ANAHEIM, CA (AUGUST 23, 2016) – Tri-School Theatre announced two appointments to lead their award-winning program. One of Tri-School's original founders, Robert J. Robertson has been named Director of Operations, and Servite and Tri-School alumni Frankie Marrone '03 will serve as the new Artistic Director.
"We are confident in their expertise and their vision for this outstanding performing arts program," announced Jen Almand, Head of School for Rosary Academy.
Robertson and Marrone succeed Hillary Pearson who served as executive director for the Conservatory program for 13 years. "I have been a fan of this program from the day I started, and it is my dream to return to the program that I so admire and believe in," Robertson said.
Marrone added, "I look back at my time as a Tri-School student as a major turning point in my life. Amy Luskey-Barth [then executive director and founder] shaped and changed my path which led me to Boston Conservatory BFA program and eventually back to Tri- School first as a teacher, then a director, and now this."
"Frankie Marrone is one of the most enthusiastic, passionate, and creative theatre educators I have encountered in my twenty-nine year career," commented Luskey-Barth. "As founder of Tri-School Theatre, I could not be more pleased that the Executive Board has selected him as the new Artistic Director of Tri-School Theatre."
This year Robertson celebrates his 24th year at Servite, which began in 1991 as the Technical Director for the program. He has served various technical positions for Anaheim's 2000-seat amphitheatre at Pearson Park, The Vanguard Theatre in Fullerton, Freedman Forum, Grand Dinner Theatre, and The Muckenthaler in Fullerton. His career has led him to work with many great artists, such as The Coasters, The Platters, No Doubt, and the Righteous Brothers.
Marrone's involvement as a Tri-School educator began as a substitute teacher for the Acting III/IV class, then Musical Theatre Studies, and eventually Director of last year's Winter Play The Would-Be Gentleman. He also has directed numerous productions in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles. In addition to Tri-School, he has written, directed, and choreographed for the Musical Theatre programs at Yorba Linda High School, Santa Margarita Catholic High School and John Burroughs High School.
"We look forward to their enthusiastic dedication to the Tri-School Theatre program, which fosters creative expression within a faith-filled environment," said Sr. Francine Gunther, SHCJ, Head of School for Cornelia Connelly School.
"The Tri-School Theater program has a rich history in our community," said Servite President Pete Bowen. "We are confident that the new leadership will maintain the traditions and legacy of the prestigious conservatory program and offer a world-class theater arts experience for our students."
More Information About Tri-School Theatre:
Tri-School Theatre is an educational theatre ministry that uses the performing arts as a way for students to discover themselves and to nurture their God-given talents through process-oriented training in a Christ-centered environment. Since 1989, this theatre arts training program for students from Cornelia Connelly, Rosary Academy and Servite High School has distinguished itself as one of the best theatre programs in California, honored with awards from the Educational Theatre Association, National Youth Theatre Organization, the International Thespian Society, and the Music & Arts Commendation for Youth Organization every year.
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