About the SHS Drama Department
The Sehome High School Drama Department is a program built on the pillars of respect, commitment and community. Students perform a variety of styles of theater including modern, classical and musical productions. The program focuses heavily on acting as an artform and celebrates a tradition of storytellers. The beloved 200-seat Little Theater provides an intimate space where performances great and small can be brought to life. The program is permeated by a quirky, do-it-yourself attitude and welcomes all levels of experience.
SHS Drama also boasts a successful Thespian Troupe (#4616) which was named a Silver Honors Troupe by the Washington State Thespians in 2017 & 2018. Learn more about how to support Sehome Drama and keep the arts in our schools!
Meet the Director
Kandace McGowan has been working with youth for more than 10 years in traditional classrooms, summer camps, community centers, and after-school programs. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a B.S. in Psychology (with an emphasis in Child Development) from Santa Clara University. After college she spent a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer working with the homeless population in Seattle. Before coming to Sehome, she completed a Master in Teaching in Secondary Education from The Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University. McGowan took on the role of Director at Sehome High School in 2014.
Orignally from San Jose, California, McGowan spent most of her childhood writing short stories and reading Harry Potter aloud (quite dramatically!) to anyone who would listen. She was first introduced to the magic of theater at Presentation High School with her first role of "Fangirl 3" in Singing in the Rain. She was hooked!
As a first-generation college student, she truly understands the transformative power of education, especially theater and literature. McGowan works to create authentic, engaging experiences for her students that connect to their everyday lives.