Nupi Gokhale

B.A.H, B.Ed, M.Ed, OCT

Artistic Director, Curriculum Coordinator

Nupi holds degrees from Queen’s University in History and Dramatic Arts and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (U of T) where she received her Bachelor of Education in History and Dramatic Arts. She returned to O.I.S.E to pursue her Masters of Arts in Education, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in 2007. For 23 years, Nupi was a public school secondary teacher of performing arts, dance and history and Department Head of the Arts at the largest arts school in the Grand Erie District School Board. As a teacher and Department Head she was involved in curriculum writing for the Ministry of Education, Chair of Assessment and Evaluation Policies and held various positions of leadership for the G.E.D.S.B. Her background in professional and community theatre provided opportunities in designing and developing a theatre for Brantford Collegiate Institute where she founded, developed and served as program director of the Specialist High Skills Major in Performance and Production for 11 years. At the same time, Nupi was involved in both professional and community theatre in the Hamilton and surrounding area. As co-owner of the Westside Concert Theatre for 5 years, she was involved in marketing, producing and directing professional productions and promoting events.

Since the inception of Theatre Ancaster in 1997, Nupi has served as that organization’s Director of Youth Programming for ten years, Vice-President for five years and currently has served as the company’s President since 2013. Theatre Ancaster is the largest community theatre organization outside of the G.T.A, performing for audiences of thousands and offering youth programs for approximately 500 children year-round. Over the past 22 years Nupi has been involved in over 50 theatrical productions as a producer, choreographer, stage manager and production manager and as an event co-ordinator. Professional directing credits include Forever Plaid and Cabaret and community theatre productions of Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray, Shrek and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for Theatre Ancaster. While in Grand Erie, she directed and produced 15 musicals demonstrating her passion for theatre and arts education. Many of her students have gone on to begin exciting careers in musical theatre, dance, drama and voice. Nupi enjoys balancing her love of theatre both on and offstage. She continues to teach dramatic arts and musical theatre to secondary school students at Burlington Royal Arts Academy to maintain her teaching credentials and curriculum development. As a mother of three artistic teenagers, she understands the purpose and the value of what the BRAA team is working to achieve.

“I am excited to begin a new chapter in my educational career as the Artistic Director of the Burlington Royal Arts Academy,” said Gokhale. This journey includes the ability to support our next generation of artists in the Hamilton/Halton/Oakville regions without some of the restrictions imposed within the public school system.” The opportunity allows Gokhale to combine her theoretical background in curriculum and theatre education with the practical aspects of leadership and management. The organization has given her a mandate to design an arts curriculum that speaks to gifted young artists as they aim to pursue artistic dreams while achieving a high school diploma. With deep roots in the community arts scene Gokhale looks forward to building concrete partnerships with local arts organizations in the Halton area.

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