Mr. David Hastings

Drama Teacher / Kansas Thespians Treasurer & Membership,
Olathe Public Schools

Contact Details

Olathe Public Schools


David has been teaching theatre at Olathe South High School since 2002. He helps run the Kansas Thespian Conference where he has served as a state board member and co-chapter director. David has also adjudicated shows for Educational Theatre Association and has served on the scholarship committee at the International Thespian Festival. He has also served as the Theatre Facilator for the Olathe School District. David has directed over 50 school productions as a teacher. His musicals at Olathe South have been nominated for several Starlight Theatre Blue Star Awards including outstanding overall production in 2003, 2007, and 2013. He won the Starlight Blue Star Award for Outstanding Direction in 2007. In 2010, his production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown was performed at the Kansas Thespian Festival in Wichita Kansas and the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 2011 & 2012, his students performed at the International Thespian Festival as the Chapter Select one-act from the State of Kansas. David's students won the Kansas City Branch of the English Speaking Union’s annual Shakespeare Competition for three years in a row. In 2010 & 2011, his students placed in the top ten at the National English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition which is held at the Lincoln Center in New York City. His 2013, his production of 13 was performed on the main stage at the International Thespian Festival and won the Starlight Theatre Blue Star Award for Outstanding Overall Production. His production of Stephen Gregg's Crush was performed on main stage at ITF in 2016. Under his leadership, troupe 5006 received the Outstanding School Award from the Educational Theatre Association. David has also performed in the Kansas City metro area on television and on stage (professionally and in community theatre productions). David studied theatre at Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. He has a bachelor's degree in theatre/film and a master’s degree in education from the University of Kansas. David's wife, Amy, is the math department chair at Olathe South. Amy and David have three children: Isaiah, Anna, and Noah.


University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas, United States
Masters of Science in Education, 2007
Curriculum and Instruction
2002 To 2007

University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas, United States
Certification in Speech Communication Education, 2004
Speech Communication Education
1999 To 2004

Ottawa university
Ottawa, Kansas, United States
Certification in Theatre Education, 1999
Theatre Education
1997 To 1999

University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas, United States
BGS, 1993
Theatre & Film
1990 To 1993

Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Texas, United States
Theatre Studies
1989 To 1990

Shawnee Mission North High School

Job History

Olathe South High School
Drama Teacher
Olathe, KS, United States
August 2002 - present

Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park
June 1990 - present

Kansas Thespians
Treasurer & Membership Chair
July 2017 - present

Kansas Thespians
Co-Chapter Director
July 2013 - June 2017

Southwest Junior High School
Drama Teacher
Lawrence, KS, United States
August 1999 - May 2002

Mercantile Bank & Trust Co.
Manager/Bank Officer/Customer Service Associate
September 1993 - January 1999