Nancy Johnston

Nancy Johnston is the Director of Drama Kids of Northwest Houston, Cypress and Spring, TX.   Her interest in the arts began at a young age, starting piano lessons at age 6.  As a child, her family loved to attend shows at the Mule Barn Theatre in Tarkio, Mo.  Nancy was fascinated by the actors and musicians.

Nancy went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in Music at Northwest Missouri State University.  She taught elementary and junior high music as well as private piano in the St. Louis area.  After moving to Texas, Nancy entered the world of business in the computer industry.

Eventually, Nancy combined her passion for the arts and her business experience in opening Cy-Fair Music and Arts, a fine arts school in Northwest Houston, which initially offered only music and art.

In business Nancy noticed how the ability to speak and act confidently could propel a person’s career.  In music and art, she noticed how the freedom to express and create could help people unlock their feelings, and give them permission to try new ideas and solutions.

When Nancy discovered Drama Kids, she was elated!  What a perfect combination.  Students could get both the artistic and creative benefits PLUS learn the skills that would help them communicate clearly and effectively in all areas of their lives, and have FUN doing it!

Drama Kids of Northwest Houston has been making a difference in the lives of area children since 2006.  We know that drama develops kids and are committed to making sure your child receives and excellent experience.


Davila Hernandez
Director & Drama Kids Teacher

Davila received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre with an Emphasis in directing from Texas State University in 2008. She directed shows such as The Shadow Box, The Weirdest Honeymoon Ever, and Twelfth Night.   At Texas State she was trained in Improv, Fitzmaurice Voicework, Stylization, Characterization, Movement, and Stage Make-up.

Davila once worked for Extreme Home Make-over to gain knowledge of film sets. She loves to travel and went to London to gain more knowledge of her favorite writer, Shakespeare. She loves doing research on different genres and costuming.

Davila also has extensive experience as a teacher in a Montesorri school, where she teaches values such as independence, creativity, patience, and endurance.  In her free time she loves cooking, watching movies, playing and watching sports, planning parties, and spending time with family.

Davila loves being able to be part of any child’s life to help motivate, enlighten, love, and inspire their creativity!   Ms. Davila joined the Drama Kids team in January 2012, and is looking forward to another fabulous year!

chelsiChelsi Johnston
Manager, Business Development Coordinator, and Drama Kids Teacher

Chelsi has been involved in theatre since 2003, starting in junior high as a theatre technician. Throughout high school, Chelsi worked on all major productions with positions ranging from props manager to stage manager, and her favorite . . . director! Three years in a row, Chelsi was selected to produce and direct her own play for the Tomball High School black box theatre; it was in this role that she really found her love for being in charge.

After earning her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography, Chelsi worked in small businesses as various creative and operational leads. In 2016, she joined Drama Kids as a teacher and quickly knew education is where she was supposed to be. After completing a long-term assignment as a substitute art teacher in HISD, Chelsi is excited to join Drama Kids of NW Houston full time. She is embracing her new Lead Teacher position and looks forward to sharing her passion for theatre with students and teachers alike!

Brittany Crowe
Drama Kids Teacher

Brittany Crowe grew a fascination for the arts at the early age of 8 years old when she was introduced to the symphonic puppet theater play Peter and the Wolf and began piano lessons. In middle school, she was introduced to the clarinet where soon her abilities and love for music would merge with a new interest: theatre!

In college, Brittany decided to expand her theatre experience from the orchestra pit to the stage. Her favorite roles have been a slinky cat in Grey Gardens the musical and Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors the musical. A growing fascination in theater led her to take acting lessons at the Texas Shakespeare Festival Center in Kilgore, TX where she studied the Uta Hagen method and Improv.

Crowe earned her Bachelors Degree in Music at the University of Texas at Tyler. Currently, Brittany is a collaborative church pianist and also teaches piano at Cy-Fair Music and Arts. In her spare time, she enjoys re-creating / filming Saturday Night sketches with her friends, painting, and reading.

Brittany is elated to give back all she has learned from her various experiences. She hopes to inspire kids to discover their true creative potential and augment their confidence to be their best authentic selves!

Milo Michel
Drama Kids Teacher

Milo has participated in theatre virtually his entire life. He was raised in a children’s choir and theatrical troupe program, as well as attended annual summer drama camps, during which he was an assistant instructor his final year.

Milo is excited to join Drama Kids and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm and passion for drama with his students while he is finishing his university education.

Melissa Hymel
Drama Kids Teacher

Melissa has been in love with theatre for most of her life. She was enamored with the movie Singin’ in the Rain as a young child, and knew then that she wanted to be in musicals and plays.

In middle school, she was in the school productions of Aladdin, The Bard, and a Christmas comedy show, among others.

During her high school years, Melissa focused on choir, and earned a spot in the Texas All-State Choir her senior year. Melissa was also involved in the very first and second musicals her high school ever produced. She was the lead role in Annie, and Crystal the Doo-Wop Girl in Little Shop of Horrors. She also took part in a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, and performed various characters in a black-light show called Weirder Than Oz.

Melissa taught Drama Kids for 2 years, took a hiatus, and is happy to be back! She is married, with a 7-year-old son and a 10-year-old dog. She loves to read, sing karaoke, play music with her husband, and watch dramatic TV shows like Once Upon a Time. Her favorite time of year is Christmastime (see the Santa hat and tinsel in her picture)! She also continues to enjoy theatre as an actor, director, and patron. She is super excited to bring a love of theatre to a new generation of kids!

Sundi Lee
Drama Kids Teacher

Sundi has always had the love of performance in her from a young age. From watching movies like The Little Rascals and always wishing to be one of the kids in the movies, to singing in honor choir, it was clear from the start that her home was really on the stage. She is so happy to be here today teaching your Drama Kids and giving them the chance to shine onstage just like she did! Sundi has previously studied theatre and musical theatre at Blinn College Brenham and now is continuing her path at Lone Star College Montgomery in the wonderful music department studying to become a vocal coach and music director. Sundi still performs in shows all around the Greater Houston Area. If you can, please support local arts and take your kids to see live theatre!

Star Hinson
Drama Kids Teacher

Star has over 24 years of experience, spanning every aspect of theater; from working backstage in the wings and the catwalk, to acting onstage, to running the show from the booth, and even building the sets in the shop!

Her road began in Theater Arts at Kleb Intermediate, and she continued studying drama all her four years at Klein High and onto college, spending two years at Sam Houston State University and later graduating from the University of Houston, where she received a B.A. in Acting & Directing.

In addition, she has made magical moments at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, taught English in Japan, and worked professionally in her native Houston as an actor, scenic carpenter, technician, stage manager, drama teacher, and properties designer. You may have seen her acting onstage with Main Street Theater for Youth, Lone Star College North Harris, Old West Melodrama Productions, Houston Grand Opera, or seen her technical/design work with The Alley Theatre, The Ensemble Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, and The Texas Repertory Theatre Company.

In her downtime, Star enjoys watching Sci-Fi movies and series, hanging out with her dog Fezziwig, playing video games, and creating art! She is happy to be part of the Drama Kids team and excited to see what this year brings!