About Our Theatre Program
The North Valley Arts Academies (NVAA) Theatre Program explores the unique and transformative power of theater through collaborative creation. Whether your student has dreams of being on stage or behind the scenes, they will learn how to become master storytellers through the progressively rigorous curriculum preparing them for a variety of creative careers.
Students will begin their journey leaning fundamental performance and storytelling skills such as role play, play writing, and performance. Once skills are mastered students will then move on to advanced acting techniques, design, theater history, direction, improv, and musical theater. The road to the opening night may be difficult one, but your child will learn the skills and gain the confidence to become a powerful and creative theater artist.
Students who are enrolled into the theatre program will acquire skills that will transfer into the student's everyday life. Students will continue to build and enhance many of these skills, enabling them to effectively communicate with others verbally as well as through written forms of communication. The students will begin to take on leadership roles and over seeing and management of projects and much more!
- Critical thinking skills
- Ability to work individually and collaboratively
- Creative problem-solving skills
- Performance and presentation skills
- Ability to work under pressure
- Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
- Movement and Voice for the Actor: 9th Grade
- Set Design and Construction: 9th Grade
- Musical Theatre and Film Acting: 10th Grade
- Costume and Makeup: 10th Grade
- American Realism and Shakespeare: 11th Grade
- Lighting and Sound: 11th Grade
- Directing, Playwriting, and Exit Portfolio: 12th Grade
- Technical Director and Exit Portfolio: 12th Grade
Successful Career Pathways
- Camera Operator
- Fashion Designer
- Makeup Artist
- Set and Exhibit Designer
- Casting Director
- Set Decorator
- Theatre Consultant
- Stage Management
- Costume Designer
- Dialect Coach
- Lighting Designer
- Public Relations Assistant
Joe Flowers is a professional actor, director, and theatre educator. Originally from Prescott, Arizona, he received his undergraduate theater degree from Arizona State University where he studied acting with Tony Award-winning director Marshal W. Mason. He received his MFA in Acting from Illinois State University where he studied advanced acting, movement, and voice techniques. Joe has appeared onstage in over fifty productions with theatre companies across the country, including two seasons with the acclaimed Illinois Shakespeare Festival in Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, and Comedy of Errors. He has acted with many companies in the Phoenix area, such as Childsplay Theater Company, Stray Cat Theater, The Shakespeare Theater, Arizona Jewish Theater Company, and Theatre Works. A longtime talent of the Leighton Agency, Joe has worked in commercials and industrials with clients such as Toyota, Goodwill, AAA, and KSLX. Film credits include lead roles in A Stray, The Nephila, Rupert’s Ship, and Crossroads of Fate. He wrote and directed the original television pilot The Drama, which won multiple Best TV Pilot and Best Script awards at Moondance International Film Festival, Nevada Film Festival, Las Vegas Independent Film Festival, and the International Family Film Festival. He is a member of SAG/AFTRA.
Keath David Hall has a BA in History from SDSU and an MA in Literature from NAU. Keath has been teaching for twelve years, but only two at SMHS. He has worked as an actor, director, fight choreographer and technical director around the United States for over twenty years. The father of two boys, he lives with his family in Mesa.