Anna is currently a Theatre Education student at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Originally from Charlotte, Anna grew up performing at her school, different musical theatre companies at Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts, and with the Student Theatre Guild at Theatre Charlotte. With her involvement in community theatre, she has also had the opportunity to work with, and teach children theatre through classes and summer camps. Through her 8+ years performing and her passion for working with children in the arts, Anna is excited to bring what she has learned into the classroom and inspire kids to become more confident in themselves, while also learning about the performing arts.
Heather is in her third year as a Lead Teacher for Drama Kids of the Triad. She is super excited to meet new students, as well as welcome returning students, and watch them grow and progress throughout the year. Heather received her bachelor’s degree in theatre arts with a minor in dance from East Carolina University. She also has her Early Childhood Credentials for birth to age 5. After graduating college, Heather promptly married a Marine, and proceeded to do two overseas tours in Okinawa, Japan. The bulk of her theatre experiences come from participating in the local community theatre group, POPs. Heather has starred in Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors,” was assistant director for Disney’s “Aristocrats Kids” and “The Wizard of Oz,” and was director for an adaption of “Snow Queen.” Her love for teaching began when her now 2nd and 5th graders were born. She has also been a substitute teacher overseas and for Guilford County, but she truly loves sharing the world around her through the lens of drama!
Karen is excited to begin her second year as a Lead Teacher with Drama Kids of the Triad. A native of North Carolina, Karen currently lives in Walnut Cove with her husband, Adam, and their cats. She graduated in 2015 from Brevard College with a bachelor’s degree in theatre studies. Karen enjoys playing and writing music with her husband, and she is also an avid volleyball player. She absolutely adores teaching for Drama Kids and says her students light up her life!
Kimberly has been a Lead Teacher with Drama Kids of the Triad from the very beginning. She enjoys helping children find something to love about themselves, and she encourages them to reach beyond what they imagine to be possible. Kimberly is currently working towards her Masters Degree in American Literature and Culture from Harvard. She is a Veteran 20+ year Homeschool Educator and began acting at age 7. Her most recent acting roles in the last two years have been multiple on screen features and background roles in major motion picture. In her spare time, Kimberly loves to read, sew (she is our resident Drama Kids Costume Designer/Seamstress), write, act and bake.
Shay is originally from New Mexico and cherishes her cowgirl roots. She has also lived in 4 other states as well as London and Spain and loves to bring these experiences to her teaching. She received her MFA in Acting from UNCG and her BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in Spanish from New Mexico State University. Shay has toured in a bilingual show while hosting workshops within schools as well as working for Disney. She loves teaching children the art of acting and is thrilled to be a part of the Drama Kids Family!
Kalis is originally from Stokesdale, and has been involved with Drama Kids of the Triad for several years, first as a stage hand and then as an Assistant Teacher. He enjoys working with children assisting our Lead Teachers by helping them keep their Drama Kids classes moving at a fast pace and with high energy!
This is Mariana’s first year as a Drama Kids Lead Teacher. She was born in Columbia, South America. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy and she currently studies at Guilford College. Mariana has performed in various productions including musical theatre since the age of 10. Her most recent performance was in the musical, “Once on this Island.” Mariana is so excited to be a part of Drama Kids of the Triad!
Elyse holds a BFA in Acting from Elon University and she is currently a graduate student at UNCG working towards a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Elyse is also pursuing a career in Film, though her favorite roles have been on stage including: Heidi Holland in “The Heidi Chronicles” and Hermia in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Elyse loves working for Drama Kids of the Triad because it combines her love of acting with her passion for speech. She also loves showing kids that there is no bad feeling that a dance party can’t cure!
Matthew is a UNCG graduate with a BA in Acting. He has appeared in the movie, “The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire.” He also appeared in a short film called “ZX-12,” which went on to be featured in the Cannes Film Festival. This is Matt’s second year teaching for Drama Kids of the Triad and he is thrilled to be back!
This is Nicole’s first year as a Lead Teacher with Drama Kids of the Triad. Nicole has been involved in community theatre for over 10 years in Massachusetts. She is married to Ben, and they have 3 daughters, 3 dogs and 1 bunny. Nicole loves cooking, gardening, crafting, reading, acting and singing. She is excited to be a part of Drama Kids and combine her passion for the performing arts with her love of teaching children!
Judy has been a Lead Teacher with Drama Kids of the Triad for over 7 years. She is originally from Germanton, North Carolina and has been acting since high school. Judy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Math and Physical Education from Guilford College. She taught math in the public school system for many years and then entered the corporate world to work for CPA firms, finally retiring from PAYCHEX, Inc. In her spare time, Judy is involved in community theatre and has performed with the Carolina Skyline Players. However, her most important role to date is playing “Grandmother” to her two grandsons, ages 9 and 15. In addition to being a Lead Teacher, Judy supports the rest of the teaching staff by serving as our Drama Kids Teaching Mentor. She is excited to be a part of our Drama Kids family, and has a true desire to make a lasting difference in the lives of her students.
Caitlin is thrilled to return for her third year as a Lead Teacher at Drama Kids of the Triad. Originally from Delaware, Caitlin relocated to Greensboro after receiving her bachelor’s degree in drama from UNCG in 2015. She has over 10 years of experience in the performing arts and every week she combines her love of the theater and her love of youngsters to create one high-energy classroom full of movement, music and laughter.
Kelly is going into her fourth year as a Lead Teacher with Drama Kids of the Triad. Kelly loves working with children, and was a school psychologist in North Carolina for 8 years. She enjoys performing, singing and comedy. Originally from Charlotte, Kelly obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from UNC Charlotte and went on to earn her Masters Degree in School Psychology from ASU. Kelly enjoys singing in a community ensemble in Thomasville. Her latest performance was at a wedding during the summer.
Curriculum and Resource Coordinator
Susan has been with Drama Kids of the Triad for three years. She currently serves as the Curriculum and Resource Coordinator. Before joining Drama Kids, Susan taught Kindergarten in Cumberland County Schools and served as the Director of Education for a local Sylvan Learning Center. She enjoys all things creative and looks forward to working with your family this year. In her free time, Susan enjoys volunteering a church, hanging out with friends, and taking trips to the beach with her husband, Matt, and little girl, Sophie!
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