Tonya has directed 38 plays and musicals in the past 11 years. Most of these have been for West Bend School District where she is the Drama Director for the high school and middle schools but she has also directed for Musical Masquers, West Bend Children’s Theatre as well as her church.
Tonya is one of the most skilled theatre directors we know but where she truly excels is in directing young people, middle school and high school students. At the West Bend School District she has built one of the largest and most successful theatre programs and drama clubs in the state.
Her success starts with the fact that she believes the students have to have fun doing the work and she is very good at making it fun, even when it’s serious material. Tonya doesn’t just teach the students how to deliver their lines and tell them where to deliver them. She leads her students through exercises to understand their characters so they can BE the character and not just PLAY the character.
Tonya also makes sure her students are grounded in the fundamentals like diction, enunciation and projection. She teaches them that every movement on stage has a purpose and how to achieve that through their movements. And when they are struggling, she’s very capable of showing them how.
If you want your child to improve at theatre and get better roles, you couldn’t pick a better instructor and director than Tonya.