MBA, is the Executive Director for Drama Kids of Eastside Seattle. Lisa brings over 20 years of education and drama experience and she has a real passion for making children feel encouraged and confident in themselves through drama.
Lisa’s background includes a Masters degree in business combined with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Dramatic Arts and Interpersonal Communications. She also brings a variety of teaching and organizing experiences, including Professor of graduate courses through DeVry University, Teacher and Organizer of Summer Youth Drama Camp, Elementary Classroom Teaching Assistance, Teacher of Sunday School Programs, Director of Dramatic Arts Programs through a local church and more!
Director – Communications
Although Ms. Mary graduated from the University of Arizona with dual education degrees in liberal and fine arts, it wasn’t until early 2015 that joining Drama Kids enabled the merging of her two greatest passions: Drama and Teaching!
Ms. Mary is an avid proponent of providing fine arts exposure and experience to the youth of our increasingly-digital world. She feels that sound social and cultural development necessitates “unplugging” from the cycle of constant input! Through drama “play,” we encourage our children to explore and express themselves in real time, fostering genuine social interactions. Ms. Mary is grateful that Drama Kids can provide such opportunities, despite diminished political and financial support of the arts.
Her passion for “all things Drama” doesn’t cease at the close of the school week: you will often see Ms. Mary working at or performing for various theaters in the Puget Sound area.
Ms. Leah Reynolds
Director – VP of Operations
Hailing from Idaho, Leah brings a vast and varied background in theatre and education. As a painfully shy and scared youngster, Leah surprised herself and her family when she took to the stage and exploded with an unknown confidence. Since receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Performance from Boise State University, she has had the privilege of performing, writing, directing, and teaching with several theatre groups and companies throughout Idaho. After relocating to Washington, she delightedly found Drama Kids to be the perfect place for her energetic and eclectic style of education.With a passion and hunger for all forms of art, Leah strives to infect others with her love for theatre.
Jordan is an actress, comedian and writer. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a BFA in acting. She has also appeared in various commercials for Hootsuite, Wealthbar, and Basant Motors of British Columbia. She has just finished touring and getting ready for another tour of some of the Western States as Captain Quidel, a Superhero that fights against the Flu! Her treasured stage roles include Babe in Crimes of the Heart, Porter in Macbeth and Proteus in Two Gentlemen of Verona. Jordan also enjoys writing, producing, and performing in her collective theatre group Bright Young Theatre.
With a Bachelor’s degree in theatre and two young boys of his own, Caleb Anderton has a love for drama and a love for kids. He always enjoys helping children gain a love for performing and exploring the world through theatre.
Jeff Rocco has been working on, off and around stages since he was 12 years old. His passion for theater and love of teaching quickly evolved into jobs teaching and coordinating after school programs in New York City, Spokane, Seattle and more. Some of his favorite roles include Patrick in Mame, Cowardly Lion and Tinman in the Wizard of oz (not in the same show though!), and Tom Sawyer in Big River. Whether he is working at the Boys and Girls Club, local community theaters or with professionals, Jeff loves this work and loves sharing the magic of theater and drama with everyone he meets.
Director – Marketing and Bookkeeping
Alyssa’s passion for sharing meaningful experiences through the performing arts has been paramount ever since she can remember. An actress, singer, dancer, and musician in the Greater Seattle area, she’s previously worked as a music director, as a pit violinist, and as a performer and Business Manager for Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. Since moving to Washington State in the Fall of 2018, she’s enjoyed assisting and witnessing Drama Kids International students grow in their love for the arts. Believing that confidence, kindness, and respect are at the center of successful performing, Alyssa is honored to teach and expand DKI programs and classes, which impart those core values to the next generation of artists
Kelley Yarnell is a Seattle native and die hard Seahawks fan through and through. She is a powerhouse activist and performer. She is an ambassador for a positive body image and self esteem empowerment project. She has been performing and dancing since she was 5 years old. She holds an Associates in Arts from Bellevue College. She has worked with Arts West, Showare Center, Bagalan Theater, Bainbridge Theater. She has been blessed to perform on the Paramount and Moore Theater stage in Seattle. She tries to empower confidence and instill a love of performing with others she encounters. In her free time she enjoys drawing and fashion design. She plans on pursuing a career in social work and on continuing her efforts to advocate for children and people with disabilities. Her dream is to someday star on Broadway and the silver screen!
Director – Executive Assistant
Originally from the wilderness of Montana, Hannah received her Bachelors of Arts with a minor in Psychology from the University of Montana in 2015. While in Montana, Hannah worked with the Montana Repertory Theater as an actor, teacher, stage manager, company manager, and all around goof-ball. She has gone on several educational outreach tours, one national tour, and one international tour. Hannah has always had a passion for teaching and helping show children that they have a voice. During these tours Hannah had the chance to teach a wide age range of students, from Pre-K to College. Hannah moved to the PNW in 2017 to be closer to family and the ocean. When she found Drama Kids in 2018, she knew the amazing people and wonderful curriculum was the perfect fit for her. Her teaching style is focused on imagination, confidence, kindness, and HAVING FUN!
Join our team! Drama Kids is seeking dynamic and fun part time teachers to meet our growing class schedule. Please visit our Contact Us Page and submit your interest.