WHAT WE DO
Saratoga Theatre Arts, informally called Drama Boosters, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization that supports the Drama Department, programs and productions at Saratoga High School.
Our purpose is to enhance the quality of these programs by providing volunteer support, recognizing the outstanding achievements of our students, and supplementing school funds in order to continue to deliver advanced theatre opportunities for our students and sophisticated productions to the broader community.
Your membership provides a much needed financial boost to our Drama Program, bringing opportunities such as professional level workshops and training to our young actors, providing set and sound equipment for the tech crew and support for the drama staff.
Programs develop and hone beginning through advanced acting skills and stagecraft, the technical aspect of theatrical production. Our students have been recognized for both at the International Thespian Conference. Help us sustain SHS's outstanding theatrical tradition by joining Drama Boosters.
General STA/Booster Club meetings are open to the public and typically take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Thermond Drama Center at 20300 Herriman Ave.
Bryan Ringsted is excited to come to Saratoga high school this year. Mr. Ringsted has been performing since Middle School, where an introduction to drama class gave him an incurable theater bug. He continued performing in his High School theater program for four years, and participated in both theater arts and choir classes, forming some of his best High School memories on and back stage. He knows that the social and emotional aspects of a theater program are just as important as the educational ones, and constantly strives to make students feel like a close knit family whenever they physically (or virtually) enter the theater “space”.
Mr.Ringsted believes passionately in lifelong learning and has attended a half dozen colleges since high school, continuously honing his craft and expanding his knowledge of the performing arts. He obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Theater (Directing and Education emphasis) from San Jose State University and graduated as the department Valedictorian. He continued to study at SJSU and obtained a single subject teaching credential in Theater Arts and English.
After college Mr. Ringsted taught Media Productions, Theater, and English at Branham High School, and has taught Theater Arts, Technical Theater, and Musical Theater and worked professionally in the theater and event industry for over a dozen years since then.
Although Mr. Ringsted’s love of theater began on stage, he has discovered the joy of collaborating backstage since graduating college. He has professionally designed Sets, Lighting, Projections, and Audio for multiple companies throughout the south bay and in Portland, OR, and has worked on countless shows and events as a professional technician. He believes that the artistry that goes into creating an immersive creative experience for an audience begins the moment they enter the lobby, and so emphasizes all elements of theatrical production in his teaching. While teaching at Leigh HIgh school, Mr. Ringsted obtained his Career Technical Education Arts, Media, and Entertainment credential and wrote the curriculum for his district’s first CTE curriculum for Technical Theater, Musical Theater, and Theater Arts. He believes that Theater is not just a hobby, but a legitimate career all students can pursue and excel at if they have the passion and grit to succeed in this wonderful, creative industry.
Ben Brotzman is very pleased to be the Theatre Manager of the McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center 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.