Mrs. Shawnda Moss, Artistic Director
Shawnda Moss received degrees in Theatre Education and Theatre for Young Audiences from BYU. She taught high school theatre for over eleven years in the public school system in Salt Lake County and Utah County. During that time she established theatre programs that became respected statewide in theatre educator’s circles. Currently Shawnda teaches directing and theatre education courses in the BYU Theatre and Media Arts Department as well as supervises theatre student teachers in local public schools. She often conducts workshops at national theatre education conferences and seminars for university education programs. She is on the Board of Directors for the Utah Theatre Association and organizes and produces its annual conference. She loves to perform and can be seen acting as well as directing on local stages in plays and musicals. She is married to Bradley Moss, another theatre instructor, and plays mom to three adorable, brilliant, blond-haired children.
Ms. Brieanne Witte, Department Chair
Originally from Southern California, Brieanne has taught Theatre and Dance for the past five years at Century High School in Pocatello, Idaho. Under her direction, the program became the 4A State Drama Champions and several of her students have received National recognition for their work in the Performing Arts. Brieanne has a BS in Secondary Education with a Theatre Credential from Idaho State University and is also a member of the NEA and the Educational Theatre Association. She has served as a Board Member for the IHSAA , been nominated for Theatre Teacher of the Year, and recognized as an Excellent High School Educator. Apart from teaching, Brieanne has professional experience as a Director, Choreographer, Dancer, and Business Manager for various production companies in Idaho and Southern California, with extensive studies/work in Physical Acting, Theatre History, and Playwriting.
Ms. Carson Center
Carson has a BA in Theater Education from Brigham Young University. She currently works as the director for Broadway Bound at Center Stage Youth Productions, where she also teaches summer camp workshops. She has worked as adjunct theater faculty at BYU, and has been a workshop instructor at the Utah Theater Association for the past 10 years. Carson has also been an historical interpreter at This is the Place State Park, telling pioneer stories for field trips. She loves to perform, and some of her recent roles include Mrs. Snoring Man in White Christmas, and Patricia Fodor in Crazy For You.
Mr. Chase Ramsey
Chase can be seen on the Cooking Channel as host of Farmers Market Flip’ and also on-screen personality for Dream365 TV’s California Dream Eater. He spent a year with The Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. Founder of Warboy Theatre Projects and Director of Entertainment for FantasyCon. Coming up: The Old Globe, The Guthrie, Salt Lake Acting Company, San Francisco Fringe Festival, Warboy Theatre Projects (Chicago). Recently produced a reading of The River Bride for Oregon Shakespeare Festival which will be seen in their coming season. Co-wrote Peter Pan’s Great Adventure and Alice in Wonderland with composer and lyricist David Smith. Recently published by Theatre Bay Area along with original reading at Berkeley Rep and can be found on Amazon. Selected to join the Kennedy Center Directing Intensive in Washington D.C. Past work has been seen with Berkeley Rep., Guthrie, Cal Performances, Campo Santo, The Cutting Ball Theater, Sundance, Salt Lake Acting Company, Hale Centre Theatre, Scera, Salt Lake Fringe, and Utah Valley University. Managing Director of Utah COPA and Artistic Director of Utah COPA Youth Theatre. Awarded 2014 SDC Observership, Chase is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and represented by Stars Management San Francisco. Undergrad, Utah Valley University. chase-ramsey.com
Ms. Georgia Wadsworth
Georgia has studied vocal performance and has her own private voice studio in Cedar Hills. Georgia was elected by her peers as President of The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Central Utah area where she served from 2006 – 2010. She has sung with Utah Lyric Opera and Utah Light Opera. Georgia has also sung with the Virginia Symphony Opera and Chorus. Some of her favorite musical theatre rolls performed are Grettle – Sound of Music, Julie – Saturday’s Warrior, Lily – Secret Garden, Cinderella – Into the Woods and Thea –Fiorello. She has sung as the Messiah soprano soloist at both Tyler Texas and the Grand Theatre in Utah. Georgia has also been associated with Lex de Azevedo and has sung on several of his albums along with Rodger Hoffman’s most recent album. She loves being a member of the Sally Bytheway Corale.
Ms. Heidi Mendez Harrison, Drama Teacher
Heidi is a bilingual actor, director,choreographer and certified Theater teacher. She has a BA in Acting from BYU and a MA in Directing from Texas State. Her passion is teaching teenagers. When she is not at PHS, she volunteers doing theater with 80 teens a week at the juvenile detention centers. Check out ACT RISK NO MORE on Facebook , a non profit youth theater company which she founded and is the Artistic Director. You can see her on episode 6 season 3 of Granite Flats and on DVD in a short film called Thorns.
Ms. Kelly Kuhnen, Vocal Technique Teacher
Kelly Kuhnen is an MDT graduate from BYU. She has performed all over the country in performing groups and touring companies. Kelly was a member of the Deseret Book group Providence. She has starred in many Michael McLean productions, including The Ark (original cast), Celebrating The Light (touring company) and played Connie Lou for 8 years in The Forgotten Carols. She is an accomplished studio singer, with credits on several projects. She has been a private voice teacher for 25 years. Kelly teaches and vocal directs several of the conservatory performing companies at Utah Conservatory of Performing Arts in American Fork, Utah. This is her 4th year at PHS. She lives in the Salt Lake area with her 4 great kids!
Mr. Kevin O'Keefe
Kevin O’Keefe graduated from BYU with a BA in Theater Studies. He emphasized acting and stage combat during his undergraduate work, choreographing fights for several BYU productions, including working with Studio C. He has served as a battlemaster and director for the LDS Hill Cumorah Pageant since 2010.
Mr. Nat Reed
Nat is the technical director and puppet designer at the SCERA Center for the Arts and also teaches puppetry at BYU. He has designed puppets for The Little Mermaid, James and the Giant Peach, The Cat in the Hat, Shrek, Rapunzel! Rapunzel!, Tarzan, and Stellaluna for SCERA; Charlotte’s Web for UVU and Little Shop of Horrors for COPA. He has also directed and designed The Selfish Giant and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for BYU.