Granite Hills Eagle Theatre has served San Diego's East County since the school's inception.  

This theatre program established a reputation for quality productions and professional trainings.


Now, under the direction of Kirsten Giard, Eagle Theatre is going in a new and exciting direction.  

We honor the past of Granite Hills Acting Workshop (GHAW) as well as Eagle Theatre and look forward to many exciting seasons to come.

Kirsten Giard Branch


Kirsten Giard Branch taught theatre and directed over 100 productions at Valhalla High School in the Grossmont District from 1991 to 2014.  She is currently the theatre teacher for IDEA Center High School in El Cajon.  


She has a BA in Theatre from San Diego State University and a Masters in Theatre Design and Production from Southern Oregon University. She works as a teaching artist with The La Jolla Playhouse teaching Technical Theatre to incarcerated youth, as well as their Young Performers Workshop Technical Theatre Intensive. 


She co-founded the San Diego Educational Theatre Association in 1996 and has served on their board since. Ms. Giard mentors a variety of theatre teachers at all grade levels and is co-owner/presenter of Survivor Theatre Teacher Edition Theatre Teacher Workshops.


She currently serves on the Pickwick Players Board as Technical Director.

Dustin Holum

Technical Director

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Claudia Dyson-Hightower


Claudia Dyson-Hightower is a certified dance-aholic!  Dance isn’t her problem, it is her answer. You dance the way you live your life and life is an audition to the big dance floor in the sky.  She’s professionally invested her entire soul in all arenas of art nationally and internationally. If what you love is what you do best, then you truly truly have been blessed. Thanks to God, her parents and her six major mentors. 

Beverly Claar

Technical Director

Beverly Claar has been involved in theatre production for over 30 years. She served as Production Manager at East County Performing Arts Center as well as working at 3D Stage and Lighting.

Currently, she is Technical Director for West Hills, Valhalla and Steele Canyon High Schools. 

She is Resident Lighting Designer for Pickwick Players Community Theatre in Santee.

Janessa Nadeau

Musical Director

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