Recent News from NRCA

Meet Our New Fine Arts Team!

Dr. Sherrill, along with Mr. Green are excited with the new additions to our NRCA Fine Arts Team and the choices for the 2018-2019 Fall and Spring Productions. Mr. Zack Roberts will serve as our new Fine Arts Director and will direct future play productions as well as teach acting, directing, and theater.  Mr. Marshall Butler will direct the Honors Choral Ensemble and High School Concert Choir. Mrs. Caitlyn Winters will direct the Dance Program.

Fine Arts Director

Mr. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Campbell University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Education from East Carolina University as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Directing from Western Illinois University.  He had the great opportunity of living in the fantastic theatre town of Chicago where he worked in the casting department of the Tony Award winning Goodman Theatre (1992 Outstanding Regional Theatre).  He was also the casting director and an assistant director at the Jeff Award-Winning Provision Theater Company and worked as an assistant stage manager at TimeLine Theatre (2011 Wall Street Journal’s Theatre Company of the Year).  Mr. Roberts was the Artistic Director of a theatre company in Raleigh where he guided the organization for four seasons.  He has been the Director or Assistant Director of 35 plays and musicals during his career.  For the last six years, he has been the Director of Theatre at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School where he was the Teacher of the Year in 2016-2017.  Zachary Roberts is a NRCA Alumnus (Class of 2002) and Shannon, his wife, is an NRCA Alumnus (Class of 2002).  They are blessed with three beautiful children: Lila, Oliver, and Truman.   He and his family attend Redeemer Presbyterian Church of Raleigh where he serves on the worship team, teaches middle school Sunday School, and has written for the church blog. 

High School Honors Ensemble & Concert Choir Director

Marshall Butler, Jr. retired in June 2016 where he taught choral music at Jesse O. Sanderson High School for 24 years. He is known by our students where he has judged our Fine Arts Festival for many years.  He served as a Judge for the 2017 Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant. He has served as a Middle and High School All-County Choral Clinician statewide.  He was among the first group of teachers to receive their National Board for Professional Teachers Certification in Music in 2002. He currently serves as an assessor trainer for the National Board for Professional Teachers. Mr. Butler received the Jesse O. Sanderson High School’s 2002-03 Teacher of the Year Award,  the North Carolina Music Educators Association 2009-2010 Award for High School Choral Director of the Year and the 2014 ACDA Lara Hoggard Award for Distinguished Service to Choral Music. He served as the Bass Section Leader for the American Choral Directors Association National Honors Chorus in Oklahoma City, in 2009. He was a member of the Sanderson High School Delegation traveling to China during September 2009. Marshall Butler was the recipient of the North Carolina Symphony Maxine Swalin Award for “Outstanding Music Educator” in 2014. He served as Adjudicator for the National ACDA High School Honors Mixed Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2015. He was the recipient of the Wake County Public School System “Hall of Fame” in the category of Arts in 2015. Marshall Butler received the Wake County United Arts and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Business Support of the Arts Award, Arts Education category in January 2016. His groups have performed at the North Carolina Music Educators Conference in Winston-Salem, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Washington, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, ‘Saturday Evening Mass’ at the “Vatican” [Saint Peter’s Basilica], and perform several concerts in Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan and London.  Mr. Butler earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Winston-Salem State University, where he studied under Robert L. Morris.  Marshall has two lovely daughters Knachelle who teaches in Durham and Melody who practices Dentistry in Alexandria, Virginia.  He has two “beautiful” granddaughters, Chanel and Madison.  He served as the Minister of Music for 41 years at Riley Hill Baptist Church in Wendell before retiring December 14, 2014.

Dance Instructor

Caitlyn graduated Magna Cum Laude from Elon University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography. While there, she studied a range of dance styles, with a focus on ballet, contemporary, and jazz. She performed and choreographed in a number of dance concerts, including ACDFA and the Kearns Dance Project Performing Company. During college, she attended the Rockette Summer Intensive, the Broadway Theatre Project, and performed with the Elon Dance Team. Since graduation, Caitlyn has been working with multiple dance studios, as well as choreographing for the Honors Dance Program at NRCA and the musical theatre department at Williams High School in Burlington, NC. She is currently a teacher at The Dance Attic in Wake Forest, NC and has choreographed for their competition dance company for three years.

Caitlyn and her husband, Ricky, have an almost two year old daughter, Alice, and another baby girl due in July. She is so excited to be the new dance teacher at NRCA this fall and cannot wait to get started! She loves sharing her love of dance and strives to glorify the Lord with everything she does.