Terry Gabbard has been a public school theatre teacher since 2003 and has worked at both middle and high schools levels in Florida and North Carolina. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Education from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts in School Leadership from Queens University of Charlotte. He is an award-winning director and playwright and has been awarded the Excellence in Directing award three times through the North Carolina Theatre Conference. Mr. Gabbard's first play Our Place was published in 2015 and was subsequently named the second most produced short play among high schools in the United States. His second play, Push and Pull, was published in 2018. Terry lives in Charlotte with his wife Erika and two children, Kiera and Ryan.
Brian Seagroves is a Charlotte native and graduated from Hopewell High School in 2005. He owes his entire theatre career to his high school theatre teacher, Carey Kugler, who challenged him one day his junior year. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Performance. After college, Mr. Seagroves worked as an intern and resident actor at the Blowing Rock Stage Company. After this, he spent some time abroad in England and worked closely with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and the Royal Court Theatre in London. He has been working professionally in theatre in and around the Charlotte area since then. In 2013, while acting in The Taming of the Shrew in Charlotte, he met Terry Gabbard. Terry encouraged Brian to think about teaching as a profession... and the rest is history. A year later, Mr. Seagroves joined the Ardrey Kell Theatre Department alongside Mr. Gabbard. Since then the department has grown, and they consistently raise the standard of what high school theatre is supposed to be. Brian lives in Waxhaw now with his beautiful wife, Chesson, and his jovial daughter, Rae.
The Dynamic Duo!
"We consistently raise the standard of what high school theatre is supposed to be." Brian Seagroves