Never happier than when surrounded by piles of fabric or par cans, Kimberly Staples is a thirty-two-year theatre director and educator.
She made her stage debut at the age of four in a production of Babes in Toyland at the Apple Tree Theatre—and she hasn’t stopped since. Kimberly began her teaching career at Rabun County High School in Tiger, Georgia in 1983, after earning a B.A. in English and Spanish. She’s since earned a master’s degree in directing from Roosevelt University in Chicago and has launched and developed several successful school and community theatre programs along the way.
Ms. Staples is the theatre director at Buford (Georgia) High School, serving on the school’s administrative team as chair of the fine arts department. She directs Thespian Troupe 2971 and Junior Thespian Troupe 89015. Kimberly’s passion for student leadership drives her work as adult liaison for the Georgia State Thespian Officers as well as on the adult advisory board for the International Thespian Officers. A five-time Teacher of the Year and a two-time STAR recipient, she was named to the Georgia Thespian Hall of Fame in 2011.
“Kim Staples is a unique, hardworking, and exceptional educator who continues to be recognized by her co-workers, administrators, fellow directors, parents, and students as one of the very best around,” writes nominator Cece Conrath. “She is firm, with incredibly high expectations, but she has a tremendous heart and supports and fights for her kids like the maternal dynamo that she is.… She offers her students the solid education in theatre and technique that they long for but additionally offers them life lessons that are immeasurable.”