Each year, the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) honors a high school teacher for innovation in teaching playwriting as part of their curriculum, regardless of discipline. Key factors are quality of instruction, philosophy behind the use of playwriting instruction in the classroom, and successful realization of student work.
This year, David Dvorscak, Carolina Day School Upper School Theatre Director, was named one of two recipients of this significant award. From the SETC announcement, “David Dvorscak has been a theater teacher for thirty-seven years with passions for collaborations, new plays, directing, physical theater, stage combat and lighting design. After earning his graduate degree in Acting and Directing at UNCG, his career has taken him from six years of teaching theater at St Andrew’s-Sewanee School, to fourteen years as both Department Chair at Hollins University and artistic/teaching staff at Mill Mountain Theatre, to his current position as a one-person, high school theater department at Carolina Day School. Along the way, David served as a guest director for three summers at Interlochen Arts Camp, as an ACTF adjudicator for a dozen years, and as an actor and fight director for numerous shows and companies. David devised his first theater piece with his first high school one-act class at Saint Andrew’s-Sewanee School, starting a journey that continues to this day. Since that time, David has devised over thirty plays with students and shepherded seven student-written shows to production—including Family Portrait, a multi-stage, outdoor musical staged last spring during the height of the pandemic. He has also created a dozen adaptations of existing works and penned three plays of his own—one of which he performed at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2004. As a director, David is committed to Viewpoints technique as the foundation for theater collaborations and productions. For the past thirteen years at Carolina Day School, David has also led the cross-disciplinary, cross-divisional, Synesthesia Project as a way to foster creative expression and build community.”
The winning high school teachers will be recognized during the award ceremony of the annual SETC Convention and will receive funding for travel, accommodations, convention registration, an award banquet ticket, a one-year membership in SETC, and a cash award in the amount of $250.