Troy Taylor is currently starting his fifth year as Theatre Director of Hueytown High School, a program encompassing over 300 students. Hueytown High attended the 2014 & 2015 Alabama Thespian Festivals, taking Best in Show on the main stage. In addition to that student honor, the Alabama Educational Theatre Association named Mr. Taylor its Director of the Year in 2014.
When not directing at Hueytown, Troy has worked as part of the "STAR" camp. He currently is creating partnerships with Red Mountain Theatre Company and serves on the Gardendale Arts Council. Mr. Taylor is also a current member of the Alabama Course of Study Committee that is rewriting the standards for all of Fine Arts in the state of Alabama. Mr. Taylor is a graduate of the Corner Theatre Academy and earned a degree in theatre education at Troy University under JefCoEd’s state teacher of the year in 2008, Roy Hudson. He will be pursuing a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership this fall at the University of West Alabama. Troy is married to the organization's secretary, Allison Taylor. They have been married for two years.
Mr. Taylor would like to thank everyone who contributes to the arts in this state and leaves you with this nugget, "Life is choice drive, we live and die by the choices we make. Make them count!"
Clint Merritt, Treasurer (Executive Member)
James Clements (Madison City)
Mr. Merritt has taught high school for 10 years and has taught part time at the college/university level as an adjunct Professor of Theatre. Mr. Merritt has lived in Madison, AL, since 2006 with his wife Jessica. They have two kids, Noah & McKayla, who both attend Columbia Elementary School. Mr. Merritt enjoys learning, theatre, film, cooking, exercising, writing, discovering new music, attending concerts, laughing, coaching his daughter's soccer team, watching college football, WORKING HARD & spending time with his family. Mr. Merritt has written grants from ING, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama State Department of Education & is a Fund For Teachers Fellow. Mr. Merritt has also partnered with Alabama State Representatives to secure grants for theatre program needs.
He is serving his second consecutive term as the Chief Finacial Officer for ALEdTA and is also currently transitioning as the Secondary Chair for the Alabama Conference of Theatre.
Martha Summey,Chapter Director Emeritus/Advisor to the Chapter Director
Altamont Upper School firstname.lastname@example.org
Known by many as "Dramamama", Martha Summey has taught and directed theatre in Alabama schools for almost 40 years to students in grades 5-12. She has produced hundreds of plays in that time and has written and directed her own and students' works. Martha Summey is an experienced actress, director, designer, playwright and teacher of theatre. She presently teaches playwriting, acting, technical theatre musical theatre and oral interpretation at The Altamont School. Ms. Summey resides in Homewood, AL.
She has served this organization in many capacities through the years and we are forever thankful for her service. She serves as special assistant to our Chapter Director.
Jamie Stephenson, Co-Festival Director Pelham High School
Allison Taylor, Secretary Brookwood Hospital NICU Allisonlora92@gmail.com
Bio coming soon!
For any concerns or questions please contact the Chapter Director, Troy Taylor. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org