Hi! My name is Simi, and I'm a first-year sophomore at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Theatre has been one of the strongest influences on my life since I was just 4 years old. It's helped me understand myself and the world around me much better. I've learned so much about life and perspective, and joining the Duke Ellington family has allowed me to stretch my dreams farther than I could've ever imagined. Supporting DESA Theatre not only benefits me and my fellow artists, it also ensures a brighter future for those seeking to make an impact through empowerment, education, and love.
Thank you for your contribution, every penny counts! ❤️
In the Theatre Department, students aren't just taught how to act. They are taught how to create the stories they want to see. They are given the tools to shape the world around them with their art. Ellington relies on the generosity of parents and donors to ensure that our students receive the highest level of pre-professional training and performance opportunities. Donations enable them to create sets, craft costumes, power technical capabilities, hire additional instructors, and fund classes with Master Acting Teachers like the renowned Professor Vera Katz.