Aileen Targett is thrilled to be starting her first year at Gahanna Lincoln High School. In addition to directing the Spring and Fall shows, she will be teaching “Intro to Theatre,” “Theatre Appreciation,” “Musical Theatre Appreciation,” and “Performance Studio.” She joins the Pride having spent nine years teaching Theatre at Pickerington High School Central, directing over 40 productions. She has been nominated as CAPA’s Best Director, and her students have been CAPA Lead Actor and Supporting Actor finalists. Pickerington Central’s theatre department was also the winner of Broadway World’s Best Play (Macbeth) Best musical (In The Heights) and they were nominated for best Educational Program multiple years.
Ms. Targett grew up in Pickerington and then attended West Virginia University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Theatre. Throughout college she performed in Summer Stock in Palo Duro Canyon, Texas, and at the Ithaca Hangar Theater. Ms. Targett moved to New York City after graduation and joined the BOAR Shakespeare Troupe, the Bless the Mark Players, and By the Mummers. While in NYC, she helped write, direct, and also acted in Blood- by the Mummers. This musical was selected to participate as one of the twelve shows in The Next Link as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Ms. Targett was then selected to perform in three National Tours with Chamber Theatre Productions.
On this tour, she met Gahanna native, Trenton Weaver. After two years of touring, they returned to Central Ohio where she pursued her teaching degree at Capital University and Trenton attended THE OSU Moritz College of Law. She is so happy to be a teacher in the community she loves and cannot wait to see what magic these amazing students can create.
Chris Wagner has been the Technical Director at GLHS for 13 years. A graduate of GLHS, Mr. Wagner received a Bachelors of Arts in English Education degree from Capital University and Literacy and Classroom Technology Masters Degree from Walden University. The 2019 Broadway World Regional Awards Education division recipient of Best Scenic Design, Mr. Wagner has received the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts Teacher of the Year award and the National Council of Teachers of English Teacher of Excellence award for his work in the classroom. Mr. Wagner teaches Technical Theatre, Honors English 10 and AP Literature and Composition and advises the nationally award winning The Pride Yearbook. Mr. Wagner focuses on empowering students to take on all aspects of a production as he supports the build and stage crews, and believes that there’s always time for laughter during a production.