Thomas Worthington High School Theatre Repertory was founded in 1988 by Bronwynn Hopton. The program continues its 34th season this year under the direction of Justin Nawman and the Technical Director Jillian Somerville
MEET THE STAFF
(Director) Justin Nawman has been a Theatre educator since 2007. He has taught at the Fort Hayes Performing Arts High School in Columbus, the Jordan L. Mott Middle School in The Bronx, NY, and Thomas Worthington since 2013. He has performed on stages with the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City, and iO in Chicago and Los Angeles.
B.A. Theatre: The Ohio State University 2005
Master's of Drama Education: The Ohio State University 2007
(Technical Director/Designer) Jillian Somerville has been with the TWHS Theatre since 2015. She is originally from State College, PA. She moved to Cincinnati, OH to attend college in 2009, and then moved to Western Illinois to work at the Quincy Community Theatre as their Assistant Technical Director upon graduation in 2013. In 2015 she moved back to Ohio to start her position here at Thomas Worthington HS. She has worked for various theatres in Pennsylvania and Ohio as well as props for Mean Girls on Broadway and Cirque du Soleil's Mystere in Las Vegas, NV. She now currently lives in Columbus with her loving husband and 5lb dog, Callie.
B.F.A. Technical Design and Production:
University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music 2013
(Costume Designer) Bev Manzione
(Vocal Director) Michael Hamilton
(Choreographer) Claire Densmore
Theatre skills can and will be used throughout students’ lives, whether they take to the stage or not. Someday a student may become a successful star of stage and screen, but more likely, the classroom is filled with young people who will become active, informed, and empathetic audience members.
They may use their improvisation skills to handle problems on a job or provide positive service to a challenging customer. They may make presentations to a board of directors or need to give an announcement in front of a large group of people. OR, someday, they may read and tell tales to their own children, using animated voices and sound effects to enliven the stories.
Why Teach Theatre in our Schools?
Theatre is a SCIENCE.
Theatre is MATHEMATICAL.
Theatre is a FOREIGN LANGUAGE.
Theatre is HISTORY.
Theatre is PHYSICAL EDUCATION.
Theatre is LANGUAGE ARTS.
Theatre is BUSINESS.
Theatre is TECHNOLOGY.
Theatre is ECONOMICS.
Theatre is taught in schools
Not because you are expected to major in theatre,
Not because you are expected to perform all through life,
Not so you can relax,
Not so you can have fun,
So you will recognize BEAUTY,
So you will be SENSITIVE,
So you will be closer to an INFINITE BEYOND THIS WORLD,
So you will have more LOVE,
Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?
That is why theatre is taught in our schools.