'There was something missing’: Stint on New York stage energizes Normandy teacher
Normandy teacher Duane Foster recently returned from an unusual sabbatical: a role in an off-Broadway production of “Antigone in Ferguson.”
Foster made his New York debut in “Ragtime” 20 years ago, then came home to St. Louis in 2006 and became the theater and music teacher at Normandy High School. Performing in the chorus and as a soloist in “Antigone” for seven weeks in August and September provided a long-awaited chance to return to the stage.
Now, in his second week back in St. Louis, Foster is working to translate his recent New York experience into projects that will benefit his students.
“There was something missing, that I had when I first started teaching, and that was the joy of being a teaching artist,” Foster said. “Sometimes we have to feed the artistic side of ourselves in order to be available and to be really valuable for our students.”