Technical Theatre

  •  Mr Thompson's '21-'22 Class Schedule. 

     Mon, Weds, Fri

     Period 1: Advanced Technical Theatre-  8:50-9:42

     Period 2: Technical Theatre 1-  9:47-10:39

     Period 3: Conference

     Period 4: Lunch

     Period 5: Technical Theatre 1-  12:38-1:30

     Period 6: Technical Theatre 1- 1:35-2:27

     Period 7: PAC Manager

     Period 8: Theatre Productions- 3:29-4:20

    Theatre Productions Rehearsals 4:30 - 6:30 or later

     


    Tues

    Period 1: Advanced Technical Theatre-  8:50-9:35

     Period 2: Technical Theatre 1-  9:40-10:25

     Period 3: Conference

     Period 4: Lunch

     Period 5: Technical Theatre 1-  12:08-12:53

     Period 6: Technical Theatre 1- 12:57-1:42

     Period 7: PAC Manager

     Period 8: Theatre Productions- 2:39-3:20

    Theatre Productions Rehearsals 3:30 - 6:30 or later

     


    Thurs

     Period 1: Advanced Technical Theatre-  8:50-9:35

     Period 2: Technical Theatre 1-  9:40-10:25

     FIT: 10:30-11:15

     Period 3: Conference

     Period 4: Lunch

     Period 5: Technical Theatre 1-  1:00-1:45

     Period 6: Technical Theatre 1- 1:50-2:35

     Period 7: PAC Manager

     Period 8: Theatre Productions- 3:30-4:20

    Theatre Productions Rehearsals 4:30 - 6:30 or later

     


    Tutoring available mornings 8:15-8:45 upon request.  Contact me in Google Classroom, or Use email link below to request an appointment.

    Tutoring Available in Library 4:15-6:00PM for other classes.

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's of Music Education: Illinois State University IL Certifications: All-Level Music, Band, Secondary Music TX Certifications: All-Level Music, All Level Theatre

Mr. Thompson

Oddly enough, I come to be teaching technical theatre through a round-about way, and a journey full of many different interests, experiences, and backgrounds.  Like many others, I started in the Performing Arts learning Clarinet in Band in 5th Grade.  Progressing through Lockport Township HS, in the suburbs of Chicago, I was awakened to a love of performance after I auditioned for All-State, on a whim, and made it.  After that I knew that I wanted to make music a bigger part of my life, so I expanded into saxophone and percussion when my band director, Dan Valkema, needed someone to play those parts. 

Because of their music program and Head Band Director, Steven Steele, I attended Illinois State University.  Even though I played in their Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Marching Band, it took another two years for me to realize that I needed to be teaching music for a living.  I had started out as a physics major because of my love of science and technology, and then decided that I should at least try to get a relatively steady paycheck, so I switched to a Music Education major.  My first theatre experience came when I was student teaching, and was asked to play in the pit orchestra for 2 different musicals in the same month: Annie, and West Side Story.     

After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Music Education, I spent my first few years in teaching by moving around Illinois.  I taught Band, and 1st year Spanish, in a couple of districts.  Along the way I had many opportunities to work in the auditoriums because I understood computers, sound technologies, and picked up lighting quickly.  My love of buttons, lights, sounds, and, power tools and piles of wood, all came together when I had the chance to work on the musicals/operettas Pirates of Penzance, and Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.  I did set design and construction, as well as lights and sound for those productions.  There is an indescribable fun in being able to say I have built both a pirate ship and a church one year, and then a castle, cottage, and clock tower, the next year.

Upon taking a trip to Texas to visit a friend and getting lost, I moved to Texas in 2005.  I taught band primarily, had a short interlude as a restauranteur, and another one in Special Education, and worked with the music and drama departments in Gonzales, Del Valle, San Marcos, and Marion, on the technical aspects of their productions.  After I had the unique opportunity to each both HS Band and MS Theatre in Marion, I made the transition to teaching theatre full-time, and was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to come to NEISD. 

So now I am using my 30+ years in the Performing Arts, 12+ years in education, technical know-how, and my interests in science, history, construction and engineering, and computers, to tell stories in an entertaining and engaging way.  I am excited to be here at Madison, and am looking forward to continuing the adventure!