David Hope (Director) is an award-winning theatre instructor, director, actor and children’s author whose students have won more than 550 district, state and national awards. He served as resident director for Alabama’s Official Outdoor Drama, “The Miracle Worker” for almost 20 years, and was Guest Director/Consultant for theatre companies in Canada, Colorado, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas and Alabama. The Alabama Conference of Theatre named Hope an “Outstanding Theatre Educator.” He has performed his one-man drama ministry throughout the U.S. and has been called “one of America’s greatest dramatic Christian storytellers.”
Dennis Clark (Co-Director, Choreographer) is a New York native, but recently moved to the Shoals from Florida to become the new Artistic Director of the Ritz Theatre. Dennis teaches acting and dance for the Ritz School. He has taught performed, directed and choreographed for numerous regional theatres, performing arts programs and touring companies throughout the country including The Old Globe, Arkansas Repertory, New Harmony Theatre, American Stage, The Walnut Hill School, Stagedoor Manor and many more. Dennis would like to thank everyone involved for this wonderful opportunity and these four young ladies for all their hard work.
Gene Anne Gifford (Music Director) is one of the premier vocal coaches in the state of Alabama. Her students have won numerous awards in the state and nationally and accolades from The Alabama Vocal Association and The National Association of Teachers of Singing. Gifford holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. She teaches at Northwest-Shoals Community College and the Ritz School.