Acting for Film, TV, and Commercials
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.
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.
Acting Instructor, Summer Camps
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.
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.
Yoga for Actors (and Everyone)
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.
Special Needs Program Coordinator
Adv. Ballet, Jazz , and Tap, Palace Performance Company Manager, Choreographer: The Wizard of Oz, Footloose, and Mad Libs Live!
“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
Acting, Improv, Stage Combat
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.
Dr. Jenn Tucker
Disney Vocals, Music Director: Junie B. Jones Jr.
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.