David Orace Kelly
I am a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, middle years literacy, and hold endorsements in English Language Arts and Theatre Arts. Since 2004, I have worked in education. First, as a director and choreographer for a youth theatre pre-professional training company. Second, as the Drama Department Head at Explorer West Middle School in Seattle, WA. Most recently, as part of the founding upper school faculty at the International School of Morocco. I made this change because I want to step up to the same challenge that I give my students, “keep challenging yourself and growing.” For me, this meant that I left my classroom of ten years and exchanged it for a d rewarding position building the secondary education program at the International School of Morocco. I am now happy to be joining Riffa Views International School in Bahrain.
I hold a Master of Arts in Teaching (K -12) from Seattle Pacific University, a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership from Seattle University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance from Naropa University. Prior to a career in education, I was a professional juggler; I performed at street fairs and festivals, private and corporate parties, and many other special events. At the height of my career, I auditioned for Cirque du Soleil and became a Cirque Certified Artist (essentially waiting on their casting shelves for a director to need a juggler like myself).
I am passionate about the world and want to make a positive change in the community around me. The best way I can do that is through arts education. I believe in the power that the arts have – to enhance creative capacity, to serve as a mirror and a forecast for society, to develop civic and community engagement, and to foster confidence in the individual.