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Tucson drama teacher wins national award

Posted at 6:02 PM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 21:02:26-04

A Tucson high drama teacher has won the 2016 Reba R. Robertson Outstanding Teacher of Drama award, according to a news release from Tucson Unified School District. 

Art Almquist of Tucson High Magnet School received the award from the Children's Theatre Foundation of America. 

Almquist will receive the award during a ceremony held by the foundation in Boston, Massachusetts on July 29. 

"The award honors the memory of Reba R. Robertson, a public school teacher who devoted nearly 40 years to teaching high school drama, speech, and debate and recognizes teachers who follow enthusiastically in her path," according to the press release. 

Almquist is a native Tucsonan who grew up in Tucson Unified schools. In 1996 he began teaching at Tucson High Magnet School where he has taught acting and directed plays for 20 years. 

TUSD says his program and plays have won numerous awards, as well as being named one of the best high school theatres in America by the American High School Theatre Festival.