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Drama Teacher
Contact Paul Moreno  Paul Moreno 8th Grade History; Drama

Drama - Musical Theatre

The Wood Middle School drama program strives to instill knowledge and skills to students in two main areas:

  • Acting: Principals of improvisation and mime, visualizing space and creating floor plans, developing characterization, voice projection and developing voice flexibility, principals of blocking, running an effective rehearsal and overall rehearsal etiquette.
  • Design & Technical Theatre: Understanding the world of the play, set design, costume design, basic stagecraft (painting and building), running light and sound equipment, vocal music, choreography and dance.

Classes in the drama program prepare different plays throughout the school year.  Our production for the 2017-2018 school year was "Alice in Wonderland". Our upcoming production for the 2018-2019 school year will be "The Lion King". 


Collaboration with other arts programs includes original music for the play “Archangels Don’t Play” written by music instructor Anselmo Reis.  The Art department is helping to make the set for the play “The Diviners”.  In addition, a team-taught class is being planned by the art and drama instructors which will teach students about set design and stagecraft.  Students of the drama program will have opportunities to attend various field trips with students from the art and music programs to locations such as the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon.


Wood Middle School offers a comprehensive theatre experience for students of all skill levels.  The scope of activities and quality of productions has distinguished Wood Middle School from other middle school drama programs for many years.  The Drama department is committed to tapping into students’ talents and providing an outlet to express their creativity, physicality, imagination, and voice. Drama also provides many opportunities for students to practice their teamwork and presentation skills.


Drama teacher, Mr. Moreno, has been working with youth in theatre for 21 years.  He has done graduate work in Theatre & Film at Boston University, advanced work at the University College of Wales, holds a BA in directing from U.C. Santa Barbara and an MA in Theatre from San Francisco State University.