Theatre Arts Takes Lesson from the Stage to the Classroom
Theatre Arts Takes Lesson from the Stage to the Classroom

One thing that separates a great teacher corps from a good one is the ability of faculty to use their expertise goes beyond the classroom. This is definitely the case for the UNIS Theatre Arts Department. As proof of that two of its teachers, Tim Hall and Jack Dod, have prominent roles in local stage productions of Urinetown and Hamlet.

In a move that will strengthen our February Tut House performance of Urinetown, Tim Hall will play Senator Fipp in an off Broadway production that runs from November 4-6. The musical will be performed at The Poet's Den Theater, on 309 E108th Street. In the past Hall directed our Middle School musicals, including the Lion King last year.

"To be performing a show that we'll be presenting here at UNIS in a few months is a real thrill. It also provides me with the opportunity to work with extraordinary directors and industry producers, and to pay forward the skills I'm learning with our students," said Hall.

At the same time new Theatre Arts teacher Jack Dod, who joined UNIS in September, will be taking the role of King Claudius in Shakespeare's classic Hamlet. The play is being put on by the Wombat Theatre Company and runs in the evenings from November 3-5, and 11-12, with matinees on 6th and 13th. All performances will take place at the Franciscan Community Center Theater on W 97th Street. Dod teaches students in the Junior School

"Having faculty who are applying their craft while they are teaching others only makes us a much stronger program," said Kiara Downey, Team Leader: Theatre. "They have a greater understanding of what it takes to make students a success.

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