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Children's Theatre of Charlotte is proud to work with some of the finest theatre arts educators in the country. Their personal creative drive and professionalism in our classrooms inspire young people to excel on stage, and in life. Our team includes theatre and education professionals creating challenging and fun lessons for your student! If you have questions, please contact Adam Montague, Early Childhood and SOTT Manager.

Interested in working with us as a Teaching Artist? First, navigate to our ►Work With Us page. Then read over the criteria for our "Teaching Artist Overhire Positions," and complete the online application.

Mavis Scully - Resident Teaching Artist
Mavis has a BFA in Acting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Before joining the team at CTC, she taught Acting and Musical Theatre at the famed Walnut Street Theatre and Ballet, Pilates, and Acting for Dancers at the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia. Prior to that, she was the Acting and Movement instructor at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and an Adjunct professor of Ballet and Musical Theatre at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Mavis trained at Balanchine’s School of American Ballet and was a soloist with the Savannah Ballet, Ballet Oklahoma, and the Cincinnati Opera before the acting bug bit her. She was a member of the original Improv company at Walt Disney World’s Comedy Warehouse (prototype for TV's Who’s Line is it, Anyway?). Her nation-wide career includes plays, musicals, cabarets, commercials and voice overs. She has performed and choreographed for Stage One - the Louisville Children’s Theatre, Seattle Opera, Birmingham Music Club, Alabama Shakespeare Company, and City Equity Theatre - for which she won a Broadway World’s Best Choreographer Award for Peter and the Starcatcher.
Karen Steele - Resident Teaching Artist
Karen graduated UNC-Chapel Hill and as a devoted artist educator, has taught theatre education, dance, and music in a variety of venues for children and adults for over 12 years. During Karen’s tenure in Charlotte, she has worked as an artist educator for Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, the Afro-American Cultural Center, Arts Teach, The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and Community School of the Arts. She is also a professional singer, dancer, and actor. Karen says the class experience at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte provides children, from tots to teens, a chance to learn and sharpen theatre skills - skills which will allow them to enhance their self-esteem and self-expression and provide a plateau for them to take those skills further if they so desire.
Alex Aguilar has been performing professionally since moving to Charlotte in 2004. He recently graduated from UNC Charlotte with his Bachelor Degrees in Dance and Biology. He's received distinctive awards for dance from UNCC and Debbie Allen Dance Academy, as well an MTA Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. Alex just completed his first tour with the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Resident Touring Company. He is honored to return as a teaching artist and is excited for the journey this summer.
David Barnaba has been working with Children's Theatre for 8 years. He is a music educator up in Concord, NC and teaches over 900 students per week! He received his Music Education degree from the Crane School of Music in NY, and is also the music director at Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. David's wife Tara and daughters, Clara and Scarlett, are his biggest joys.
Gina Belmont has been involved in the arts since a very young age. She’s been singing, acting, and painting since a very young age. Gina has been working with CTC for three years, with this being her second year as a Teaching Artist. She graduated from East Carolina University (Go Pirates!) with a BFA in Theatre for Youth in May of 2016. Since then she has been working numerous jobs at Children’s Theatre, as well as painting as the resident Page Stage painter for ImaginOn for over two years. She enjoys to bake, photography, be involved in community theatre, and spending time with her kitty, Noir, in her free time.
Chanel Blanchett is a director, choreographer, and theatre outreach advocate who has worked with a range of organizations within the community. She has been interviewed by The Charlotte Observer and The Charlotte Post regarding her work and the importance of diversity in theatre. Since joining the CTC Teaching Artist team in 2015, Chanel has not only taught various levels of theatre classes but has also worked on CTC's Sensory Friendly Productions. She is excited to be working another camp-tastic summer at Children's Theatre!
Will Burton-Edwards is thrilled to join the staff of CTC's summer camps this year as a Teaching Artist. Will double majored at Sewanee: The University of the South in Theatre and Physics, and completed a certificate program in Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He enjoys working with children, and has five years of experience as a camp counselor and a summer camp program director. Will proudly joined the Resident Touring Company (formerly Tarradiddle Players) on the road this year and looks forward to joining them again next season.
Nicia Carla has worked for CTC as an actor, director, and teaching artist since 2000. Currently a full time Theatre Teacher at North Meck High School, Nicia was previously a Tarradiddle Player for 3 years and later a Core Artist for Children's Theatre. She directed The Wrestling Season and Secret Life of Girls with teen actors and was an instructor for Ensemble (preprofessional training for teens), she has also has acted in and directed plays for preschool audiences - most recently directing last season's The Lion and The Little Red Bird. This season she will direct Accidental Friends for CTC's Resident Touring Company. A mother of two, Nicia has a passion for theatre for youth of all ages. She also worked with the ASC's Wolf Trap Theatre program for preschool students. She is Artistic Director of PaperHouse Theatre and an instructor with the Youth Exchange Project.
Hazel Doherty has toured the UK extensively and has worked for a number of companies on this side of the Atlantic; most recently for UNC Charlotte Performing Arts Services; Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and Charlotte Ballet. Having spent five years with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte as Production Stage Manager and Associate Production Manager; Hazel is thrilled to be back for her 2nd summer teaching BTS Camp. Hazel trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where in addition to theatre arts she studied radio, film, TV and music video production. Some of her theatre credits include: Mary Poppins, Best Christmas Pageant Ever – The Musical, Jackie and Me (CTC); Singin’ In The Rain, My Fair Lady and Classic Victorian Melodrama (Thin Air Theatre Company); My Favourite Summer, Me and Me Dad and A Christmas Carol (Hull Truck Theatre); A Passionate Woman (Oldham Coliseum); Macbeth and The Changeling (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory); 42nd Street, Piece of My Heart, As it is in Heaven, Evita and Mack and Mabel (Stagedoor Manor); The Phantom of the Opera in London’s West End.
Olivia Edge is thrilled to return to the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte as a teaching artist. You may have previously seen Olivia performing in many productions at The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte such as Madagascar (Maurice), Disney’s Mary Poppins (Ms. Andrews), The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Luanne), Go, Dog, Go! (Red Dog) , Elephant and Piggie, We Are in a Play (Squirelle) , Pinkalicious (Bluebird) , The Secret Garden (Ms. Winthrop), and Seussical (Mrs. Mayor). At the Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, she has performed in The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical (Linoleum) and Batboy the Musical (Ruthie/Ned) . Olivia has frequented the stage at Central Piedmont Community College Summer Theatre where some of her favorite productions include Legally Blonde, Into the Woods, Cats, Anything Goes and 42nd Street. She is also a regular cast member of Charlotte Squawks. Olivia is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. She teaches theatre and English Language Arts at Westminster Catawba Christian School in Rock Hill, where she lives with the true joys of her life, Eli and Julia. She is so grateful for all the love and support of her family and friends and for the abundant grace she receives daily from above.
Shane Elks is the Creative Arts Director/Registered Behavior Therapist at the Cyzner Institute Of Charlotte. He has worked in Creative and Expressive Art Therapy for over 7 years. He is the founder and Executive Director of Black Star Theater Company. Shane is a graduate of The American Music And Dramatics Academy, The Juilliard School of Music Advancement Program, and The Metropolitan Opera Guild. He has been a featured performer in the worlds of Musical Theatre, Jazz, and Opera for over 20 years. Shane is a devoted family man and is most passionate about sharing his love of the arts with the youth in our community.
Regina Epps has been inspired by theatre ever since a children’s theatre troupe came to her elementary school. Now the student has become the teacher. Regina graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre for Youth and since graduating has become an active part of this company. As well as teaching, she has been a Stage Manager for our OnStage Program as well as with Three Bone Theatre. She looks forward to another exciting year of summer camps.
Michael Eubanks is super excited to start his first summer as a Teaching Artist after working as a Summer Camp Counselor last year. This will be his second year overall with the Children's Theatre of Charlotte. He graduated from East Carolina University in May of 2018 and has been with CTC ever since!
Julie Gaines holds a BFA in Theatre for Youth Performance and a BA in English from East Carolina University. During her time in undergrad, she was heavily involved with ECU Storybook Theatre by performing for children, facilitating workshops, and learning to direct. After graduation in 2014, she joined the CTC family and has been working in Education Programming ever since! She is a teaching artist for Creative Drama and SOTT during the school year, and she has worked the OnStage program as a stage manager and assistant director. Summer Camp is where it truly began for her, and she is excited to jump back in. Julie loves working with young people and bringing stories to life!
Claire Hilton is thrilled to be returning to the Children's Theatre of Charlotte for her fourth summer teaching dance and music. As a teaching artist and performer at CTC, Claire has had the opportunity to choreograph and perform on the mainstage, be a part of the resident touring company for a season, and teach studio acting to high school students at The Children's Theatre of Charlotte's satellite locations during the last 3 academic years. Most recently, Claire choreographed CTC's annual production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical, and spent the spring teaching and performing in Rapunzel, and Apollo To The Moon at Lexington Children's Theatre in Kentucky. She cannot wait to dance right into some summer camp fun!
Ashlyn Keller-Silver has been teaching and choreographing for the past 30 years and on faculty at CTC for the past 5 seasons. She holds a BFA in dance from UNC Greensboro along with K-12 certification and is currently enrolled at Wayne State University completing her masters. Currently Ashlyn teaches dance at Carson High School in Rowan County and also been on faculty at Duke University Summer programs, Charlotte Ballet, Piedmont School of Music and Dance, Durham Public Schools, and Kannapolis City Schools. Ashlyn has also worked extensively with National Dance Institute affiliate, NC Arts in Action in Chapel Hill as a teaching artist. Choreography projects include Grace for President at CTC; Memphis, Aida and Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Theatre Charlotte and most recently Mamma Mia at Piedmont Players.
Michele Lakey has been singing, playing the piano, and performing since she was a young girl. Naturally, she decided to pursue music education and share her love of music with others. Michele has been teaching music for almost 20 years and has music directed many teen and kids shows at a number of different schools and organizations. Currently, she is the choral director/music teacher at Southlake Christian Academy in Huntersville, NC. Michele is excited to be back at Children's Theater of Charlotte for a fabulous summer of musical theater!
Shakerra Lauther aka Kerra Don originally hails from Queens, NY. She began dancing at age eight and is trained in several dance forms. She was accepted into Franklin & Marshall College on a full scholarship, where she studied Theater, Dance & Film. In Charlotte, Kerra continues to dance and teach choreography in class and for the stage. She teaches Jazz & Modern at Leap of Faith dance studio and choreographed for the stage plays King Liz & Sistas: the Musical. She is also an actress featured in a SAG Food Lion commercial & TV shows including Shots Fired, Underground & Mercy Street. She has also performed with several local theaters as well as the last tour of Liars with Children's Theater of Charlotte. Kerra is grateful for another opportunity working with CTC!
Nicholas Lease is thrilled to be working with the Behind the Scenes camps at Children's Theatre of Charlotte for the first time this summer! Nick is a recent graduate of East Carolina University, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts, with concentrations in both Theatre for Youth, and Design and Production. He has been heavily involved in theatre since High School, both working behind the scenes, and performing as an actor in multiple productions onstage. Nick is a skilled scenic artist and Designer, and will begin a 7-month scenic artist internship with Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers, FL after his time with CTC summer camp is over.
Bernadette MacLeod has been teaching theatre for learning throughout the country for over twenty years. She is excited to be returning to CTC this summer. Bernadette earned her Master’s Degree from New York University in Educational Theatre. She has created numerous programs in educational theatre for various professional theatre companies and school districts including Algonquin Arts Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse and the New York City School District. She has also provided workshops on Theater in the Classroom for the New Jersey Educators Association and Read Aloud Delaware. Bernadette teaches Theatre Arts at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC and is an adjunct Professor at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She lives in Charlotte with her husband, Doug, daughter Cassidy and dog, Belle.
Kathren "Kat" Martin is a theatre artist from Charlotte North Carolina. Kat is a director, teaching artist, dramaturg, experience creator, and invested community member. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Theatre: History, Criticism, Dramaturgy, and Theory with an emphasis in Directing and Feminist Theatre Theory from the University of South Carolina. Kat has been working with artists and communities across the country in promotion of equitable artistic expression and excellence. After graduate school Kat worked at Virginia Stage Company as the Resident Dramaturg/Teaching Artist/Associate Director, where she created original work like The Line: Art for Social Change Series, With Your Name Upon My Lips, and the Voices from the Margins Play Reading series. Kat is highly invested in creating equitable creative spaces for art-making that empowers and galvanizes communities.
Rasheeda Moore is delighted to be involved with Children's Theatre summer camps again. As a native to Charlotte she understands how important it is to expose children to the arts. Rasheeda earned her B.A. in the theatre performance from Greensboro College and her M.F.A from the University of Southern Mississippi. She trained at iO in Chicago and performed improvisation and sketch comedy in Chicago for 12 years. Currently she teaches at Acting Out Studio, works with Queen City Comedy, and is a member of the Resident Touring Company at Children's Theatre of Charlotte.
Amy Morris is excited return for her second season as a teaching artist for CTC summer camp! She is a graduate of Queens College with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and of UNC-Greensboro where she earned a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano. Amy is currently on the music faculty at Winthrop University, and previous to that was a faculty member at Queens University. She started out in the theatre world as a rehearsal accompanist/orchestra keyboardist and has played in many of the area’s theatres including CPCC, Theatre Charlotte, and Children’s Theatre, and in addition to her work as a music director, she is still active as an audition/workshop accompanist and rehearsal pianist. Amy currently serves as a music director at Winthrop University, the Levine JCC, and St. Anne School in Rock Hill where she has a residency as a music director and vocal coach. In the rare moments where she is not teaching, performing, or listening to the Hamilton soundtrack, she loves to cook and bake for other people and to spend time in quiet spaces.
Courtney Morris is excited to be back for another summer at Children's Theatre of Charlotte! Originally from South Carolina, Courtney attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Theatre Education. She has taught in the North Carolina public schools and been a teaching artist for all ages. She is also an accomplished stage manager, having most recently staged managed Red Red Shoes and Judy Moody and Stink: the Mad Mad Mad Mad Treasure Hunt for Children's Theatre of Charlotte and Fallen Angels for The Actor's Gym. When not working in the theatre, she enjoys travelling with her husband and their two corgis.
Marie Nodine has worked as a teaching artist with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte since 1989 focusing on Preschool - grade 5. She is a former artist-in-residence with Discovery Place and has also been an instructor with Charlotte’s Nature Museum and the Jewish Community Center. Marie can also be found doing interactive storytelling at a number of preschools around town. As an actress, her resume includes many commercials and stage credits. She finds the imaginations of children the most stimulating and enjoyable with which to work!
Kelly Price has been a theatre artist and educator for over 30 years and taught thousands of students how to shine brighter through the magic of theatre. She is the former Owner and Artistic Director of Acting Up! Children’s Theatre Company, and has taught acting and musical theatre at CTC since 2013. Her favorite productions to direct have been Bridge to Terabithia, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Fame, Godspell and Pippin. Kelly is also an accomplished artist, scenic designer, and musical director. She has a Degree in Theatre Education from East Carolina University and also studied at Brevard College, and University of NC School of the Arts.
Sarah Provencal is a director, teacher, and actor. She earned her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy (Directing emphasis) at Virginia Commonwealth University. After earning her MFA, she worked and trained abroad in London where she directed and produced several original works. She is an adjunct Professor of Theatre/Box Office Manager at Winthrop University and a Teaching Artist at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. This fall, she is thrilled to be directing THE WOLVES at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte.
Titus Quinn is thrilled to be back at Children's Theatre of Charlotte Summer Camp but this time as a Teaching Artist. Titus has been a camp counselor and house manager here at Children's Theatre of Charlotte over the past 3 years. He is a graduate from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina where he received a BA in Theatre and SC teaching certification. During the school year, he teaches and directs at Banks Trail Middle School, where he most recently directed and choreographed Mary Poppins Jr. Titus cannot wait to have a CAMP-TASTIC summer with all the campers!
Allison Rhinehardt is happy to be back for her 6th camptastic summer! When not teaching summer camp, you may see Allison acting on the main stage with Children's Theatre of Charlotte. Most recently Allison appeared in Judy Moody and Stink, the Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt and Last Stop on Market Street. This summer Allison can be seen performing with CPCC in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.
Chester Shepherd is excited for his sixth summer of camp with CTC. In addition to being a Teaching Artist, Chester is an actor and has been in a number of shows at CTC, including this season's A Sick Day for Amos McGee, The Ghost of Splinter Cove, and The Lion and the Little Red Bird. Chester holds an MFA in acting, and he lives with his beautiful wife, Katy, their son Perry, and three dogs and a cat.
Katy Shepherd is so excited to return for her 6th year of teaching at CTC! When not teaching, you will find Katy on stage. Favorite roles at CTC include Lilly in Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Isabel in Scrooge, Connie in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and Cadpig in 101 Dalmatians. Prior to CTC, Katy received her BA in Theatre Arts and traveled the country performing and teaching in IN, WV, MI, OH, GA, TX, and IA. She was the Resident Teaching Artist and Education Associate at Greenbrier Valley Theatre and developed and ran summer camps for Two Roads Educational Arts and Theatre. Katy is so happy that Charlotte is now her home with her husband, newborn son, and house full of animals!
Jay Smith was born and raised in Eden, North Carolina. He spent his childhood surrounded by the rhythms and music of traditional gospel music before moving to Charlotte, North Carolina to broaden both his range and musical knowledge into the realms of Classical, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre. Now as a solo artist and emerging actor, Jay, musically known as JAII, uses his teachings to create and cultivate a unique and qualifying experience that captures all audiences. Visit jaiimusic.com for more info on Jay and his upcoming performances and endeavors.
Mary Katherine Smith has been singing, dancing, and performing since she was very young. With a heavy background in dance, Mary Katherine has worked as a choreographer and guest artist in music, drama, and dance for numerous organizations over the years. In addition to being a nationally recognized teaching artist through Music Theatre International and iTheatrics, Mary Katherine is also an active member of the Freddie G Fellowship, an organization for distinguished teaching artists from all over the world. She is the founder and creator of Parkway Playhouse Junior and the former Director of Education for Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville, NC. Fresh off of directing Anything Goes for OnStage, she is looking forward to celebrating her third summer in Charlotte and with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte this summer of 2019.
Ian Sullivan is excited to be returning for his 16th summer with Children's Theatre! Ian teaches high school theatre during the school year, and works as a director for the Ballantyne Arts Center. He enjoys improv, making masks and puppets, writing scripts, and acting when he finds the time.
Charlene Miranda Thomas has been directing, performing and teaching music since she was in high school. She taught music from grades K-12 for many years in public and private schools here in Charlotte, NC as well as New York City. She has developed several arts programs for various schools and organizations, having an integral part in creating award-winning music and theatre departments through the years. Charlene continues to enjoy performing, teaching and writing music. She is a published songwriter with ASCAP and an active member of the American Federation of Musicians. She is looking forward to another exciting year of working with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s summer camps.
Pam White loves to inspire and encourage creativity in students and youth. As a formally trained dance professional, vocalist/studio artist and arts education administrator, she has been fortunate to enjoy a successful career in arts education, youth programming and development for over 30 years. Her guiding principles as an educator have always been to build self-esteem and explore alternative teaching methods that support different styles of learning in children, which led to the co-founding of grassroots and nonprofit organization, Portraits of Color, Inc. nearly 25 years ago. Other organizations worked for include Afro-American Cultural Center, Afro-American Children’s Theater, The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Community School the Arts and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. As much as she love to teach, she also delights in every opportunity to perform, enlightening audiences to the rich African-American heritage and culture through dance, music and selective performance pieces.
Marla Young is the Chorus Teacher at CC Griffin Middle School, Cabarrus County Schools. She has grown the program, led her students to superior performances at competition, and offers free piano classes after school for her students. She is an active accompanist for Cabarrus County Schools, Community Singers of Lake Norman, and is the Music Director of Broad Street United Methodist Church in Mooresville. She is a Teaching Artist with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Previously, she was the elementary music teacher at cfa Academy, where she was very active in presenting musical dramas for her elementary students and served as music director and vocal coach for the middle school and high school drama programs. She is a finalist this year for the ASC Cato Excellence in Teaching Award in Fine Arts. Young received her BS Music Education from Piedmont International University.
                              

Education Team

Michelle Long
Director of Education
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Micah Hein
Camps & Community Programs Manager
704-973-2835

Adam Montague
Early Childhood & School of Theatre Training Manager
704-973-2836

Mavis Scully
Resident Teaching Artist
704-973-2813

Karen Steele
Resident Teaching Artist
704-973-2816

Stephanie Hurtado-Hoyos
Education Administrative Assistant
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