Bye Bye Birdie - March 09 - March 18, 2018

Palm Springs High School Performing Arts Department


  • Dr. Jason Powell head shot

    Dr. Jason Powell


    As Director of Strings at PSHS, Jason has re-established the PSHS Symphonic Orchestra after a 25-year hiatus and has built the Classical Guitar Ensembles and Orchestral Strings Programs. PSHS is the only HS in the Coachella Valley to have such programs. Jason earned his BA in Music Education in classical guitar with a minor in percussion from the University of Redlands in 2007, his MA from Boston University in Music Education in 2011, and his Doctorate in Educational Justice and Leadership from the University of Redlands in 2015. Jason remains an active musician in our community and performs in the yearly PSHS musicals. Jason is also an Adjunct Professor with National University. Most recently, Jason has not only been nominated for the Grammy School's 2017 "Music Educator Award", but has advanced to the quarterfinals (top 290). He has also been nominated for "Outstanding Musical Director" by DTL for his work in the PSHS 2016 production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

  • Allyson Sawyer head shot

    Allyson Sawyer

    Director / Prop Design

    This is Allyson Sawyer's fifth year at PSHS as theatre director for the PSHS Theatre Company (Troupe #6219) and third year as the PSHS Cheer Coach. Allyson received her BA and MA in theatre from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television. Allyson won a Desert Theatre League award for Outstanding Director of a Youth Musical for PSHS’s 2017 production of Annie and the 2015 production of Fiddler on the Roof and has been nominated for many other DTL awards for other PSHS productions such as Rehearsal for Murder and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Allyson has previously worked at Universal Motion Pictures casting, MTV Programming, and served as a production assistant for Karma Kollective. Allyson has had many years of mascot training both at CBU and UCLA by performing as Lance the Lancer and as Joe and Josie Bruin. Allyson has previously directed Go Ask Alice, Twelve Angry Jurors, Almost Maine, You Can’t Take It With You, and All In the Timing.

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