Payson High School Theatre Department is located in the southern end of Utah Valley residing in Nebo School District. With a firm foundation in the arts, PHS Theatre participates in multiple region, state, and international competitions. All conferences, festivals, and competitions are beneficial events offering students a chance to build their theatre portfolios. Academic and social skills are emphasized offering students additional scholarship and future employment opportunities. International Thespian Troupe 1025 is home are PHS.
Payson High School’s artistic director and educator is Rock White. Rock White has been teaching theatre for 20 years. Rock has a bachelors degree from Weber State University in Musical Theatre Composite and a professional teaching license in Theatre, Speech and English. He obtained his Masters Degree in Education from Southern Utah University. Besides teaching he also loves performing professionally when he can. As a member of the Professional Actors Union: Equity, he has performed with Salt Lake Acting Company, Grande Theatre, and Utah Musical Theatre. His favorite roles include Smudge in Forever Plaid, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, The Wolf in Into the Woods, and Leonard in Pirated!. He’s recorded professionally an album with Janeen Brady and most recently on a Kenneth Copeland album: Son of Man.