RHS Drama Teachers and Staff
Danika Drake is the Director of the Theatre Arts Department at Redmond High School. She is a graduate of the University of Washington where she majored in Culture, Literature, and the Arts and received her teaching accreditation. She is a certified Stage Combat Director with the Society of American Fight Directors and has completed professional workshops at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in wig making, costuming, stage makeup, and directing. Danika has proudly spent the last seven years as a resident director with the Bellevue Youth Theatre, where she had the privilege to direct over 30 productions with casts ranging from 8 to 113 students. Some of her favorite productions included Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Jungle Book, and the student-devised Halloween production The Edgar Allan Poe Project. Danika is looking forward to working with the Redmond High School community to build a strong, creative, collaborative theater arts program that will provide high quality productions and a space for students to improve their technical, design, and performance skills.
Lauren is our Technical Theater, Photography, and Video Production teacher here at RHS, who also moonlights as an artist and designer. With a background in Theatre Design, Lauren has worked in theatre, film, and music for over 15 years. In her current role, she is dedicated to contributing her time and experience to show students how exciting and truly fulfilling the world of design, photography, film, and performance can be. Lauren is very excited to be a part of the RHS Drama program and hopes to aid in its growth through technical design.
Ruth studied Technical Theatre and Theatre Administration at the University of Colorado. She holds a BA in Computing and Software Systems / Systems Analysis from University of Washington. Among her many professional credits, she has served as the Master Electrician for Intiman Theatre Company. Throughout her technical theatre career, she has worked for every major theatre company in the Seattle area in many different technical capacities. Ruth has taught technical theatre at the Art Institute of Seattle and at Seattle Central and Shoreline Community Colleges.
Vocal Music Director
Mr. Julian Fajardo is the Director of Choirs at Redmond High School, where he teaches Jazz Choir, Concert Choir, piano, and general music classes. He is a graduate of Western Washington University and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Choral Music Education. Discovering his love for theatre in high school, he has performed in over a dozen musicals, plays, and operas as an actor, singer, and pit musician; favorite productions include Ragtime, Gianni Schicchi, and L’enfant et les sortileges. Mr. Fajardo most recently music directed a production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown for the Renton Civic Theatre.
Pit Orchestra Director
Mr. Robertson has been the Director of Bands at RHS since 1991, where he leads the concert bands, jazz ensembles, and pep band. He has conducted the pit orchestra for previous RHS productions including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (5th Ave Theater Honorable Mention for Outstanding Orchestra), The Music Man, Chicago (5th Avenue Theater Nomination for Outstanding Orchestra), Rent, The Wedding Singer, Little Shop of Horrors (5th Avenue Theater Nomination for Outstanding Orchestra); Urinetown, How to Eat Like a Child, Oklahoma!, Bye Bye Birdie, Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, Oliver, and a musical version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He is also a semi-professional musician, and has played woodwinds and percussion for such shows as Hello Dolly!, Anything Goes, Candide, Guys and Dolls, and The Pirates of Penzance. Mr. Robertson is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University with BAE in Music Education.