David Orace Kelly, MFA

A native of the Pacific Northwest, I have lived in Seattle for nearly a decade. Residing in West Seattle with my wife and two children, I enjoy riding my bicycle to work, developing my garden, and cooking.

My wife and I are arts enthusiasts. We attend as many local performances as possible. Some of our favorite theatre companies in Seattle are: 5th Ave. Theatre, ACT Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Balagan Theatre, and Seattle Shakespeare Company.

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).

The child of two lawyers, I love a good debate. But, I want to take the debate away from the table and put my values into action. 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.