Joni Koehn

Joni Koehn, Ph.D.

Theatre Arts
Beginning / Intermediate / Advanced / Performance Theatre
Advanced / Intermediate / Introduction to Technical Theatre
Performance Troupe

CTE Instructor, Director, Thespian State Board member

Room: 309


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Phone: 480.545.3100, ext 6719


The theatre arts curriculum is filled with performances and extracurricular activities.  In addition to theatre classes, we produce two mainstage productions with open auditions, a performance troupe mainstage production, and class showcases on the main stage at Campo Verde.  In the "black box" (the drama room), CV theatre arts produces several one act productions, Copper Cafe improv competitions, a Murder Mystery Dinner theatre and a variety of Drama Club events.  In addition, students can participate in Drama Club, Copperpocolypse (improvisational comedy), and Tech Challenge (technical theatre).

Students are encouraged to learn all aspects of theatre, both performance and technical.  In addition to building sets for productions, students operate sound/light boards, stage manage productions, direct and design for productions.  Graduates of the theatre arts program have gone on to positions in professional theatre.

We have an active Thespian troupe that participates in the State Theatre Festival, Central Arizona Regional Theatre Festival, and Drama Day at NAU.  Students routinely bring home trophies and awards. In addition, several students qualify for International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska in June.
About Me

Dr. Koehn teaches all levels of performance and technical theatre.  In addition, she directs mainstage and studio productions and oversees student productions.  As the sponsor of Thespian Troupe 7575, Dr. K. directs students in AIA and other competitions.  She also arranges field trips for students in both technical and performance classes.

Dr. K holds degrees in Japanese and Theatre with a Ph.D. in Theatre (specialty in Japanese theatre) from the University of Hawai'i. Throughout her career, she has taught all educational levels, from pre-school through university classes.  Dr. K's focus in theatre arts is on creating a space for students to be themselves in an encouraging environment and to provide the opportunity for them to express themselves through theatre. 

In the past, Dr. K. taught Japanese and/or theatre in Hawai'i, Glendale Community College, Mesa College and Rio Salado College. At Glendale Community College, her production of Kyogen 3 competed at the Kennedy Center-ACTF Region VIII festival and was recommended for performance at the Kennedy Center. Outside theatre, Dr. K. is active on the Matsuri Festival Board. She was guest curator for an exhibition of Noh masks and prints at the Phoenix Art Museum and Noh theatre remains a continued scholarly interest. 

In her free time, Dr. K. pursues her love of dirt by gardening and participating in digs with the Southwest Paleontological Society.

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