Director of BHS Theatre
Technical Theatre/ Musical Theatre
Michael Klefeker joins the Birdville Stage Hawks as the Head Director teaching Technical Theatre, Musical Theatre and will direct this year’s Musical. He comes to us from Grapevine Faith Christian School where he lead their productions of Narnia, the Musical, Little Women, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang received numerous nominations from the Buckley’s and Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards.
Mr. Klefeker has been acting, directing and designing for educational and local theatre for more than 20 years. After receiving his masters from Regent University, Mr. Klefeker worked in Art Direction with New Dominion Pictures producing shows like New Detectives, FBI Files, and The Untold Stories of the Navy Seals. As a part of Scenic Services department at the Christian Broadcasting Network, Mr. Klefeker supported shows like The 700 Club.
Assistant Director of BHS Theatre
Acting/ Advanced Acting
This is Kimberly Panfil’s second year at Birdville High School, but she is no stranger to teaching and directing for the stage. She comes to BHS from North Richland Middle School, also in Birdville ISD. At NRMS, she led a successful theatre arts department and featured an advanced Select theatre arts program. This program earned Superior ratings each year at the BISD Middle School One-Act Play Fest. She has also received the “First Year Teacher Excellence Award for Middle School” from the Birdville Independent School District.
At BHS, Mrs. Panfil (or Pan) proudly leads the acting/ advanced acting portion of the theatre department. In her debut season at Birdville, she directed the fall production of Elephant’s Graveyard, the UIL One-Act Play entry Trojan Women (which advanced from District and won Best Actress), and led the technical direction of the musical Once Upon a Mattress.
She received her BFA in Theatre Arts from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. While attending TSU, she enjoyed working on and off the stage. In addition to directing, designing, tech-crewing, and performing in main-stage productions and musicals, she served as a feature performer with the IMPROV @ Tarleton Troupe.
She served an internship in Hebron, CT at Easter Seals Camp Hemlocks as their theatre director/ camp counselor. She also obtained an internship with Circle Theatre in downtown Fort Worth and later served as their resident House Manager.
Pan loves her StageHawk family and looks forward to the upcoming season!