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Downtown High School

Caught in the Achievement Gap

Directed by Robert Coverdell, Sierra Gonzalez, and Sabeena Shah
Choreography by Inez Schynell

Dec 8–9, 2023


Caught in the Achievement Gap

Dec 8–9, 2023

Friday, Dec 8 and 9 at 1:30pm

Year after year, article after article is published about the achievement gap in San Francisco Unified School District. It is discussed in meeting after meeting, yet the gap persists, affecting the educational opportunities and futures of students of color in San Francisco.

This semester our class examined the achievement gap in relationship to our own school experiences. Our show, Caught in the Achievement Gap, features monologues, dances, and short plays highlighting students’ research, personal journeys, and perspectives. It reveals some of the biggest barriers to student achievement, and challenges the audience to reflect and take action. We are out here to speak truth to power and to fight for the educations we deserve. 

An original piece of theater written and performed by the students of the Acting for Critical Transformations (ACT) Project:

Alex Gudiel

Aniyah Bluford

Antonio Knight

Asante Vawters

Dejuan Domingue

Delilah Garcia

Dupri Carter

Gustavo Silva Pacheco

Ja'Mya Powell

Jasmin Arana

Javier Ramirez

Kal'el Ama

Kayani Isabel

Kevin Kunze

Mia Vasquez

Miyani Ryan

Moemalie Tagoai

Navondre Ama

Naysa Sierra

Osa Mati

Phillip Jones

Tanoa Masaniai

Yovani Castanon


Creative Team

Natalie Greene


Anelisa Armijo Montoya


Lauren Chang

Lighting Design

Kathryn Gubler

Production Manager

Stage Management

Danie Boyster

Stage Manager

Kaitlin Weinstein

Stage Manager


Francesca Manning and Mike Anderburg

Students worked alongside 826 Valencia staff and tutors to write and revise their pieces. Thank you the 826 Valencia team: Andre Douglass, Vivian Sming, Lucy Gosline-Ratliff, Tony Manalo, and volunteers. Learn more about 826 Valencia at 826valencia.org.