Mina Vogel

Mina is going to college to further her knowledge in the arts by going to school for Music Performance in Opera and Music Education at Illinois Central College and Bradley University. Music has always been a huge part of her life. Her love for music began when she started playing the violin at the age of 5. She then discovered her true passion which was singing and performing. She has been in many musicals and operas to further her knowledge and experience. Mina is so excited for this opportunity to share her knowledge in the arts! 

James Hubbartt has a unique love for the arts. He has been in the culinary artistry industry since the age of 15 and has work as a professional chef for more than 5 years. As he was learning under well known chefs, James has found a joy in making ordinary food into a masterpiece. He is also blessed with many other talents such as playing the guitar and is excited to share his talent with all of his new students!

​James Hubbartt

Trevor Neff

Bethany Pittenger

Taylor Elizabeth

Taylor has committed her life to this thing we call Theatre. Performing since the age of three, she has been involved in over 100 shows. Some of her favorite performances include Happy Days, High School Musical, A Chorus Line, Godspell, School House Rock, Music Man, Give My Regards to Broadway, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Taylor has directed and/or choreographed  many shows including OZ!, The Auditioners, High School Musical,and 101 Dalmatians. She has over 8 years of training  in the areas of Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Modern, and Fosse. 

Taylor has her Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in performance from the University of South Florida. While getting her degree she worked in Entertainment at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and was the Assistant Director and Choreographer for Suncoast Youth Theatre for four years. After college she moved to NYC to further pursue her career where she worked at the Jekyll and Hyde Club as an actor in Time Square. The past year she has spent her past year with Stage Dreams Youth Theater in Phoenix, AZ. in which she choreographed Sleeping Beauty Kids, Aladdin Jr. and Directed and choreographed High School Musical Jr. Taylor's true dream is to share her talent and inspire kids to express themselves through the arts!

Kelleen has used her degree in English and Theatre education to introduce the arts into the lives of hundreds of children and adults.  Her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with and emphasis in Arts in Education Curriculum and Instruction Integration shows her commitment to ensuring that the arts are integrated into the curriculum of every classroom.  She believes in having the arts available to students of all ages regardless of budgetary constraints which has made he a sought after presenter at educational theatre conferences. Kelleen has developed, directed, and taught for numerous arts based programs, camps and workshops, as well as, taught in public and private schools.  Her passion for the arts strives to bring out creativity in every child and stresses the uniqueness of the individual in a fun and positive atmosphere. Professionally Kelleen has had life-long training in dance and theatre, has appeared on stages from Disney World to New York, and in film and television.  Since her move to the Peoria area two and a half years ago, she has been seen onstage in Eastlight’s Jesus Christ Superstar, Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jekyll & Hyde. She also has served as the choreographer for Cornstock for Kids production of The Little Mermaid and Eastlight’s Dreamgirls, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Great American Trailer Park. She was also the 2014/15 Drama Club Sponsor for Eureka Middle School.  On a personal note, she is the mom to two fabulous children and loves traveling, cooking when she has the time and spending time with her family.

Kelleen Nitsch

Trevor has a bachelors degree in Theatre Production/Design from ISU. He has been working on and off stage since 2000. When not working on shows Trevor works for Right At School in Germantown Hills where he is the site manager. Trevor is also very well known throughout the Theatre community through his acting and his costume designs. When he is not acting on the stage he is behind the scenes  creating amazing hair and make-up designs. He is very excited to mix his love for theatre and education this summer.

Bethany earned her Associate in Arts degree from Illinois Central College where she majored in Music with an emphasis in Piano. She performed in the Chamber Singers and the traveling Vocal Jazz ensembles at ICC. She also took a few theater classes to further her education in that area. Theater and music have always played a huge role in her life. She began piano lessons at the age of five and participated in school choirs and IMEA. She has performed in 25 shows over the years and has also played in the pit for another. Bethany has a home studio where she teaches private piano lessons. Along with her sister, she directs the TEAM Drama Club, a drama group for homeschooled students in the Washington area. Students are taught the basics of theater and perform full musical production every spring. She loves giving these students the opportunities that they otherwise might not have. She has co-directed two musicals with this group and has solo directed one other show. Bethany is excited to be sharing her passion for theater and music!

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