Donald Rupe received his Master’s Degree in Educational Theatre for Colleges and Communities from New York University in 2006 and his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Florida State University in 2003. He is the Theatre Director at Gateway High School, where he and his students have received much recognition throughout the years. Donald was recently named the “Arts Teacher of the Year” for the Osceola County School District for the 2011-2012 School year in honor of those many achievements. Donald is also an Adjunct Professor of Theatre at Valencia College and is a director in Central Florida. Recently he has directed Man of La Mancha, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and South Pacific at the Osceola Center for the Arts, and is preparing to direct The Foreigner for their next season. Many of Donald’s former students are pursuing their degrees in Theatre at many illustrious schools around the state and the country, including BFA programs at Florida State University, University of Florida, University of Central Florida, New York University, and several others. He was selected as the Arts for Life! Artist-in-Residence in 2007 and was one of the recipients of the Arts for Life! Scholarship in 2003.