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A New Member of The Pack

PEOPLE: Van Nuys High School receives a friendly new face on campus, Mr. Ron Green.

Stefanie Tyo| Copy Editor
February 15, 2018


A new face on campus opens up a new experience for students on and off the stage. Mr. Ron Green will be the new stage technology teacher for Van Nuys High School.

Mr. Green was the senior scene technician at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) before starting fresh at Van Nuys, where he wanted to follow the path of teaching—developing and directing the passion of students on the stage.

What interested you in stage technology?

The excitement of a large performance and the preparation in knowing that the show must go on. That adrenaline is what really drew me to the field.

How long have you been a teacher in stage technology? What did you do before?

I’ve spent my whole life in love with the stage. Before I came to Van Nuys, I was working at UCLA in Roy’s Hall as their senior scene technician and I managed the crews, the house, the stage…all aspects of putting on the show. Although I haven’t done any specific teaching until now, I’m confident in this year.

What interested you about Van Nuys as a potential workplace?

I had heard good things about the Van Nuys’ Performing Arts program and I heard that it was starting to grow and become more prominent in the district. It’s also very close to home and I know Principal Gardea so finding an opportunity to work here was very direct.

What is your favorite aspect about teaching?

My favorite part about teaching would be seeing the students go through the stages of learning till the end of the semester and see how excited they are about what they’re learning and how far they’ve come.

How long are you planning on staying in Van Nuys?

As long as they’ll have me, this year is starting out strong and I love the students and the program, it’s a new experience I intend and hope to continue.

What are your main plans to improve our stage tech team in the long and short run?

In the short run, my goals are to improve the students’ technique on the stage, the students have the basic techniques down so now we just have to focus on polishing up on harder skills to learn. As for my long term goals, I would say they’d be to see everyone in my class operating on a smooth single unit basis. I want production to flow steadily.

Who/what introduced you to stage technology?

I had worked for LA stage call. I had not done any stage work at all and started out unloading trucks in Anaheim, but I grew from there. I moved from unloading trucks to the stage and just learning all the techniques and terminology of the stage as I worked my way up. And that’s how I got my big start.

Stefanie Tyo is a Junior and the Chief Copy Editor of the Journalism Staff. She has been in journalism for three consecutive years starting her freshman year.

Outside of Journalism Stefanie plays club soccer and volunteers at Tarzana Hospital . Besides writing feature stories for The Mirror publication she also enjoys writing poetry and other forms of creative writing. She plans on majoring in Journalism in college and hopes on becoming a Medical Journalist.


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