Alicia Sanders has been involved in theatre since age six, when she played the frog in Bambi. Since then, she has worked on and offstage, hoping to inspire young people to learn about themselves through the art of performing.
Ms. Sanders worked for ten years at Oakwood School in Morgan Hill, where she directed over forty-five productions. Her involvement in theatre has spanned the Bay Area, as she has worked for organizations such as Ram’s Head Theatrical Society, the Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, the Marin Academy, and Montalvo Arts Center. Ms. Sanders also completed a directing internship with the Pacific Repertory Theater in Carmel, where she assisted on productions such as The Cherry Orchard, featuring Olympia Dukakis, and a staging of Peter Pan in the historic Forest Theater. She also served as the Artistic Manager for Children’s Musical Theater San Jose (CMTSJ).
Another passion for Ms. Sanders is arts advocacy. She studied at Stanford University, where she received a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature with a focus in theatrical adaptation. While at Stanford, she became involved in building awareness for arts education. She is an active member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), and has served for five years as the national network co-chairperson for high school theatre educators. She is also the California state representative for the Theatre in our Schools Initiative, and was an internal reviewer for the new national Core Arts Standards. She presents regularly about arts awareness and coordinates workshops for local theatre educators.
Above all else, Ms. Sanders loves being with students, and watching how theatre education can break down social boundaries, raise awareness, and create a world where students can feel safe to challenge themselves.