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The socio-cultural context in which you are placed is sometimes weighed down by mediocrity and boredom. We must not resign ourselves to the monotony of everyday life, but cultivate big projects, to go beyond the ordinary: do not steal the enthusiasm of youth!Pope Francis

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The mission of John Carroll Theatre at John Carroll Catholic High School is to provide vibrant opportunities for our students to engage in and take ownership of, all aspects of producing high-quality theatre. John Carroll Theatre strives to nurture the God-given talents of all individual students on and off stage, in whatever area of theatre those talents may be (acting, stagecraft, lighting and sound, singing, stage management, etc…).

The students involved in the productions at John Carroll will be treated with great respect and maturity and will be held accountable for their position and/or role in each production to instill in them a greater sense of responsibility that is essential to have as our students prepare to go to college and beyond

John Carroll Theatre also works to ensure that theatre remains accessible, and most importantly entertaining, for not only those who are participating but for those who are attending performances, especially current and future students. A theatrical production needs an audience. So part of the John Carroll Theatre mission is to teach our young people to have a healthy respect and appreciation for live theatre and to know how to behave appropriately during a performance.

The beauty of live theatre is that a multitude of unique, educational, and inspiring stories, both classic and contemporary may be told. John Carroll Theatre seeks to follow the motto, “do well whatever you do” and always strive for excellence. Together, students in the cast and crew will accompany one another on a journey in pursuit of excellence, and they shall foster strong bonds of friendship, camaraderie, mutual encouragement, and loving concern for each other’s well being and personal growth

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Joey Plaia

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Theatre Director & Teacher, Technical Director, Speech & Graphic Design Teacher, Troupe 5069 Director

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205-940-2400 X1246


B.A., Theatre Arts, University of Southern Mississippi 2004
Associates Degree, Graphic Design, Virginia College 2008
Teaching Certification, Theatre & English Language Arts, 2021

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Congratulations to John Carroll Theatre Director, Joey Plaia ('00), for being named State Thespian Troupe Director of the Year for 2022! This is the second time in his career that Mr. Plaia has been honored with this recognition! Recipients are nominated by their students and selected by their peers. Take a bow Mr. Plaia - you deserve it!

Interesting fact: the award given to Mr. Plaia was made by Larry Allen, a local artist from Alabama whose work has been featured at the Birmingham Museum of Art. He also did the pottery for the set decor in Wakanda Forever!