Drama Director: Sherion A. Cosby
Holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Radio, TV and Film from College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio and a Masters degree in Radio, TV and Film from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.
Worked in theatrical and TV production for over 42 yeas in Montgomery County Public Schools and produced and directed over 300 musicals and plays. Productions by Ms. Cosby have included Les Miserables, Dreamgirls, Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, West Side Story, In the Heights, Footloose, Ragtime, Hairspray, Aida, The Great Gatsby, Legally Blonde, Once of this Island, Fiddler on the Roof, The Lion King, Bring It On, Sister Act, and The Hip Hop Nutcracker in addition to directing performances for a national commercial for Reddi-wip.
Professionally stage-managed for the following: The Washington Post Awards, The Congressional Black Caucus, The Black Family Reunion, Golden Scissors, Lincoln Theater, Howard University, Shakespeare Theater, Taps and Company, The Creative Dance Center, Expressions, Old Time Hoofers, and various local artists in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area along with productions in New York City, Atlantic City, and South Carolina.
First Assistant Director on several professional music videos produced by Exposure Entertainment, Black Magic Entertainment, and for independent artists.
Technical Director: Lilly Greenlee
Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from Norfolk State University. Has worked Master Control Operator at WRLH Fox 35 in Richmond, Virginia. Has worked as board member and technical director of ENOUGH SAID CHRISTIAN CHILDREN THEATER in Silver Spring and Washington, D.C., providing local under-privileged youth exposure to the arts and employment. Also worked as sound and lighting technician at the Warner Theater for Center Stage Productions. Technical support at Kennedy Center’s DC CAP Performing Arts Gala. Currently works as a Media Service Technician and Technical Director for Northwest High School in Germantown, Maryland.
Worked for 30 years in the Arts and Entertainment Business.
Choreographer: Shawn Cosby
Professionally trained actress and choreographer. Has appeared in several feature films, commercials, and television shows including House of Cards, Xfinity, New Best Friends, Step Up, The Salon, and a soon to be released independent film Those We Don’t Speak Of as well as one of the voices of NPR. Ms. Cosby is the Creative Director for the DC CAP Performing Arts Gala at the Kennedy Center and has choreographed for numerous recording artists, and off-Broadway musicals. She is considered a master teacher in dance and has taught master classes from D.C .to South Africa and is a recipient of the Alvin Ailey Award for Choreography.
Vocal Director: Jennifer Berry
Mrs. Jennifer Berry is in her 19th year teaching in the state of Maryland. An MCPS graduate from Albert Einstein High School, Mrs. Berry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. She graduated magna cum laude and received a grant as an Arts and Humanities Scholar where she was able to research the positive effects music has on the brain (also known as “The Mozart Effect“).
Mrs. Berry’s choirs have earned superior ratings at county and interstate festivals. In addition, her students consistently earn the honor of representing their school in Montgomery County Youth Chorus and Maryland All-State Choirs. She has also had the pleasure of managing the Middle School Honors Chorus for the past three years. Mrs. Berry is thrilled to be teaching at Northwest and looks forward to another fantastic year!
Media Coordinator: Avi Silber
He began his career in audio and video production working as a film counselor at TIC Summer Camp and unofficially as an audio engineer at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri, recording artists throughout the Saint Louis area. Over the past decade of teaching, he has expanded the scope of both music and video production inside and outside of the school community through his work with COLAGE, DC CAP Performing Arts Gala at the Kennedy Center, Northwest High School’s Secret Society of Science Song Writers (4SW), and the Drama department’s film crew.
In addition to teaching science courses and coordinating the Academy of Biotechnology at Northwest, he has written the curriculum for our school’s music technology class where students become proficient in songwriting and video production, and where each student completes an original music video by the end of the first semester. His work on developing student-driven music video programs has been presented at multiple conferences including VOICES (2017 and 2018 national summit) and MAEOE (Spring 2017). In 2017, his music video lesson sequence on Macromolecules was incorporated by the state of Ontario’s eLearning Biology curriculum. And in 2020 he was awarded the Music Educator Wammie award for his work with 4SW and Music Technology.
Outside of Northwest, he is currently completing a Masters degree in Audio Production and Engineering at American University.