Catch Me If You Can - 2018
The Draco Playhouse, as we know it today, came into existence in 2003 with the naming of the playhouse. In 2008, the playhouse locked into our current four show season which opens every year with a children’s show, followed by a mainstage drama or comedy. In the spring, our third slot is an in-the-round dinner theatre followed by our largest production of the year, our spring musical. The Draco Playhouse has many alums working professionally in the field and is the only high school theatre program to have won Best Overall Production multiple times at the Orpheum Theatre's High School Musical Theatre Awards (Thoroughly Modern Millie - 2012, Catch Me If You Can - 2018, Something Rotten! - 2022). The Draco Playhouse performs in the beautiful 1,000 seat Pickler Auditorium on the campus of Collierville High School.
Director of Theatre
Chris is in his 25th year of teaching high school theatre. He joined the Draco Playhouse staff in 2016. His productions have three times been named Best Overall Production at the HSMTA's (Something Rotten! - 2022, Catch Me It You Can - 2018; Avenue Q - 2015) and have placed first four times at the TTA One-Act Play Festival (The Exonerated - 2013, How I Became a Pirate - 2011, Doubt - 2009, Driving Miss
Daisy - 2004). He holds a BA in Theatre and Vocal Music from Rhodes College and a MEd from Union University.
Director of Theatre
Ashleigh is thrilled to join the Draco Playhouse Staff. She previously taught and directed at Germantown High School and Briarcrest Christian School. She is a two-time Best Director winner at the High School Musical Theatre Awards for her work on Les Miserables and Sweeney Todd. Her production of Black Comedy will perform at SETC in March 2023. She 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.
Kathy has choreographed productions with the Draco Playhouse since 2018. Her work has also been seen stage at the Harrell Theatre and Briarcrest High School. Favorite productions choreographed include Something Rotten! (HSMTA Best Choreography) Catch Me If You Can, Mary Poppins, Singing in the Rain and The Addams Family (Ostrander nomination).
Matt is in his 2nd year as Choral Director at CHS. A native of Connecticut, he completed his BM in Choral Music Education at Ithaca College in upstate New York. He has recently completed a MM in Choral Conducting from Florida State University. Prior to CHS, Matt was the Director of Choirs at Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts in Hartford, CT. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, long walks, and enjoying the southern sun.
Resident Costumer Designer