Theatre Arts Program

Whether you like to be in front of people or behind the scenes - on the stage singing, dancing, acting in formal productions or showing off your improvisational skills - or behind the scenes, putting your construction and technical skills to the test, if you have an interest in theatre arts, Bellarmine's Theatre Arts Program has a place for you.

Theatre Productions

Bellarmine runs a full theatre season - fall drama, winter musical and spring comedy. Auditions are well-publicized, so your opportunity awaits. By offering three different types of performances each year, we hope to hit upon the strengths and interests of a wide variety of students.

Sanguine Humours

Bellarmine's theatre arts program also includes a resident improvisational troupe, Sanguine Humours. Founded in 1989 by theatre students, including current faculty members Peter Canavese and Russ Marcel, the troupe is named for the medieval "sanguine" temperament, which is characterized as impulsive, boisterous and often-times sarcastic. Auditions to become a troupe member are held in the fall. Sanguine Humours performs free lunchtime shows and two mainstage shows per year, which raise funds for various charities.


Nonsensicals is an improv troupe open to ALL students - no audition necessary! You are welcome in Sobrato's Black Box Theatre on Tuesdays at lunch to hone your skills, laugh and play improv games. 

Stagecraft & Theatre Tech

Our stagecraft and theatre tech program provides students with the opportunity to be involved in our theatre arts productions without being "on-stage". Our program utilizes approximately 35-50 students every year, welcoming freshmen through seniors.

The sets that we use for our productions are built entirely by students in the program. Teachers/moderators only monitor for safety. Students are also given hands-on training in lighting, sound and set design, and during performances, the crew of stage managers, lighting technicians, sound managers is entirely comprised of our students.

Our program also includes student internships in costume design and construction under our head costume designer, Jean Toohey.

Over the past several decades, numerous graduates of our stagecraft program have won scholarships to national and international universities, including one veteran, Gregg Carlson, who earned his MFA in technical theatre at Yale, is currently the technical director for Opera San Jose, and is involved as technical director / set designer in many of our Bellarmine productions. Alum Russ Marcel who is the Department Chair for the Visual & Performing Arts department, also serves as a technical director. 

Program Contacts

Theatre Arts Program Chair:

Gregg Carlson

Theatre Production Directors:

Peter Canavese

Jeremy Lum

Russ Marcel

Tech Director: 

Gregg Carlson

Sanguine Humours Moderators:

Russ Marcel

Production News

  • Bellarmine Chancellor Receives Honorary Doctorate

    San Jose, CA – Reverend Gerald T. Wade, S.J., chancellor of Bellarmine College Preparatory, its former president, and an alumnus of the all-boys Jesuit high school, is the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from Santa Clara University (SCU), given to him at SCU’s 168th Commencement held on June 15, 2019. Friend and Bellarmine colleague, Rev. Richard Cobb, S.J., introduced the honor, with the degree conferred by Rev. Michael Engh, S.J., president of SCU.

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  • Bellarmine's cast of Newsies in rehearsals

    Theatre Arts Program Presents Newsies

    Rehearsals are well underway for our Theatre Arts production of Disney’s Newsies, the hit Broadway musical about the Newsboys Strike of 1899, when child labor unionized to demand fairer treatment from the likes of publisher Joseph Pulitzer. Based on the Disney film, the production features songs by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty & the Beast) and Tony-winner Jack Feldman.

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  • Newsies Cast Announced

    Bellarmine's production of Newsies has been cast by director Peter Canavese.

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Get Involved!

We welcome our students, from all grade levels, to get involved in our productions. Contact the following individuals based upon individual interests:

  • Acting classes - Visual & Performing Arts Department Chair, Russ Marcel
  • Technical theatre (lights, sound, set building etc.) - Tech Director, Gregg Carlson
  • Costume design/construction - Jean Toohey
  • Improvisational acting - Moderator, Russ Marcel