David Orace Kelly

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, 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. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in performance from Naropa University, a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership from Seattle University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching at Seattle Pacific University, where I am now on the adjunct faculty in the school of education.

Since 2004, I have been working in Arts Education; I have specialized in Theatre for Middle and High School students in private schools and outside of school programs. As a part of this I have built a model three-year program that works at and above state and national standards to bring eighth grade students to high school level work in all areas of theatre arts. The program also integrates core elements from the IB/MYP Theatre program.

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. Learn more about my experience in education.


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