Randall L. Thorn comes to Arizona from Indiana, Pennsylvania just north and east of Pittsburgh, with 22 years experience teaching the performing arts. He is the Choral Musical Theater, and Drama Director at Learning Foundation and Performing Arts Charter School in Gilbert. He has worked part time at the theatre department of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he did musical direction and lighting design. Mr. Thorn is an Arizona Highly Qualified Teacher and a 1992 graduate in music education and theatre from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and also earned a MA from Penn State in Theater. He has directed over 80 musical productions in his career including West Side Story, Hairspray, Bye Bye Birdie, Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, The Wizard of Oz, and The Little Mermaid to name a few. He has worked with students of all ages and has directed elementary, middle school and high school choirs, hosted district, and regional choir events and has guest conducted choral festivals in Pennsylvania . He was a founding member of the Footlights Players Theater for Youth summer camp at IUP and is a vocal coach focusing on the musical theatre style for students. Randall is also a professional lighting designer and has created lighting plots for numerous Phoenix productions such as The Phoenix Girls Chorus and Just Breathe and Tap On, as well as the IUP Opera, Blairsville High School, Kittanning High School and Ford City High School.