My name is David Roby, and I have the outstanding pleasure of being a Drama Director, Teacher, and Actor.
I was drawn to NHHS because of our emphasis on inclusion, self-efficacy, and collaboration. I believe we can achieve our dreams when we work together as a community. Therefore, I am passionate about involving the entire local community and continuing to make NHHS an integral player in the local landscape.
Theatre, in my opinion, requires generous helpings of imagination, fun, teamwork, and dedication. I learned the importance of these values through my local and international experience as a theatre artist and teacher. I received my BAs in Theatre and Communication from Seattle Pacific University. I received my Masters in Teaching and Residency Teaching Certification at Seattle University. I have also worked as an actor, director, stage manager, stagehand, and carpenter with companies like ACT, Intiman, Annex Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Taproot Theatre, and Storybook Theatre, among others. I received my Certificate Degree in Physical Theatre (acrobatics, mime, clowning, masks, and stage movement) at The Commedia School in Copenhagen, Denmark where I studied for two years. In 2016, I was voted Best Leading Actor in a Play by BroadwayWorld Seattle, and was nominated for the Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Excellence in Performance in a Play as a Lead Actor by Seattle Theatre Writers.
As a teacher, I have worked for Garfield High School as well as South Lake High School, and have worked for various theatre companies such as Seattle Children's Theatre, Taproot Theatre, Stone Soup Theatre, The Moonpaper Tent, and Kitsap Forest Theatre.
It is important to me that students know not only how to be hired as a theatre artist, but also how to create their own work. In this way, artists are more inclusive, collaborative, and self-capable.
You now know a little bit about me, and I look forward to getting to know all of you as well. Together we can make impactful, relevant, entertaining performance art. Stay tuned for more information concerning how you can get involved and how NHHS's Theatre program plans to be involved in your local community.