Melissa’s experience producing children’s shows as the Vice President of the Rock Hill Community Theatre in SC, teaching children drama at the Maumelle Central Arkansas Library and Citizen Schools; combined with her own talent as winner of the Metrolina Theatre Association Lead – Actress award and commercial actress/modeling background with Carolina Talent Agency makes her passion and talents the perfect fit for Drama Kids. Her degree is from USC. She is thrilled to be able to make a positive difference in the lives of so many Pulaski county children. Her goal as an educator and owner is to provide a nurturing and supportive environment in which all types of children can come together to explore their talents that will lead them to lifelong success.
Melissa volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate supporting children through the foster care system, board member of the Maumelle Players community theatre, and a certified yoga teacher.
Join our team! Drama Kids is seeking dynamic and fun part-time teachers to meet our growing class schedule. Please visit our Teaching Opportunities page and submit your interest.
Laura Beasley is a certified early childhood education teacher and a certified yoga instructor. Laura’s love of the arts, especially music and drama, began as a child and this love continued as she participated in both band and drama programs in high school and marching and concert bands in college. Laura, a native Arkansan, received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.
Upon completing her Master’s Degree, Laura taught elementary aged children in the Cabot Public School District, where she strove to build positive relationships with her students and promote constructive interactions among her students. Several years later, Laura became a Registered Yoga Teacher and began teaching yoga to both children and adults. During this time, Laura also began teaching for Drama Kids of Little Rock. Her love of music, movement, and drama are shared with students in a program which focuses on building students’ confidence through Drama concepts.
Laura feels so very privileged and excited to be a part of the Drama Kids team! She loves seeing students grow in confidence and creativity through the Drama Kids program! Laura’s goal is to guide students as they proudly work toward achieving their full potential!
Precious is a recent graduate of Arkansas State University with a Bachelor’s in Theatre. She’s thrilled to be helping children grow in extraordinary ways through art. She hopes to one day open a school for the arts right here in Arkansas and continue to inspire children across the state.
Rebecca Davis was born to entertain. From the age of 7, she’s been on stage as an award-winning Magician. In-School, she was on the
drama team in Cabot and attended UALR where she obtained an Associate’s Degree in Theater Arts. At UALR, Rebecca developed a
love for costume fashion and filled her nights performing as the Trojan Mascot. She’s worked on many local runway shows as costume coordinator, model, and Emcee. Now Rebecca fills her days as the mid-day host for Alice 107.7 and on-air talent for all the cumulus stations. In her spare time, she’s a boy mom who loves to tend to her garden and backyard chickens.
A graduate of Lyon College’s Theater and English Departments, Kristy inspired and taught children and young adults as both an actor and teacher during her time with The National Theatre for Children, Merry Go Round Playhouse, and The Arkansas Arts Center (now AMFA) during the Summer Theater Academy and Junior Arts Academy. She worked for The Seaside Repertory as an actor and improvisor, Utah Shakespeare Festival for two seasons as a house manager, Murry’s Dinner Playhouse as an actor, and The Joint Theater and Coffee House as a member of The Joint Venture (performing as ImprovLittleRock). Additionally, Kristy acted in numerous films screened in festivals around the world, most notably in Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. Kristy is excited to share her love of theater, improvisation, and performing arts with the children of central Arkansas.