DIRECTORS

Photo by Griffin R. Dunn Videography of Kristin and Will Butler

Kristin Butler

 

Kristin has been a theatre arts educator in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for the past ten years and is delighted to be in her seventh year at Hillsboro High School. A graduate of the MNPS school district (Glencliff Class of '05), Moon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Education from Trevecca Nazarene University where she was immersed in the theatre community as an actor and director. Some of her favorite on stage roles include “Ado Annie” in Oklahoma, “Mother” in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park, and "Lucinda" in Into the Woods. Although Moon enjoys performing, her real passion is for directing. Since college, she has directed or assistant directed over 20 productions. Some of her favorite directing credits include "Songs for a New World," "Frankenstein," "The Tempest," "Seussical," "Hairspray" (Nominee "Best Show" and "Best Direction"; Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards) and "The Taming of the Shrew." She proudly serves as the co-lead for the Academy of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for Hillsboro High School and helped write the theatre arts curriculum pacing guide for all theatre arts teachers in MNPS. She teaches the Level-One Theatre Arts classes and the college-level International Baccalaureate Theatre courses, having successfully led her students to earn some of the highest scores in all of the International Baccalaureate courses offered at Hillsboro. In her free, time she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. She is passionate about giving young people a voice in theatre and hopes to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Directing.

Will Butler

Will is in his sixth year of teaching at Hillsboro. A Nashville native, he graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Performance. He was named Circle Players’ 2011-2012 Best Actor for his portrayal of “Eugene” in Brighton Beach Memoirs and ACT 1’s 2012-2013 Most Valuable Player for his work on Broadway Bound. He was most recently seen on the Hillsboro Players' stage as "Corny Collins" in their award-winning production of Hairspray. Although Will began his theatrical career on the stage, he has a strong passion for scenic and production design. To that end, he works tirelessly to ensure that his students are performing on and building some of the most conceptually strong and detail-oriented sets you will find in a high school theatre program. Some of his favorite set designs include Hairspray (Winner "Best Set"; Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards), Godspell (Winner "Best Show" and "Best Overall Design Concept"; Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards), Biloxi Blues (Belmont University and Hillsboro Players), and Absurd Person Singular (ACT 1). Through his own pursuit of excellence, he strives to instill in his students a strong work ethic and to not settle for mediocrity. He teaches the Level-Two Theatre Arts class, as well as IB Personal and Professional Skills. Butler is a Blue Ribbon Teacher recipient and was awarded "Best Direction" at the 2016 Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards for The Hillsboro Players' production of Godspell. In the future, Butler hopes to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Scenic Design.

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