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Theatre

Faculty

The Theatre faculty have excellent training and many years of experience in teaching, directing and performing at the local and national level.

They are passionate and enthusiastic about drama, playwriting and the arts, and look forward to giving back to the next generation.

Faculty

List of 7 items.

  • Melinda Moore

    Director of Theatre

    Melinda has been working in the theatre most of her life. Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, she studied acting, vocal music, ballet, tap, jazz and musical theatre throughout her childhood. She pursued a double BA in Theatre & Communications from Gustavus Adolphus College with a minor in Music. Following college she spent several years touring the country as a professional motivational speaker, singer and actor before receiving a Masters in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. Favorite performances include soloing at Carnegie Hall, soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Sunday in the Park with George, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Threepenny Opera, and Pygmalion. Before moving to Hawaii, Melinda spent 12 years as a K-12 Theatre teacher and director, specializing in creative dramatics as well as a professional singer/dancer/actor in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At Punahou, Melinda chairs the Academy Theatre Department, directs mainstage productions and oversees the Theatre Co-Curricular program. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership at UH Manoa.
  • Patrick Block

    Teaching Artist

    Patrick has worked as an actor in New York City and the surrounding area for 13 years. He studied Acting and Improv at Principia College, the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting, and the Upright Citizen's Brigade. He is currently enrolled in NYU Steinhardt's MA in Educational Theatre program. In addition to teaching drama classes for Punahou's Co-curricular Theatre, he is the improv acting teacher at the Performing Arts Center of Kapolei (PACK) and directs children's shows for their Educational Theatre Program.
  • Chey Sanders

    Teaching Artist

    Chey has been teaching for over thirty years. She has two masters, one in communication in radio, television, film, and a master's in marriage and family counseling. She also has a bachelor's in theatre education. She loves teaching stage acting, film acting, improvisation, and production.  She has served as education director for a children's theater, head acting coach for a talent development company, acting coach on set. She teaches film acting several times a year for a film boot camp that teaches adults how to make films. She also teaches English as a second language and acting for students on the spectrum.
  • Anna Foster

    Assistant Costumer, Teaching Artist

    Anna is originally from NYC and has lived in Hawai`i since 2001. Anna has designed and constructed sets, costumes and projections for local theater groups as well as mainland productions. Her most recent costuming project was IABK’s production of Children of Eden at Palikū Theater. She also designed costumes for I'm A Bright Kid Foundation's production of The Wiz at Palikū Theater in 2018 and the King and I in 2017. Anna designed costumes for a short film The Last Taxi Dance which has been seen in Film Festivals around the world. Some of her favorite costume designs are The King and I  (I'm A Bright Kid), Alice in Wonderland Jr (Diamond in the Rough) and The Little Mermaid (Diamond in the Rough). She was Stage Manager and Resident Designer at Honolulu Theater for Youth in 2015-2016, where she had the opportunity to design lights, sets, and costumes. Anna was a Technical Theater teacher at Mililani HS for 5 years and taught design and construction for sets and costumes. Anna was the set designer for the Hawai`i Shakespeare Festival in 2016. Anna started out in technical theater as a part of Dickinson Community Players at SUNY Binghamton. She was Assistant Costume Designer for Punahou's 2019-2020 season including Shrek, The Crucible, Variety Show and Singing in the Rain.
  • Athena Keehu

    Costume Shop Supervisor, Teaching Artist

    Athena Keehu is a Punahou School Alumni whose love of History and Fashion brought her to the world of Costume Design.  She studied Costume Design at Cornell University and interned with MGM & Killer Films.  She was the Staff Costume Designer at Manoa Valley Theatre where she designed costumes for 24 Musicals and Plays for the Off-Broadway Playhouse.  While at Manoa Valley Theatre she created a College & High School Costume Design Intern Program mentoring College Students from University of Georgia, University of Washington, University of Hawaii, and High School students from Kaiser High School and Maryknoll School.  Athena also taught Costume Design at Central Theatre Arts Academy supervising and mentoring the designs of High School Students.  She has Designed Costumes for Punahou School’s Theatre Department, Punahou School’s Triennial, Mid Pacific School’s Theatre Department and has been a Costumer for Ohia Productions.  Athena teaches the “Stage/Cosplay Makeup Class” class for Punahou School’s Co-Curricular Program and teaches the “Fashion Design and Costume Construction” class for Punahou School’s Summer School.
  • Chris Patrinos

    Technical Theatre Director

    Chris Patrinos is the Technical Theatre Director at Punahou School. He is also a professor of Technical Theatre at Chaminade University. Prior to joining Punahou School Chris achieved great success as Theatre Manager at the Leeward Theatre, Technical Director at the Richard T Mamiya Theatre; Director of Event Technology at International Convention and Event Services; and Director of Audio Visual for the Hawaii Convention Center. Chris’ theatre credits include stage management, technical direction, and production design for Jim Nabors, Carol Burnett, Tau Dance Theatre, Honolulu Dance Theatre, the Ron Bright Foundation, the Hawaii Arts Alliance, Saint Louis School, Sacred Hearts Academy, and Iolani School. His production management credits include national touring productions of River Dance, Stomp, Spirit of the Dance, Shaolin Warriors, Lion King, Slava Snow Show, Miss Saigon, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and A Prairie Home Companion. Chris has a Master in Fine Arts in Lighting Design from the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawaii. He would not be where he is today without the support of his family and friends.
  • Travis Flazer

    Assistant Technical Director

    Travis Flazer is from the east side of Waikiki. A Kamehameha graduate, he came to Punahou in 2001 to fill the position of assistant technical director. In addition to helping with tech classes he has worked on over 4 dozen performances. When not in Dillingham , Travis enjoys travel, hanging out with his bunny Weegee, and shopping for vintage curiosities.