2017 Summer Class Instructors
Top Row Left to Right
(Theatre Academy Director, Kids Co. Acting, Movement for the Actor, Voice Lessons/Audition Coaching)
Megan Hildebrand has been acting since the age of three and has been seen on stages in Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Scotland and, currently, DFW. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance and Directing from Clemson University and spends her time teaching her craft when not on stage. Megan is thrilled to add her position as Director of the Granbury Theatre Academy for the Granbury Theatre Company to her resume! In this position, she will utilize not only her production and educational expertise but will lead and develop a specialized arts repertoire and all-inclusive programming for the DFW metroplex. As an arts advocate and art therapist, she aims to grow an accessible venue that inspires, educates, serves its community and feeds the creative soul of everyone involved.
(Intro to Theatre, Writing & Performing Original Monologues, Voice Lessons)
Dena Dyer is an author, coach, actress, and speaker who enjoys coffee, dark chocolate, and all things literary. She’s been married to a hilarious, talented guy for twenty wonderful years–and two they don’t talk about. Carey and Dena have two creative sons and live in Granbury. When she’s not desperately trying to find her keys or cell phone, Dena enjoys writing articles, essays, scripts, and books. Her dramatic scripts have been published and performed around the world. She’s written or co-written eight books, including Love at First Fight: 52 Story-Based Meditations for Married Couples, Wounded Women of the Bible: Finding Hope When Life Hurts, Let the Crows’ Feet and Laugh Lines Come, and Mothers of the Bible. Her magazine credits include Family Circle, Parenting, Woman’s World, and Writer’s Digest. Dena’s hobbies are reading, travelling, cooking, and watching British television. She also loves performing (she spent 11 years as a lead actress in two different Texas music theaters), speaking to women’s groups, because it’s about the only girl time she gets! For more info on Dena’s speaking or writing, visit denadyer.com.
(Beginner Tap, Tap, Tap for Adults, Think You Can Dance?, Kids Co. Dance, Dance Lessons)
Brooke Goodson is delighted to be with the Granbury Theatre Academy as a dance instructor. This is Brooke’s 4th semester to be working with the Granbury Theatre Academy. Brooke is a Senior at Tarleton State University where she is studying to become a theatre teacher. Brooke has been dancing since she was very young. Over the past year, Brooke has had the honor of choreographing for Granbury Theatre Company musical productions such as, Mary Poppins, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Hello, Dolly!, and most recently Singin’ in the Rain. Brooke is excited to continue working with all of the students during these weeks to broaden their view of theatrical dance, learn proper dance technique, and challenge each student to always give their best. Most of all, she is ready to create an atmosphere of fun and excitement for her students. Brooke is honored and very excited to continue this journey with every one of her students!!!
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(Acting for Introverts, Acting the Song)
Kayla Hildebrand is currently a junior at Texas State University pursuing her BFA degree in Theatre Performance & Production with an emphasis in directing. Although directing is her passion, she is no stranger to other fields when it comes to Theatre. Her previous credits include Forbidden (Playwright/Assistant Director), which premiered at the Granbury Opera House last March, The Marriage of Bette & Boo (Stage Manager), Legally Blonde: The Musical(Technical Team), Enigma (Director), as well as various performance credits. Her favorites include ‘Night Mother, Yesterday’s Window, and Footloose: The Musical. In 2015, Kayla was lucky enough to be accepted into the Walt Disney World College Program where she worked for one of the biggest companies in the world as an attractions and special events cast member. She continues to apply the knowledge she learned from that internship to her artistic (and daily) life and networks within the Orlando area often.
Faith Melton is excited to have concluded her first semester teaching by herself. She has been working at Granbury Theatre Academy since it opened, first as an intern and then as the administrative assistant to the director. Before she began working at the academy, she was a competitive dancer at a Granbury dance studio. She competed in Hip-hop, Jazz, and Contemporary competitions in Dallas each spring and also took Ballet and technique classes on the side. Faith has been dancing since middle school and has been acting since high school. She will be entering her 3rd semester of college in the fall.
(Adult Conservatory, Murder Mystery Players)
Don Shook, past president of the Fort Worth Poetry Society and founder of The Actors Company, is a writer, actor, director, and producer who worked with such stars as Dick Clark, Cybil Shepherd, and Debbie Reynolds. Formerly with the NBC “Tonight” show and ABC Daytime Television Casting with Mari Lyn Henry, he has performed in theatre, film and television across the country including opera at Carnegie Hall, New York and as resident performer at Casa Manana Musicals in Fort Worth, Irving Lyric Theatre, and Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. His musical “A Thorn in the Thicket” was selected by ASCAP to be featured in the Outstanding New Musical Showcase in New York City and was recently produced at the Botanic Garden Theatre in Fort Worth. He is an award-winning author who has published five novels, five poetry books, an acting handbook “Actors Soup”, and was selected 2009 Senior Poet Laureate of Texas. Having produced and directed at three theatres in Branson, Missouri, The Crystal Palace Dinner Theatre in Dallas and numerous other theatres nationwide, his company, Don Shook Productions, now and for the past 40 years, offers shows ranging from murder mysteries to musical reviews. He has taught theatre and music at Texas A&M (Commerce), Temple Jr. College, Duncanville High School, Brookhaven College Dallas, Greenville Jr. High School, and for 4 years as Guest Artist at The Texas Thespian Festival in Dallas and The Texas Theatre Educators Association. For over 30 years he has conducted The Actors Workshop in Dallas/Fort Worth venues, including Stage West in Fort Worth, and recently taught workshops at The Granbury Theatre Academy.
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(Beginner Ballet, Ballet for Adults)
Jenna Hagan is ecstatic to be teaching at the Granbury Theatre Academy this summer. Jenna has experience with tap, ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, and many other styles of dance. She began when she was 2 years old and didn’t stop until she was a senior in high school. Jenna recently helped Brooke Goodson choreograph Grease at Granbury High School. She also was cast in Shrek the Musical here at the Opera House. Jenna has always had a deep passion and love for dance. Her classes will be entertaining, exciting, and fun! She is there to have just as much fun as you are! Jenna is extremely blessed to be a part of your dancing journey!
Brittany Jenkins is a graduate of Texas Tech University where she received her BA in Dance. She is currently the resident choreographer for Kids Who Care in Fort Worth where she recently choreographed You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown and The Little Mermaid.Growing up she trained with Carrie Cheng, Webster Dean and Elise Lavallee. She has participated in Broadway Theatre Project and The Performing Arts Project where she worked with an array of Broadway and film actors, casting directors, vocal directors and other Theatre and Dance professionals.
Amber Lanning is an international actress, singer, voice-over artist and choreographer. Amber is originally from Beaumont, Texas where she received a BS and MS in Theatre from Lamar University. She has studied extensively the Meisner Approach to Acting at the True Acting Institute with Larry Silverberg in Oregon, Florida and Manchester, UK. Amber has also had a very diverse international career! In the Middle East she worked as an actress, playwright, and makeup artist for National Ad campaigns and as a private acting and voice teacher. In Europe, she found work on stage and in film. During her time abroad, Amber returned to the states to be in several stage productions. Amber started out her professional acting career in Southeast Texas. Her first professional job was playing the role of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet alongside the Symphony of Southeast Texas. She would later work for The Children’s Performance Company as their choreographer for several productions. Texas provided Amber with commercial and voiceover opportunities as well.
Upon returning to the USA, Amber immediately jumped back into the creative world (or was pulled in, it is debateable…) with projects such as being a selection committee member for the Gary Garrison Playwrighting Festival and directing one of the winning scripts, choreographing a musical, being an adjunct instuctor for speech and oral communication, musically directing a show and becoming a resident member of the Granbury Theatre Company.
Amber continues to observe world theatre everywhere she lives and visits. A major goal for her as an artist and person is to live with authenticity, simplicity and humanity and to fuse that into her work.
Greg Doss is a 35 year veteran teacher in the public school systems of Georgia and Texas. He has performed as Soloist, Accompanist, and Member in many church and community performance groups. Presently, he is Assistant Director of the Granbury High School Choir and Accompanist at First Baptist in Cleburne, Texas. He has performed in both Operas and Musicals, most recently here at the Granbury Theater Company. Greg is presently working as one of the Resident Music Directors for shows at the Granbury Theater Company.
To register for classes, please go to our Summer Academy Registration Page. If you have questions regarding classes, please email our Academy Director, Megan Hildebrand at firstname.lastname@example.org.