Lisa Tabor is entering her 18th year of teaching and 9th year as head of the CHS Theater Department. She received her BFA in Acting from Baylor University and her teaching certification from UNT. Ms. Tabor teaches most of the acting classes at CHS which include Take One, Spotlight, Studio Premier and Fame. Some of her favorite directing credits include Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, The Drowsy Chaperone, Steele Magnolias, Out of Sight…Out of Murder, and UIL One Act Plays Rabbit Hole, Women of Lockerbie, Leading Ladies, and Translations. When not at school, Lisa enjoys spending time with her dog,Madison, watching movies, reading, and watching her guilty pleasure TV shows on Hulu which include; The Bachelor/The Bachelorette, Big Brother and The Biggest Loser. Favorite musical is a tie with Aida and Singing in the Rain, favorite play is Rabbit Hole, and her dream role would be Becca in Rabbit Hole or any musical role Sutton Foster has played.
This is Jason Dixon's first year teaching at Coppell High School. He worked previously at summer camps, nature centers and experimental education centers before settling into his new role as Technical Theatre Director here in Coppell. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts from Eastern New Mexico University, studying all aspects of the theatre to earn a University Theatre Studies degree. His favorite play is Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and his dream role would be to play Trinculo in The Tempest.
Mike is new to Coppell’s Theatre Department this year. With a BS from Liberty University, an MA from Regent University, professional experience in television, film and theatre production, combined with years of experience as an educator, Mr. Klefeker brings a track record of highly nominated and award-winning productions.
This summer Mike and his wife celebrated their 30th anniversary with their family: Jordan and Alden; Lindsey, Cole, Nolan, Amos and baby 3 to be; Jansen and fiancé Olivia; Jeremy and Morgan. They also celebrated the last of their five children graduating high school and starting college at The King’s University.
Mr. Klefeker is teaching Technical Theatre 1, Take One and Fame classes and is the scenic designer for this year’s musical.
Maleda Kunkle joined Coppell High School in 1998. She has previously directed plays and taught classes in Speech Communication, English, and Academic Decathlon. She currently teaches World History and Leadership and coaches our Coppell Interpretation Team. Ms. Kunkle and her team have won numerious awards as they participate every other weekend at tournments throughout the DFW metroplex in competitive theater. The competition areas include Duet, Duo, Dramtic Interp, Humourous Interp, Poetry and Prose, etc. This class is highly recommended for those who are wanting to major in theater in college as she gives great one on one coaching. Ms. Kunkle looks forward to a competitive season.
Adam C Wright is a Dallas, Texas native composer, vocal arranger, orchestrator, and performer. Since 1997 he has music directed for theater, including the US Premieres of Soho Cinders and Closer to Heaven at Uptown Players. He also served as copyist, music director and conductor for concert readings of the new musical Facing East in Dallas and London. Other credits include the regional premieres of End of the Rainbow; The Nance; Hello Again; bare: a pop opera; Altar Boyz; and Zanna Don't! at Uptown Players. Other favorite projects include Maury Yeston's Phantom; Into the Woods; The Adventures of Flat Stanley; and The Rocky Horror Show. As a composer, projects include Another Night at the Crescent, Fire and Blood, A Taste of Beauty, Project Youth, Isabella's Treasure, the US Southwestern regional premiere of The Nance, and stage adaptations of If a Frog Had Wings and Unlucky Lolabug, children's books by Beth Ryan and Michael Albee. He is an evaluator and affiliate for the new works festival MainStreet Musicals. In 2016, he founded Pathological Performing Arts, a group which develops and workshops new works.
Whitney is the resident choreographer for the Theatre and Choir department at CHS. Other choreography credits include; Bye Bye Birdie, West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man (FUMC Coppell), Grease (Denton Community Theatre), Hairspray, Seussical (Colleyville Heritage). No stranger to the stage, Whitney has been singing and dancing for most of her life. Some of her more recent roles include Ensemble in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Ulla in The Producers, Norma Cassidy in Victor!Victoria! (Uptown Players), Ensemble in Pippin, Patsy in Crazy For You, Alaura and Carla in City of Angels (Theatre Three), Ensemble in Oklahoma and Nine (Lyric Stage).
Isaac Leaverton is a voice and music practitioner in the Dallas area. In the fall of 2016, he completed his Master’s Degree in a vocal pedagogy program at the Guildford School of Acting in England, where also performed as an active member of the London Symphony Chorus. A native to Ohio, Isaac studied at Capital University’s Conservatory of Music where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Music Education with an emphasis in Organ Studies. Specializing in musical theatre and choral music, Isaac has worked internationally as a music director, choral director, accompanist, and dialect coach with various schools, companies and organizations. His Dallas credits include: Laugh, Adding Machine (Theatre Three); Broadway Our Way, Titanic, La Cage aux Folles, The Full Monty (Uptown Players). Isaac is excited to join the CHS Theatre Department as a music director and singing coach.