Cedar Ridge High School Theatre Staff
At CRHS, we are fortunate to have a talented creative team that works with our students on a daily basis. We also have assistance from other faculty to help with specific productions that require their specialty.
Kristie Copeland, Theatre Director
Kristie Copeland has been a theatre director at Cedar Ridge High School for the past two years. Prior to starting the theatre program at Cedar Ridge, Kristie was a dance and theatre teacher in Round Rock ISD from 2007 - 2010 at Hopewell Middle School. She holds her teaching certification in theatre, dance and physical education.
Kristie graduated from Abilene Christian University in 2004 with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in theatre with an emphasis in musical theatre. Following graduation from college, Kristie moved to New York City to audition and pursue a career as a musical theatre performer. While in New York , Kristie worked for a children's theatre company. However, in the fall of 2005 she returned to Texas to serve as the associate theatre director at Cooper High School in Abilene.
Kristie has been teaching, directing and choreographing for students of all ages for over thirteen years. She has choreographed and directed musical productions such as Beauty and the Beast, CATS, Footloose, Guys and Dolls and numerous other musical reviews for school. She has also taught and choreographed for dance studios including the Greater
Austin Dance Academy (GADA) in Round Rock. In addition, she has taught dance for the Jewish Community Center summer musical theatre workshops, classes for the Abilene Performing Arts Company, choreographed for the Cooper High School
Cougarette drill team spring shows and other school choral productions.
Kristie is excited to begin her third year at Cedar Ridge. She looks forward to working with Ms. Kieler, Mr. Jones, our wonderful students and supportive parents as we embark on another successful year for Theatre at the Ridge.
William Jones, Theatre Director
Originally hailing from Houston, Texas, Mr. Jones is glad to be back in his home state, after brief stints in Washington, California and New York. Mr. Jones received his Bachelor of Arts in English and in Theatre from Chapman University in Orange, California. After receiving his degree he went on to receive his Master of Arts in Performance Studies from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He is looking forward to his first year at Cedar Ridge High School. Mr. Jones currently resides in Leander, TX with his fiancee, Jenna, his cat, Pigeon and his dog, Goose.