About
NPHS Theatre 

 "Act well your part. There all honor lies." -Alexander Pope

The NPHS Theatre Department is a division of the NPHS Visual & Performing Arts Magnet.  It provides a comprehensive theatre arts education for budding actors in acting, musical theatre, and technical theatre.  Students can participate in the audition selection process for acting and musical theatre or take basic theatre or technical classes without auditioning.

The department also participates in the International Thespian Society.  This honor society for theatre arts performers provides adjudication and workshop experiences at a district and state level at formal theatre festivals.  Students also receive honors and awards for recorded participation in production work and other theatre experiences.

Please explore our site to learn more about the phenomenal opportunities available within our department.

Our Team

Ryan Oliver

Teacher/PAC Manager

Mr. Oliver received his AA in technical theatre from Valencia State College before transferring to the University of Central Florida to continue his theatre studies  and BA degree.  He has since received his MA in Educational Technologies. He directs two shows a year as a part of the VPA Acting program and is the technical director for all shows.  He teaches the Technical Theatre classes and is the facility manager for the North Port Performing Arts Center.

Dena Henderson

Teacher

  Ms. Henderson has a BA in Drama and English from Flagler College and an MA in Theatre from the University of Maine at Orono.  She has worked professionally as a stage manager and director in both Maine and Florida.  She directs the competition one act and spring musical as a part of the VPA acting and musical theatre program.  In addition, she directs a fall play/musical that is open auditions to any NPHS student.  She also costumes  all shows and prepares students for college and scholarship auditions.

Steve McKelvy

Technician for Performing Arts Center/Shop Manager

Born in Ketchikan, Alaska Steve has a natural sense of adventure.  Trekking across the country, he attended Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky where he received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Music. He later received a Master in Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He worked as a minister to Children and Family until he moved to North Port with his family last year.  He has participated in theatre productions in the past and is enjoying revisiting the arts.

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