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Allison Long

Allison Long is in her ninth year on the Fine Arts Department staff. A 1994 graduate of Germantown High School, Mrs. Long appeared in the Poplar Pike Playhouse productions of The Nerd, Once On This Island, and Can't Stop Dancin'. 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. Mrs. Long currently teaches Communication Arts and Introduction to Film & Video.

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Patrick Lee Ashbee
Theatre Arts Teacher

Patrick Lee Ashbee serves as a faculty member of the GHS Fine Arts Department. He currently teaches Film & Video. He has co-directed The Farnsworth Invention, The Fantasticks, and The Beaux' Stratagem at the PPP. A University of Iowa graduate, Mr. Ashbee double-majored in film and theatre. He has served as a writer, director, actor, and sound designer for over 20 plays. His original play Orson Welles Is Dead was the winner of the Nicholas Meyer Dramatic Writing Scholarship and the script received a workshop production. Mr. Ashbee currently is working on two screenplays titled Aurora Circle and Mr. Apple Is Lonely.

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Kirie Walz
Theatre Arts Teacher

Kirie Walz is a 2004 graduate of Germantown High School. She returns to the PPP after earning a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Memphis. Mrs. Walz has worked at several theatres in the Memphis area including Theatre Memphis and Playhouse On the Square. She recently received an Ostrander award for Leading Actress in a Musical in the U of M's production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Other favorite productions include Elegies: A Song Cycle, Big River, Assassins, Noises Off, Parade, and Aida. Mrs. Walz currently teaches theatre and acting.

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Ashleigh Williams
Theatre Arts Teacher

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.

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