These are Orange County’s outstanding theater and dance teachers – Orange County Register

With Varsity Arts coverage coming to an end, we asked Orange County high school teachers to identify colleagues from their campus or other schools who do great work on behalf of the county’s arts students. We’d like to honor those named.

THEATER AND DANCE

Joseph Alanes teaches theater arts at Mater Dei High School.

Jennifer Allen teaches dance at Fountain Valley High School.

Tania Ayoub teaches theater arts at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. (Photo courtesy of Santa Margarita Catholic High School)

Tania Ayoub teaches theater arts at Santa Margarita Catholic High School.

“Tania Ayoub has built the Cappies critic program at SMCHS and developed the ComedySportz team. She cares deeply about her students. She inspires them by continually striving for excellence in all that she does in the classroom while pursuing her own acting career. She is a gift to the Talon Theater program.” – Amy Luskey Barth

Scott Barnhardt is the musical theater conservatory director at the Orange County School of the Arts. (Photo courtesy of OCSA)

Scott Barnhardt is the musical theater conservatory director at the Orange County School of the Arts.

Laurye Bates teaches theater arts at Marina High School. (Photo courtesy of Marina High School)

Laurye Bates teaches theater arts at Marina High School.

Joe Batte teaches technical theater for the Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts.

“Joe Batte spends countless hours at HBHS as the auditorium manager and the theater technology instructor. He is a wealth of knowledge and knows every nook and cranny of the 91-year-old historic theater. Joe teaches students in state-of-the art technology, and many of his students are employed in the industry, thanks to his mentorship.” – Stacy Robison

“Joe has built a award-winning program that allows students to design sets, lighting and sound for main stage plays. They have…

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