Guest Directors

Barbara McAdams

Barbara Pitts McAdams has been a member of Tectonic for over 15 years. She served as an actor/dramaturg for The Laramie Project and also premiered The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. She appears as Sherry Aanenson in the HBO Film version of The Laramie Project. Barb is co-authoring Tectonic’s forthcoming book Moment Work (Random House), and teaches the Moment Work devising process in high schools, colleges and professional training labs. Barb has directed and devised original work with students at the high school, undergraduate and graduate level, often with social justice content. As an actor, Barb has appeared in many new plays in New York City and across the United States. Favorite recent roles include Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire and Lady MacBeth in MacBeth. Barb has appeared on many of the TV shows that film in New York City: Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Comedy Central’s Pulp Comics, 30 Rock, Kidnapped, Forever and Person of Interest. She can be seen in the award-winning web series Anyone But Me (


Phil Ridley

Mr.Phil Ridley feels like one of those lucky guys that go to work with a smile on his face. Not only does he like his profession, but he also loves the opportunity to work overseas and the chance to teach at the American School of Dubai. Prior to the past 16 years living and working in the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Ridley worked in England, France, Venezuela, and Canada. Both of his kids attend university are former graduate of ASD. They loved being a part of the arts, the academic world, and the athletics offered at ASD. His wife Ahne also teaches at ASD in the Middle School and can be seen in the hallways, directing kids in front of the stage, and coaching softball on the fields. Having a background in theatre is one thing, but Mr. Ridley believes having a passion on the performing arts is an even better out look. He hopes to inspire his students to the joys of learning as well as the desire to be successful.


Kimberley Shaw

Kimberley is an experienced teacher and director, who combines classroom teaching with private classes and directing both children and adults. Accolades include directing multiple winners of the prestigious Robert Finley Award for Best Musical and Best Youth Productions and multiple wins in the WA State One Act Festivals and Youth Drama Festivals (DramaFest and YouthFest) and Best Director Awards in these competitions. Passions include Youth Theatre, Improvisation and Musicals. She is currently the Performing Arts Specialist at Sawyers Valley Primary and teaches Music Theatre Classes at Ali Roberts Studio, is the current Vice President (and former President) of the Independent Theatre Association and is the West Australian writer for Stage Whispers Magazine.