Performing Arts Faculty

Upper School and Middle School

Ken Beard

Director of Bands - Upper School
Mr. Beard taught in Georgia public schools for 30 years, including stints with Forest Park High School, Newton County High School, and 26 years in Fayette County. An eight-time recipient of the National Band Association (NBA) Citation of Excellence, Mr. Beard is a member of Who's Who Among American Teachers, and his bands have been selected to perform at Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) State Conventions, Southern Division Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Conventions, the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, the Southern Division of the National Band Association Conference, the Lord Mayor of London's New Year’s Day Parade, the Tournament of Roses Parade, and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Mr. Beard is a member of MENC, NBA (board representative), Phi Beta Mu, and GMEA, for which he served as the State Band Chair. He has also served as the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Band Chairman.

Master of Performance and Literature
(Clarinet), Eastman School of Music
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, Georgia State University.
At Woodward since 2007


Trevon Broad

Director of WA Live; Instructor - Upper School

Associate of Arts, Art Institute of Atlanta
At Woodward since 1993


Gina Calloway

Director of Orchestra - Upper and Middle Schools
Ms. Calloway holds a double bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Viola Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Ms. Calloway has played professionally in the Detroit Symphony, New World Symphony, Michigan Opera Theatre, Huntsville Symphony, and Columbus Symphony. She is a freelance violinist/violist and has performed with various artists, including Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Wynona Judd, and Roger Daltry. Ms. Calloway is a former student of Masao Kawasaki of the Juilliard School.

Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Viola Performance, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
At Woodward since 2002


Patti Herring

Performing Arts Department Chair; Director of Dance - Upper School
Mrs. Patricia Herring has performed with the Ohio Ballet, Experimental Dance Ensemble, Cobb-Marietta Ballet, Atlanta Contemporary Dance Company II, and Lee Harper & Dancers, for which she is a founding member. Mrs. Herring co-authored the Dance Curriculum Guide for the state of Georgia and headed the 1983 - 1985 Governor’s Honors dance program. She also serves on the Kennesaw State University High School Dance Festival Advisory Board and is a member of NDEO.

Master of Fine Arts in Dance Education, Georgia State University
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet, University of Akron
At Woodward since 1982


Jenny Gould

Director of Middle School Dance

Ms. Jenny Gould earned her B.F.A in dance from the State University of New York at Purchase and her Master's Degree in Education from Lesley University. She won a merit scholarship at the Alvin Ailey School and furthered her training in New York City. Her professional credits include Broadway productions: Meg Giry in Phantom of the Opera (San Francisco Cast); Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Requiem/Variations; National tour of Brigadoon; Fleur in the Yeston/Kopit Phantom; Cinderella and Brigadoon at Lincoln Center for the New York City Opera; Pearl Fishers, The Marriage of Figaro, Eugene Onegin and Turandot, with the Atlanta Opera. She has taught at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and continues to choreograph here in Atlanta. She taught dance at the Governor’s Honors Program at Valdosta State University for 4 consecutive summers.She has been the director of Middle School Dance at Woodward for 13 years.

Master of Education, Lesley University
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, State University of New York at Purchase
Merit Scholarship to the Alvin Ailey School
At Woodward since 2002


Aaron Hill

Director of Middle School Bands
After high school, Mr. Hill entered the U.S. Army Band Program and completed 22 years of active federal service before retiring honorably in 1997 from the Continental Army Band (Fort Monroe, VA.). Mr. Hill was also an instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music, where he served in the Rehearsal Division for members of the Army, Marine Corps, and Navy Bands. In Virginia, after retirement from service, he performed in a multitude of musical roles before teaching at Hampton Roads Academy and Smithfield High School. In 2012, Mr. Hill was the county-wide Teacher of the Year for Isle of Wight County Schools. He was Top Teacher of the Year for Coastal Virginia Magazine and was a semifinalist for the GRAMMY Music Educators Award in 2014.

Master of Science in Management (Leadership Concentration), Troy University
Bachelor of Music (Performance - Jazz Studies Concentration), Christopher Newport University
At Woodward since 2014


Lauran Hunt

Director of Jazz Studies, Guitar and Music Production - Upper School
Mr. Hunt has been a member of The Baker-Williams Orchestra, The Dekalb College Jazz Band, The Multifarious Jazz Emissaries, and The Nightflight Band. He has performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festivals, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Dogwood Festival, Yellow Daisy Festival, Atlanta Arts Festival, and College Park Arts Festival. Mr. Hunt currently performs as a freelance musician on bass as well as with The Sentimental Journey Orchestra, The Nightwind Trio, and The Tamboo Steel Band. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the Georgia Music Educators Association, the Georgia Association of Jazz Educators, and the International Association for Jazz Education. He has served as the District V Jazz All-State host and organizer and as a clinician for GAJE, for which he currently serves as treasurer.

Bachelor of Arts in Music (Trombone), Georgia State University
At Woodward since 1982


Levi Kaplan

Theater Director - Upper School
A conservatory graduate from the Theatre School at Depaul University. For 15 years, Mr. Kaplan has worked as a freelance director, serving as the artistic director of The Acorn Theatre in Tampa, Fla. He has worked for almost 20 years as a lighting designer and technician for a variety of companies, including Walt Disney World. His teaching credits include serving as the Director of Technical Theatre at The University of Tampa as well as here at Woodward from 2008-2014. Mr. Kaplan also has served as an adjunct professor at Hillsborough Community College. He is a board member of Curtain Call Youth Players in Marietta, Ga.

Master of Fine Arts in Directing, The Theatre School at Depaul University
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting
(Theatrical Design minor), Auburn University
At Woodward since 2008


Kathleen McManus

Associate Director of Theater - Upper and Middle Schools
A Suzi Bass award-winning actor, Ms. McManus has been active in Atlanta’s theater community as a performer, director, and teaching artist since 1979. She was Education Director of Georgia Shakespeare in its prime from 1996 to 2004 and received an Abby award for her excellence in arts programming from Atlanta’s Chamber of Commerce. She is an associate artist at Theatrical Outfit—one of the oldest theater companies in the city—and vice chair of the board of directors at Aris Theatre, Atlanta’s stage for Celtic culture presenting the plays, poetry, and music of Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales.

Bachelor of Arts in Drama, University of Georgia
At Woodward since 2007


Stephen Rotz

Chorus and Music Theory Instructor;
Director of Festival Singers, Camerata, and MS Men’s Choir
- Upper and Middle Schools
Prior to Woodward, Mr. Rotz was a charter faculty member at Creekland Middle School in Cherokee County, Ga., and his choirs there were recognized for their excellence. He has been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and is currently the director of the chamber choir Sounds of Faith at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Buckhead. Active as a soloist, Mr. Rotz was featured by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in their American Music Concert in July 2013. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association—serving on the board of directors for its Georgia chapter—as well as a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association, for which he recently completed a term as chair of the standing committee for LGPE repertoire. Mr. Rotz pioneered GMEA’s transition to the use of public domain literature for the first All-State Chorus audition, effectively reducing the cost of the audition for thousands of students throughout Georgia. Under his leadership, Woodward Academy’s Camerata was accepted to perform at the GMEA In-Service Conferences in 2009 and 2014 as well as the Southern Division ACDA conference in 2012. Two of his arrangements performed by Woodward choirs have been published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing.

Master of Music (Choral Conducting), University of Alabama
Bachelor of Music Education, Shorter College
At Woodward since 2007


Joel Williams

Technical Theater Director - Upper School

Mr. Williams has more than 10 years of experience as an educator in the theatre. Teaching at the collegiate level for most of his career, he has been the technical director, scenic designer, and/or lighting designer for more than 50 theatrical productions. Many of his students have gone on to work in regional, academic, and professional theatres across the United States.

Bachelor of Arts, Ottawa University
At Woodward since 2014


Suzanne Woodruff

Director of Choral Music - Upper and Middle Schools

Before arriving on Main Campus, Mrs. Woodruff taught general music and chorus at the Busey Campus of Woodward Academy (1994 – 2005). Previously, she taught choral music in Clayton County at Riverdale Junior High School. Her choirs have performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Convention, and in January 2015, her Middle School Treble Choir was selected to perform at the GMEA Convention in Savannah. Mrs. Woodruff is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and serves as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Middle School Choirs. She has served as a guest conductor for the Georgia 6th District Honor Chorus and the Fayette County Elementary Honor Chorus. Mrs. Woodruff also is a certified music educator in Orff and Kodaly methods.

Master of Music, Georgia State University
Bachelor of Music, University of Georgia
At Woodward since 1994

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