Laura Lindahl (Theatre)
Laura Lindahl is thrilled to be back home at Brookwood High School. Laura graduated from Brookwood in 1992 and has been working professionally in theatre since then. Laura received her BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Mississippi. She then went on to perform in various theatres throughout the country. Some favorite roles include: Lily in A Secret Garden, Amalia in She Loves Me, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Shelby in The Spitfire Grill (Non-equity Jeff nominee.)
Brian House (Theatre)
In 1997, Mr. House completed his B.A. in Theatre Arts and finished all course work for a B.A. in Music at Bethel University (St. Paul, MN). In 1998, the Bethel University Theatre Department hired him to work full time as Production Manager. During the six years he was on staff at Bethel, he also worked as a freelance designer, theatre technician, and actor. In 2004, he was hired by McConnell Middle School to teach theatre arts. In 2006, Mr. House earned his M.Ed. (Integrating Arts in Curriculum) through Lesley University (Boston, MA). In 2009, Mr. House completed course work and tests to become a certified theatre teacher. In 2010, Mr. House completed his Ed. S. (Brain Based Curriculum Development) from Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) with a 4.0 average. In his time at Bethel University, Mr. House was known for his commitment to the success of the theatre majors, especially those working on senior practicums. In his time at McConnell, Mr. House built a thriving theatre program, which prepared students for success at Archer High School. Mr. House and his wife, Molly, enjoy watching their kids learn to love involvement in the Arts. Cai and Ellie have participated with Arts groups at several Gwinnett Schools, Aurora Theatre, North East Atlanta Ballet, ASA Dance and Musical Theatre, Winder-Barrow Community Theatre, and Sound Post Strings Academy (chorus, honors chorus, orchestra, honors orchestra, piano, violin, plays, musicals, various styles of dance, and visual arts). Mr. House is thrilled to join the Brookwood High School Fine Arts community and happy to be a part of it.
Carter Still (Chorus)
Carter Still is the choral director at Brookwood High School in Gwinnett County. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree with an emphasis in voice from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina in 2008. He earned a Master’s in Music Education from the University of Georgia in 2015. Prior to teaching at Brookwood, Mr. Still established the chorus program at Bay Creek Middle School when the school opened in 2009, and under his leadership the program grew to 300 students. His students represented BCMS in GMEA honors and All-State choirs, and his choral groups consistently received Superior ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluation. He was named teacher of the year at Bay Creek for the 2011-2012 school year, served as the GCPS lead teacher for middle school chorus, and served as the district 13 choral chair for GMEA. In addition to serving as a choral director, Mr. Still has conducted honor choirs across the state of Georgia. Mr. Still is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Georgia Music Educators Association, and the American Choral Directors Association. A native of Gwinnett county, Mr. Still lives with his wife, Chrissy, and two children in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Ellen Tshudy (Dance)
Ms. Tshudy graduated with honors from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, with a BFA in modern dance. During her four years at The University of the Arts, she studied additionally, on scholarship, at Philadanco where she caught the eye of Milton Myers of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, for whom she was classroom demonstrator in the Horton technique.
After graduation, Ms. Tshudy moved to Atlanta to begin her professional dance career with the Kris Cangelosi Dance Project. With KCDP she performed extensively, including the Fringe Festival in Atlanta and New York City, the Jazz Dance World Congress in Buffalo, NY, and the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival. Ms. Tshudy spent almost 15 years dancing with Zoetic Dance Ensemble, one of Atlanta’s most popular contemporary dance companies. She was also on faculty for Zoetic, and taught professional level contemporary dance classes for many years. Ms. Tshudy’s choreography has been seen in Zoetic’s concerts during the First Glance Festival in Atlanta, at Dad’s Garage Theater, at The Beam, at Seven Stages and also during the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival at the 14th Street Playhouse.
In 2006 Ms. Tshudy completed a 200-hour certification to become a registered yoga teacher (RYT) through the Yoga Alliance.
Throughout the last 15 years Mrs. Tshudy has also taught and choreographed at many different Metro Atlanta area dance studios. She started teaching at Brookwood in 2009. This year Ms. Tshudy is serving as the Lead Teacher for Dance in Gwinnett County. This is her 7th year as the Dance Director at Brookwood High School!