2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Education
Shayne Smith is currently the Director of Theater Arts and Bands at Flagstaff HighSchool. Shayne graduated with his Bachelor’s of Music from Ashland University in 2016 where he studied K-12 Music Education. He moved to Flagstaff in 2016 to begin teaching at Flagstaff High School in the Fall. As a Performing Arts Educator, Shayne strives to provide a safe space for his students to express their trust thought, feelings, and selves through several art mediums in an accepting, encouraging, and loving learning environment. “I want every student to feel physical, emotional, and mental relief when they walk into the Performing Arts spaces at FHS. These young people have so much happening in their lives that truly just sucks. I hope to be a source of light and love through that darkness.” – Shayne Smith
In 2016, Shayne Smith brought Theater Education to Flagstaff High School by creating a Theater Arts I course consisting of 8 students. In 4 years, the curriculum has grown and developed into a multi-tiered Theater Education Curriculum that covers everything from Acting, Costume Design, Make-Up Design, Set Building and Design, Marketing Strategies, Stage Combat, Pantomime, Directing, and more. These concepts are taught in classes taught by Shayne including Introduction to Theater Arts, Technical Theater I, and Advanced Acting. In 2017, Shayne founded the Flagstaff High School Drama Club which started with 1 production in 2017 of Get Smart and has grown to include a variety of shows including Up the Down Staircase (2017), The Addams Family (2018), 12 Angry Jurors (2018), The Music Man (2019), Arsenic and Old Lace (2019), and The Diary of Anne Frank (2020). The FHS Drama Club is exciting to collaborate with community groups including PFLAG (Parents and Friends for Lesbians and Gays), Flagstaff Health Department, and The Northern Arizona Pride Association to bring The Spring Musical Production of RENT to our diverse community.
Shayne Smith is also the Director of Bands at Flagstaff High School where he directs the Flagstaff Eagle Pride Marching Band and the FHS Symphonic Band. The FEPMB performed a show designed by Shayne Smith titled Peering to the Sky that collaborated with the Lowell Observatory’s Lunar Legacy Celebration this past fall. With help from the scientists at Lowell and Kevin Schildler, the FEPMB brought a field show to the state of Arizona that showcased Flagstaff’s key role in putting a man on the moon. Peering to the Sky was highly regarded throughout the state as one of the most heartfelt shows of the season that brought both the Arts and Sciences together in harmony.
Shayne Smith has made an undeniable and powerful impact of Flagstaff High School’s Performing Arts programs in just the short time he has been teaching by sparking curiosity, energy, and inspiration in his students. With all Shayne has on his plate at Flagstaff High School, his main priority lies within his ability to make students feel at home in his classroom and provide opportunities for young artists to express themselves in artistic ways that encourage the young soul to discover their truest selves.