DIRECTING / PRODUCTION STAFF
Meet our dedicated staff of directors.
Blake Tobey has been a passionate performer his entire life, participating in stage productions as well as choral and instrumental groups throughout high school and college. Tobey earned his degree in English/Language Arts from Doane University in 2009, where he was involved in numerous productions and performance groups. In addition to directing at Waverly, Tobey has run a Musical Theatre Camp for Japanese exchange students through Doane University every summer since 2012; he also guest directs for Theatre Arts For Kids of Lincoln, Nebr. When he's not directing students, Tobey seeks many opportunities to perform himself, making appearances in multiple productions at Theatre Arts For Kids as well as the Lincoln Community Playhouse. His passion for the performing arts drives him to continuously learn and grow to offer his students the best possible experience and prepare them for the next level of theatre, whether it is professional, collegiate or community. Thanks to the incredible love and support of his wife and sons, Tobey is able to pursue his passion of creating incredible art with students.
PLAY DIRECTOR | MUSICAL DIRECTOR | ITS DIRECTOR | DRAMA CLUB ADVISOR
One time, long ago, Jodie’s theater professor tried to get her to switch her major from secondary education to playwriting. She didn’t and she became a teacher, but she did write a play once that was produced by the Shelterbelt Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska. She acted in that play as well, but discovered she should probably just stick with writing and other behind the scenes roles from that point forward. Jodie directed Platteview High School’s fall play and coached their one act team for four years. She was also part of a grassroots, student-driven improv team called the Improvelociraptors. In 2017, Morgenson fell back into the world of Improv with Waverly's first improv team, Underground Sailbaot. She’s beginning her 18th year in education, and has taught nearly every English language arts class that a class B high school in Nebraska can possibly offer, with few exceptions, and coached every ELA-related activity known to (wo)man. She lives on a vegetable farm with her husband, two daughters, and a ridiculous number of animals. She fancies herself an artist and foodie. She is probably thinking about art or food right now … most likely food though.
ASSISTANT PLAY DIRECTOR | HEAD SPEECH COACH | UNDERGROUND SAILBOAT IMPROV COACH
Madisen (Gieler) White is a 2012 Waverly High School alumna who is no stranger to Waverly performing arts. She was an active musician within the band program, an accompanist for the vocal music department and performed in several theatrical productions and musicals. White continued to be an active performer in Doane University's band, choral and theatrical programs where she earned a music education degree in 2016; she currently teaches junior high and high school vocal music at Lincoln Christian School. Waverly Drama is proud to welcome this distinguished alum back to her home stage as Music Director.