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Back à Dos Theater

International High School prides itself on producing exciting, challenging, high-quality theater productions. It also prides itself on the student leadership, collaborative spirit, and strong community found in Back à Dos, the after-school performing arts program. Back à Dos produces at least three major shows each year: a full-length fall play, a spring musical, and student-directed one acts. In addition to performing, students involved in Back à Dos support the program through helping with sets, props, costumes, lights, sound, publicity, and stage management. 

Students in both the International Baccalaureate and French Baccalaureate tracks can also study theater in the classroom for all four years at International High School. In classes, students develop skills in performance technique (movement, voice, improvisation, scene study) and explore stagecraft, design, writing, and directing. They study major theater practitioners (such as Stanislavsky, Brecht, LeCoq, Artaud, Boal) and delve into international theater traditions. Students work with visiting artists, perform for the school community, and take field trips to see local productions. Upper level classes culminate in compelling individual projects, in which students take the lead in directing, designing, and producing. 

Arts Calendar
  • May 2018
    • ThuMay10 HS Option Theater Performances 4:30 PM to 6:30 PMArts Pavilion
    • FriMay11 HS Option Theater Performances 7:00 PM to 9:00 PMArts Pavilion
    • ThuMay17 May Theater Project 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    • FriMay18 May Theater Project 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    • FriMay18 HS Spring Concert 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    • MonMay21 MS Arts Evening 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • June 2018
    • FriJun01 HS Back à Dos Banquet 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

International High School

150 Oak Street

San Francisco, CA 94102-5912

Phone: 415.558.2000

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An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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