2019-2020 Season: Out of Adversity
Theatre Arts Faculty
Thom Babbes, Director of Theatre Arts
Thom Babbes has worked as a professional actor and director since 1979, having trained at The Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts and The Professional Actor Training Program at UWM-Milwaukee. Mr. Babbes has worked from New York to Los Angeles acting and directing in regional theater, off Broadway, waiver theater and feature films. A screenwriter as well, his scripts have been produced by Roger Corman and others have sold or have been optioned by Samuelson Productions, Apollo Pictures and Kings Road Entertainment.
He finds teaching and directing high school students exhilarating and rewarding beyond anything he could have imagined. His goal is to get students to develop their critical thinking skills as well as their acting technique and to find Biblical truth in secular work.
Mr. Babbes’ vision is to create an environment that brings together a production team of professionals that mentor students and give them the experience of striving to be excellent in everything they do, because God deserves nothing less than our best.
Theater is fun. Theater is work. Theater is life changing.
Tara Battani Bowles
Tara is thrilled to be on staff here at Village Christian School. She is a Theatre major/Communications minor from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. She currently serves as a musical theatre instructor at Hollywood Youth Theatre in Burbank. and has taught drama as well at Tapestry Dance Company and Dancer's Workshop, both located in Austin, Texas. Tara has done many national commercials and is currently a proud member of Actors Co-op in Hollywood, an Equity waiver Christian theatre company. Her first love will always be theatre, and she has performed many of the best written roles for the stage in Los Angeles including: Gypsy Rose Lee in GYPSY, Jackie-O in THE HOUSE OF YES, Jennie in CHAPTER TWO, Tracy Lord in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, Georgette in THE TRAVELING LADY, Kirsten Clay in DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, and Annie Sullivan in THE MIRACLE WORKER. Her latest stage role was as Alma Winemiller in Tennessee William's SUMMER AND SMOKE (directed by VCS's own Thom Babbes!) which resulted in staggeringly wonderful reviews and a "Best Female Lead Performance" 2018 Stage Raw Nomination.