Elizabeth Anne Brown Owner/ Director/ Choreographer/Dance Teacher
Ms. Elizabeth has been a dancer, teacher, and choreographer in the Memphis area for many years. She has choreographed numerous productions for Theatre Memphis including 1776; Shenandoah; How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying; Annie, and most recently, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Mrs. Brown also has worked as a choreographer for many of the musical productions at Libertyland. She choreographed the Poplar Pike Playhouse productions of Man of La Mancha; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; No, No, Nanette; Into the Woods; Trixie True; Anything Goes; Oklahoma!; Chess; Once On This Island; The Secret Garden; The Sound of Music; The Music Man; Pippin' Rags; South Pacific; Children of Eden; Crazy for You; Show Boat; Seussical and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Misty Clark Dance Teacher/Choreographer/PA Alum
Ms. Misty has been involved in the performing arts industry for over 30 years, accumulating knowledge and experience as a “triple threat” performer, a dedicated student, a devoted teacher and an award-winning choreographer. Her broad performance career spans musical theatre, theme parks, concerts, workshops, film, print and industrials. Regionally, Misty earned a Best Actress nomination for her portrayal of Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street and received a Best Supporting Actress award for the role of Sheila in A Chorus Line. Misty is a respected and sought-after dance instructor, and has had the honor of teaching both jazz and tap at the famous Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Her choreography has won numerous accolades, including a Best Choreography award from L.A. Danceforce Competition. Misty continues to be an active part of the NYC dance industry and has the great pleasure and privilege to work for legendary composer, Charles Strouse, and his director/choreographer wife, Barbara Siman.
Steven Ennis Jazz/Choreographer/PA Alum
Mr. Steve (Dancer, Choreographer, Director, Producer ) has performed since the age of seven, involved in the performing arts industry for over 35+ years, accumulating knowledge and experience. He danced with Performing Arts since he was 11 and the outcome was a Grand Award Winner, at the Mid-South Fair in the dance group, "The City Slickers." He quickly became the male dancer of Memphis theater. With many memorable roles for Theatre Memphis, in The King and I, Music Man, A Christmas Carol and Guys and Dolls and Mike in A Chorus Line at Playhouse on the Square. He danced under the direction of Michael and Judy Tevlin at Memphis Ballet and later with George Latimer. He danced many seasons in the Nutcracker, Harlequin, Russian and Chinese. He was also in the award winning clogging team "The River City Cloggers" with national awards from Fontana, NC, TNN and The Grand Ole Opry. He went to the Alhambra Dinner Theatre and earned his Equity Card in A Chorus Line. He was cast at the acclaimed Opryland USA, theme park in Nashville for three seasons. Moving to Florida, he was cast at Busch Gardens in many of their extravagant productions. While in Florida, he play Cosmo in Singing in the Rain. He was cast as Grover in the national touring company of Sesame Street Live. He then began his longest career move to date, on the ocean with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. During his 16 years he was dancer, dance captain, assistant choreographer, costume designer, stage manager, assistant director, director and producer. He then missed land and had to come back home. Now, Interior Designer with a client list of some of the Mid-South's top "A" list clients. He is now coaching, teaching and choreographing for Memphis's Top studio for performing arts excellence, Performing Arts of Germantown. Now, get out there and Dance!
Dana Moore Chiozza Jazz/Tumbling/Choreographer/PA Alum
Ms. Dana began dancing at the age of two, and began dancing at Performing Arts of Germantown at the age of 9. A graduate of the University of Memphis, with a degree in Elementary Education, Dana has been teaching in Shelby County Schools for over 20 years. At the University of Memphis, Dana was a member of the nationally recognized Memphis Pom Squad. With over 20 years of experience, she has taught cheerleading and pom at several schools in the Mid-South. At Performing Arts, Dana teaches jazz, hip hop, tumbling, and works closely with competition groups. She is a mother of three boys and enjoys cheering on the Memphis Tigers.
Whitney Branan- Choreographer/Dance Teaher/PA Alum
Ms. Whitney is originally from Memphis, Tennessee and has performed across the country (Be The Dance at Bally's Casino, Las Vegas) and across the ocean (three award-winning trips to the International Fringe Festival.) Whitney was the resident tap coach and trainer for the Broadway production of Billy Elliot, and was a founding member of the New York dance company Directions Dance Ensemble. She was introduced to dance at Performing Arts at the age of two, and has been teaching in Memphis and New York since graduating with honors from Wagner College with a B.A. in Musical Theatre Performance with a focus on Dance. She has studied under Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen, Wade Robson, Sheila Barker, Andrea Brown, and Ray Hesselink. As a choreographer and director, she has worked from Beale Street to Broadway, LA to Europe. Favorite director/choreographer credits include Oklahoma!, Beauty and the Beast, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She created the original choreography for the world premiere musical Changing Minds for Theatrical Rights Worldwide and choreographed and directed four shows on the American Queen Luxury Steamboat. As a performer, the New York community has seen her play "Janet" in The Drowsy Chaperone, "Sheila" in Hairspray, and the heroine "Catherine" in Pippin. On the big screen, Whitney can also been seen (and heard) as Lemming's sassy secretary in The Blind Side. Proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA unions. www.whitneybranan.com
Brooke Jerome- Dance Teacher/PA Alum
Ms. Brooke began her dance training at Performing Arts of Germantown in 1999, where she studied tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, and musical theatre from the ages of three to eighteen. In May 2018, she graduated Magna Cum Laude (Honors College Graduate) from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BFA in Dance Education (emphasis in ballet and modern dance). From 2014 - 2018, Brooke choreographed and danced with USM Dance's Repertory Dance Company and RDC II, as well as served as a Co-Director of RDC II. At Southern Miss, Brooke was awarded the 2017 - 2018 Outstanding Dance Educator award. Brooke served on the National Dance Education Organization’s Advisory Board from 2017 - 2018. She presented her research on dance education, "Dancing for Diversity: The Creation of a K-12 Outreach Program," at the 2017 NDEO National Conference (San Antonio, TX), and presented at the 2018 NDEO National Conference (San Diego, CA). She is a professional Dance Educator with Shelby County Schools, licensed in both Mississippi and Tennessee, and served as a Co-Coordinator for the Mississippi Dance Festival. She is currently a member of Memphis’s only professional tap dance company, The Hot Foot Honeys. Brooke has choreographed, staged, and directed for DeSoto Family Theatre, DFT Kids!, DFT's Summer Camp and Theatre Conservatory series, LRP Studios, Inc., Young Actors Guild, and Overton High School.
Ashleigh Siegfried Williams- Acting Teacher/PA Alum
Ashleigh is the Artistic Director of the Poplar Pike Playhouse at Germantown High School. She directs the Playhouse's spring musicals and assists with the fall play. Her PPP directorial credits include Hairspray and Big Fish, which together won eight Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards and earned 26 nominations.
Before returning to GHS prior to the 2013-14 school year, 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 collected 34 nominations during the first four years of The Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards program and earned 13 awards, including Outstanding Directing by a Teacher for Williams' work on Les Misérables. 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.