Allison Long - Creative & Performing Arts Chairman
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.
Jeff white - Theatre Arts Teacher & Managing 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).
Ashleigh Williams - Theatre Arts Teacher & 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 Ward 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.