DVHS Theatre Arts
About the DVHS Theatre Arts Program
Dedicated to creating a strong program in the performing arts, the Thespians of Dougherty Valley High School perform three major productions per year, including a yearly musical and student directed one-acts. In addition to these productions, the students have organized an Improvisational theatre group presenting comedic impromptu performances to the delight of many.
A variety of Theatre Arts classes are available at DVHS and provide students with excellent communication skills in a challenging and supportive atmosphere while maintaining rigorous academic standards that adhere to the UC and CSU requirements.
Participation in the productions is by audition only and available to all members of the DVHS student body.
Want to know more about our Drama Club?
The Dougherty Valley Theatre Arts Program began in 2008 by a few students who wanted to entertain and educate the community. Under the direction of Paul Vega, these dedicated students have grown the program to new heights and continues to be guided by students looking for an exciting theatre experience. See Mr. Vega or one of our student leaders for more information!
About Mr. Vega
Paul Vega has been leading the Drama program at Dougherty Valley High School since 2008. With a few students and a production budget of $300, the program has grown to produce shows that combine the efforts of 70 students and much higher production values. Prior to joining the staff of DVHS, Paul was brought to James Logan High School to rebuild the Drama program after several years of decay.
Mr. Vega began working professionally in the entertainment industry at sixteen years old and used the money he earned as a performer and technician to pay his way through college. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz and upon graduation began working as a Visual Effects Editor for Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic. During his time with the company, he worked on over fifteen feature films earning over 2 billion dollars (unfortunately, the money was not his to keep)! In addition to his work in film, Paul was often sent to schools and universities to lecture on the importance of education in the film industry. It was the experience with these students that led Mr. Vega to leave the film world and turn his passion for the arts into a career in education. In the process, he earned a Master’s degree in Education and found his first teaching job as a video arts instructor.
Paul’s work in the theatre has been seen throughout the bay area, both on and off stage. His work has ranged from dramatic roles to the comedic character in many musicals. He has also won a number of awards for his work as a lighting designer. Mr. Vega has also had the opportunity to act in a number of feature films.
Mr. Vega’s goal is to inspire and help the students believe that they are capable of doing much more than a “high school” production. His students believe in putting on “high quality” productions.