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Students acting in Godspell

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge

Albert Einstein

Visual and Performing Arts

Our Visual and Performing Arts Department is an integral part of school life. Through our music, theatre, and visual and technical art programs, we empower students to create, innovate, explore, and engage in a love of the arts. At the same time, we help students develop aesthetic literacy while connecting the many commonalities of human existence through a Lasallian worldview. 

Our curriculum is both broad and deep and intended for all students - from those with experience to those interested in trying something new. Each of our 28 courses is structured to advance technique and help students grow as artists, creators, and performers. That said, we openly recognize the diversity of learning styles and abilities among our students and provide for these in an atmosphere that is dedicated to developing creativity, confidence, self-discipline, cooperation, a sense of history, and an awareness of contemporary life through the various disciplines employed in the arts. 

We also encourage all our students to ask questions, problem-solve, think critically, and engage in meaningful discourse as they evolve their craft. 

Outside of the classroom, our students continue the tradition of the Spartan brothers that came before them by performing and competing in a variety of music and theatre productions throughout the school year.


VAPA Brochure

One Night Only

Every year, in the fall, our Visual and Performing Arts Department hosts One Night Only: a behind-the-scenes interactive workshop for prospective students. To learn more and to sign up, please visit our One Night Only page.

Our Visual and Performing Arts Community

Student clubs are an integral part of our student life program. They offer an opportunity to engage with peers over common interests as well as support the school and the greater community. In addition, a number of our clubs extend membership to include Carondelet students. Within this framework, there are several clubs that relate to art. Some of these are listed below. For more information, please visit our student Google site.

  • A Capella Club

  • Animation Club

  • Anime and Manga Club

  • Art Club

  • Asian Music Club

  • Beethoven’s 12th

  • Choir Club

  • Dance Club

  • Improv Team

  • International Thespian Society

  • Theatre Company

  • Future Imagineers

  • Marvel Club

  • Music Club

  • National Art Society

  • Photography Club

  • School of Rock

  • Star Wars Club

Visual & Performing Arts Department Staff

Ms. Meredith Barnidge

Director of Theatre Arts
(925) 288-8143

Mr. Justin Cesarin

Technical Theater Director
(925) 288-8100 ext. 7034

Mr. Larry Colón

Band Director
(925) 288-8121

Mrs. Jennifer Ricketts

Art Instructor
(925) 288-8100 ext. 7039

Mr. Giles Thompson

Art Instructor
(925) 288-8100 ext. 7026