Our Directors

Raphael Schklowsky

Herndon High School Theatre Director

Raphael Schklowsky (Sh-GLOVE-Ski) is a graduate of the Drama Department at LaGuardia High School (the “Fame” school) in New York City. Mr. Schklowsky is also one of the only Americans to have graduated from the full four-year course of study at the Moscow Art Theatre School (MXAT) in Moscow, Russia. After co-founding a theatre company with his graduating class (Studio Six of the Moscow Art Theatre) in 2005, he has acted and directed in productions in New York City, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Montreal, Baltimore, and more. Following a five-year foray into the legal field, Mr. Schklowsky returned to theatre as an educator and received his Master’s degree in Educational Theatre from the City College of New York. Mr. Schklowsky speaks three languages (English, Russian, and Spanish) and is thrilled to be part of the theatre ensemble here at Herndon High School.

Mr. Schklowsky
(703) 810-2341


Dana Van Slyke

Herndon High School Choral Director

Dana Van Slyke has served as choral director at Herndon High School since 1995. During her time there, she has conducted the Concert Choir, Herndon Chorale, Heatwave show choir, the Madrigal Singers, Bennett Street Boys and the Shebees. In addition, she has taught AP and introductory music theory. Under her direction, the Herndon choirs have received much recognition for their excellence in performance.

Having a strong background in musical theater, Ms. Van Slyke has played a large role in producing Herndon’s theatrical productions. Oklahoma!, the fall 2009 production, marks the fourteenth musical in which Ms. Van Slyke has served as musical director at Herndon High. Along with her colleague and husband Jim Van Slyke, Ms. Van Slyke has directed, arranged, produced, and choreographed ten Broadway revues.

Ms. Van Slyke is a graduate of Ithaca College with a degree in music education and vocal performance. She also holds a master’s degree in music education from Shenandoah Conservatory. She feels her most important accomplishment, however, is her wonderful family, Jim, Conor, and Ethan!

Ms. Van Slyke
(703) 810-2333