Sunday, June 16, 2013

Local theater educators honor SCPA principal, resource teacher, Pershing and Marshall programs

Mitzi Lizarraga
Principal Mitzi Lizarraga of the San Diego School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) has received the Bravissimo Award from the San Diego Theatre Educators Alliance.

At the same June 3 event, Patrick Garcia, VAPA Theatre Resource Teacher, received the Spirit of Bravissimo Star Award. Jeff Russell, formerly of Marshall Middle, and Terry Miller, formerly of Pershing Middle School, were honored with the Distinguished Theatre Program.

"Mitzi’s outstanding leadership has contributed to excellence in theater education for all her students by providing them with high quality opportunities to participate in multiple components of a theatrical production in order to create a comprehensive understanding of the essential elements each component provides," said Karen Childress-Evans, program manager for San Diego Unified's Visual and Performing Arts Program. "Students develop world views by exploring dramatic literature that is representative of various cultural perspectives and are challenged to view theater as a lightning rod for social change, replacing complacency with action and apathy with empathy."

The Bravissimo Awards are held yearly. The awards are decided and given by the San Diego Theatre Educators Alliance, a professional association of theatre teachers in San Diego County. Their mission statement: SDTEA exists to promote and advocate for quality theatre education throughout San Diego County and encourage educational excellence through an environment that embraces an atmosphere of diversity and fosters cooperation with other established arts organizations.

"Ms. Lizarraga was recognized for her consistent support of the theatre program at the San Diego SCPA and the greater community," said Russ Sperling, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the San Diego County Office of Education.

Bravissimo is their annual event that recognizes excellence in theatre education. Educational Awards include: Bravissimo Choice, Rookie of the Year, Administrator of the Year, and more. Special recognition is also given to their beloved retirees as they induct members into the SDTEA Hall of Fame. This gala event celebrates the educational theatre community and is a great way to wind down the school year.​