Building CHARACTERS for the stage!
Building CHARACTER for life!
Torrance High Theater seeks to maintain a supportive and creative culture of live theatre on the historic Torrance High School campus. By providing a safe place for students to step out of their comfort zone, Torrance High Theater seeks to build artists of outstanding character as well as equipping them with skills that will provide them with a lifetime of learning.
Built on the legacy set by former theater teachers Casie Duvall and Charles Slater, Torrance is led by artist-educator Darryl B. Hovis. Darryl earned his M.A. in Theatre Production at Central Washington University and studied acting at the Professional Conservatory at UCSD under Anna Shapiro (Steppenwolf) as well as South Coast Repertory under Karen Hensel. He is the co-founder and former artistic director of the Culver City Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, where he developed an intensive arts program for high school students in theatre, film, music, and art, and has gone on to develop theatre programs at other Southern California high schools, as well as Theatre International at Leysin American School in Leysin, Switzerland. He is a resident artist with Chance Theater where he serves as Associate Producer of the Theater for Young Audience series as well as the director of the Teens Speak Up! program working with teens in finding their voice in theater.
Torrance Theater performs in two venues on campus. ASSEMBLY HALL a 700 seat WPA landmark in the center of campus, built in 1938 and beautifully renovated in 2004. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 and is an outstanding example of PWA Moderne work. THE LITTLE THEATER, an intimate space with various configurations holding up to 120 people.
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