“I believe that participation in theatre is an essential component in developing the whole child. Theatre allows children to explore events, literature, social situations and themselves, in ways that no other teaching tool can.”
Mike Boston has been the artistic director for Starting Arts for the past 11 years where he teaches, directs, designs arts curriculum, develops new programs and produces theatrical productions in schools through out the Bay Area. Mike Boston has more than 20 years experience teaching theater, story telling and play writing to elementary/middle/high school students. His directing credits include more than 100 staged productions for schools and community theatre groups, including: Our Town, MacBeth, Othello, The Wizard of Oz, Oliver!, Footloose, Dracula, Aladdin, Seussical, A Christmas Carol, School House Rock, The Outsiders, Funny Girl, Pippin, Bye Bye Birdie, Grease, The Witches, The Music Man, Oklahoma!, and Honk! One of his many original plays, Picture This, has also been recently published.
In addition to his position at Starting Arts, since 1992, Mr. Boston has taught and directed the theatre program at Benjamin Cory and Trace Elementary Schools, both of which are performing
arts magnet schools in San Jose, CA. Mike Boston received his BA in English with a minor in Theatre Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1989. He also holds a Stage Production Vocational Credential, a Single Subject in English Credential and CLAD Credential from the State of California.