The Theatre program at TAPA is designed to teach, train and inspire youth with the history, theory and practice of the art of play. The program teaches both theatrical education and real world application of the art and pushes the students to use theatre as an outlet to express themselves and gain skills, professionalism and confidence.
Students will be given an introduction to the theatre arts and will study the history of theatre from early Egyptian and Greek theatre, to the classical Shakespearean theatre to modern day theatre.
Students will be taught the following:
Whether a student goes on to continue the art form after high school or use the skills in their future career outside of theatre, they will leave TAPA feeling more prepared for a career in the performing arts, a liberal arts education or even general life skills.
TAPA Theatre Arts Team
Daniel Lee White, Theatre Artist in Residence
Daniel Lee White is an award winning director and actor with over 20 years of experience, including his feature film Cost of the Living, numerous plays, short films, commercials, and industrials. He holds his Bachelors of the Arts from Franklin Pierce University. He is currently the Theatre Artist in Residence at the Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts and a producer and performer at Bring Your Own Improv—an audience-participation improv comedy show. He also regularly directs performances at the Newport Playhouse. He lives in Rhode Island with his fabulous and supportive wife Kerri and their adorable dog Captain Jack Harkness.
Rachel Nadeau, Adjunct Theatre Artist in Residence
Rhode Island born and raised, Ms. Nadeau discovered her passion for theater and all of its associated forms while in attendance at the University of Rhode Island. Upon completion of her bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts in Theater Studies, she freelanced as a local thespian around the state working with a multitude of theater companies in a variety of production roles ranging from actor to stage manager. Among her accomplishments are instructing technical theater courses at URI, running summer theater camps and directing a production of Our Town in her home state. Along her journey she has worked with several companies including Academy Players, Courthouse Center for the Arts and the Newport Playhouse. Most recently she is a resident production stage manager and properties designer at 2nd Story Theater in Warren, Rhode Island. She is now excited to be the adjunct theater artist in residence at Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts.