Mr. Ricardo Rivera, Theatre Director

About the Theatre Program:

Oak Hammock’s theatre program trains students in the fundamentals of theatre. Student coursework focuses on but is not limited to acting, dance/movement, non-dance movement, staging, and vocal performance. Over the three-year magnet curriculum, students will refine skills and collaborate as a functioning theatre ensemble. Topics explored include but are not limited to acting, improvisation, directing, playwriting, theatre history, the great American playwrights, technical theatre, and musical theatre. Rehearsals and performances are a required part of this program. 

Theatre 1 

Course focus: introduction to acting, improvisation, staging, musical theatre, and other aspects of beginning theatre

Theatre 2 

Course focus: build upon skills previously learned in Theatre 1 and introduction to other aspects of theatre


 Theatre 3 


 Course focus: fine-tune skills previously learned in Theatre 2 and effectively collaborate as a functioning theatre ensemble

Technical Theatre 

Course focus: introduction to technical theatre (costumes, lighting, makeup, properties, publicity, scenery, and sound)


Ricardo Rivera-Aponte, Theatre Director

Ricardo Rivera-Aponte has a B.M.E from the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University. One of his most recent adventures included traveling to Italy and performing in various festivals and cathedrals including St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Naples Duomo, and the Cathedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, among others. Earlier on in his musical career he traveled to Hungary to study and perform in various festivals at the University of Szeged. The curriculum included masterclasses with professors across the U.S and with Hungarian opera singer Maria Temesi. He has performed with Opera Naples in their production of Bizets, Carmen; and was also in the production of Urinetown at FGCU as Bill Boy Bill. Ricardo recently served as the Musical Director of the Jr. production of James and the Giant Peach at the Bonita Center for the Arts and it brought him great joy working with the amazing developing young artists. His most recent accolade includes receiving 1st place in the international Great Composers Competition Series (singing). Ricardo is heavily involved musically within the local community as a Core Singer in Choral Artistry,  a seasonal performer within the Naples Carolers, as a weekly singer in both Fort Myers Christian Church and Moorings Presbyterian of Naples, and as a wedding singer.



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