SHS Drama Teacher - Sarah Thermond
Sarah Thermond is thrilled to be at her alma mater as a Drama and English teacher, and is even more excited to work with the fantastic community of students and parents that make up the whole Drama Program! Ms. Thermond grew up in Saratoga, and was very active in the drama department throughout her four years at SHS, receiving the class Senior Legacy Awards for both Performance and Leadership. She was once President of Thespian Troupe #6354, and won 2nd place statewide in the Solo Musical Event during her senior year. Ms. Thermond also has extensive experience with music, and while a student in Saratoga High's Choral program, she was twice admitted into Regional Honor Choir and sang with the Concert Choir, Women's Choir, and the Chamber Singers. High school was also where she discovered her interest in education. She led a group of fellow drama students to partner with the Southwest YMCA and the national program Citizen Schools to provide 10-week after-school drama classes to middle schools in Campbell and San Jose which did not have theatre programs of their own.
Ms. Thermond attended the University of Southern California on a full scholarship from the School of Theatre (now the School of Dramatic Arts), and obtained Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Theatre and Comparative Literature, the latter with an emphasis in Media Studies, which included writing an honors thesis. She graduated summa cum laude and as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society. She was very involved in the School of Theatre productions, performing in six School of Theatre shows. Ms. Thermond continued studying vocal music through the Thornton School of Music's Oriana Women's Choir. Her involvement with education continued through USC, working in several schools throughout South Central Los Angeles, teaching history, conflict resolution, and self-empowerment through creative writing.
Ms. Thermond is also a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Education, where she earned her Single-Subject Credential in English as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching.
After graduating from USC, Ms. Thermond returned to the company she had worked for during high school and college summer vacations: California Theatre Center, a professional theatre company for young audiences located in Sunnyvale. She worked as a full-time actor, teacher, director, and Education Associate, where tasks included designing special workshops, training teachers, directing school musicals, and touring in plays for children up and down the west coast. CTC's extensive education program was centered around Summer Conservatories that serve roughly 500 students a summer, ranging in age from 8 to 18. Ms. Thermond continued to teach Advanced Conservatory until the company closed its doors this past summer.
For the past five years, Ms.
Thermond has been teaching Drama and English at SHS as well as directing the
Fall Play and Spring Musical and supervising Student Productions and Comedy
Sportz. She continues to perform in her
free time. This past summer she
played the role of Horatio in an all-female cast of Hamlet at Silicon Valley Shakespeare and this fall she played Lily
St. Regis in Annie at the Hillbarn
Theatre. Some of Ms. Thermond's favorite roles throughout her performance
career include Charlotte in The Contrast, Dolly in Anna Karenina, Gwendolen
in The Importance of Being Earnest, Clytemnestra in Agamemnon,
the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, Annie Sullivan in The Miracle
Worker, Rita in Educating
Rita and Olwen in Dangerous Corner.
Contact Sarah Thermond at [email protected]
Ben Brotzman is very pleased to be the Theatre Manager of the McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center at Saratoga High School. Originally from Texas, Ben has Designed and Directed for Theatre and Music all over the country. Ben has Designed Lighting for Theatrical Productions, Dance Productions and Art Galleries as well as Designed Scenery for over 30 theatrical productions. He has been creating Sound Effects and mixing Sound for almost 20 years for Theatre, Live Music Concerts, Church Productions and Lectures. Ben received his Master's Degree in Directing from Western Illinois University in 2007. Ben, his wife, Brittnie, and daughter, Iris, are happy to call the Bay Area home. Ben is grateful to his family for their ongoing support and love.