Tampa, Fla. – Award-winning educator Nancy Sears has been named theater chair of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts’ Patel Conservatory.
Prior to joining the Patel Conservatory, Sears served for 21 years as a theater educator in the Pinellas County School system and performed as an actress in California and Florida.
Sears served as the president of Pinellas County Arts and Theatre Educators and theater chair of District Four, was a board member for the Florida State Thespians and Florida Association of Theatre Education and served as college transfer auditions coordinator for the Florida Theatre Conference. While teaching high school theater, she was selected as a finalist in two categories for the Pinellas County Teacher of the Year Awards – Inspiring Students to Perform at Higher Levels, and Commitment to Children and Families.
Sears has directed numerous high school productions, including several that were selected as mainstage showcases performed for the Florida State Thespian Festival. She has also directed and performed with various community theaters in Pinellas and Hillsborough County.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in theater from the University of Kansas, Sears moved to California and created a children’s entertainment company which LA Parent Magazine rated as one of the top 10 Children’s Entertainment Companies in Los Angeles. She also worked on several commercials and industrial and educational films. Some of her favorite roles include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls with the Spanish Lyric Theatre, Sister Amnesia from Nunsense and Meg from Crimes of the Heart with the St. Pete Little Theater.
More information about the Patel Conservatory is available by calling 813.222.1040 and at www.patelconservatory.org. The accredited Patel Conservatory offers classes in dance, music and theater for students of all ages and experience levels. Each year, the Patel Conservatory and the Straz Center’s arts education programs enrich the lives of more than 70,000 students in our classrooms, on our stages and through the community.
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