Degrees and Certifications:
Jesse Tilton is the theatre teacher at Mountain Brook High School.
Before coming to MBHS, he taught for three years at Hoover High School and ten years at Spain Park High School where he chartered the award-winning Theatre Department. He received his Bachelor Degree in Language Arts from Samford University, a Master of Fine Arts in Scenic and Lighting Design from the University of Alabama, and his Masters in Instructional Leadership degree from Samford University.
Mr. Tilton enjoys teaching theatre to students because he believes that it is an excellent way to prepare them to be independent, lifelong learners. Theatre classes allow students to become part of a team in a creative climate, giving them valuable skills for whatever career they choose to pursue. With different shows every year, the curriculum is always effective, engaging and challenging.
Directing is a passion for Mr. Tilton. He favors an ensemble-style of directing that also showcases individual talents. His style then emphasizes technical elements of the show to create a harmonious blend. When the curtain rises, there is synergy! Students and shows under Mr. Tilton's direction have consistently won awards at the State level for acting and design. Of note are the one-act plays that he has directed, each winning Best of Show in the State in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013. All six shows represented Alabama at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC). Mr. Tilton's first year at Mountain Brook High School was 2011 and the show Androcles and the Lion was the first show in the Theatre Department's history to go to SETC. In 2013-14 Mountain Brook once again returned to SETC, this time with an originally written work by Mr. Tilton entitled A Normal Reaction. From 2006-2013, 7 out of 8 one act plays directed by Mr. Tilton at state competition have received Best of Show, placing either 1st, 2nd or 3rd.
Mr. Tilton has designed sets, lights and props for many theatres and organizations around the state. Needless to say, design is strongly emphasized in every show that he directs. His set designs won back-to-back awards for Best Set at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in 2010 and 2011. After arriving at Mountain Brook his enthusiasm for technical theatre continued thanks to great co-workers like Gary Weatherly and Diane Faulkner. In 2012, Diane Faulkner designed the commedia dell'arte costumes for Mountain Brook's production of Androcles and the Lion. Her design won Best Costumes at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in 2012.
CLASSES, SHOWS & CLUBS
Mr. Tilton teaches year-long classes of Theatre Arts (I) and Advanced Theatre Arts (II, III, IV). He also teaches semester classes of the Art of Cinema, as well as Costume and Makeup for the Stage. If you are interested in being in one of our shows at MBHS, please be sure to attend our auditions which are open to everyone. Auditions for our plays and the Spring Musical are publicized throughout the school and on daily school news broadcasts, with specific information available closer to the time of auditions. Students who are interested in theatre can also join the Thespian Club; Mr. Tilton is co-sponsor with Mr. Weatherly for the Thespian Club. Students who have been in shows earn points and may qualify to be in the Thespian Honor Society. Additionally, Mr. Tilton is sponsor of the Mountain Brook High School Key Club. For more information about anything that you see here, please email Mr.Tilton.
The theater department goes on educational trips every other year, alternating with the choir program. Our goal is to create exciting, memorable, and educational trips that emphasize the performing arts. As an example of how unique our trips are here is some of what we have done...
ATLANTA (2014-2015)--While in Atlanta we attended a Cirque Du Soleil show, a night of improvisation at Dad's Garage Theater, the musical Chicago , the play Steel Magnolias, and a puppetry workshop at the Center for Puppetry Arts. We also toured CNN and attended opening night of the opera Madame Butterfly at the Atlanta Opera.
CHICAGO (2016-2017)--While in Chicago we attended the opera Carmen at Lyric Opera, the Joffrey Ballet at the historic Auditorium Theatre, Love's Labour's Lost at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Uncle Vanya at the important Goodman Theatre, Urinetown: The Musical at Northwestern University (a school known for theater), and of course saw some improvisation in the city known for its comedy scene. Perhaps the most exciting was the show Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth, a show done with live acting, video projections, and puppetry at the avant garde Lookingglass Theatre. We toured Cloud Gate and Willis Tower; shoppnd the Magnificent Mile; and saw some of the best museums in the world, visiting the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Art Institute of Chicago (famously known for scenes from Ferris Bueller's Day Off).