Retired Marina Del Rey Middle School teacher Nancy Pierandozzi spent nearly 30 decades helping her students prepare for the spotlight.
Last month it was her turn.
On Oct. 14, Pierandozzi’s former colleagues surprised her by dedicating the school’s new 130-seat, black box performing arts theater in her honor.
“I’m sort of in awe,” she said on opening night. “It’s a great night for the arts and for public education.”
Pierandozzi’s old classroom, Room 27, is now Studio 27.
With new stage lighting, an upgraded sound system, a fresh coat of paint and new curtains, the revamped theater will host the school’s arts programming and even be open to the public for community events, LAUSD Local District West Supt. Cheryl Hildreth said.
From 2013 until she retired last summer, Pierandozzi helped lead the charge to transform the space into a solid performance venue through donations and community support.
“None of this would have happened without Nancy and others. The transformation of Studio 27 is due to the energy and passion and focus by the school community on what students deserve,” LAUSD Board President Steve Zimmer, who represents Westside neighborhoods, told district publication LAUSD Daily.
— Gary Walker