Arizona Storytellers: Mack Duncan

By KJZZ News
Published: Monday, June 29, 2015 - 5:05am
Updated: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 2:28pm

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Mack Duncan
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Mack Duncan showing off his Green Lantern Ring while telling his story at Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.

KJZZ partners with the Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers series. We record the live events and share them with you on the radio. In Phoenix, the storytellers sometimes share stories about our community or the life events that have shaped them in general. Megan Finnerty is the creator of the series. 

Mack Duncan is one of the founders of The Torch Theatre in Phoenix. But before that he was a high school theatre teacher.

Early in his career, he was told not to expect the kind of validation portrayed in the “Oh, captain, my captain” scene from the movie Dead Poets Society. While he didn’t expect to have that "Oh, captain" moment, Duncan did want to inspire his students.

In his first year teaching theatre, his students were preparing to go on stage for the opening night of their play.

Mack Duncan teaches English at Glendale High School.

Hear more stories like this at our next night of live storytelling on July 13, 2015, at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix. 

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