ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Carolyn "Amanda" Gibson
About the Director
"I am honored to be returning to Walnut Grove as its new theatre teacher and troupe director. As a graduate of Walnut Grove myself, it has been a dream of mine to come back to the place where it started and help continue teaching the strong traditions and expectations of success that our school and theatre program are known for."
Over the past decade, Ms. Gibson has pursued a professional career in special education in tandem with balancing a personal love of the performing arts with any free time she has left! Her focus has been centered on providing student support and promoting inclusion in the classroom and in the community through building communication skills. Beyond directing, Ms. Gibson's theatrical work has included hands-on experience in design, lighting/sound, choreography, costuming, stage managing as well as an extensive background in acting.
Ms. Gibson has previously held executive positions in several theatre-centered organizations, including as a founding/executive member of Walnut Grove’s own ITS Troupe 7663, as vice president of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society in Savannah, GA, and as board director for On Stage Playhouse in Monroe since 2021.
"With a deep love for the performing arts and a commitment to nurturing young talent, I strive to create exceptional theatrical experiences for all students, both on and off the stage. I believe in fostering a collaborative and inclusive environment where students from all backgrounds can express themselves, explore their creativity, and build self-confidence. I believe that theatre education is not only about producing outstanding shows but also about teaching essential life skills such as teamwork, communication, and resilience. I am committed to creating a safe and supportive space where every student can thrive and find their unique voice."
Ms. Gibson holds a B.S. in Comm. Sciences and Disorders, Double Minor in Behavior Analysis & Performing Arts from Georgia Southern University (formerly Armstrong State).