Tag archives: Gioia Marchese

Horror Show at SBHS 
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 18, 2023

Santa Barbara High School is the first of the local public schools to mount their spring production, leading the charge with the ever popular The Rocky Horror Show, the stage musical from which the 1975 cult film was adapted, running April 14-22 at the school’s theater. New theater department director Gioia Marchese chose the deliberately […]

New SBHS Director Shares the Gioia of Teaching Theater
By Steven Libowitz   |   November 15, 2022

Otto Layman’s celebrated tenure at the helm of Santa Barbara High School’s Theater department spanned more than a quarter of a century and ushered in an era of big musical performances that rivaledprofessional productions.  His replacement, Justin Baldridge, started in fall 2020, and suffered from terrible timing, of course. A veteran of multiple Off-Broadway productions […]