Giving Students opportunities
Welcome to The Computech Theatre Company, home of the Computech Players. We are located at Computech Middle School, a STEM magnet school in the Fresno Unified School District. Our program consists of four areas of study for performance art students. We offer classes in acting, directing, stagecraft design and Forensics: speech and debate. Our program was the first of its kind at the middle school level in Fresno Unified. The Computech Theatre Company is committed to providing a variety of performance arts opportunities for all students. We believe there is a place for everyone in the Arts. Our Company motto is “Solve the Problem” because we see problems as opportunities for learning and growth. Our Company values friendship, trust and respect as we work together to create inclusive educational performance-based experiences for students and the public.
What we do
Our Company seeks to offer opportunities for students of all interests and abilities in the performance arts. Our acting program teaching students on-stage acting techniques such as stage combat, pantomime, and character choices. Our Directing program is for students who have completed the acting program and wish to expand their knowledge into stage management and directing. Our program is completely student-run as Second Year Directing students work with First Year Acting students. Second Year students can work on the Production Team for each of our shows. Second Year students can also elect to continue their acting education by focusing on Advanced Acting techniques.
CTC recognizes not every student wishes to perform on stage, so we have built an active backstage training program. The Stagecraft program was created to provide design students the opportunity to learn all aspects of show design including costume, lighting and set. Stagecraft students learn research techniques and how to build historically accurate shows.
CTC Forensics is a competition-based training program which focuses on performance and debate skills. Our team regularly competes at the middle school level and is one of the only middle school programs that competes at the high school, State and National levels. Forensics students learn the art of argumentation and research as they build cases for debate. Forensics also provides a platform for politically and socially minded students to speak their views. We celebrate diverse points of view as we engage in respectful argument.
The Computech Theatre Company performs twice a year. We produce a Fall Show and a Spring Show which are open to all Computech students, regardless of enrollment in CTC. Rehearsals take place after school. Performances can happen in November or December for the Fall Show and in April or May for the Spring Show.. To provide the most access for students to diverse types of shows, CTC will alternate between straight plays and musicals each year. We will try to produce one of each during the Season.
Performance cost $5 per person online and $7 in person, with children 3 and under free. Doors will open at 6 PM and curtain will be at 6:30. Refreshments will be sold at every show.
Erin Smith is proud to serve the students of Computech as the second Adivsor of The Computech Theatre Company. She is from Fresno, California, and received a BFA in Acting from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film in New York. She received her teaching credential from Fresno State, and taught Theatre Arts, ELA and Young Women’s Alliance at Sequoia Middle School for the last six years. She is excited to step into this new role at Computech. When not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her eight year old son, taking playwrighting classes and doing theatre. She also teaches classes for Children’s Musical Theatreworks.
Rachel Hibler was the founding Advisor of The Computech Theatre Company. She served the Company from 2014 to 2022. She is from Bakersfield, California, and moved to Fresno to attend Fresno State University where she majored in English Literature. She earned her Masters of Theatre Production and Design from Southern Oregon University. She has been married to her husband, Chris, for 15 years and they have two cats, Hamlet and Ophelia. When she is not teaching, she is an actor, director and cosplayer. She tries to be active in the local community theatre scene. She performs with Good Company Players and works for Children’s Musical Theatreworks. She designed the costumes for StageWorks’s productions of Mamma Mia and Book of Will. She currently teaches Theatre at Roosevelt School of the Arts.