Meet our Directors
Jace Smykil is back for his 10th year of teaching at LHS. He was the first to develop a Unified Theatre course, which has become a model for bringing art to students with special needs across the state. Mr. Smykil holds a BA from the University of Northern Colorado, and an MFA in acting from the University of Ohio. He has worked as a teaching artist with the Denver Center Education department and continues to work professionally as a voice over and commercial actor. Mr. Smykil has directed many shows throughout his time with the LHSTC, and this season, he will be directing Moon Over Buffalo.
David Payne has been in the theatre community for over 40 years, and has been the Technical Director of Theatre for four years. Mr. Payne works actively throughout the Colorado theatre community as an actor, director, stage manager, and production manager. Mr. Payne studied Theatre at the University of Northern Colorado, and Studied Acting and Directing at the University of Denver. He directed multiple shows at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, and was also the Technical Director at the Community College of Aurora, and at the Mizel Arts and Cultural Center.
Ty Eatherton started teaching in 2018 and was a middle-school theatre educator until making the big leap to LHS. He is an established educator and director in the Colorado theatre scene, including residencies at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Denver Center of Performing Arts, and is currently the Artistic Director of Front Range Theatre Company. With a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Education from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s degree on the way, Mr. Eatherton continues to explore opportunities to promote collaboration and creativity, and above all, push students to continually create and explore with the arts.