Keira DiGaetano’s favorite moments are those when the students involved in a Richard
Montgomery High School theater production gather before the curtain opens.
“There’s a feeling of camaraderie. You know that even if the show messes up, the people are
going to be there to support you,” she says. “Everyone understands—whether you are there doing
it for fun or it’s what you want to do in life—you are all there giving it 100 percent, and that’s a
really great feeling.”
Passionate about all things theater, Keira has experimented with roles both on and off stage
in school and local theater productions. She has designed costumes, acted, worked in lighting,
directed productions and researched plays as a dramaturge, crafting insightful notes for playbills.
“I’m a big proponent of directors having experience in every sector,” says Keira, who lives in
At Bethesda’s Round House Theatre, Keira has worked with a current playwright on a
Rockville. “Simultaneously working on and off stage, I think it helps you build empathy. Having both
those perspectives helps me communicate better.”
Keira says she likes how a production can create a platform to share ideas. “What I love about
the theater is the space and energy makes you so comfortable to feel emotion,” says Keira, who
plans to major in drama and English at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, in the fall.
production—a rare opportunity for a high school student. “She’s an intensely driven young woman.
She has a vision,” Round House Literary Manager Gabrielle Hoyt says. “She wants to reach out
and drink up the world.”
KEIRA DIGAETANO Senior, Richard Montgomery High School
development internship. He
has participated in theater at
his school and in leadership
activities through CASA de
Maryland, a Langley Park-based
organization that advocates for
Latino and immigrant residents.
“I see myself as a very unique
role model for kids,” he says.
“I want to help those who look
down on themselves to see
themselves differently, so they
Christian will attend Bucknell
University in Pennsylvania on a
full academic scholarship.