Allan Ledford (Matthew Mark) is Director of Musical Theater at The Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton County’s Arts Magnet School. He has directed or served as music director for numerous shows in the Chattanooga area, including the School of Performing Arts, The Chattanooga Theatre Centre, and the Oak Street Playhouse. He co-wrote and produced opening shows for the Tennessee Aquarium and the Tennessee IMAX Theater. He served as music director for the International Arts for Peace Festival in Narva, Estonia. His song, “Here’s To the Dreamers,” is the official anthem of NASA’s MARS Millennium Project. As an educator he has received numerous awards including: Hamilton County Schools Excellence in Teaching Award, Chattanooga Public Schools Teacher of the Year, the Chattanooga Times’ A-Plus Teaching Award, the WDEF-CBS Golden Apple Teaching Award, and was three times recipient of the Tennessee Governor’s School Outstanding Teacher Award. He is director of the Choo Choo Kids, a musical theater troupe from the Center for Creative Arts. The troupe was recently featured in Southern Living Magazine.

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