Perry County theater director to retire, become Board President of Kentucky Theater Association

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Published: Mar. 3, 2022 at 5:07 PM EST
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Phillip Neace is nearing his curtain call as the director of Perry County Central High School’s theater program.

After this school year, Neace will move on to his new lead role as the Board President of the Kentucky Theater Association.

The KTA is “an organization dedicated to the support, promotion, and development of all forms of Theatre in the State of Kentucky, schools, community and professional” according to a release from the association.

Neace has been the the theater director at Perry County for 20 years and in a teacher for 29. He has also been on the board of the KTA for the past 8 years.

“The opportunity for the board to choose me to be their president for the next three is extremely cool, a little bit humbling and very overwhelming.” he said.

Neace was instrumental in the creation of the East Kentucky Dramatic Arts Society (EKDAS), an association created to develop the drama students and programs of East Kentucky’s high schools.

After seeing the success of the EKDAS festival, the KTA launched the program state-wide. Now, Neace will help oversee the KTA State Conference and competition every fall.

“Now I get to go to some underdeveloped areas that don’t have a lot of theater across the state and try to get students involved that way and that’s the big goal of why I wanted to be the president of the KTA in the first place.” he said.

Neace said he is content he can continue to substitute teach at Perry County Central in the future.

Neace and the The Commodore Players Theatre Company are currently working on their production of ‘The Outsiders.’

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