Interest and Experience in Education: David Orace Kelly, MFA, MAT, is a career arts educator. Since 2007, he has taught at the middle school level as the Drama Department Head teaching sixth, seventh, and eighth grade drama in addition to sixth grade history.
In this capacity he has created a three-year theatre program that takes each student from page to stage. The program has earned students top playwright honor awards from ACT Theatre in Seattle Washington, attracted the attention of the movie company Mighty Tripod Productions which now produces films with David’s middle school students, and takes students to above grade level standards for the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements. He is also a co-founder of the award winning debate team at his middle school and frequently participates on school backpacking trips.
One central tenant of David’s drama program is student leadership and co-creation. In this mode students produce, direct, and star in their own work. Sixth grade students create and perform original puppet movies, seventh grade students write one-act plays for the student play festival, and eighth grade students study, direct, and perform Shakespeare.
He holds an Master of Arts in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University with endorsements in Theatre Arts and English Language Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership from Seattle University and a BFA in Performance from Naropa University, and has studied at Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre in northern California. In addition to his career in teaching, David is an effective arts leader and manager. In this capacity he has raised $1M in donations from individual donors, special events, and grants for nonprofit arts and education organizations in the Puget Sound Area.