Rosie Perez Cast in Lead Roles in NBC’s Drama High

Veteran Rosie Perez and up-and-comer Rarmian Newton (The Family) have been cast in lead roles in NBC’s drama pilot Drama High, from Friday Night Lights executive producer/showrunner Jason Katims and Jeffrey Seller, producer of the smash Broadway hit Hamilton.

Written by Katims, Drama High was inspired by the story of ground-breaking high school drama teacher Lou Volpe as chronicled in the book Drama High, written by one of Volpe’s students, Michael Sokolove. The hourlong project revolves around an extraordinary working-class high school drama department and the incredible students who come alive under a passionate teacher and family man whose dedication to the program galvanizes the entire town.

Perez plays Tracey, the high energy with a no-holds-barred mouth current Drama School teacher and a former high school theater person who is finding someone else with passion and vision can still inspire her. Aussie Newton plays Maashous Evers, a mysterious, independent and handsome student from a broken home who works as the lighting technician on all the school’s drama projects. The two join previously cast Moana star Auli’i Cravalho.

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