TEACHING ARTISTS AND STAFF
Acting for Film, TV, and Commercials
Nikki has been entertaining people for as long as she can remember. She grew up doing community theatre in and around Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah, and went on to graduate with a degrees in Communication and Film from the University of Southern California. Now an Equity actor, she has performed in regional productions of To Kill A Mockingbird and The Miracle Worker. Nikki earned her SAG/AFTRA card co-starring in shows like The Gilmore Girls, The Young and the Restless, Promised Land and Touched by an Angel. Nikki is thrilled to be a part of the Georgetown Palace community and to pass on her love of the performing arts to others who are interested in the entertainment industry.
Acting for the Camera
Chris Joyce is a screenwriter, playwright, producer, director and actor based in Georgetown. A graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, Chris went on to act in regional productions such as South Pacific, Grease, and As You Like It. He also guest starred in a classic episode of NBC’s Family Ties called “4 Rms Ocn Vu”, as well as the CBS soap Capitol. He then segued to a brief career as a stand-up comic, before writing and directing two full length plays, Jerusalem Avenue and Kill Switch, the latter of which he adapted for the screen as the film Ghosts Never Sleep, starring Tony Goldwyn, Faye Dunaway and Sean Young. The film won best screenplay at the Long Island Film Festival. His short film about high school speech and debate, Forensics, appeared at a mockumentary film festival, Mockfest.
Voice, Musical Theatre
Brandon Lindsey is a writer, actor, director, and producer in Georgetown. He has written two full-length plays: Reilly’s War and Pleasant Valley Buffalo, and is currently working on his original musical, Peripeteia. His newest endeavor in writing for the stage is an adaptation of an original ten-minute play into a musical called PillowFort. Among his ongoing projects, Lindsey is working on an HBO-like original sci-fi series, to be pitched early 2019. Lindsey is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Radio-Television-Film at ACC. You may have seen him on stage at the Palace as Patrick Dennis in Mame, Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady, and the ever-irate Park Keeper in Mary Poppins.
Vocal Director, Summer Camps
Imani Ani is a working actress and musician. She studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, majoring in Performance and Global Studies. At Berklee she studied contemporary music and theatre under Janice Pendarvis, Rene Fister and Kudisan Kai. Imani was a featured performer on American Idol making it to the Top 60 Hollywood performers. She has competed in several vocal competitions winning first place or placing in the top slots. Imani is well versed in Early Classical Music and Opera Studies, receiving classical training at the age of 6 in voice and violin. She began performing in professional operas and musicals at 8 years old. Having performed overseas in Malta, Sicily, Italy and France, she continues to wow audiences with her voice and emotional delivery and recently performed in the Palace’s Rock of Ages. Currently, Imani is performing in a one-woman show as Bessie Smith in “Moan that Blues”. Other Credits include: Showboat, Great Scott at The Dallas Opera, La Triviata at Longview Opera, La Boheme at Shreveport Opera, RKJB Productions, Greater Boston Area Theatre and more. Imani is also trained in Musical Theatre, Acting, Dialects, Worship, Violin, Piano, and Songwriting.
Acting Instructor, Summer Camps
Nikki was born and raised in Amarillo. She earned a Bachelor of Physical Education from Texas Christian University and a Master of Secondary Education from Louisiana State University. She taught physical education in Texas, Louisiana, and Izmir, and Turkey. So much for the education stuff. Acting and theater has been a passion since she was 10. She has been blessed to “hit the boards” every where she has lived. It is a schizophrenic life. She has been a pirate, homeless, a Chinese man, and a really old woman.
Co-Teacher, Acting for All
Roxane moved to Georgetown in 2002 from Indiana. She first experienced theater in high school in six different musicals. She has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue and a M.A. in Counseling from Liberty University. Roxane has also trained in dance and piano. She has professional experience teaching both children and adults. In addition, she has worked with Autistic children using Rapid Prompting Method (RPM), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the Son-Rise Program from the Option Institute.
Intro to Improv, Improv: Level 1, Dance Disney
Allison moved to Austin after performing professionally in Florida, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. She is an actor, singer, dancer, and improviser with a BFA in Acting & Directing from Stephen F. Austin State University. Some of her favorite roles include Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors,” Woman in “Woman and Scarecrow,” and Lady of the Lake in “Spamalot.” She fell in love with improvisation at Florida Studio Theater and became an improv apprentice, studying short-form, long-form, and musical improv. She performed at UCB in New York City with her musical improv troupe last year! She also enjoys writing plays and was fortunate enough to see her original play, “Mom and Dad,” staged at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. It was paired with her writing mentor Jack Heifner’s play “Hate Mail.” Allison currently performs on stage with the Paramount Players and also with her improvised rock band called “Your Favorite Band.” She is actively pursuing her acting career on-screen as well.
Resident Director and Stage Manager
Jessie Drollette wears many hats for the Palace, Stage Manager/Director/Plumber/Their Girl Friday etc. She has a BFA in Theatre Arts from Utah State University (Go AGGIES). Before working at the Palace Jessie was a middle school and high school teacher for Round Rock ISD. Jessie has been accused of living at the Palace Theatre, but she has a home elsewhere, she swears! There is a special place in her heart for the Palace Educational programs, and she loves working with the Palace youth.
Director, Fall PPC Play
Molly is excited to join the Georgetown theatre community. She has been acting and writing in the Austin area for the last 8 years. Her recent acting credits include Pocatello, Waiting for Lefty and The Great God Pan (Street Corner Arts), Middletown (Hyde Park Theatre), Going with Jenny (Penfold), Trevor (Cap T), As You Like it (Shrewd Productions), and I Heart Wal-Mart(Cap T). She has also written and performed 3 one person plays Actor of the Year, Lady Without a Baby, and MS, which was selected as Best of the Fest for FronteraFest. Before coming to the Austin area, Molly received her M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Arkansas and before that her B.F.A in Acting from Avila University.
Summer Camp Productions Director
Erik has been involved with the Georgetown Palace Theatre since 2013 when he auditioned for his first show, South Pacific. Prior to moving to Round Rock he graduated from Texas A&M Corpus Christi with a BA in Liberal Arts with an Acting/Directing focus while graduating Cum Laude. His training ranges from on-stage to backstage and on-camera acting techniques. In 2014, he started working with the education department directing such shows as Junie B Jones, Seussical, Treasure Island and Alice in Wonderland. He has had the pleasure to also assistant direct such shows as Fame and The Drowsy Chaperone. He is proud to work with all the instructors and administrators within the Georgetown Palace Education Department. He feels they rival any such program in the Austin area His mission is to give all children who go through Palace Education the best acting training possible and to make it a fun, enjoyable experience as they learn from qualified and caring instructors.
Audition Accompanist, Music Director: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (TYA)
John Henderson is a pianist, composer, music director, and teacher. A newcomer to Austin, John hails from the D.C./Baltimore area and brings a rich performance background in musical theater, chamber music, and art song. His compositions range from orchestral to musical theater and have been performed at the Washington International Piano Series, the Rolfs Piano Series, the International Double Reed Society Convention, the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival, and Pope Francis’s visit to the United States. As music director, John’s recent shows include Into the Woods (2016) at The Catholic University of America, Heathers: the Musical (2016) at Red Branch Theatre Company, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (2017) at Montgomery College’s Summer Dinner Theatre. He has served on the musical theater faculty of The Catholic University of America and Montgomery College’s music department and freelances as an organist, accordion player, and bassoonist. He currently teaches piano, theory, voice, and composition at Greater Austin Music Academy and voice at the Palace Theater in Georgetown.
Acting, Meisner, Improv, Yoga
Ashley James has a BFA in Directing from AAU in San Francisco. She has studied acting in and out of University with instructors and actors including Diane Baker and Jim Jarrett of the Meisner Technique Studio. Ashley has been teaching acting, improv, yoga, and meditation, since 2010. Her approach combines techniques derived from Meisner and Improv to allow students to have an authentic, in the moment experience on stage and during rehearsals. Students will learn how to explore characters more deeply and work from their instincts, thus creating a more rich stage life. Ashley has been teaching with The Palace since 2017 and considers it an honor to exchange ideas with the caliber of students that attend each semester.
Dr. Jamee Kennedy
Originally from southern Connecticut, Jamee graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BFA in Theatre. She has since completed a Masters Degree and a Doctorate in Higher Education with an emphasis in Performance. Jamee has worked in the Theatre world in Austin for over 25 years. She has enjoyed directing both professional and educational productions. Her work includes Having Our Say, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Wings, Shadow Box, Godspell, Grease, The Miracle Worker, Our Town, and The Crucible as well as many other classic and original productions. She was a long time Theatre instructor for both AISD and Austin Community College. And she is currently teaching Theatre courses for Temple College. Jamee has also been active in Austin’s Film industry for over fourteen years. She is the founder and Executive Director of The Attic Film Fest and has produced and directed Documentaries and Short Films. She has served as a Casting Assistant for Casting Agent Beth Sepko and Third Coast Extras for productions such as: Second Hand Lions, Spy Kids III Video, and PBS’s Photo Novelas, among others. Jamee was also honored to serve on the Board of Reel Women, a local non-profit organization for women in the film, television and video industry.
Audition Accompanist, Music Director: Broadway Revue and Forbidden Palace
Austin is an Austin-based pianist, musical director, conductor, educator, composer, and arranger whose career has spanned the worlds of musical theatre, jazz, classical, and pop music. He is the 2015 recipient of the Broadway World Austin Award for “Best Musical Direction.” Past musical direction credits include the Georgetown Palace’s main-stage productions of Shrek the Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot,and Damn Yankees. Regional musical direction credits include The Wizard of Oz, Seussical the Musical, The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, and Annie. Austin holds a bachelor’s of music degree in jazz piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin. He performs with numerous bands including The Kimbles, the Austin Kimble Trio, JazzBonez, and the Jazz Inc. Big Band. Austin teaches music classes at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin and also teaches a full studio of private students. A recent addition to the Palace Education Program, Austin is deeply committed to engaging and inspiring young performers through an education in vocal technique, music theory, style, performance etiquette, and overall musicianship.
Let’s Sing, Broadway Vocals, Music Director: Elf Jr.
Leah Knight, began her classical studies at the age of three with violin, piano and voice lessons. Ms.Knight began her professional music career as a recording artist, recording country and gospel albums for Nashville studios and Armed Forces Radio. Leah has performed as soloist in the Austin area and by invitation at international venues including the Moscow Conservatory of Music, Russia. Her most notable roles include “Virtu” from L’incoronazione di Poppea, “Tatiana” from Eugene Onegin, “Die Erste Dame” from Die Zauberflöte (Salzburg, Austria), “La Contessa” from Le nozze di Figaro, Nella in Johnny Schicchi , title role in Suor Angelica and “Martha” in A Secret Garden for which she won a Best Actress in a Supporting Role “Sammy” award. Leah completed her Bachelor’s under the University of Texas’s Martha Deatherage and her Master’s in Music under Rose Taylor with the role of “Tatiana” in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, in tandem with a disquisition on Tatiana’s literary origins, serving as her Master’s Thesis. Ms. Knight began her professional opera career with Sarasota Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera. Leah most recently performed “Alice” in Falstaff with Spotlight on Opera and soprano soloist for Mozart’s REQUIEM with St. William Symphony. She maintains a busy teaching and performance schedule while Music/Vocal Director for CYT Austin and the Georgetown Palace Theater Education. Any free time is spent learning new instruments, recording, and enjoying her two sons, and daughter. Leah looks forward to getting to know the up and coming talent at the Georgetown Palace Theater!
Jennifer McAtee is a senior at Southwestern University studying Psychology and Theatre. She has been stage managing since high school and has since worked on seven collegiate productions; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Women – Opera, The Long Goodbye, Dead Man Walking, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, In The Next Room, and Noises Off. At the Palace, Jennifer has stage managed The Lion King Kids, Zombie Prom, Broadway Revue: American Sings, and Forbidden Palace. After graduation, Jennifer wants to use theatre as a therapy method for children with mental illness.
Yoga for Actors (and Everyone)
Kristina discovered yoga at a challenging time in life, and was transformed by the positive impact it had on her, both physically and emotionally. Inspired to dig deeper and learn more, she enrolled in a nine-month teacher training course through Yoga Yoga in Austin, and received her 200-hour teacher training certificate in July 2017. Kristina’s desire as a teacher is to share the incredible and often life-changing benefits of practicing yoga, and more specifically, to support students’ quests to achieve balance and peace through their personal yoga practices. She currently practices and teaches all levels of Hatha and Hatha-Flow Yoga.
Act Out, The Actor's Toolkit, The Actor's Process I, Director: The Wizard of Oz
Kali McBurney Taha is a New Jersey native and newcomer to Georgetown. She is a 2013 graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama and a lifelong lover of musical theatre. She has enjoyed performing in various original works in New York City, as well as singing in the choir for the Off-Broadway production of Lucas Hnath’s “The Christians” at Playwrights Horizons. Before moving to Texas, Kali worked for Wingspan Arts, an arts enrichment organization in New York City, where she organized after-school programming for several public schools. She looks forward to joining the Georgetown Palace community and will be seen as Fanny Campbell in the upcoming production of “You Can’t Do That, Dan Moody”.
Intro to Stage Combat, Stage Combat Certification
Adam holds a BFA from the University of Michigan in Acting and an MFA in Shakespeare Performance from the University of Exeter. Adam is also a certified teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors. As a fight director and choreographer, he has choreographed fights for over 70 productions. Recent productions include Animal Farm, Cyrano! (McCallum Theatre), Gondal, Galactic Orphans, Little Women, Dry Land (University of Texas), and Macbeth (Michigan State University). He has taught stage combat at workshops around the country and has worked as a guest artist and instructor at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, the University of Nebraska, and North Carolina School of the Arts. He currently teaches at the University of Texas in Austin.
Director, Fall PPC Musical
Kristen Rogers is a freelance director based in Austin, Texas. She holds an MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City, and has worked as an actor, director, and teacher in New York City, Los Angeles, and the Chicagoland area. She is currently directing a new one-man show, Clear to Partly Crazy, written by and starring Jaston Williams (of Greater Tuna fame). Other recent projects include Co-Director of A Wolverine Walks into a Bar, written by Jaston Williams and starring Jaston and well-known actress Lauren Lane (best known for her role on TV’s The Nanny), as well as Guest Director of Southwestern University’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room. In addition to her continued practical work as a director, Kristen is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Drama at Austin Community College, and an advanced doctoral candidate in Fine Arts (Theatre) at Texas Tech University. Her research focuses on theatre history in the United States, primarily from mid-twentieth century to present, and the relationship between stage and cinema, particularly from a feminist standpoint. Kristen is currently finishing her dissertation, “Mediatizing the ‘Madwoman’: An Analysis of the Treatment of Female Mental Illness on Stage and Screen.”
Musical Theatre Beginnings, Broadway Stars, Triple Threat Technique, Choreographer and Music Director: Xanadu Jr.
Shelby comes to the Palace from Claremore, Oklahoma, and graduated from The University of Arkansas with a B.A. in Drama. While at the University of Arkansas, she received the Betty Blyholder Award for Excellence in Stage and Technical Theatre as well as the MAC Award for Theatrical Merit. She studied classical voice with Janice Yoes and has danced all her life. After moving to Austin, she trained in on-camera and voice-over with Renee Beale, and has done voice-over work for companies around the world, including Ford Motors. Shelby has always loved to share her passion for theatre and dance with children and has taught numerous musical theatre classes and camps as well as individual voice and acting lessons. Some of her favorite roles include: Antonia in Man of La Mancha, Logainne in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Liz in Chicago, Rosalind in Moon Over Buffalo, Lucy in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Becky 2 Shoes in Urinetown.
Bio coming soon.
Special Needs Program Coordinator
Adv. Ballet, Jazz , and Tap, Palace Performance Company Manager, Choregrapher: The Wizard of Oz, Footloose, and Mad Libs Live!
Jesee is originally from Chicago, IL. She has studied dance for more than 20 years under various professionals including Lisa Boehm (Ballet), Frank Boehm (Jazz), Randall Newsom (Ballet, Graham Technique), Judith Chitwood (Ballet, Horton Technique), Paula Frasz (Modern, Tap, Musical Theatre), Karen Williamson (Ballet, Modern), Lila Dole (Spanish), Danny Herman (Broadway Jazz, Tap), Rocker Verastique (Broadway Jazz), Kenney DeCamp (Jazz, Performance), and Joel Hall (Jazz). Jesee moved to Austin in 2006 after graduating from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management (Human Resources) and a Bachelor of the Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Education. She currently choreographs and performs in and around Austin, including multiple performances per year at the Georgetown Palace Theatre. Jesee taught ballet, pointe, modern, tap, and jazz for ten years prior to moving to Austin. She was a founding member of the award winning competition group “Petite Feet” with DancEncounter in Geneva, IL. While attending Northern Illinois University, Jesee was the director and producer of Art for Life, an AIDS benefit concert associated with Dance for Life in Chicago.
“People have asked me why I chose to be a dancer. I did not choose. I was chosen to be a dancer, and with that, you live all your life.” -Martha Graham
Meghan Spear is an early graduate with honors from Harker Heights High School, December 2017. Next fall she will be double majoring in Business and Fine Arts, with a focus in stage management, at the University of Houston. Having worked exclusively behind the scenes in 40 productions since 2009, she has touched most every job backstage in Killeen, Georgetown, Temple and Austin. In her community, Meghan has designed lights for the Texas Metropolitan Ballet Company for the past two years, was the head sound engineer for her high school career, and stage managed ten community shows since 2015. After being the stage management intern for the Palace’s production of West Side Story, Meghan was excited to join the Palace Education family stage managing Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
Acting, Improv, Stage Combat
Ben was born and raised in Austin Texas. Now an Equity actor, Ben started with Shakespearean theatre at the age of thirteen. Quickly finding a home in Improv as well, Ben was able to train his timing and explore and improve his comedic perspective.While getting his BA in Theatre from the University of Texas, Ben’s award winning performances led him to create his own company, Wormwood Productions; which allowed him to produce an increasing number of better and more challenging shows. After Three years, it was time to find a bigger challenge and Ben moved to New York to push his limits further than ever before. After three wonderful seasons performing with Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in both their touring troupe and Main Stage, as well as joining the Actor’s Equity Association, Ben is seeking to continue to expand his skills, his range, and make outstanding theatre.
Advanced Vocals: Classical Musical Theatre Technique
Ms. Stokes has been a featured soloist at the Royal Academy of Music in Paris, France, Heidelberg, Germany, Belfaux, Switzerland, the Los Angeles Premiere Chorale, the Cambridge Singers, and locally with Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble, Austin Choral Society for Sacred Music and the Austin Singers. Ms. Stokes has sung under the baton of world famous conductors including Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Simon Rattle, Gerard Schwartz, and Roger Wagner while a member of the L. A. Master Chorale. She has sung with artists Jessye Norman, Florence Quivar, Frederica Von Stade, Dawn Upshaw and others. She also sang on the internationally award winning recording of Alexander Nevsky by Prokofiev with Andre Previn conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra as a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Locally, she has sung with Chorus Austin with Ryan Heller, Conductor and as guest artists of Austin Symphony with Peter Bay, Conductor. Opera roles include Sister Angelica, “Suor Angelica”, Countess, “Le Nozze de Figaro”, Elsa, “Lohengrin” and musical theater highlights include Mother Superior, “Nunsense”, Hodel, “Fiddler On the Roof”, and Sister Margaretta, “Sound of Music”. Ms. Stokes instructed children for commercials spotlighting Stevie Wonder. She has taught as an adjunct voice professor at Mary Hardin Baylor and for Tarleton Central Texas.
Trevor Stoneburner is a sophomore at Southwestern University. He is a Business and Theatre major with a focus in Lighting Design and Stage Management. At Southwestern, he has worked as the assistant lighting designer for In The Next Room, assistant stage manager for the Don Juan Project, and as stage manager for Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. He was also the light and sound designer for ‘Night Mother. In addition to shows, Trevor has been part of the scenic and electrics labs and has worked at various theaters in the Austin area. This past summer he worked on Tal’s Camp with directors from around the state working on one-act plays as a rehearsal stage manager and as an Assistant Director for the Palace Theatre Summer Camp.
William Swift received his B.A. in Theatre from Southwestern University in Georgetown and continued his acting training at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Connecticut. In his first year post-grad, William worked in film in both Austin and San Antonio. Short films include LUSH, Dying Day and American family. His Second feature film, Sour Bear, is currently in post-production. You can learn more about William Swift and see him in his first feature-length film, Beyond the Night (filmed in 360) at his website: http://williamswift.weebly.com/. William regularly performs theatre for young audiences with Pollyanna Theatre Company at the Long Center in Austin.
Bio coming soon.
Dr. Jenn Tucker
Disney Vocals, Music Director: Juni B. Jones Jr.
Jennifer Tucker began performing as a child in Jacksonville, Florida. After completing her Bachelor of Music degree at Furman University, she moved to Boston to pursue a masters in Vocal Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music. While there, she performed in professional theatrical productions and operas. Jennifer wound up with two Masters, one in performance and the other in vocal pedagogy, and decided to continue her focus on teaching at the University of Texas. She received her doctorate in vocal pedagogy in 2009. Jennifer has performed extensively in the Austin area, as well as in Europe. Favorite Palace credits include the Housekeeper (Man of La Mancha), Aquata (The Little Mermaid), and Mrs. Potts (Beauty and the Beast). Other special roles include Domina (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, City Theatre), a dancing cake and Mrs. Potts/Wardrobe understudy (Beauty and the Beast, Zilker Park), Dew Fairy (Hänsel UBS Gretel, Rome Festival, Italy), and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte, Amalfi Coast Music Festival, Italy). Jennifer teaches choir in Jarrell, TX, and is active in her church choir at Bethany United Methodist. In November 2018, she joined Bethany UMC in a world premiere performance at Carnegie Hall.
Musical Theatre Beginnings, Broadway Stars, Triple-Threat Technique, Director and Choreographer: Elf Jr.
Annie Violette has called the Palace home since 2010. She has performed both on the stage and behind the scenes in numerous main stage productions. Getting bitten by the theatre bug early in life, she started performing as soon as her school allowed her onto the stage. She began teaching in the Palace Education Department in 2012 and has directed many of the education productions since. Annie teaches Fine Arts during the day and has directed several UIL award winning shows for local middle and high schools.
Beginning Jazz and Tap
Katya Welch has been dancing for as long as she can remember. She began her teaching career at age 14, and has been performing around the Austin area for several years. She has taught all ages, levels, abilities, and styles of dance as a teacher and assistant. Her training includes ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, musical theater jazz, lyrical, contemporary, improvisation, hip hop, street jazz, and partnering. She has also trained in voice and acting. During her time as a student, Katya competed at several regional dance competitions, winning overall awards in both group pieces and solos. She was awarded the Tremaine Dancer Of The Year Scholarship Award during her senior year of high school. She recently graduated from the Broadway Dance Center Training Program, getting to work and dance with industry professionals in New York City. Katya has been involved in musicals and plays since she was young, and has been featured in several Palace mainstage shows. Katya has also choreographed for the spring and summer camps at the Palace in the past. She hopes to pass on the love of dance and performing to a new generation, continuing to train and learn new things to give to her students.
Hip-Hop for Teens and Adults
Spencer Williams was born in San Antonio but moved to Japan at a young age. He started dancing at the age of 17, learning a variety of styles and gaining an overall appreciation of the art. He even studied with the original Electric Boogaloos! At the age of 20 Spencer began participating in dance battles and won professional competitions in Japan, Taiwan, and China. At that time he began teaching and has as worked with students as young as age 5 through adults. Spencer specializes in hip-hop, funk, and popping and locking and is excited to bring his passion for dance to Georgetown.
Director of Education, Advanced Acting and Scene Study, Director: Footloose and Mad Libs Live!
Jonathan is an Equity actor, director, and voice-artist. Before moving to the Austin area with his wife and daughter, Jonathan was based out of NYC. Regional Stage: The Man Who Came to Dinner; Candlelight Pavilion, The Cat and the Canary and Anna Christie, Berkshire Theatre Group; All in the Timing, Theatre 54, NYC. Tours: National Theatre for Children, American Family Theatre, New York Dinner Theatre. TV: 30 Rock, The Onion Sports Network, and Mysteries at the Museum. Commercial: Ritz Crackers, TexPress Lanes, Texas Mutual. Directing credits include Indulgences at the Louisville Harem (Off-Off B’way revival) and premiers of All You Need and On the Road; My Travels (Brandeis Theatre Company), and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Annabelle Broom: The Unhappy Witch (TYA) and the Santaland Diaries (Palace) . Jonathan holds a BA in Directing from UCSB and MFA in Acting from Brandeis University, received his training in improvisation through the Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC, is a certified stage combatant through the Society of American Fight Directors, and holds a K-12 teaching credential. While at Brandeis, Jonathan taught undergraduate courses in Improvisation, Directing, and Suzuki Actor Training. Before joining the team at the Palace, Jonathan served as the CEO/Program Director for Foothill Hoops Basketball, a 501(c)3. Jonathan currently teaches at Southwestern University within their Upward Bound program.
Group Vocals, Music Director: The Wizard of Oz, Footloose, and Mad Libs Live!
Rose holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Central Washington University. She has numerous musical theatre performance credits including ten productions with the Palace Theatre. Favorite Palace roles include flying across the stage as Peter in Peter Pan and rockin’ out as Shulie in School House Rock Live. Rose is also an active music director, most recently serving as MD for Palace productions of West Side Story and Annie. She has served as music director for several Palace Education shows and loves working with the students in these programs. Rose is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has been teaching singing for over a decade.
Director and Choreographer: Juni B. Jones Jr.
This Houston native re-located to Georgetown back in 2015, and has been performing and teaching in the community ever since. With a BFA in Theatre Studies from The University of Texas, she has been teaching literature, acting and technical theatre in the Houston/Austin area for 7 years, as well as directing and play writing for adults and children alike. As a trained dancer, actress and singer, she is excited to be giving the gift of performance to her students! Some acting credits include: (Regional) Addeperle in The Wiz, Pamona in Metamorphosis, (Palace Theatre) Sherrie in Rock of Ages, Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde and Babbette in Beauty and the Beast.