Mr. Josh Rigo, Performing Arts
I am so excited to be part of the Renaissance Crew as the Performing Arts Teacher!
From my experience teaching young learners, I know that elementary school students are capable of doing AMAZING things, and we are going to do just that here at Renaissance. My goals are for each student to develop a love and appreciation of the arts that will last a lifetime, and for every one of my students to have the skills they need to pursue performing at whatever level they desire--whether it be in the backyard, on Broadway, or anywhere in-between. Studying performing arts is also a study of humanity, so it is my hope that kids leave my classroom with a better sense of who they are and how to be good people, as well as a deeper understanding of our world and the beautiful diversity within it.
Aside from performing my own shows in the basement of our house as a kid, my first "big" experience in the arts was in 5th grade when I convinced our music teacher to put on our school’s first musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat...and to let me be Joseph! My love of the performing arts had officially been sparked, and I could not get enough of it. From that point on, I was in every school performing arts group that one could be in, performing in plays, musicals, choirs, dance showcases, and even a comedy improv troupe. I continued my studies at the Metropolitan State University of Denver where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music (focusing on voice, piano, and composition) and a Theatre minor. I also spent a year studying at Vermont’s New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA), training 40+ hours a week in aerial dance and circus arts. Since NECCA, I’ve enjoyed teaching aerial dance to all ages and levels in Colorado’s vibrant circus community. I am a very active member of the Denver theatre community, as well, having performed in dozens of plays and musicals with several different theatre companies over the years. A highlight for me was in 2014 when I received the Best Actor award at the Colorado Theatre Festival for my portrayal of Treplev in the two-person play The Nina Variations, which we also performed at the 2015 National Theatre Festival.
When I’m not at school or in a show, I love to travel. I have been to 40 countries and counting, and started a photo travel blog along the way. You can find my photos on Instagram @WanderWithJosh.
As a Colorado native, it is truly a dream to have found this teaching position at such a fantastic school right here at home. I am looking forward to exploring the vast world of performing arts with the kids and becoming a part of the Renaissance community!