Meet the Founders of Dove Tales Theatre Company:
Nathan Koval and Ben Margalith
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Nathan graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre 2012. Nathan is also a TEFL certified teacher.
Prior to coming to Hong Kong, Nathan worked for one of the most prestigious children's theaters in America, Missoula Children's Theatre. With Missoula Children's Theatre, Nathan traveled to over 50 different cities across America, Canada, and internationally. At each stop he would produce an hour-long musical with the children from the city in just under a week. He was chosen specifically to take charge of an international tour during his second year with the company.
Being an adventurer and traveler by nature Nathan decided to move to Hong Kong after his tour with Missoula Children’s Theatre had finished. While in Hong Kong, he has worked in schools throughout Hong Kong and Macau teaching both drama and English. Nathan has directed over 70 student productions both internationally and in Hong Kong.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Ben received his MA in Acting with Merit from the University of Essex - East 15 Acting School in 2011. He received his BFA in Acting with High Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010. He studied at the BADA Midsummer intensive program at Oxford University in 2011.
Prior to coming to Hong Kong, Ben trained with the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed on stages around the world. He has years of experience leading corporate team building workshops. He worked with the London Shakespeare Workout where he taught Shakespeare to underprivileged children and incarcerated prisoners living in the UK. Ben is also an accomplished voice over artist, having voiced cartoons, soap operas, films, and more.
Ben is an experienced English and Drama teacher for children of all ages and abilities; and has been teaching children for the past decade throughout the world in Hong Kong, Macau, USA, United Kingdom and more.
Who we are
Dove Tales Theatre Company is Hong Kong’s premier children’s theatre company. We specialize in drama workshops, small and large-scale school productions, and performing English language musicals and dramas for students of all ages and levels. Each year we work with over 50,000 students and 100 schools.
Through our drama workshops, our main goal is to help the students build life skills such as confidence, teamwork, problem solving, empathy and English through drama. We strive to create an environment where the students are encouraged to take risks and understand the best way to grow as a person is to make mistakes.
What do we do
We offer 18 original English language touring theatre shows based on classic English literature, fairy tales and stories from the Bible to students of all ages and levels. All of our shows are highly interactive and flexible depending on the English level of the audience.
Each touring theatre show comes with its own educational packet, which contains preparation material to use before the performance as well as follow-up work for afterwards. These educational packets are designed for the student’s age and English level.
We write, rehearse and perform all our plays with the age, the level of English, Band Level of the school, and the needs of the English teaching panels in mind.
How do we do it
We provide all the technical equipment, technician, performers, sets, large backdrop, costumes, and props. We also provide the ability for teachers to select a few student volunteers to be included in the drama.
On the day of the show we arrive an hour or so prior to the performance to set up all of our equipment and do a sound check for our audio equipment (and train our student volunteers to perform). After the show, if the school chooses, we set aside time to take some pictures and do a Question and Answer session in which one of our performers will lead the audience, encouraging them to ask questions and engage with the performers.
The plays are prepared to last approximately 50 minutes to one hour. The exact running time depends upon the audience. As we involve them directly in our plays their contribution obviously affects the final length of the performance.