Senior Brandon Martinez represented Servite and Tri-School Theatre at CA Youth in Theatre Day in Sacramento March 14th-15th. He was joined by students from Connelly and Rosary as well as Tri-School Theatre's director (Hillary Pearson) and choreographer (Michael Lopez). The event was a great success, and the Tri-School delegation had meetings in three different legislative offices- Senators Huff and Moorlach, and Assembly Member Wagner. Brandon did an excellent job advocating for the arts in education, and specifically SB 916. This senate bill proposes to close a gap in teacher credentialing for Theatre and Dance. Currently, teachers in California must acquire an English credential in order to teach Theatre, and a P.E. credential in order to teach dance. Passage of SB 916 would allow Theatre and Dance teachers to earn credentials in their subject matter. Theatre and Dance are currently the only core subjects that do not have a credential available.
In addition, Brandon and the other Tri-School students performed in front of the entire group of over 200 people as a part of CA Youth in Theatre Day. Brandon was also Tri-School's representative to perform in a spoken word piece on the Capitol steps to raise awareness of SB916 and CA Youth in Theatre Day. This event was the 19th annual, and Tri-School has been sending delegates annually since 2005.