Meet Our Academy Teachers
ACT Academy Instructors
Meet our Teachers!
Director of Education and ACT Academy Director
Spring 2018 Classes: Scenes for Teens: Acting and Directing, Playwriting Workshop (Tuesday Homeschool)
Past Academy Classes: Monkey, Monkey: The Magical Adventures of the Handsome Monkey King Play Lab (Spring 2017), Characters and Scenes for Young Actors-two sections (Spring 2017)
Recent Projects at The ACT: The Three Musketeers (Director), Getting to Know Once Upon a Mattress (Stage Manager), Little Women (Music Director and Stage Manager), Into the Woods Jr. (Stage Manager), Captain Louie Jr. (Stage Manager), The Christmas Doll (Music Director), The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr. (Stage Manager), Narnia (Music Director), Scrooge! (Music Director), Seussical Jr. (Music Director)
About Sorrel: Sorrel has been performing in theatre and music since she was a child, including with the Houston Grand Opera, and has been a director and teacher in theatre, private voice, and choirs for over 20 years. She studied vocal performance at The Eastman School of Music and The Ohio State University and has performed in numerous vocal and theatre groups across the DFW Metroplex. She began performing and volunteering at The ACT in 2012 in the role of Mrs. Fezziwig and as the music director for A Christmas Carol. Since then, she has music directed and/or stage managed many mainstage productions at The ACT, and became the Director of Education in 2016. Sorrel believes passionately in the power of the performing arts to transform the lives of young people and bring them into a better understanding of themselves and the world around them. She looks forward to meeting your children in classes!
Past Academy Classes: Acting for Musical Theatre (Fall 2017), Auditions Workshop for Teens (Fall 2016)
Recent Projects at The ACT: The Nutcracker (Music Director), The Music Man Jr. (Director), Into the Woods Jr. (Director)
Upcoming Projects at The ACT: Mary Poppins (Director) - Winter 2018, The Importance of Being Earnest (Director) - Spring 2018
About Alex: Alex came to The ACT for the first time in Fall 2015, as the director for Into the Woods Jr. Most recently, Alex directed The Music Man Jr., which received the honor of being named the Best Show of our 18th Season. Alex holds a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Musical Theater from the prestigious Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. He has trained with some of the country's top voice and theatre professionals and has worked with performers in national tours, concerts, Summerstock, and regional theaters across the country. We are pleased to have him back as an instructor for the Academy!
Director of Special Programming
Spring 2018 Instructor: Musical Theatre Explorations (Monday After School), Musical Theatre Explorations (Tuesday Homeschool)
Past Academy Classes: Fairytale Characters and Scenes for Young Actors-Monday After School section (Fall 2017)
Recent Projects at The ACT: The Nutcracker (Costume Designer), The Three Musketeers (Set Designer), James and the Giant Peach Jr., Dear Edwina Jr., Seussical Kids TNT Show, 101 Dalmatians Field Trip Series, Elf Jr., Wizard of Oz YPE, My Son Pinocchio Jr. (Director & Choreographer); Seussical KIDS, Singin’ in the Rain Jr., Aristocats KIDS, Jungle Book KIDS, Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr., Three Little Pigs, 101 Dalmatians, Rockin’Tale of Snow White, Goldilocks, The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever (Camp Producer, Director, and Choreographer); 5th, 6th, and 7th Annual Toady Awards (Director); The [Somewhat] True Tale of Robin Hood (Set Designer), Music Man Jr. (Asst. Director and Choreographer); Alice in Wonderland Jr., High School Musical Jr., Ever After, Rapunzel (Camp Producer & Choreographer); Captain Louie Jr., Annie Jr., The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr., Narnia, Willy Wonka Jr., Aladdin Jr., The Little Mermaid Jr., A Christmas Carol, The Phantom Tollbooth Jr., Sleeping Beauty KIDS, Alice in Wonderland Jr., The Prince and the Pauper, Snow Whiten and the Seven Dwarves, Winnie The Pooh (Choreographer)
Upcoming Projects at The ACT: Winnie the Pooh KIDS Musical Theatre Camp, Honk Jr. (Director and Choreographer) - Spring 2018
About Jack: Jack is the Director of Special Programming here at The ACT! He first joined The ACT as a performer at the age of 8 and is so glad to be back directing, choreographing, teaching, and more! Jack has over 15 years of experience in acting, singing, and dancing. He has performed at several theatres in the DFW area, including Casa Manaña, Artisan Center Theatre, Garland Civic Theatre, Greater Lewisville Community Theatre, and Frisco Community Theatre. Jack is beyond thrilled to get to share his passion for the stage and join The ACT Academy family!
House Operations Manager and Camps Administrator
Past Academy Classes: Behind the Scenes Theatre Arts Practicum in Sewing
Recent Projects at The ACT: Elf Jr. (Costume Mistress), Seussical KIDS for TNT (Costume Mistress), The Aristocats KIDS camp, Singin' in the Rain Jr. Teen Intensive, Seussical KIDS camp (Costume Mistress and Camp Administrator)
About Lesa: Lesa learned to sew at the age of nine and made most of her own clothes through high school, including formals for prom. She taught a beginning sewing class for her homeschool co-op for several years. Coming to The ACT in 2006, her first volunteer job was to help with costumes. In 2015, Lesa was the costume mistress at The ACT for My Son Pinocchio, which was directed by her son Jack. Since that time, she has costumed Elf Jr., Seussical KIDS, Aristocats KIDS and Singin’ in the Rain Jr. Lesa loves to sew and sees that the skill has been declining among the last three generations! She wants to share her love of this art form and help “fuel the fire” to bring it back. Not only useful for mending tasks, it can be an outlet for creativity, especially when used in the theatre arts!
Arden Claire Coates
Spring 2018 Instructor: The Trial of Goldilocks Play Lab, Storybook Drama Adventures, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Play Lab (Assistant Teacher)
Past Academy Classes: The Adventures of Peter Rabbit Musical Play Lab
Recent Projects at The ACT: The Jungle Book KIDS, The Aristocats KIDS, and Seussical KIDS (Assistant Director, Choreographer, Junior Campers Director), Elf Jr. (Stage Manager)
Upcoming Projects at The ACT: Winnie the Pooh KIDS Musical Theatre Camp (Juniors Director)
About Arden Claire: Arden Claire is a senior enrolled in a dual credit program at Richland College. She has been involved at the ACT for 13 years and loves working with kids of all ages! Musical theater is her forte, and she has worked hard to hone her skills in acting, singing, and dancing. Most recently, Arden Claire was the Junior Campers Director and Assistant Director and Choreographer for Aristocats KIDS and Seussical KIDS. She last performed at The ACT in James and the Giant Peach Jr. as Spiker, in the Teen Intensive, Singin’ In The Rain, and in The ACT’s select tour show, Dear Edwina Jr., in May 2017. She is thrilled to be continuing as an instructor at the ACT Academy this Spring for preschool and elementary kids, saying “There is so much joy to be found in teaching kids something that is such a huge part of who I am.”
Past Academy Classes: ABC [America Before Columbus] Play Lab (Spring 2017)
About Melissa: Melissa Hartman Couture first came to The ACT in 2014 as a substitute teacher and taught the ABC (America Before Columbus) Play Lab in Spring 2017. Melissa loves teaching private piano lessons, preschool music, and tap dancing and is represented by Core Talent Agency. She is a native of Dallas, Texas and has a BFA from OU and a Masters from TWU. She lived in NYC for 12 years where she was fortunate enough to land roles in two Off-Broadway shows (Schoolhouse Rock Live! and The It Girl). She also toured with The Swiss Family Robinson, sang and danced on The M.S. Maasdam cruise ship, and was a magician’s assistant in a Harry Potter musical in Seoul, South Korea! Once back in Dallas, she got to have a blast in such shows as The Women, Dixie Swim Club, Shrek, Suite Surrender and Pride and Prejudice at the following theaters; RCT in Richardson, Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Runway, Garland Civic, ACT in Allen, and Rover Dramawerks.
Spring 2018 Instructor: Treasure Trunk Theatre, Musical Theatre Explorations (Homeschool Mondays), Group Voice 10+ (Saturdays), Group Voice 8-11 (Wednesdays)
Past Academy Classes: Homeschool Fairytale Characters and Scenes for Young Actors (Fall 2017), Homeschool The Adventures of Peter Rabbit Musical Play Lab (Fall 2017)
Recent Projects at The ACT: Ever After-The Musical, The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever, Goldilocks & the Three Bears, 101 Dalmatians KIDS, The Three Little Pigs, We Are Monsters, The Jungle Book KIDS, Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS, and Seussical KIDS (Camps Music Director)
Upcoming Projects at The ACT: Winnie the Pooh KIDS Musical Theatre Camp (Music Director)
About Lara: Lara holds a Masters of Music degree from Texas State University, specializing in vocal performance and education. Although her musical journey began in the world of opera, the adventure has lead to teaching college voice and nurturing a private voice studio. As the vocal director for Valley Creek Church-Denton campus, she also uses her gift to grow the next generation of worship leaders!
Lara came to The ACT in 2013 for the launch of its first summer musical theater camp, Rapunzel. Since then, she has returned each year as music director for ages 4-13 in camps. “Life makes unexpected turns, but God has been faithful to keep music active in my life and place me exactly where He wants me to use my gift. I can’t wait to jump in to The ACT Academy classes for the spring!”
Spring 2018 Instructor: Antigone: Study and Performance, Jack and the Giant Beanstalk Play Lab, Playwriting Workshop (Monday Homeschool)
Past Academy Classes: Fairytale Characters and Scenes for Young Actors (Fall 2017)
Recent Projects at The ACT: The Aristocats KIDS (Summer Camp Classes Instructor)
About Rhiannon: All of her life, Rhiannon has held a passion for the arts, whether onstage or off. Rhiannon has been acting since the ripe age of three, but first came to The ACT five years ago when she was fourteen. Since then, she has worked backstage, on tech, and recently, as an instructor at the Aristocats KIDS summer musical theatre camp. Rhiannon also works with other theatres as an actor, and has received training in theatre from professionals at the National Student Leadership Conference in New York City. She wants to foster an appreciation for character development and authentic connection to the arts within children and is excited to continue teaching for the ACT Academy!
Spring 2018 Instructor: Drama Quest! (grades K-2), Drama Quest! (grades 3-5), Auditions and Movement for Young Actors
Fall 2017 Assistant: Musical Theatre Dance & Voice, Fairytale Characters and Scenes for Young Actors (Monday after school)
Recent Projects at The ACT: The (Somewhat) True Tale of Robin Hood, Peter Pan Jr., Seussical KIDS Camp (Stage Manager), Aristocats KIDS Camp (Camp Counselor)
About Samuel: Samuel Moran is currently a senior in high school at Coram Deo Academy and has been involved at the ACT for the past six years! Recently, he performed in James and the Giant Peach Jr. as Earthworm, in Seussical KIDS as Horton, and in GTK Once Upon a Mattress. as Sir. Harry. Other major roles at The ACT have included Buddy in Elf Jr., Tommy in Music Man Jr., The Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz Young Performers Edition, Jack in Into the Woods Jr., Donkey in Shrek Jr., and Louie in Captain Louie Jr. In addition to 20+ ACT mainstage productions, he has also performed in productions at Lyric Stage in Irving and Casa Manana in Fort Worth. Samuel has had a passion for theatre since he was little and intends to continue it as a major in college next fall! He is beyond excited for the opportunity to develop the skills of your child and is honored to be a part of their journey in the performing arts.
General Production Manager and Resident Stage Manager
Spring 2018 Instructor: Auditions and Movement for Young Actors
Past Academy Classes: Call It! Stage Management for Teens (Fall 2017)
Recent Projects at The ACT: Getting to Know Once Upon a Mattress (Director), Peter Pan Jr. (Assistant Director), The Music Man Jr. (Stage Manager), Alice in Wonderland Jr. (Director), Narnia (Assistant Director and Stage Manager), Rapunzel (Director), Willy Wonka Jr. (Stage Manager), Aladdin Jr. (Stage Manager), The Little Mermaid Jr. (Director)
About Angela: Angela is the General Production Manager and Resident Stage Manager at The ACT and has stage managed, directed, taught, and worked tech for ACT shows and camps since 2004. She earned a BBA from Trinity University in Illinois, studying the odd combination of Management, Accounting, and Fine Arts. She has been involved in the performing arts since she was a child, directing her first show at the age of 17! In addition to her own multiple roles on production teams, she has also trained most of the adult stage managers at the theatre. She is especially well known, however, for her work with ACT teens, instilling in many of them (as well as in adult volunteers) a true love for the art and responsibility of working in behind-the-scenes theatre positions. After more than 35 productions at The ACT, she is excited to share her experience and knowledge with the younger actors at our theatre this spring, training them to be confident and experienced auditioners!
Spring 2018 Instructor: The ACT Show Choir, Advanced Musical Theatre Dance & Voice, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Play Lab, The American Revolution: 1763-1789 Musical Play Lab, and The Seussification of a Midsummer Night's Dream Play Lab
Past Academy Classes: The ACT Show Choir (Spring 2017, Fall 2017), Musical Theatre Dance & Voice (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017), Fantastic Mr. Fox Play Lab (Fall 2017)
Recent Projects at The ACT: James and the Giant Peach Jr. (Stage Manager), Dear Edwina Jr. (Stage Manager), Peter Pan Jr. (Music Director), Singin in the Rain Jr. (Music Director)
About Shaun: Shaun first joined The Actors Conservatory Theatre in 2004 as a 10 year old actor! Since then, he has performed in many shows, including at The ACT in 2015 as the Beast in Beauty & The Beast Jr. While earning his bachelors degree in music at SAGU in Waxahachie, he taught private and class voice and piano lessons, as well as acting camps. He was also a part of several traveling music teams, performing all across the US and overseas. Most recently, he was the music director for Peter Pan Jr. and the stage manager for Dear Edwina Jr. at The ACT. He began teaching at the ACT Academy in Spring 2017 and is excited for this next semester!
Meet our Assistants!
Fall 2017: The Amazing Adventures of Peter Rabbit Musical Play Lab, Fairytale Characters and Scenes
Spring 2017: Treasure Trunk Theatre
Fall 2017: Fantastic Mr. Fox Play Lab
Fall 2017: Fantastic Mr. Fox Play Lab
Fall 2017: The Amazing Adventures of Peter Rabbit Musical Play Lab (Homeschool), Fairytale Characters and Scenes (Homeschool)