Mr. Keith Taylor
Department Head, on staff since the fall of 2007
North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators (NCTAE) named Mr. Taylor their 2014 TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Mr. Taylor continues at Weaver with more then thirty years experience in the classroom and on the stage. Along with his experience Mr. Taylork also has earned a Masters degree (in Theatre Education) from UNCG, certification in Advanced and Intellectually Gifted education, and National Board Certification.
He taught previously in Gaston County where he also taught in their new teacher induction and mentoring program, Commissioners’ School of Excellence, and served as a Pinnacle technology leader and trainer. He has had a wide range of theatre experience as actor, director, designer, playwright, and stage manager. His diverse resume includes experience with both classic and modern theatre, opera, musicals, television, and film, as well as working with churches to produce theatrical events and integrate drama into weekly services. He has worked with traveling drama teams, the BALD KNOB Passion Play, and helped found a community theatre.
Favorite credits include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Nighttime, The Diviners, I Never Sang for My Father, Sweeney Todd, Almost Maine, and Pippin. Mr. Taylor served as President for the North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators for nine years and now functions as President Emeritus.
After twelve years here at Weaver, he continues to push to have an abundance of opportunities for our students:. Production experience, field trips, guest artists, and competitions are all part of the package he insists on for students in the school of theatre @Weaver
Mr. Taylor was named the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) 2008 Theatre Teacher of the Year and the 2014 NCTAE Theatre Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Lindsey Clinton-Kraack
on staff since 2009
Mrs. Kraack received her BFA in Theatre and Dance from Valdosta State University in GA and her MFA in Theatre Directing from Brooklyn College in New York. Formerly the theatre and dance director at Mundy's Mill High in Jonesboro, GA. She is a veteran performer, director, make-up artist, stage combatant and innovative choreographer whose professional credentials include work with the Prospect Theatre Company in NYC, Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival, Jekyll Island Musical Theatre Festival, Camden Summer Theatre (Camden, GA), Footworks and Performance Edge Dance Studios (Orlando, FL), numerous production companies in Los Angeles, CA and the Southeastern premier of Les Miserables School Edition in 2004 for Clayton Alliance for Summer Theatre (Jonesboro, GA). Her hip-hop and urban choreographic dance groups performed in sold-out recitals and concerts across Florida. Mrs. Kraack is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab in NYC.
Lindsey has a talented and supportive husband and two beautiful children.