Kirk Grizzle

Artistic Director

Kirk Grizzle was at South Forsyth High School from 2004 - 2018.  He has taught musical theatre, chorus, guitar, tech theatre and dramatic arts.  He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Georgia College and State University and a Master of Arts Degree from Piedmont College.  
As a choral director, his choirs consistantly receive Superior ratings at GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluations.  His choirs have also performed twice at the GMEA In-Service Conference in Savannah, GA.  Under Mr. Grizzle's direction, choirs have won the Heritage Music Festivals in New York and Orlando as well as Music in the Parks and Southern Star Music Festivals in Atlanta.  He has had the honor of being the guest director for several GMEA regional honors choirs in Districts 9 and 13.  Mr. Grizzle has coached many GHSA Literary state champion quartets, trios and soloists.

​As a theatre director, his shows have placed as high as 2nd at regional One-Act play contests.  He has directed many shows including Godspell, Pippin, Little Shop of Horrors, Grease, Oliver, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Into the Woods, 13, High School Musical, Check Please, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes, The Music Man, Sweeney Todd, Shrek the Musical, Les Miserables, Ghost the Musical, Leap of Faith &The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He has earned numerous Shuler nominations and won two Shuler awards in 2016. 

Most recently, his the Denmark HS production of Bonnie & Clyde received 8 Shuler nominations and 3 honorable mentions.  DHSPA won for Leading Actress, Leading Actor, and Scenic Design.  While at SFHS The Hunchback of Notre Dame received 9 Shuler nominations at the 2018 Georgia High School Musical Theatre awards.  Mr. Grizzle won the Shuler for Musical Direction and Direction.  

Claire Pappas

Assistant Director

Claire Pappas is the Choral Director at Liberty Middle School in Forsyth County. In addition to her position at LMS, Claire is a staff singer at Johns Creek United Methodist Church and a Soprano in the Atlanta based professional chamber choir, Coro Vocati. Claire received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Kennesaw State University in 2019 where she studied under Dr. Alison Mann and Dr. Leslie Blackwell.

As a director, Claire has presented research at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference (2020), the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (2019) and was a featured undergraduate conductor at the Southern Division ACDA Conference (2017). As a performer, Claire is a seven-time winner of the Georgia NATS Vocal Competition in the Classical and Musical Theatre Divisions. Over the past 5 years, she has starred multiple productions in Metro Atlanta including Songs for a New World, Snoopy the Musical and Next to Normal.

Denmark  Parents of Performing Arts is a A 501(c)(3) organization


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