Dinah earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with certifications to teach Theatre and English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is also trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, ballroom and hip-hop dance.
She has been a theatre educator and lead director for the past thirteen years; her favorite productions include The Women of Lockerbie, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lend Me a Tenor, I Hate Hamlet, Guys and Dolls, and 1984. Her productions have won four District UIL One Act Play titles and placed eight times. In the past two years, twenty-five of Dinah’s students have received superior ratings in individual technical and performance events at Texas Thespian Festival and qualified to compete at the national level.
Last June she traveled to the national competition with her students, and her Group Musical team won their division and was one of just twelve individual event entrants selected to perform in the prestigious Mainstage Showcase for the conference of nearly 3,000 theatre students. Dinah’s choreography was recognized at the Tommy Tune Awards in 2010 and 2011 where her students’ musical performances were nominated for Best Choreography. She has choreographed productions at Kempner High School, Waller High School, Travis High School, Waller Junior High, Houston Family Arts Center and Playhouse 1960; Chicago, Crazy For You, Grease and Pippin are among her favorites. Dinah also enjoys being on stage; her favorite roles include Gertie Cummings in Oklahoma and Mary in The Insanity of Mary Girard (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Polly in Crazy for You, Peggy in 42nd Street, and Velma in Chicago (Playhouse 1960).