Lisa Sandoval, the Artistic Director of the Franklin Theatre Company is an A.M.A.E outstanding educator award winner, singer, and actor. Lisa has been teaching for over 34 years and has extensive training in theater arts. In fact, for seven years she has continued her training on her own time to grow and learn the ins and outs of musical productions by participating in summer workshops with the California Musical Theater. Her students have won Elly and Lenaea Festival awards. In 2014 and 2015, FTC won the Sacramento area competition for an opportunity to participate in the California High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) in San Jose, Califonia. Eventual winners for a trip to New York city to participate in the "Jimmy Awards". She has excellent rapport with the students and her standards raise the bar for all involved in theater productions. Her ability to reach students and encourage them to take risks, which in turn, builds their confidence and self-esteem, is contagious. She is called “exceptional” by colleagues, students, and parents. Mrs. Sandoval exudes passion for the theater and her students. Her leadership flows over into the community by providing topnotch theater productions.
Community Participation and the Next Level Support
As the Artistic Director of FTC, Mrs. Sandoval provides a variety of exciting and challenging theater experiences for all students that focus on the development of ensemble work, original student pieces, contemporary and classic plays, interactive theater for children, and musical theater. Each year FTC produces a Fall Show, a Spring Musical, a student-written production, a Holiday Show, and a Children's Show for local elementary schools. Theatre students attend the Festival of the Arts, the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and compete in the Lenaea Festival (CSUS).
In 2006 her students won awards at the Lenaea Festival and were honored at the EGUSD Board Meeting. In the 2006 production Sound of Music, two of the actors were nominated for an Elly Award as Best Supporting Actors. In 2007 Mrs. Padilla was nominated for costume design. In 2008, the theatre received 19 nominations winning in 5 categories. Lisa Sandoval won as Best Director for a Drama and the same show for best Drama for Shakespeare’s The Tempest In 2009, the theatre company won at the Lenaea Festival a bronze medal for their one-act Tom Jones and swept the monologues with a Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals. Select the Thespian Club on the menu and then History to see the theatre successes.
Lisa Sandoval has been directing since her college days. She has directed over ninety plays for young people. Her most memorable would have to be Guys and Dolls, Les Misérables, Oliver, and Noises Off. As a performer, she really enjoyed her roles as the goddess of love in Once on this Island and Mary Magdalene in Godspell.
Her goals for The Theater Company are to:
• reach students who are not otherwise being reached.
• connect students to themselves and each other.
• transform the environment for learning.
• provide learning opportunities for the adults in the lives of young people.
• provide new challenges for those students already considered successful.
• connect learning experiences to the world of real work.
What makes Mrs. Sandoval stand out is her commitment to taking the theater experience to new levels. A unique feature of this Theatre Company is the interdisciplinary approach to instruction. The stagecraft classes build the sets, the band performs the musical scores, the Video Production students film the shows, the Fusion Dance Company performs in or before the plays, and the Art department designs many of the graphics for programs, props, and posters. This takes collaboration and strong leadership.
Mrs. Sandoval is a master teacher with a passion for the theatre. Her enthusiasm translates into the kind of leadership that empowers students to take risks and be the best that they can be in all things. Lisa knows how to show the students what is important in life... compassion, integrity, and love. She is one of the people you just love to be around. The students want to please her so they stretch themselves by selecting duet scenes, monologues, and songs that push new limits.
Lisa's dedication to the teaching profession and students is commendable. Her ability to reach students and encourage them to take risks, which in turn, builds their confidence and self-esteem, is contagious. She spends countless hours researching and preparing for every production. As the Artistic Director of FTC, Mrs. Sandoval provides a variety of exciting and challenging theater experiences for all students that focus on the development of ensemble work, original student pieces, contemporary and classic plays, interactive theater for children, and musical theater. She knows how to build students up because she cares about the INDIVIDUAL. She has excellent rapport with the students and her standards raise the bar for all involved in theater productions. She is driven by both quality and efficiency. Franklin High School community regards her with the utmost respect. Her colleagues, students, and parents call her "exceptional". Her leadership flows over into the community by providing topnotch theater productions.
In January 2007, local T.V. station KXTV channel 10 selected Lisa as their News10 Teacher of the Month.
In May 2007, Mrs. Sandoval was one of the teachers receiving the Prudential California Realty Award Acknowledging Outstanding Teachers.
A student wrote:
“I am constantly astounded by how much all of your students respect and love you. Because you consider your job a creative process and a work of art, we all take you seriously. Your passion for theatre and education ignites a similar passion in all of those around you. In turn, those people leave from high school with a new perspective, a future, a love for others, and a willingness to cooperate – all things we never could have learned in an ordinary classroom. Your patience and your grace are yet another of your attributes. You always give a second chance and a new opportunity to those you teach. You set an example and a standard for your students that we all want to follow. Who would have ever thought that a theatre company, in existence for only five years, would accomplish all that we have. A ten-show season, incredible guest artists, an ever-growing community of theatre students, and a parent organization to support it all – it could not have been done without you.”
Amongst all her activities, Mrs. Sandoval went back to school in 2007 to work on her Masters Degree. She is enrolled with the Oregon Southern University receiving her Theatre Education in Production and Design in June 2011.
"OUTSTANDING THEATRE EDUCATOR OF 2016"
Congratulations to Franklin High School’s Lisa Sandoval, who has been selected as Outstanding Theatre Educator of 2016. In addition to teaching Theatre courses, Ms. Sandoval has been the Artistic Director of the Franklin Theatre Company since 2002, when the school opened. Her program routinely produces 9 productions a season, and is financially self-sustaining. Under her leadership, FTC has recognized by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance with numerous Elly Awards, and has earned awards at the Lenaea High School Theatre Festival. In 2014 and 2015, FTC was nominated for the California High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) in San Jose, California, in 2016, her production of Into the Woods won “Best Overall Production.”
It is for these accomplishments, but most especially for the positive impact she has had in the lives of countless students over 34 years, that Lisa Sandoval has been chosen as this year’s Outstanding Theatre Educator by the California Educational Theatre Association. She will be honored at the upcoming CETA conference in North Hollywood on October 8, 2016.
Sincere thanks to this dedicated and ambitious teacher for her commitment to the Franklin High School Theatre and Drama class programs.