The NPHS Theatre Arts Department annually showcases the talents of over 200 students, both on the stage and backstage. Through the creativity of our students, we are able to transform our audiences to other worlds, create characters from the pages of literature, and find truth and art in imaginary circumstances and in themselves.

Each year we present two Main Stage Shows (one Musical and one Full Length Play), a Student One Acts Festival, a Mystery Dinner Theatre, and two 18 Hour Theatre Festivals. The variety and talent level keep the audiences coming back for more.

Each production, fundraising opportunity and collaboration with community and professional theatres within the local theatrical community, are carefully picked in order for students to experience the complete repertoire that the incredible world of theatre has to offer and to encourage our students to strive for a more professional experience.

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Marilyn Strange has been the Theatre Arts Director at Newbury Park High School since 2013, with her inaugural production being “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, in the Spring of 2013. Before her teaching position, Mrs. Strange fell in love with theatre as a high school student and hasn’t stopped creating since.

She has had the pleasure of working in theatre mostly, performing drama, comedy, musicals, fairy tales in the park, dinner theatre, and Shakespeare, both locally and in Los Angeles. She has also enjoyed working in film, on multiple web series, and completed some voiceover work, but has found true passion in directing. Some of her most notable roles have been Annie Sullivan in “The Miracle Worker”, Goneril in “King Lear”, and Miss Fern in “The Bad Seed”.

Marilyn Strange
NPHS Theatre Arts Director


Theatre I CP

This course is designed for both the student new to drama and the student with a general background in the theatre…

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Theatre II CP

This course is designed for the more advanced theatre student who has already established a general…

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Technical Theatre CP

This course will introduce the student to what goes on behind the scenes of the theatre, in all technical aspects: lights, sound…

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IB Theatre

Pending approval for the 2018/19 school year

Stagecraft ROP

Articulated with Ventura County Community College District

Honors Stage Production ROP

Pending articulation with the Ventura County Community College District

Theatre Practicum

Production Class.

This is an audition based class tied to the specific shows. The requirements are show specific.

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NPHS Theatre Boosters

The NPHS Theatre Boosters was started in 2015 by a group of dedicated parents to support our theatre program, our amazing teacher Mrs. Strange, and the many students committed to creating our outstanding productions.

NPHS Theatre Boosters is a non profit organization with a diverse group of parent volunteers. There is no cost or official paperwork required to be a Booster member. We welcome all parents into Boosters and appreciate any level of involvement.

As with all volunteer organizations, our active members are the backbone of our success. We handle fundraising, logistics on show nights, promoting our programs in the community, and any number of other creative tasks needed by the theatre department.

We are always looking for parent volunteers to help us make our program better. Please attend our monthly Booster meetings anytime to learn more about our program or to get involved.

I also welcome you to email me personally with any questions, ideas, or concerns you may have. It is my privilege to be the 2017-2018 NPHS Theatre Boosters President.


Wendy Grossmann
NPHS Theatre Boosters President

Please help us provide amazing theatre arts courses for our students. We are still looking to fill the following Booster Club positions: Fundraising Chair, Publicity Chair, Apparel Chair, Silent Auction Chair and Auditor. Contact our President to volunteer for our board.
Everyone is welcome to our monthly meetings.

Theatre Boosters President Wendy Grossmann
Vice-President Sally Varav
Secretary Lauren Gill
Treasurer Carina Hastings & Erica Berman
Volunteer Chair Kathy Weiss
NPHS Theatre Arts Director Marilyn Strange
Auditor Need Help
Fundraising Need Help
Apparel Need Help
Silent Auction Need Help
Webmaster Carla Gabriela Rivera