Allison Rogers - GHS CAPA Chair
Allison Long is a 1994 graduate of Germantown High School. After 10 years of teaching Communication Arts and Introduction to Film and Video at Germantown High School, Mrs. Long now serves and Executive Director of GHS-TV and Chairman of the Department of the Creative and Performing Arts. Mrs. Long attended Baylor University where she received a B.B.A. in Broadcasting. Before returning to Germantown, she worked with Susquehanna Broadcasting, CBS Promotions Group and ABC Radio in Dallas. She is the former state director for the Tennessee chapter of the Educational Theatre Association, currently serves on the Leadership Germantown board of directors and is involved with various organizations in the surrounding area.
Ashleigh Williams - Artistic Director
Proving that you can, indeed, go home again, Ashleigh Sigfried Williams has returned to her home among the Germantown High School Fine Arts faculty and Poplar Pike Playhouse staff. As the artistic director for the Poplar Pike Playhouse, she directs the Playhouse's spring musicals. In the classroom, she serves as an instructor for two courses: film and video, and communication arts. This is Ms. Williams' second stint on the GHS Fine Arts Faculty, having first taught at GHS from 2001 to 2005. A 1994 graduate of GHS, Ms. Williams performed on the PPP stage in such shows as Oklahoma!, Chess, Once on this Island and Can’t Stop Dancin’ and served as the anchor of GHS-TV's Wake Up, Germantown!. Before returning home to GHS prior to the 2013-14 school year, Ms. Williams served as the theatre director at Briarcrest Christian High School from 2005 to 2013. Over the course of eight years, she built the Briarcrest theatre department from the ground up, pushing the envelope with ambitious productions that included Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables, Anything Goes and Tarzan: The Musical. Those four productions garnered 34 nominations during the first four years of The Orpheum Theatre's High School Musical Theatre Awards program and earned 13 awards--including a Best Director award for Ms. Williams' work on Les Misérables. Ms. Williams' directing credits also include: Oklahoma!; Hello, Dolly!; Into the Woods; She Loves Me; The Fantastiks; Shout! The Mod Musical; and Forever Plaid. Some of Williams' favorite performing credits at the professional and collegiate level include: Oklahoma!; Grease; She Loves Me: Chicago; The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Guys and Dolls. A longtime dance and vocal student of Elizabeth Anne Brown's Performing Arts of Germantown, Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts in musical theatre from the University of Tulsa and a Master of Fine Arts in acting from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Catie Ward - Theatre Arts Teacher
Catie Broadwater is a Germantown High School alumni. She recently served as the stage manager for Tennessee Shakespeare Company. Her TSC credits include The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, It's a Wonderful Life: A Talk Radio Play, Macbeth, Southern Yuletide, the school's tour of Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest and The Glass Menagerie. Catie comes from Nashville, where she worked as a stage manager. She was a stage management assistant for the pre-Broadway production of The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis. A few of her theatre credits include Studio Tenn's The Glass Menagerie; Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre's Sherlock Holmes and It's a Wonderful Wife; 3Ps Production’s John & Jen and Long Way Down, Parallel Lives, Oklahoma, Ramona Quimby, Baby, Spirit: The Authentic Story of the Bell Witch of Tennessee; and Nashville Shakespeare Festival's The Tempest. She is a graduate of Middle Teneessee State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Theatre.
Teresa Phipps - Costume Seamstress
Teresa Blackburn Phipps joined the Fine Arts Faculty at Germantown High School in 2009 and has been actively involved in the arts since childhood. Prior to teaching art, Ms. Phipps was involved in classical ballet, performing and teaching, merging the methods of Vagonova and Royal Academy of Dance Instruction. Ms. Phipps received her BFA in Fine Art from the Memphis College of Art and completed her Master's in Art Education in 2011. Ms. Phipps has been actively involved in with the Poplar Pike Playhouse Productions and has worked with the costume design team on numerous plays and musicals. She is one of the sponsors of GHS Art Spectrum Club.
Leonid mazor - Sound and Video Coordinator
Leonid Mazor began his work as a professional theatre director in 1976, when he became the producer and director of the Student Theatre at the Moscow Technology University in Russia. Leonid has been involved as an actor and director in over 70 major television and theatre productions in Russia and America. His credits include assignments as both a director and performer for the popular Russian comedy show Club of Jokers (KVN). Mazor also directed numerous plays from the classic and modern repertoire of both American and Russian theatres.In 1995, Mr. Mazor became a full-time theatre arts and video instructor at Germantown High School. From 1995 – 2004, he directed the Poplar Pike Playhouse’s fall productions and also served as co-director for the Playhouse’s musicals. After leaving Germantown High School in 2005, he returned to Moscow, Russia, where he started work as independent producer, director and screenwriter for numerous cinema productions in Russia. His works include several adaptations of American sitcoms, such as “Grace under Fire”, “Suddenly Susan” and “Sanford and Son”. He also created a Russian adaptation of classical American novel “ American Tragedy ” by Theodore Dreiser, which became an award winning TV series “ Life that never exists…”, and adapted version of American TV series “House”, called “ Doctor For several years he served as Chief Executive Officer of Production and Creative Services of Ukrainian Independent TV-corporation, “Inter TV-channel” in Kiev, Ukraine.In 2006 he organized “Interschool” - the first school in Ukraine that specialized in TV. It functions as a high-class TV specialists training center and provides training for producers, directors, scriptwriters, journalists and cameramen. Mazor served their as Chairman of School. His works can still be seen on major Russian television networks. His TV series and TV movies have received important television awards, and are well known and highly recognized among viewers and critics. Leonid Mazor is an honorable member of two major television Academies in Russia - Eurasian Academy of Television and Radio and Russian Academy of Television.
JEFF WHITE - PPP Director
Jeff White is a 1997 graduate of Germantown High School and is excited to return to the Poplar Pike Playhouse. After graduating from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Mr. White moved to Los Angeles, CA where he became a member of the Educational Theatre Company. Mr. White started his teaching career in 2003 as an interim teacher at Germantown High and an Artist in Residence for the PPP where he supervised, co-wrote, and directed an original student written children’s play, “Once Upon a Beanstalk”. After that production’s success, he lead student playwrights and directed 6 more original student written play adaptations of fairy tales for the PPP. Mr. White spent 5 years at the Grizzlies Academy as an English and Theatre teacher and has spent the last 7 years at Bolton High School where he and former Germantown High teacher Karen Dean ran the theatre program, the Bolton StageLight Theatre. His directing credits include: Weird Romance, Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, Lucky Stiff, The Drowsy Chaperone, Moon Over Buffalo, Greater Tuna, Inherit the Wind, The Star Spangled Girl, The Miss Firecracker Contest, Seussical, Father of the Bride, Witness for the Prosecution and Almost, Maine. Mr. White won the 2016 Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Award “Outstanding Direction by a Teacher” for Weird Romance and his production of Greater Tuna was selected to perform on the mainstage for the 2014 Tennessee State Thespian Conference. A professional stand-up comedian, Mr. White has performed for comedy venues across the region and was named 2008 Funniest Person in Memphis. Mr. White also spent 4 seasons (2007-2011) as the in-arena emcee for your Memphis Grizzlies. As an actor, Mr. White has performed in several productions around the city including Germantown Community Theatre’s The Boys Next Door (2011) and Is He Dead? (2009), Bartlett Repertory’s All in the Timing (2012), and Theatre Memphis’s Curtains (2009) and Dracula (2004).
Matthew hayner - Choral Director
Matthew Hayner was named Choral Director at GHS in 2016. Most recently, he served on the voice faculties of Rhodes College and Lausanne Collegiate School. Mr. Hayner received a Master of Music degree from The University of Memphis, where he studied with Mr. Evan Jones. He received his Bachelor’s degrees from Bowling Green State University in Music Education and Performance. In the summer of 2009, Mr. Hayner studied at the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden, Austria. He was fortunate to learn from esteemed artists such as Elly Ameling, Robert Holl, Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake, Wolfram Rieger, Rudolf Piernay, and Edith Wiens. As a singer, his operatic repertoire includes roles from Tartuffe, Idomeneo, The Old Maid and the Thief, L’incoronazione di Poppea, Don Quichotte auf der Hochzeit des Comacho, The Pirates of Penzance, Così fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, and the North American premiere of Cavalli’s La virtù de′ Strali d′Amore at Eastman School of Music. He also performs frequently with the Memphis Symphony and Rhodes College Mastersingers. He is also no stranger to musical theater, some of his credits include roles from Godspell, Joseph, Oliver!, Annie Get Your Gun, The Phantom of the Opera, Scrooge: the Musical, The Music Man, The Wizard of Oz, She Loves Me, and On the Town. Mr. Hayner is a founding member of BealeCanto, a premier men's chamber ensemble comprised of professional musicians and educators in the Memphis area. He is also an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).
DAVID E. CHIPMAN - DIRECTOR OF BANDS
David E. Chipman is currently in his twenty-seventh year serving as a music educator and first year as Director of Bands at Germantown HS. Prior to coming to GHS, Mr. Chipman served for twenty five years as Director of Bands, Music Dept. Chair and IB Music instructor at Bolton High School.
A native Memphian, Mr. Chipman is an honor graduate of Overton High School and also a graduate of the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree, where he has also completed several graduate courses. While at U of M, he was a member of ‘The Mighty Sound of The South’ Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble (playing trombone and euphonium) Trombone Choir, Brass Ensemble and The ‘Southern Comfort’ Jazz Ensemble. His major professors included: Dr. Charles Schulz, Professor Gene Rush, Professor Tim Goodwin and the late Dr. Sidney J. McKay and Dr. Douglas C. Lemmon
Mr. Chipman has served on staff for the Tennessee Ambassador's of Music, 2017 European tour where he conducted concert band performances in England, France, Switzerland, Austria and Germany.
Mr. Chipman's professional affiliations include National Association for Music Education (NAfME), International Assoc. for Jazz Education (IAJE, International Trombone Association (ITA), Tennessee Music Education Association Board (TMEA) Tennessee Bandmasters Association (TBA), West TN School Band and Orchestra Association (WTSBOA) and Tennessee Education Association. He has also been inducted into the prestigious American School Band Director Assocation (ASBDA). Mr. Chipman has served on the WTSBOA Executive Board as President and on the TMEA Board of Directors as State Band Chair. He currently serves as the Technology and Event Data Chair for WTSBOA. He also serves as Fine Arts Portfolio Reviewer for the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) and is also a member of the SCS Fine Arts Leadership Council.
Mr. Chipman and his wife Dr. Carol King-Chipman, also a band director in the Shelby County School System, have been married for 31 years and have one child. Mr. and Dr. Chipman were recognized in 2009 with the Thomas P. Westendorf Award by the Bartlett TN Arts Council for their many years of service in music education to the Bartlett, TN community where they reside.
Joe Mitchell - Scenic Artist
Joe Mitchell is a recent graduate of the University of Memphis. Mr. Mitchell is excited about being a new addition to the Visual Arts team and is a first year teacher. He is married with three uniquely talented sons. Mr. Mitchell is a proud abstract artist who is grateful for the opportunity to teach the students of Germantown High School.
Bobby Ramsay - Lighting Director
Bobby Ramsay is a 2004 graduate of Germantown High School. As a senior in the GHS Fine Arts Department, Mr. Ramsay served as general manager of GHS-TV and as lighting director of Wake Up, Germantown!, won a National Student Television Award of Excellence from the organization that presents television’s coveted Emmy awards. In 2008, Mr. Ramsay graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media Production. Mr. Ramsay served as an intern for News Channel 5 and has worked freelance in the Nashville area. Some of his freelance projects include the 2008 Nashville Regional Emmy awards and Soundcheck: Season 2, which highlights musical groups from the Nashville and Murfreesboro area.