Theatre

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 training in 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 the theatrical process as it leads to final culmination in 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

Students in Theatre focus studies primarily on aspects of performance. Conservatory style courses will include a variety of offerings such as Stage Movement, Stage Combat, Alexander Technique, Acting for the Stage, Acting for the Camera, Vocal Training, Musical Theatre, Pantomime, Improvisation, Dance, Auditioning, etc. However, all students must demonstrate a willingness to participate and learn in all aspects of theatre.

Goals

The Theatre Arts discipline embodies four fundamental goals and component knowledge, processes, and skills which this Tennessee framework comprises. 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  

 

Theatre Faculty

Jeff Gibson

Chair

Jeff Gibson is Chair of the Theatre Division of the Tennessee Governors’ School for the Arts and Chair of the

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Jeff Gibson

Chair

Jeff Gibson is Chair of the Theatre Division of the Tennessee Governors’ School for the Arts and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Middle Tennessee State University. Gibson serves as President of Southeastern Theatre Conference and is a Past Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Region IV. A 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.

Kate Goodwin

Theatre Production Coordinator

Kate Goodwin is a production/stage manager, teacher, and sometimes director and designer. Following undergrad at MTSU, she taught at the

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Kate Goodwin

Theatre Production Coordinator

Kate Goodwin is a production/stage manager, teacher, and sometimes director and designer. Following undergrad at MTSU, she taught at the Nashville School for the Arts, chairing the Theatre Department from 2003-2006. The pursuit of a MFA in Stage Management at UIUC led to an exciting array of opportunities, including touring internationally with The Builders Association production of Continuous City. Other adventures include serving as Director of Education and Touring for Voices of the South Theatre Company in Memphis, TN; teaching at University of Memphis, Eastern Kentucky University, Asbury University, and Centre College; and in 2014, helping found AthensWest Theatre Company in Lexington, KY, where she served as Production Manager until her departure for Murfreesboro. Most recently, she stage-managed Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Julius Caesar. Kate now teaches Stage Management and Theatre Education for the Department of Theatre and Dance at MTSU.

 

Darren E. Levin

Theatre Audition Coordinator/Faculty

Darren E. Levin is a freelance lighting designer and lighting design faculty at Middle Tennessee State University. He has designed

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Darren E. Levin

Theatre Audition Coordinator/Faculty

Darren E. Levin is a freelance lighting designer and lighting design faculty at Middle Tennessee State University. He has designed lighting for Nashville Repertory Theatre, Black Hills Playhouse, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Theatre West Summer Repertory, Cedar Point Live Entertainment. Favorite credits: Topdog/Underdog, Avenue Q, Posterity (Regional Premiere), Pageant (Regional Premiere), Peter and the Starcatcher, Good Monsters (World Premiere), and Pride and Prejudice. Darren worked as the Assistant Technical Director/Lighting Supervisor for McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University. He has also worked with Cedar Point Live Entertainment/Cedar Fair Entertainment Corporation, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, and toured with Disney on Ice. Darren is a proud member of United Scenic Artists 829 (USA829), The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 205, and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (serving on regional and national committees within the organization).

 

Kristi Shamburger

Theatre Performance Faculty

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

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Kristi Shamburger

Theatre Performance Faculty

Kristi Shamburger is an Equity Actress and Associate Professor of Theatre at Middle Tennessee State University and specializes in Musical Theatre. She is originally 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 University, 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 University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a certified teacher of The Expressive Actor Technique and is thrilled to be advisor for musical theatre minors, directing musicals and teaching Musical Theatre Performance I & II and Voice for the Actor.

Derek Whittaker

Performance Faculty

Originally from Nashville, Mr. Whittaker has performed and directed both around the country (for numerous theatre companies) and around the

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Derek Whittaker

Performance Faculty

Originally from Nashville, Mr. Whittaker has performed and directed both around the country (for numerous theatre companies) and around the world (as a Guest Entertainer for Molyneux Entertainment onboard six-star line, Crystal Cruises.) Local acting credits include Noises Off, West Side Story (MTSU Theatre and Dance); Inherit the Wind, Cabaret, Clybourne Park, Little Shop of Horrors, Death of a Salesman, A Christmas Story (Nashville Rep); Hello, Dolly!, Twelve Angry Men, It’s A Wonderful Life, Gypsy (Studio Tenn); Number the Stars (Nashville Children’s Theatre); As You Like It, Othello, Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale (Nashville Shakespeare Festival); Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, A Tuna Christmas (Chaffin’s Barn). A Guest Teaching Artist for both Nashville Children’s Theatre and Metro Parks, Derek is also an Adjunct Instructor of Theatre at MTSU, his undergraduate alma mater, and holds an M.F.A. in Acting from UT Knoxville, where he received the Clarence Brown Career Development Award.

David Shamburger

Theatre Performance Faculty

David teaches in the Musical Theatre program within the School of Music at Belmont University in Nashville, TN where he

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David Shamburger

Theatre Performance Faculty

David teaches in the Musical Theatre program within the School of Music at Belmont University in Nashville, TN where he directs all main-stage musicals and coaches acting. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The acting and voice technique he teaches is based on the Linklater approach to freeing the voice along with influences from F. M. Alexander, Rudolph Laban, Constantin Stanislavski, and the external method of Susanna Bloch's, Alba Emoting. This will be David's second summer with TN Governor's School and he looks forward to another great experience!

 

Erica Aubrey

Theatre Performance Faculty

Erica Aubrey is an instructor in the musical theatre department of Belmont University.  She holds a Master of Arts in

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Erica Aubrey

Theatre Performance Faculty

Erica Aubrey is an instructor in the musical theatre department of Belmont University.  She holds a Master of Arts in Musical Theatre Vocal Performance from New York University and an undergraduate degree in music business from Belmont University.  She spent a decade as a working actress in New York City and her numerous credits include: Amazing Grace (Broadway in Chicago), Music in the Air (City Center Encores! w/Kristin Chenoweth), Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons, standby for Kelli O’Hara), 9 to 5 (starring Sally Struthers), Part of the Plan (Tennessee Performing Arts Center) and the upcoming Studio Tenn production of Mamma Mia. She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and has worked as a back-up singer for the jam band Phish. She is also an accomplished studio singer and is the voice of Lucille in the cast recording of Junie B. Jones available on Amazon and iTunes.

General McArthur Hambrick

Theatre - Dance Faculty

General McArthur Hambrick is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University, with a

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General McArthur Hambrick

Theatre - Dance Faculty

General McArthur Hambrick is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. He received his Masters Degree in Dance from the University of Washington where he danced with the Chamber Dance Company. Professor Hambrick studied at American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre School. He was a soloist with the Fort Worth Ballet, Hartford Ballet, and Dancers Unlimited in Dallas Texas. He was a member of Minnesota Dance Theatre in Minneapolis, under the artistic direction of Lise Houlton, where he was awarded the 1999 McKnight Fellowship for his achievements in the dance community. He was also the recipient of the 2001 Natalie Skelton Achievement Award and the 2001 Wyoming Arts Council’s Performing Arts Fellowship. His musical theatre credits include both the Broadway and National touring companies of Cats, Miss Saigon, and Phantom of the Opera. General also toured with the 25th Anniversary Tour of A Chorus Line. Some of his regional credits include Swing, Once On This Island, Jesus Christ Superstar, The King and I and many others. He appeared as guest vocalist along with Della Reese on the PBS special; With Ozzie and Ruby: Off-Broadway he appeared in the revival of Martha Clarke’s critically acclaimed, Garden of Earthly Delights. Professor Hambrick served as director and choreographer of the former Centennial Singers, a musical theatre touring group, from the University of Wyoming. He is the founder and director of the Joyful Noise Choral Ensemble of Fort Worth, Texas. He is currently associate professor of dance at West Virginia University

 

 

 

 

Jon Royal

Theatre Visiting Artist

Jon Royal is a theatre professional, and facilitator, from Nashville, TN. He is a graduate of MTSU, where

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Jon Royal

Theatre Visiting Artist

Jon Royal is a theatre professional, and facilitator, from Nashville, TN. He is a graduate of MTSU, where he won the American College Theatre Festival Regional Student Directing Award. He has directed, or appeared in productions for Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Repertory Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Actor’s Bridge Ensemble, Street Theatre Company, Belmont University, Nashville School of the Arts, People’s Branch Theatre, amongst other organizations. He serves as teaching artist for Tennessee Performing Arts Center’ s Artsmart and Disney Musicals in the Schools. He is currently the Facilitation Director for Shakespeare Center Los Angeles’ Will Power to Youth program.

As part of Metro Nashville Arts Commission's Restorative Justice through the Arts initiative that he cofacilitates three projects: August Wilson Gets R.E.A.L., My Place: Discovering Self Identity in Community, and the Pipeline Project. He blends his training as an actor, with communication models from the National Council for Community and Justice to help build courageous spaces for individuals to grapple with culture, while creating strong ensembles.     

Andrea Yohe

Theatre Accompanist

Andrea Yohe is a Nashville native and MTSU alumni. She graduated with her Bachelor Degree in Theatre in 2012. Since

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Andrea Yohe

Theatre Accompanist

Andrea Yohe is a Nashville native and MTSU alumni. She graduated with her Bachelor Degree in Theatre in 2012. Since 2014, she has been making her living exclusively through music, both teaching and playing. At Trevecca Nazarene University she has accompanied vocalists, played for Commercial Ensembles and the Gospel Choir, and even taught a commercial piano course. Andrea has also been the rehearsal pianist as well as performing keyboardist for musicals over the last 10 years in the greater Nashville area with recent ventures into Assistant Music Directing shows. Aside from regular playing gigs, she also teaches piano to students of all ages in the Murfreesboro area.

Will Perkins

Theatre Voice Faculty

Will Perkins has been lauded by Opera News not only for his “sympathetic, forthright tenor,” but also for his ability

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Will Perkins

Theatre Voice Faculty

Will Perkins has been lauded by Opera News not only for his “sympathetic, forthright tenor,” but also for his ability to breathe life into the characters he portrays, “to emerge as the voice of reason.” A diverse performer, Will has enjoyed singing lead roles in opera, operetta, and musical theater. He is equally at home with Mozart as he is with barbershop or contemporary musicals, and is currently on faculty at Middle Tennessee State University teaching voice and opera. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and master’s and doctorate degrees from Indiana University. Favorite engagements include Jinx in Forever Plaid; Candide in Candide; Camille in The Merry Widow; Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine in Next to Normal; and serving as music director for Brigham Young University’s Theatre Workshop.

David Wilkerson

Theatre Performance Faculty

David Wilkerson is a theatre professional with over 100 credits as an actor, director, fight director, stage manager,

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David Wilkerson

Theatre Performance Faculty

David Wilkerson is a theatre professional with over 100 credits as an actor, director, fight director, stage manager, and dialect coach. He was worked with companies such as Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Nashville Rep, Nashville Opera, Vanderbilt University, and Middle Tennessee State University, just to name a few. David has taught at MTSU since August, 2017. 

Halena Kays

Theatre Visiting Artist

Halena Kays is a theater director, deviser, and performer. Most recently the artistic director of The Hypocrites where she both

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Halena Kays

Theatre Visiting Artist

Halena Kays is a theater director, deviser, and performer. Most recently the artistic director of The Hypocrites where she both performed and directed, she is the co-founder and former artistic director of Barrel of Monkeys. She is a founding member of the artistic collaborative, The Ruffians, and directs their recurring hit production of Burning Bluebeard. She is a UT-Austin and Northwestern grad, former member of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care unit, past co-artistic curator for Theater on the Lake and assistant professor at Northwestern University.

Halena is an Artistic Associate with the Chicago-based Neo-Futurists, and she has directed shows at theatres across the country, including The Hypocrites, The Goodman, Steppenwolf, American Blues Theater, The Olney Theater Center, The Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Portland Center Stage and Syracuse Stage, as well as with The Nashville Story Garden and for Nashville Rep’s Ingram New Works Festival.

Halena has been nominated for a Jefferson Citation for Best Supporting Actress and Best Direction, named one of the top 50 “players” in Chicago theater by NewCity, is a recipient of the prestigious 3Arts award and received a signed letter from Mr. Rogers saying she was “special” in 1978. Proud member, SDC.

Trish Clark

Costume Design & Makeup

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 & Makeup

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.

 

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 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

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