An alumna of the University of Kentucky, Department of Theatre and English Department, Mary Christopher Grogan is currently an active theatre director and educator in Central Kentucky. She holds an MA in English Education and an MA in Theatre. She currently holds her Rank I Teaching Certification from the State of Kentucky.
Furthermore, she is extremely passionate about education, particularly arts education and literacy. She currently teaches AP Language and Composition and Theatre at West Jessamine High School and serves as the Artistic Director of WJHS Theatre. Before coming to West, she taught Theatre and English at both the University of Kentucky and BCTC.
A huge supporter of youth arts programs, she has also taught high school drama and art history courses, as well as Theatre in Diversion classes through the Fayette County Juvenile Court system. In 2013, she received the “Most Influential Teacher” Award from the students and staff at the Upward Bound Program, and in 2014 she received their prestigious “Humanitarian” Award.
Additionally, she is passionate about theatre directing and historiography. Some of her favorite directing credits include: Beyond Therapy (2014) at Studio Players, Once Upon a Mattress (2015) at Leeds Center for the Arts, Marsha Norman’s ‘night, Mother (2018) at UK, and Our Town (2018), The Sound of Music (2019), The Female Odd Couple (2019), and The WJHS Virtual Covid Christmas Special (2020) all at West Jessamine. She is excited to be mentoring a student director this fall with the MTI production All Together Now! and directing Grease in the Spring!
Ms. Grogan also lives in Lexington in a small house with her husband of over fifteen years, Mark, her young daughter, Addison, and her giant fluffy cat, Tonks.