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. 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 also continued her involvement with education through USC, working in several schools throughout South Central Los Angeles, teaching history, conflict resolution, and self-empowerment through creative writing. She 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. This past year, 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 is centered around Summer Conservatories that serve roughly 500 students a summer, ranging in age from 8 to 18. Ms. Thermond has served as lead teacher of her site for three summers, and has directed two shows a summer for the past six.
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. At USC, she continued studying vocal music through the Thornton School of Music?s Oriana Women?s Choir. She was also highly involved in the School of Theatre productions. 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 and Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, Rita in Educating Rita and Olwen in Dangerous Corner.
Sue Dini has been choreographing in the bay area for 44 years and has studied dance for 56 years. She has choreographed for West Valley Light Opera, North Valley Players, Los Gatos, Christian Church, Rainbow Theatre, Pioneer High, Leland High School, Willow Glen High School and Saratoga High School. She was also a member of San Jose Light Opera's Tour Company and performed in shows with San Jose Light Opera,West Valley Light Opera, Foothill College, San Jose State and Pioneer High School's Glue Factory. As a performer she has appeared in: Sweet Charity (Nicki), Little Me, Funny Girl, Kiss Me Kate, Gypsy, Anything Goes(Reno), Bye Bye Birdie(Rosie), Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly (Dolly), Mame (Mame), Godspell (Judas), Music Man, The Wiz (Wiz), Bells Are Ringing (Ella), 42nd Street (Peggy), Odd Couple (female version), White Christmas, “Nunsense”, How to Succeed” and more. Choreographed: “West Side Story,” ‘The Wiz,” Bells are Ringing,” 42nd Street,” “Anything Goes,” Sweet Charity,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Grease,” “High School Musical,” “Honk,” Music Man,” “Guys and Dolls”, “South Pacific,” “Hello, Dolly,” “Mame,” “White Christmas,” Godspell,” “The Wiz,” “How to Succeed,” “Annie,” “Any Get your Gun,” Once on this Island, and more.
Adrian has worked on 25 shows at Saratoga High. He finds the enthusiasm and eagerness of the students to be truly inspiring. In addition, he has worked for a variety of theatres in the Bay Area including City Lights, Shady Shakespeare and San Jose Stage Company. Adrian is the Theatre Manager for the McAfee Performing Arts & Lecture Center.