Instructor and chair, Theatre and Dance
Before coming to Phillips Academy in 2013, Allen Grimm worked in both professional and academic venues, including Arena Stage, The McCarter Theater Center, Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Northfield Mount Hermon School. Mr. Grimm teaches acting, directing, and a variety of other classes based in the study of contemporary theater. He co-created a course about Hip-Hop Theater, Feminist(s) Theatre, Immigration and Theatre as well as developed a two-term course about the playwright August Wilson. While at Phillips Academy, he produced the academic premiere of Facing Our Truth: Ten Minute Plays On Trayvon, Race, and Privilege, Black Gods of the Asphalt and numerous other productions. He is an enthusiastic proponent of art as unifying experience and theatre as way of exploring social issues. His work as a theatre educator is based in the belief that everyone has a story, and sharing those stories through live performance can expand our understanding of the world.
Instructor, Theatre and Dance
Billy Murray has a B.A. degree in theatre arts and classical studies from St. Andrews, an M.F.A. degree in design, theatre, cinema, and an M.Ed. degree in fine arts education, K-12, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His credits include costume/ lighting design for Misanthrope, The Crucible, Big River, Dido and Aenaus, On the Verge; scenic design for the National Opera, Gianni Schicchi, M. Choufleuri, The Italian Girl in Algiers, Elixir of Love, Beatrice and Benedict; costume design for Gianni Schicchi, Evita, La Boheme, Sour Angelica, Street Scene, University of North Carolina, Conservatory of Music; and cutter/draper for Julius Caesar, The Matchmaker, The Dybik, As You Like It, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival.
Bradford Seymour ’00
Instructor and Technical Director, Theatre and Dance
Mr. Seymour is the Technical Director for Andover’s Department of Theatre and Dance. He holds a BA in Theater and Dance from Colby College and an MA in Performance Production from the University of Connecticut. Before joining the faculty in 2018, Mr. Seymour taught technical theater in Connecticut and worked professionally at Connecticut Repertory Theater and Portland Stage Company. At Andover he oversees the technical side of all department productions. He also designs for department productions and teaches courses in Set Design and Stagecraft. His other areas of interest include theater technology, theater safety, CNC machining for theater, sustainability in theatrical production, and video production and animation.
Instructor, Theatre and Dance
Wombwell came to teach dance at Phillips Academy in 1995 and has been running the dance program ever since. Her favorite pieces of choreography for Andover dancers include Earthworks, Dido and Aeneas, Appalachian Spring and a full-length Nutcracker. Wombwell is the current Chair of Theatre & Dance and she directs Andover Dance Group. Her productions of Rhinoceros, Parabox and The Road have toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Recipient of numerous grants and awards, in 2010 she was awarded the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Choreography. Wombwell also is an avid origami artist and maintains a studio at Western Ave Art Studios in Lowell.