Theatre

Design and Performance Instruction for Tennessee’s Young Thespians

Our philosophy is simple — to supply an opportunity for the student to learn. We do this by providing a program of dedicated and focused study in all areas of theatrical studies, with an emphasis on the process of creating live theatre. Students are to be given every opportunity possible to explore, to question, and to grow. The Theatre Program is a safe place where there are no wrong answers and no stupid questions. It is an environment fostering open communication and the exchange of knowledge and ideas. The mission of the Theatre Program of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts is based on the idea that we are part of a “school” and the objective should always be on learning and exploring the multiple facets of the art of theatre. The mission of the Theatre Program is to instill in every student the respect and understanding of all aspects of the theatrical process as it leads to its final culmination in the performance, as well as to give the student the knowledge, skills, and creative opportunities to realize their own potential and grow as an individual, an artist, and a craftsman. Additionally, the student should gain a sense of where the art of theatre resides in relationship to the other art forms of the school, and how all these art forms are interrelated.

Theatre Curriculum

There are now two classifications for theatre students: Performance and Design. Students may apply for both concentrations but must realize they will be accepted into only one classification — not both. However, all students must demonstrate a willingness to participate and learn in all aspects of theatre. Instruction will include skills and knowledge development in areas such as:  

  • PERFORMANCE STUDIES (Stage Movement, Stage Combat, Alexander Technique, Acting for the Stage, Acting for the Camera, Vocal Training, Musical Theatre, Pantomime, Improvisation, Dance, Auditioning, etc.)
  • DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY (Costumes, Scenery, Lighting, etc.)
  • THEATRICAL/LITERARY STUDIES (Playwriting, Theatre History, Dramaturgy, etc.)
  • THEATRE MANAGEMENT (Theatre Business, Stage Management, etc.)

Goals

The Theatre Arts discipline embodies four fundamental goals and component knowledge, processes, and skills which this Tennessee framework terms strands. The goals are to enable the learner to:

1. Develop means of expression for the individual through the use of drama/theatre experiences

a. Sensory perception b. Emotional expression c. Imagination d. Movement e. Language f. Voice g. Artistic discipline h. Concentration i. Self-concept

2. Create drama/theatre through individual effort, group interaction, and artistic collaboration

a. Ensemble and interpersonal skills b. Problem solving c. Improvisation d. Acting e. Directing f. Playmaking and Playwriting g. Technical elements h. Theatre management

3. Experience drama/theatre in its multicultural, social, and historical contexts

a. Dramatic literature b. Theatre history and heritage c. Drama/Theatre in a multicultural society d. Roles and careers

4. Form aesthetic judgments of drama/theatre experiences

a. Elements of drama b. Audience c. Theatre and other arts d. Aesthetic response  

 

Jeff Gibson

Theatre Chair

Jeff Gibson is Chair of the Theatre Division of the Tennessee Governors’ School for the Arts.   Gibson is Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Middle Tennessee State University where he teaches courses in arts management.  Gibson serves as Past Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Region IV, Vice President of Administration for Southeastern Theatre Conference, and former Assistant to the President of Watkins College of Art&Design in Nashville, Tennessee.  He received his MFA in Theatre Management from the University of Alabama and served as a management assistant at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.      

 

Theatre Faculty

Jared P. Cole

Technical Director

Jared P. Cole is the Technical Director for the Theatre Department. He has spent the last 8 years designing sets

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Jared P. Cole

Technical Director

Jared P. Cole is the Technical Director for the Theatre Department. He has spent the last 8 years designing sets and lights while teaching classes in technical theatre and design. He has a BA in Music and Communication: Theatre from Greenville College in Greenville, IL. He is a graduate of the Hilberry Repertory Theater Company at Wayne State University in Detroit where he received an MFA in Scenic Design. He has designed summer productions for the Bay View Music Festival as well as the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. He has studied internationally at the Moscow Art Theatre School founded by Konstantin Stanislavski where he spent a month in 2010 studying design and attending many performances of Russian theatre. When not designing and building sets, he enjoys directing, acting, and hitting the golf course for a quick round.  He also loves traveling to Russia with family!

 

Kristi Shamburger

Theatre Faculty

Kristi Shamburger is an Equity Actress and Assistant Professor of Theatre at Middle Tennessee State University and specailizes in Musical

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Kristi Shamburger

Theatre Faculty

Kristi Shamburger is an Equity Actress and Assistant Professor of Theatre at Middle Tennessee State University and specailizes in Musical Theatre. She is orginially from Murfreesboro, TN but has lived and performed not only in Tennessee but also in Las Vegas, NV, New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA. Cleveland and Akron, OH, Vermont, South Dakota, North Carolina, and Japan! She taught at Middle Georgia College, Huntington Universtiy, and Belmont University before coming to Middle Tennessee State University in 2010. Kristi received her Musical Theatre undergraduate degree at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH and her MFA in Musical Theatre from the Universtiy of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a certified teacher of The Expressive Actor Technique and thrilled to be advisor for musical theatre minors, directing musicals and teaching Musical Theatre Performance, Voice for the Actor and Theatre Appreciation at MTSU. She recently redesigned a web-assisted theatre apprecation course that reaches 400-500 students a year!

Justin Reed

Theatre Prouction Coordinator

Justin Reed is from Cleveland, TN, where he first began working in theatre at his local high school.  After graduating from

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Justin Reed

Theatre Prouction Coordinator

Justin Reed is from Cleveland, TN, where he first began working in theatre at his local high school.  After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. degree in Theatre, he began his current job as Manager of Tucker Theatre and the Boutwell Dramatic Arts facility at MTSU. He is involved in many facets of the Theatre and Dance program including events, ticketing, marketing, construction, and technology management. Justin is very excited to be working with the Governor’s School again this year.    

Halena Kays

Director

Halena Kays is an assistant professor of theatre at MTSU.  A professional director and performer from Chicago, Halena served as

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Halena Kays

Director

Halena Kays is an assistant professor of theatre at MTSU.  A professional director and performer from Chicago, Halena served as artistic director of The Hypocrites theater company and co-founder and former artistic director of Barrel of Monkeys.  Chicago directing credits include:Endgame, Ivywild, Six Characters in Search of an Author at The Hypocrites; The Magic Play at The Goodman, Lord of the Flies at Steppenwolf theatre company; Burning Bluebeard, Pop/Waits, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Daredevils, Daredevils Hamlet and Fake Lake at The Neo-Futurists (artistic associate); Roustabout at Concordia College; Buried in Bughouse Square at The University of Chicago.

Kays is a founding member of the artistic collaborative, The Ruffians, a UT-Austin and Northwestern grad and former member of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care unit. Halena has been nominated for a Jefferson Citation for Best Supporting Actress and Best Direction, was the recipient of the prestigious 3Arts Award and was named one of the top 50 “players” in Chicago theater by NewCity.   

Jim Armstrong

Stage Manager

Jim Armstrong is a freelance stage manager in New York City. He just finished his engagement with Lively Productions in

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Jim Armstrong

Stage Manager

Jim Armstrong is a freelance stage manager in New York City. He just finished his engagement with Lively Productions in their series of productions, Blogologues, and is now working as an administrative intern for Hello Entertainment. His most recent work in stage management has been his involvement with Carol Lempert’s one-woman show, After Anne Frank, which participated in the NY Fringe Festival last year and has been rippling since.        

Trish Clark

Costume Design & Technology

Trish is a costume designer from Nashville, Tennessee.  Some of her favorite design projects include Metamorphoses and The Dining Room

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Trish Clark

Costume Design & Technology

Trish is a costume designer from Nashville, Tennessee.  Some of her favorite design projects include Metamorphoses and The Dining Room for Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, The Medium for Belmont Opera, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Tennessee Shakespeare, and The Crucible, The Underpants and Sweeney Todd, and Big River – all for Nashville Repertory Theatre, where she is the resident designer.  

She also creates costumes for movies, including Billy, The Early Years and The Hanna Montana Movie, as well as for musical artists and groups including Naomi Judd, Taylor Swift and Def Leppard.   Trish worked for Gaylord Entertainment, (Opryland U.S.A., Fiesta Texas, Opryland Talent, and T.N.N.) for ten years as a draper and pattern room supervisor and she still loves draping and was a guest draper/tailor on Nashville Ballet’s The Nutcracker. She has also worked as patternmaker for Les Miserables and as costume designer for A Raisin in the Sun, Frost/Nixon, Crowns, Doubt, and The Foreigner at Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

David Ian Lee

Acting Instructor

David has worked as an actor and director internationally, off-Broadway, and with regional theatres including Utah Shakespeare, New York Classical,

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David Ian Lee

Acting Instructor

David has worked as an actor and director internationally, off-Broadway, and with regional theatres including Utah Shakespeare, New York Classical, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Milwaukee Rep., and Nashville Repertory Theatre. David is an internationally produced playwright, with his play The Curing Room having received multiple UK productions and confirmed for Canada and South Africa. An alumnus of the William Esper Studio, he received his MFA in Directing from Illinois State University. www.davidianlee.com for more information. 

Richard Browder

Choreographer

Richard is excited to be returning this year as a teacher for the school. Since his summer of 1986 when

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Richard Browder

Choreographer

Richard is excited to be returning this year as a teacher for the school. Since his summer of 1986 when he was one of the first Governor’s School Theatre students, Richard has received his undergraduate degree in theatre at Middle Tennessee State University, received graduate work in acting at the University of Southern Mississippi, and his Masters in Education at Middle Tennessee State University. He has also worked across the region as a professional actor in such theatres as Tennessee Repertory Theatre were he was seen in such productions as Twelve Angry Men, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and 1776 directed by Rene Copland.

He has also worked in Nashville Children’s Theatre production of Aladdin, Seusical and School House Rock Live. Richard choreographed productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Urintown, and Rent for Middle Tennessee State University. Richard also works as a choreographer for Siegel High School’s Chamber choir where he choreographed productions such as Once on This Island, Tommy, Aida, Evita, and Children of Eden, and Phantom of the Opera.  

 

Dance

Dance

Governor’s School students learn that dance is inherent to our heritage and world and that of others around us. Students are encouraged to perceive, evaluate, and understand dance as a conveyor of culture.

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Filmmaking

Filmmaking

Filmmaking students are introduced to both the theory and technical aspects of filmmaking. Through lectures, films and hand-on experiences, students will learn the three aspects of filmmaking: pre-production, production, and post-production.

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Instrumental Program

Instrumental Program

The School for the Arts provides educational instruction for students skilled in strings, wind ensemble, piano, and both choral and opera technique..

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Vocal Music

Vocal Music

The School for the Arts provides educational instruction for students skilled in strings, wind ensemble, piano, and both choral and opera technique..

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Theatre

Theatre

The theater school is a program of dedicated and focused study in all areas of theatrical studies, with an emphasis on the process of creating live theatre.

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Visual Art

Visual Art

Visual Arts students learn human understanding, achievement and self-development through the study and practice of visual art.

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