I would like to take this opportunity to welcome not only your student, but you the Warren Department of Theatre Arts. I am excited about the prospect of a wonderful year of opportunity for both your student and myself. Opportunities to learn and grow.
In order for you to know more about me, I would like to introduce myself and tell you a little more about me. I was born and raised in west Texas and graduated from Panther Creek High School in 1996. I attended Howard Payne University and later transfered to Angelo State University. While at ASU, I was involved in numerous productions playing roles or working in a technical capacity. I was a member of the Angelo State Choral and was a member of the ASU Cheer Team serving as captain for two years. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre in December of 2001. In August of 2012 I completed my course of study at the University of Houston and earned an MA in Theatre Arts Education. I have recieved theatre education training from well known theatrical entities such as The Lincoln Center Theatre in New York, Steppenwolf Theatre and the Actors Studio in Chicago, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. I am currently working toward an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from UTSA.
I was hired by NISD in January of 2002 and have taught/directed at both the middle school and high school levels. While at Warren, I have had the honor of watching several students earn individual awards for the talents. As a believer in modeling desired behavior, I continue to work on my own skills as an actor and stage technician by working with many theatrical groups in the city including The Playhouse San Antonio and Ethics Follies.
Your student can expect to have a great time in Theatre Arts. The courses that I teach are very fast-paced and require a great amount of participation from the students. Being fully engaged and active in the class is a must for my students. Students will be instructed on the proper techniques of acting and will be required to perform several memorized scenes for the class. Each class has a required performance that must be completed. I know this may sound like a lot, but I have found that once the students hear the applause, they can't help but feel as though they can do anything. The amount of confidence that this type of activity builds cannot be measured. To clarify, I require students of Theatre Arts to memorize, perform, research, create, think, move, have fun, and learn something new about themselves. By the end of this course, even if your student does not continue down the theatre path, they will have gained an understanding for the hard work and preparation that are required of this art-form.
Once again, I look forward to an amazing year for the Warren Department of Theatre Arts and the addition of each and every student that walks through my door! Welcome!
David B. Nanny, Director of Theatre Arts