Learn more about your Theatre School Faculty!

 

Chastity Blair (Dance) – Chastity is the Founder/ Artistic Director of Signature Premier Studios. She completed her internship with the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and was accepted back to complete their 2 year Certificate and Independent Study Programs.  Chastity holds a BFA in Theater/Dance from the University of Memphis.  She has taught Theater and Dance to K-12th grade with Shelby County Schools. She has danced lead roles in: The Wizard of Oz, Beauty & the Beast, The Singing Tortoise, Peter & the Wolf and Afternoon of Faun to name a few. Chastity has attended the Tennessee Governor School and danced with the Nashville Ballet. She was an UDA All-star and also danced for the NBA Memphis Grizzlies. Chastity has opened shows and danced background for Al Green and Rufus Thomas. She last performed at the Orpheum with Opera Memphis as a lead dancer in Macbeth, Treemonisha, and Porgy and Bess.

 

Gregory W. Boller (Acting) – Greg is currently an Associate Professor of Marketing at The University of Memphis where he teaches Creativity & Innovation in the Fogelman College’s MBA programs, and Ethics in Drama in the University’s Helen Hardin Honors Program. As an actor, Greg has appeared in over 40 local stage and film productions. Some of his favorite roles and shows include C.P. Ellis in Best of Enemies at Circuit Playhouse, Richard in Richard III at Theatre Memphis, Joe Keller in All My Sons at Germantown Community Theatre, and Titus in Titus Andronicus with New Moon Theatre at Theatre Works.

 

Maddie Gero (Music) – Maddie is a Masters student at The University of Memphis pursuing a degree in Psychology, having previously attained a Bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in vocal performance. A local music teacher and veteran of Playhouse’s annual Summer Conservatory, Maddie has performed in choirs and musical theatre productions her entire life and is always excited to be able to use that experience in the classroom. Most recently, she was a chorus member in The University of Memphis’s production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte in the Spring of 2014 as well as performing in the university’s choirs for her entire undergraduate career. She continues to perform as a soloist and pianist for local churches around Memphis.

 

Daniel Stuart Nelson (Dance) – Daniel is a Kansas native who had been dancing and singing his entire life. He made his way to Memphis in the winter of 2015 with Playhouse’s production of American Idiot. Since arriving he has also performed on the Playhouse stage in Sister Act, Mamma Mia, King Charles III, Peter Pan, and is already on board for Rock of Ages and The Bridges of Madison County. Some of Daniel’s other favorite regional credits include the Midwest premiere of Heathers: The Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, and Urinetown in Wichita, KS. He is overjoyed to be calling Memphis home for a while and is so excited to be part of the POTS Theatre Education staff! “Here we go… 5, 6, 7, 8!”

 

Pamela Poletti (Acting) – Pamela received both her B.A. in theatre and MFA in Directing from the University of Memphis and has been involved with Memphis theatre for well over twenty years as a teacher, actress and director. Recently she was Wanda in the Voices of the South production of Temple of the Dog as well as Kate Keller in Germantown Community Theatre’s production of All My Sons and Melissa in Love Letters, also at GCT. She has directed shows at Hattiloo, Theatre Memphis, Playhouse on the Square and Rhodes College. She has taught acting and voice classes at Rhodes College, Hutchison and Playhouse on the Square where she has taught acting in the Youth Summer Conservatory for over twelve years.. Roughly a million years ago she was the classical music host on WKNO FM 91.1. Currently she lives with her husband, fellow thespian Sam Weakley, and daughter, Mimi.

 

Ashley Davis Scott (Acting) – Ashley is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a BFA in Theatre Performance. She recently returned to North Mississippi after five years in Minneapolis. During her time in the Twin Cities she acted and directed for a variety of companies including the critically acclaimed Theatre Unbound, and Green T Productions. There she studied with Dr. Kathy Welch who specializes in world theatre forms such as kabuki, noh, bunraku, and kecak. In addition to having a passion for new plays and working with children, she is also a DONA certified birth doula.

 

Ryan Scott (Acting) – A Native of Memphis, TN, Ryan Scott is an alumnus of The University of Memphis Department of Theatre and Dance. With Playhouse on the Square, Ryan has been seen in 1776, Billy Elliott, Jerry Springer: The Opera, The Producers, Urinetown, and others. Other regional and touring credits include The Who’s Tommy, The Underpants, Kimberly Akimbo, Light Up The Sky, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jesus Christ Superstar, Reefer Madness, and many others. As a director and choreographer he has helmed productions of Gigi, The Who’s Tommy, A Chorus Line, Sweet Charity, Into the Woods, All’s Well That Ends Well & A Time to Kill. Ryan is currently chair of the fine arts department at Strayhorn Schools in Tate County MS.

 

Jordan Wells (Music) – A local teacher and music director many productions to his credit, Jordan has music directed such shows as West Side Story, Spamelot, Kiss Me KateSpitfire Grill, HairsprayAll Shook UpLittle Shop of HorrorsYou’re A Good Man Charlie BrownAnything GoesSound Of MusicChildren Of Eden, Aida, and Singin’ In The Rain. A six time nominee for Best Music Direction at the Orpheum High School Musical Awards, Jordan has also been an active performer with Opera Memphis and Theatre Memphis. Jordan made his professional debut with Nashville Opera’s world premiere of the Grammy Award winning opera, Elmer Gantry. Jordan is currently the Assistant Director of Choral Activities and Artist-in-Residence at St. George Independent School, as well as the Associate Minister of Music at First Congregational Church. Jordan holds a BM in Vocal Performance from MTSU and is currently working on his MMEd in Choral Music from Texas Tech.