DTASC - Drama Teachers Association of Southern California
Chaminade Players who performed and room chaired at the 2017 Fall Festival.


                                                


Overview

In 1920, a small group of teachers from area high schools and colleges in Southern California decided to present a Shakespeare Festival.  In the years that followed, that small but determined group of educators became a larger and even more determined group.  This was the humble beginnings of what is now known as the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California (DTASC); an organization of over one hundred middle school and high school theatre teachers from as far south as San Diego to as far north as San Luis Obispo. 

If you’re unfamiliar with DTASC, then you’re unfamiliar with one of the most prestigious educational theatre organizations in the country. Their mission statement says it best: “It is our mission to create a network where theatre educators and students can effectively communicate ideas, share resources, workshop, and showcase their skills. We believe in creating an environment that fosters the best in educational theatre. Through performance opportunities, diversity and professional adjudication, we support and reward hard work and commitment to the discipline of theatre and education.”

The organization, run solely by volunteers, seems to be holding true to that lofty ideal. You be the judge, here is a brief glimpse at some of DTASC’s annual endeavors: The organization hosts 4 festivals a year, giving some two thousand students from grades 6 through 12 the opportunity to perform before judges hailing from top universities to the professional theatre. Hosts workshops for both students and teachers. Makes available profit and non-profit opportunities for both students and teachers. Delivers to its members Arts in Education Updates. Frequently and exuberantly recognizes years of service from dedicated educators as well as dedicated community supporters. And finally, offers scholarships to worthy students from within the organization as well as scholarships and grants from outside supporters. 

2018 Fall Festival Categories

0. Tech Theater – Sets/Lights (Disney Musicals)
I. Tech Theater – Graphics/Publicity (Disney Musicals)
II. Tech Theater – Costume Design (Disney Musicals)
III. Audition Monologue
IV. Straight Cut – Open Drama
V. Open Comedy
VI. Student Original
VII. Large Open Drama
VIII. Large Open Comedy
IX. Musical – It’s Nice to be Nominated (Scenes must come from a musical that was nominated for and did not win the Tony Award for Best Musical)


2017 Fall Festival

Audition Monologues

Straight Cut (The God of Carnage) - Honorable Mention

Horror/Thriller Plays (4.48 Psychosis)- 1st Place

Student Original- Semi-finalist

Large Group Drama (A View From The Bridge) - 1st Place

Large Group Comedy (The Comedy About A Bank Robbery) - Semi-finalist

Open Musical (Once On This Island) - Semi-finalist


Sweepstakes Results: Chaminade- Honorable Mention!!


2017 Shakespeare Festival

Audition Monologue- Semifinalist

Modern Adaptation: B Division (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged) - Semi-finalist

Shakespeare Uncut (Julius Caesar) - 3rd place

Modern Adaptation: C Division (Kiss Me Kate) - Semi-finalist

Shakespeare's Contemporaries (Fair Em) - 4th Place

Large Group Drama (Richard III) - 2nd Place

Large Group Comedy (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Theme Collage (Love Through Natural Imagery) - Honorable Mention


2016 Fall Festival

Audition Monologues- 4th place & semifinalist 

Anything Goes For Children (Dora The Explorer) - 1st Place
The Golden Oldies: Musicals before the 1970s (Anything Goes) - Semi-Finalists 
Plays of Diversity (The Elephant Man) - Honorable Mention 
Large Group Open Comedy (Stage Kiss) - Honorable Mention
Large Group Open Drama (The Shrike) - 1st Place
Women Playwrights: Straight Cut (The Children’s Hour) - Semi-Finalists 

 CHAMINADE 2016 SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL RESULTS

That Way Madness Lies (Titus Andronicus) - 3rd Place

Shakespeare's Musical (Hamlet)- 4th Place

Sibs From Another Crib (Othello)- Semi-finals

Large Group Dramatic (Macbeth)- 5th Place

Large Group Comedic (The Tempest)- 3rd Place

Shakespeare's Lesser Plays (Cymbeline)- 2nd Place

SWEEPSTAKES RESULTS: CHAMINADE- 2ND PLACE!!!!

CHAMINADE 2015 SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL RESULTS
Audition Monologues - Semi-Finals
 Women in Disguise (B Division, As You Like It) - Semi-Finals
Women in Disguise (C Division, The Two Gentlemen of Verona) - Honorable Mention
All in a Day's Work (The Witches from Macbeth) - 2nd Place
Villains (Lady Macbeth in Macbeth) - 1st Place
The Play's the Thing (Hamlet) - 4th Place
 Large Group Drama (King Lear) - 4th Place

CHAMINADE 2014 FALL FESTIVAL RESULTS
Audition Monologues - Semi-Finals
Plays of Social Conscience (Straight Cut) (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest) - Honorable Mention
More Than A Narrator (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) - Honorable Mention
Theme Collage (Musical) - Semi-Finals
Large Group Drama (War Horse) - 2nd Place
 Large Group Comedy (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) - Semi-Finals

CHAMINADE 2014 SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL RESULTS
Audition Monologues - Semi-Finals
Clowns and Fools (A Midsummer Night's Dream) - 2nd Place
Shakespeare's Children's Theatre (Julius Caesar and the Great Dodgeball Game) - Honorable Mention
Modern Shakespeare (B Division, Sweeny Todd) - Honorable Mention
Modern Shakespeare (C Division, Pocahontas) - 4th Place
 Large Group Drama (Hamlet) - Honorable Mention