This fall, Community School alum Kevin Wade ’06 joined brother, Connor ’05 and father, Upper School Math teacher Mike, as a faculty member at Community School. Hired as the school’s new Upper School Theatre teacher and Creative Arts Academy (CAA) Co-Director, Kevin is thrilled to return to his alma mater. “I’ve been teaching and directing since before I graduated from Community School, and I always knew teaching would be a part of my life,” explained Kevin, who, during his time as a student at Community School, took every opportunity to perform—alongside playing basketball, soccer, and serving as president of the Student Senate.
“As a graduate of the school, I have a vested interest in its success as an institution and a deep-seated desire to give back to the school that raised me. I also believe all six of the Guiding Principles implemented by Community School can be applied to a theatre education. Lastly, I’m highly motivated to grow and nurture the Creative Arts Academy. This job enables me to focus on making art 24/7 and to share what I know of my craft with young people. I know how important it is for society to have great storytellers, and if I can be a small part in bringing them up, I’ll be happy.”
Kevin earned his BFA in drama/musical theater from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and then spent the next three years in New York working in theatre, performing in Off-Broadway shows, and developing new plays before heading to the American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University to earn his MFA in acting. He spent numerous summers as the Resident Director at St. Thomas Playhouse, where he directed several productions with young adult casts, always with the goal of fostering an immersive and imaginative process.
“I believe in the power of theatre, of storytelling as an art form, to empower, educate, transform, and uplift, not only an audience, but also the actors engaged in the creative process,” Kevin explained. “As a high school student, I found this experience invaluable to my education.”