Douglas “Chip” Rome was Director of Theatre Arts at Robinson Secondary School from 1981-2014. He has directed more than 200 productions (including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and short versions of 30 other Shakespeare plays), toured student productions to Off-Broadway and Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe as well as numerous local and regional festivals His productions have won numerous CAPPIES awards including Best Play and Best Musical. He serves on the National Capital Area steering committee and the Governing board of Cappies, Inc. and annually directs the Cappies NCA Gala at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He is currently a theatre consultant with Educational Stages, providing resources to theatre educators, and is co-founder of the nascent TheatreMakers.org, providing older adults a variety of theatre related experiences. His textbook, Real-World Theatre Education, a mentoring text for new theatre teachers, is in use in university theatre education programs across the country, and is available through Samuel French.