By Keri McQueen, Features Editor

Mr. Stephen Ingle is the new edition to Keenan’s performing arts area. Ingle is a native South Carolinian whose favorite color is purple and favorite food is fried chicken.

When discussing his spare time, Ingle responds with much enthusiasm.

“I like to go to the movies, out to eat because I’m single and I don’t cook, watch…TV and writ[e],” Ingle said.

Ingle was inspired to act by his grandmother, who was an actress in New York. He would spend time with her over the summers.

Ingle described Keenan as being a more positive and supportive school than others he’d been at. He believes Keenan supports its students and strives for their well-being. Many of Ingle’s students, including Junior Briana Davidson, say the same about him.

“Mr. Ingle is amazing teacher; he is a very dynamic teacher who works hard with his students,” Davidson said.

Mr. Stephen Ingle, Drama Teacher, instructs his students on an acting technique before allowing them to perform it for themselves.  The South Carolina native brings Hollywood experience with him to the classroom.  File photo.

Ingle has acquired many accomplishments. He lived in Los Angeles for 15 years, where he was an actor, writer, producer and standup comedian. He has produced and starred in an independent film. His film won three awards in the New York Independent Film Festival.  He has also worked with other experienced actors such as Mr. Jeremy Reynolds.

To any visitor it is evident Ingle has good control over his classes. He uses many professional techniques to prepare his students and make them comfortable for the class. His students looked content and happy during his classes.

“Mr. Ingle is a good teacher; we learn a lot of things in his class,” Sophomore Roshard Coleman said.

Ingle’s co-workers have nothing but good things to say about their new and creative co-worker. He leaves a lasting and strong impression on anyone he encounters.

“Well, all I can say about Mr. Ingle is ba-da-ba-ba-ba! I’m loving it!” Ms. Stephanie Jones, Dance Teacher, said.

Ingle’s future plans for the drama department include the presentation of For Colored Girls and class scenes.