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|Ruben Van Kempen |
Ruben Van Kempen, better known as “VK,” brought national and international recognition to Roosevelt High School and the Seattle School District. He has taken his students to perform twice in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the International Fringe Festival, led students on a tour in Hawaii with “Broadway’s Fabulous Century,” as well as to the International Thespian Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska, to study the work of other students. Along with the Thespian Board he helped revive the International Thespian Society in the state of Washington and has served on both the WATE and the Washington State Thespian Board. Currently he is co-chapter director of the Washington State Thespians.
Ruben’s constant expectation of excellence from his students sets the bar high and they rise to it consistently. He is proud to have several students currently working on Broadway, in London and in the television industry. He was awarded the 2007 Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award, which honors an individual who has devoted time, energy and talent to Seattle’s theatre community over the course of his/her career, influencing theatre locally and beyond. He was honored by accepting the first annual Ruben Van Kempen Arts Educator Award from the prestigious INTIMAN Theatre. He was also named a recipient of the Christa McAuliffe 2000 Teaching Award and is listed in the 1992, 1996, 1998, 2006 editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
At Roosevelt High School, Ruben coaches three main stage shows a year and has taught musical theatre workshops to student representatives from throughout the states of Washington and Oregon.