Douglas J. Gipple

Title: Theatre Educator, Literature and Language Educator

Location: Mahwah, New Jersey, United States

Douglas Gipple, Theatre Educator, Literature and Language Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in arts education.

Becoming an educator wasn’t apart of Mr. Gipple’s original plan, but his parents suggested he receive a certificate in teaching if he wanted to be a theatre major. He feels fortunate for this decision as after ten years of working as an actor, he began to teach acting workshops to children and enjoyed the work immensely. Since then, Mr. Gipple has enjoyed teaching high school students in theatre and English. He has been a member of the faculty at Ramsey High School since 1992. Prior to this position, he taught at Park Ridge High School, Elmwood Park Junior and Senior High School and was an adjunct theatre professor at William Paterson College. In addition to these roles, Mr. Gipple has direct plays, musicals and workshop productions, as well as lead peer meditation, advised the speech club and coached the swim team.

In his own academic pursuits, Mr. Gipple first earned a Bachelor of Arts in speech and drama from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1980. He continued at Western Illinois University where he received an MFA in acting in 1982. He later became a certified teacher in English, speech and drama in New Jersey. Mr. Gipple has long been associated with OnStage, Inc. as a founding member, president, managing director, director and choreographer. In his career, he has maintained professional affiliation with the National Education Association, the New Jersey Thespians Association, the Educational Theatre Association, the Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey and the New Jersey Drama and Forensics League.

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