During the course of his long career in theatre education, Larry Daw taught theatre, directed plays, and coached speech events in the town of Agana, Guam, and in Milton-Freewater, Eugene, and Tigard, all in Oregon. He directed 125 high school productions, and his Thespian troupe at Tigard High School was named one of the top three troupes in the state for twenty-five years in a row.
Mr. Daw was a Thespian troupe director for thirty-five years and he served the Educational Theatre Association as Oregon chapter director (twice), EdTA regional director, and as a member of the EdTA Board of Directors.
Among his many honors: the Melba Day Sparks Henning Award for outstanding achievement; Tigard High School Teacher of the Year and Tigard School District Teacher of the Year; and the Rae Mona Reynolds Humanitarian Award. He’s listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
“Not since Melba Day Sparks Henning and Doug Finney has any Oregon theatre educator so deeply influenced educational theatre and raised the prominence of theatre in the state like Larry Daw,” wrote Michael Fisher, who made the Hall of Fame nomination. “[He] has influenced every nook and cranny of educational theatre in Oregon.”