DIRECTOR Renee Denney
Mrs. Denney has directed all the musicals at Milton for several years. She holds a B.F.A in theatre performance from Auburn University and an M.F.A in theatre performance from the University of Tennessee’s International Actor Training Academy. While at the University of Tennessee, Mrs. Denney worked with many International Directors and performed and toured shows through Eastern Europe. She taught Undergraduate Acting at the University of Tennessee for three years as a graduate Assistant, then went on the teach elementary theatre at St. Francis School for one year. After which, she taught two years at East Hall High School and four years at South Forsyth High School.
Mrs. Denney has won six region competition championships for her productions of “Summertree,” “And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson,” “Anatomy of Gray,” “A Piece of My Heart,” “The Rimers of Eldritch,” and “The Diviners” as well as one State Championship award for her 2011 production of “The Diviners.” She has also been nominated for the Best Director and Best Overall Production Shuler Hensley Awards for three consecutive years for her productions of “Grease,” “Hairspray,” and “The Drowsy Chaperone” and won the title of Best Overall Production for her 2012 production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
Mrs. Denney served as the International Thespian Officer Liaison for the Educational Theatre Association for five years and served on the State Board of Georgia Thespians for nine years. She has also served as an International Adjudicator for the Education Theatre Association and currently serves as an adjudicator for the Georgia Thespian Society.
Mrs. Denney is married to Patrick Denney and has two very active children, Brennen and Addison. Mrs. Denney enjoys traveling, doing home renovation projects, crafts and surfing Pinterest for motivation and ideas!
DIRECTOR Larry Smith
Larry Theatre serves as the Theatre Director at Milton High School and is credited for starting the Cirque program at Milton High School– the only public high school to offer classroom instruction in circus arts.
Before coming to Milton, he spent 15 years at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School where he developed the theatre arts curriculum and built a recognized quality theatre program. Larry originated the Cirque program at Rabun Gap, writing, producing, and directing eight Cirques, three of which were invited to perform at Georgia Thespian conference. At Rabun Gap-Nacoochee, Larry won regional and state one act play competitions and received Star Teacher Recognition.
The groundbreaking program also went on to provide original entertainment for the Georgia Independent School Association State Conference, as well as for the International Delegates from the Georgia Consulate. During his tenure there, Larry also served as Fine Arts Department Chair, and was one of the developers of MAD Fest, Rabun Gap’s popular annual arts festival.
Larry Smith received a BFA in Theatre at Valdosta State University and a MAT in Secondary Education at Piedmont College. Before teaching, he was a performer at Six Flags Over Georgia’s Crystal Pistol, at Walt Disney World as a Kid of the Kingdom, and convention entertainer. He was also in the cast of Hoop De Doo at Pioneer Hall, Fort Wilderness. Larry has worked in tech for both of these entertainment companies.
Larry has been recognized three times as Best Director at Georgia Theatre Conference, having won Best Show at GTC twice (both times while at Milton) and performed at Southeastern Theatre conference representing the state of Georgia- once in Atlanta and once in Chattanooga.
He also has served on the Georgia Thespian Chapter Board for nine years overseeing stage management and conference show selections and served on the Georgia Theatre Conference State Board as Secondary Division Chair.
Larry is happily married to wife Nancy. They have two grown children; Abram, a professional artist, and Sarah, a professional actress. Larry and Nancy recently settled in a new home in Alpharetta. His hobbies include working out, cooking, reading, working in the yard, writing, travel, and spending as much time at the beach as possible.