Peelee Clark (B.A. in Theatre Design from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; M.Ed in Theatre Education from SUNY-Buffalo) has been teaching Theatre Arts in FCPS for the past 6 years. Before arriving at West Potomac in 2011, Clark was the theatre director at Holmes Middle School in Alexandria, VA and choreographed for several county high schools.
Prior to working for FCPS, Clark worked as a professional actor/singer/dancer/choreographer in the US, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan and Canada and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity. He has appeared in numerous productions including: Starlight Express (with director Trevor Nunn and Arlene Philips), Starlight Express the 3rd Dimension US National Tour, the original German cast of Grease (Roger), Storm—the world premiere (w/ director Jamie King), Evita (BA Dancer), Phantom of the Opera (Ensemble), Hair (Woof), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour) and Anything Goes (w/Debbie Shapiro), just to name a few. Fun fact: Clark has appeared in over 2,000 performances of Starlight Express in Germany.
Since moving to the Washington area, Clark performed with Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC and sung with their top a cappella group, Potomac Fever. The group performed for Vice President Biden’s Christmas party as well as President Obama’s 2012 Pride Event at the White House. Favorite performances with the chorus include: Grease (Frenchy), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Durla), Snow White and 250 Fairies (Nasty Dwarf) and The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff).
Clark has found a home at West Potomac High School, leading its thriving theatre arts department. His Beyond the Page Theatre Company of West Potomac High School has produced an array of thought-provoking and inspirational shows, including: Inherit the Wind, Seussical, Dracula, Night of the Living Dead (with a subsequent revival of the show), The Tempest, Young Frankenstein the Musical, Avenue Q: School Edition , Spamalot, Urban Legends, Little Shop of Horrors, 8 the Play, The Addams Family, Next to Normal, Putnam County Spelling Bee, American Idiot (with two separate reprisals of the show), The Outsiders, Starlight Express, The Last Five Years, School of Rock, Billy Elliot, Rock of Ages, Dogfight, A Few Good Men, and DNA: School Edition, amongst others. In the spring of 2018, Clark will produce and direct Jesus Christ Superstar, his most ambitious undertaking yet complete with a 50-piece orchestra and 30-piece children's choir, followed by Spring Awakening in June.
Additionally, after a successful 5 star performance at the Capital Fringe Festival 2014 with Urban Legends, Beyond the Page Theatre Company performed Putnam County Spelling Bee in summer 2015 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and returned to Scotland in 2017 with Rock of Ages.
Throughout the years, the Theatre has received numerous nominations and Cappies awards for its productions, students have been recognized by the Virginia Theatre Association and the National Society of Arts and Letters, the troop has been honored by DC Metro Theatre Arts and received awards from the International Thespian Society, and Clark received the Excellence in Theatre Education Award.