James Mack, Artistic Director
James Mack grew up in San Jose, CA and is a graduate of BYU’s Music Dance Theatre program and a member of Actors’ Equity Association. James moved to New York City a few days after graduation and worked as a professional actor in theatre, musical theatre, film and voice-overs for several years. He knows better than most the realities of living the life of an aspiring actor in the Big City. Seeking a more enjoyable path to financially support his theatrical endeavors, he attained a graduate degree in Commercial Real Estate Finance and Investment from NYU, where he won numerous awards and scholarships for his service as student body president of that program, and has continued to enjoy work in that field. James was drawn back to performing when his family moved to Utah and he was cast in two Hollywood movies and a number of commercials shot locally. He served as a member of PHS’s Board of Directors for 2 years, but is even more thrilled to be involved with the school in an artistic director role, because his true love is everything about performing and sharing that passion with others. James is married to Angela, a musical theatre graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM) program. They met when they were cast in a show together in New York City and were engaged on a Broadway stage, so theatre runs deep in their family. Their favorite joint productions are named Gabriel, Kiefer, Sienna and Alexander.
Brooke Grant, Department Co-Chair
Brooke has spent the better part of the last 10 years working with students as a teacher, acting coach and director. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Performance from UVU where she has the opportunity to work one-on-one with industry professionals including Jason Alexander and Sean Astin. She has directed productions for both Lone Peak and Hillcrest High Schools, including the national premier of “Husbands and Sons” (2017) which originally debuted at the National Theatre in the UK. Brooke has led Lone Peak High School’s Shakespeare team to many years of dominant victory at the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s High School Competition, including multiple Larry Lott Acting Scholarships granted for outstanding performances by her students. She remains an active member of her community theatre and has directed several productions including, “Dancing at Lughnasa” (2015) and “OZ” (2017). In 2014, Brooke directed a radically conceived production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK, by invitation of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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.
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.