David Miller returns to Woodinville for the Christmas holidays.
Photo by Karen Diefendorf/Woodinville Weekly.
by Karen Diefendorf
David Miller, son of Margaret and Paul Miller of Woodinville, has taken a love for art, theater, and young people that began in his teens, and created a path for himself that most recently led to a job as an intern at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
Miller, a 1990 graduate of Woodinville High School, went on to graduate magna cum laude from Western Washington University with a major in theater arts and a minor in art history.
His many acting credentials began at WHS when he appeared in Noises Off and My Fair Lady in 1989/90, "the only school year in the recent past," he ruefully pointed out, "that a school production from Woodinville was not invited to the International Thespian Festival in Muncie, Indiana."
Aside from that, he has already accomplished much, not only acting, directing, and teaching, but also managing to pursue his interests in theatre design and art.
During his fifth year at Western, he was awarded the Associated Students' Scholarship based on the quality and quantity of his theatrical, campus and community contributions throughout his previous four years at the university.
Teaching children the skills and crafts of the theatre has always been high on Miller's list. Among other children's programs in Washington State, he has worked in the Theater Arts Splash program at the Seattle Children's Theatre and served as a tour guide and counselor for the Braille Library blind students workshop.
In the fall of 1995, he was one of 20 young people nationwide chosen by the Kennedy Center to serve as an intern.
During the quarter, he's been in Washington D.C. working in the center's education department, assisting in the planning and implementation of the 18th annual International Showcase of Performing Arts for Young People. Miller has also worked on putting together the conference of Education Directors of Performing Arts Centers.
The internship in Washington was scheduled to end in mid-December, but instead, Miller has been asked to stay on as stage manager for the Kennedy Center's Traveling Young Players through May of 1996, a job he is looking forward to.
Of his time so far in the nation's capital, he has particularly loved living with his grandparents, sleeping in the bedroom his mother had when she was growing up, and getting to know the rest of his family.
In Washington, Miller found it interesting to view the political doings firsthand and seeing the effects politics often had on the theatre world. A favorite attraction in the city for him was the National Gallery.
His plans for the future include a trip to Ireland and Scotland this summer where he will attend the Galway Festival and hopes to teach theatre arts to Irish kids.
Miller is hoping for a return to the Northwest next fall, a place where he feels a "definite sense of community and friendliness."
He hopes to continue his work with children, attend graduate school, and work toward his ultimate goal, directing.