Staff Members

 BRUCE KAPLAN, Co-founder and Executive Director still has the Kinks, Stones, and Animals LPs that fueled a lifelong love of music. He has directed the highly eclectic music program at Barking Legs since 1998. A guitarist and mandolinist, he is currently studying jazz guitar with Shawn Perkinson at Lee University. He supplements his musical pursuits with an increasingly quiet career in clinical neurophysiology. Jazz in the Lounge and Legends of Jazz are his two current programming series at Barking Legs Theater, as well as co-sponsorships with the Shaking Ray Levis Society and Forever Bluegrass.

ANN LAW, Co-founder and Artistic Director is an improvisational dancer, arts educator and arts activist. She is co-artistic director of Contemporary Performing Arts of Chattanooga (CoPAC) and founder of Barking Legs Theater. At Barking Legs, she has provided a supportive space to encourage both emerging and established artists, to grow thoughtful audiences, and to cultivate strong community art activism. She received her MA in Dance Education from UNCG and her BA in Dance from Mills College. She has received the Tennessee Association of Dance Outstanding Dance Education Award, and Tennessee Arts commission Individual Artist Fellowship award and recently, she was honored with presenting her brain-based dance teachings in Berkeley, California at the Dance and Brain Conference. In 2016, she was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from University of North Carolina at Greensboro for her arts education with Full Circle TAP (Teaching Artists Program), which is the educational outreach arm for CoPAC. She is a member of NDEO (National Dance Education Organization) and presents workshops on the importance of learning through the arts. Currently, she passionately studies different educational models and how to apply the arts in different environments.  

CALISTA SPRAGUE, Managing Director joined the staff in early 2017 to support the artistic directors in the development and implementation of their vision for CoPAC/Barking Legs. A former magazine editor, she has a strong background in writing and editing, with experience in website and social media management. She volunteered on the Youth Orchestra board while in Columbus, Georgia, serving as president for three years, so is familiar with the inner workings of arts nonprofit organizations. In a previous life, she taught voice, earning a Doctor of Arts in vocal pedagogy from the University of Mississippi, and she currently serves on the board and sings with Choral Arts of Chattanooga as well as other area choirs.

JOSEPH MCGUIRE, Intern recently graduated with a BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Memphis. While there is worked as AV and event technician for the University Center Theater. He also has worked for Horizon Theater in Atlanta, GA as an administrative/technical intern for a summer. Joseph hopes to take the experience from this year working with Barking Legs to move to Chicago and work in theater administration, and eventually start his own theater company.