fall fundraising campaign, and to the Tam High Foundation for their grant support. Because of this support, we were able to bring in eight professional theatre experts to coach the students on special skills including editing, design, and production management. 

2020-2021 Season

Conservatory Theatre Ensemble (CTE) is Tam High Drama’s award-winning theatre program,
nationally recognized as a groundbreaking, student-centered learning community.During the distance learning phase of instruction last Spring, CTE continued to meet the needs
of our students by maintaining our visiting artist workshops and producing our 30-play podcast
play festival that had over 2000 listens!

Sustaining this level of excellence during our changing times takes passion and commitment not only from the 200 students who are enrolled in our 2020-21 program, but also from generous donors. Individual donors are the key to the quality of CTE’s program. Last year just 3% of our funding came from the school district and 30% came from the wonderful Tam Foundation. The remaining funding comes from the support of our donors. Can we count you to make this year as meaningful as past years?

THIS YEAR ROUGHLY 250 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN 10 DIFFERENT DRAMA CLASSES WILL PRODUCE 55 NIGHTS OF LIVE THEATRE

Donors are a fundamental part of our company. In addition to funding guest artists, donor support covers technical expenses like sets, costumes and operation costs for the company. Only five percent of our program budget is funded by the Tamalpais High School District. Donations are tax deductible and can be made through the Tam High Foundation for “CTE/Tam Drama” or donations can be made to CTE directly.

What’s On?

The One Act Festival is just around the corner!

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Conservatory Theater Ensemble, CTE, is an award winning theater education program that spans a four year sequence of training in all aspects of theater.

Guest Artists

The Conservatory Theatre Ensemble could not be the program it is without it’s Guest Artists. From carpentry and painting to directing and Shakespeare, these spectacular people teach our students not only how to grow as artists, but as people.

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CTE is a student run company which is based on an ensemble approach that emphasizes teamwork. Our students learn that success is the result of effective collaboration between actors, directors, designers, technicians, backstage crew, playwrights, guest artists and teachers; it takes an ensemble to make plays come alive onstage.

London Trip

The Global Studies London Trip is a CTE annual tradition that Advanced Drama students have the opportunity to go on.

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CTE strives to provide students with a complete education in all aspects of the theater. This includes acting, directing, designing, producing, and running productions. We also foster new works, like student written-plays. CTE also aims to foster a development of community and ensemble ethos within its students.

PAST SHOWS

Curious about what CTE does? Click the link above or scroll through some photos to check out our past productions, which range from student-written plays an adaptation of literary classic Beowulf to a vibrant 1920s comedy.

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