Dunbar instructor named Drama Teacher of the Year

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Alicia Henning of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School was named Drama Teacher of the Year during the Kentucky Theatre Association’s 2015 high school festival in Bowling Green. In addition, her Dunbar group placed second with their production of “Radium Girls” and will advance to the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s competition in Greensboro, N.C., in March.

Henning received her BFA in theatre from Western Kentucky University and worked professionally in theatre around the country before refocusing her career in education. She has taught drama and English at Dunbar for 13 of her 14 years teaching. “Theatre was the most important thing in my life while I was in high school, and it is important to me to provide a supportive and creative environment for students who share a love of theatre,” Henning said.

Sixteen high schools presented one-act plays at the state’s annual fall festival Nov. 13-15 at WKU, with the top two shows moving on to this spring’s regional contest. Bryan Station High finished third with “Jungalbook,” directed by Amie Dunn Kisling. The festival’s all-star cast included Madison Nau of Dunbar and Amoni Adair of Bryan Station. “This weekend was full of love, smiles, laughter and happy tears! This is why I teach theatre,” Kisling said.

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