About RAP!

My name is Ray Palasz (whose initials spell RAP, though I can't really perform that genre well!) , and I am a twenty-year veteran of the theatre and writing classroom.  Through the years I have coached hundreds of students in college-level composition, as well as coached scores of students in a variety of theatre events:  college and community theatre auditions, Thespys, and even post-college interviews.  My expertise in what it takes to get students to the next level is something I want to share with more teachers and their students!


MA, Rhetoric and Composition, 2012
Purdue University Calumet (now Purdue University Northwest)
          Thesis:  “Stdnt wrtg in the age of txspk: A pilot study of the prevalence of txtspk in formal student writing” 

BA, English Education and Theatre and Television Arts, 2003
Valparaiso University
Honors:  Christ College Associate (Interdisciplinary Honors College); Lumina Award, College of Arts and Sciences junior year magna cum laude standing

      Independent Study:  Medieval Mystery Plays in Interdisciplinary Learning



July, 2016-Present

Munster High School

Auditorium Director; Munster Theatre Company Producer/Director

July, 2004-June, 2016

Lake Central High School

English/Theatre Faculty; Thespian Director


Indiana Thespians, Educational Theatre Association

Chapter Executive Board Member

 2017-2019, 2021-Present

Educational Theatre Association

Nominating Committee Member


September, 2022

Educational Theatre Association Theatre Educator Conference

No Intermission:  Combining Middle and High School Theatre Programs


Theatre Ave. "Make it Sparkle" Interviews

June, 2015-July, 2016

Theatrefolk Publishing (www.theatrefolk.com)


Lake Central High School Theatre Courses