"I regard the theater as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being."
- Oscar Wilde -

O’Dowd’s rich theater program gives students the opportunity to express their passions, develop agency, and learn to artistically interrogate local and global issues. Through intimate classes alongside full-scale productions, students learn voice and movement, acting, improvisation, character and scene development, and playwriting. 


Our facilities include a modern professional theater, as well as a state-of-the-art black box theater for more exploratory performances. Students are encouraged to direct and produce original work, as well as perform both classical and cutting-edge plays and musicals.

Ashkon Davaran, Theater Head

Originally from Berkeley, Ashkon has a BA in Theater Arts from UC Santa Cruz and an MA in Applied Theater from The City University of New York, where he also worked as a professional actor. He is inspired by the many ways that theater inspires young people to deeply engage in shaping their own stories.