ACT is unique in that our teachers are performance-based educators with the desire to help each student achieve success as a performer. Through real-life experiences, educationally, professionally and through volunteering, our teachers set a high standard of goal-oriented education. Our teachers understand the importance of being a mentor and instill strong work ethics, integrity and a respect for the craft in each student.
Julie Schroeder has been involved with different aspects of theatre for over 40 years. She has acted, directed, or has designed hair, makeup and costumed for over 100 shows. She has been involved with the Academy of Children’s Theatre since 1999, directed ACT’s award winning Troupe, and has been a part of the staff as the Education Coordinator since 2007. Her grandchildren are third generation ACT. Julie directs Troupe and Troupers. She will be directing Junie B Jones: The Musical this fall.
Josh is thrilled to be with ACT as its artistic director, improv director and teaching artist. Josh loves to work with kids of all ages and teaching theater arts to the next generation is a true passion. He is a graduate of CWU class of ’08 with a BA in Theatre Arts: Youth Drama, SCT Teaching Apprentice Program (’13-’14) and Columbia College of Hollywood emphasis in Acting for the Camera (’11). Since graduation he has worked in children’s theatre as a teaching artist, actor, writer and director in Seattle, Los Angles and the Tri-Cities. Along with teaching with ACT, Josh is continuing to teach with Seattle Children’s Theatre and Three Rivers HomeLink School in Richland. He couldn’t be more psyched to keeping working with and learning from the great people, families and students of ACT! And as always Josh is a proud member of Hufflepuff House! Josh directs Spontaneous Combustion, Sparks, teaches Saturday morning Pre-K classes, the After School Acting Series for 1-3 graders in the fall & 4-6 graders in the winter, and private acting lessons. He will also be directing Sherlock Holmes this winter and Disney’s 101 Dalmatians & The Aristocats
Kris York is a married mother of three (nearly) grown children with a degree in Music Performance and over thirty years of teaching experience in private, church, and community sectors. Her passions beyond her family include music and the education of young people. She has worked in multiple settings with bands, orchestras, choirs, ensembles, both as a performer and director. Although her instrument of study in college was piano, Kris particularly enjoys working with K-12 choirs, expecting excellence in an atmosphere that builds confidence and inspires growth. She will be directing Encore and Stardust.
Ellicia Elliott is the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Rude Mechanicals (www.rmtheatre.org), a new Shakespeare (and Shakespeare inspired) theatre company in Washington State. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts Education and an MA in Theatre Production, both from Central Washington University. Before starting The Rude Mechanicals, Ellicia directed over fifty productions in educational theatre programs and local community theatres; some of her favorites include The Diary of Anne Frank, The Laramie Project, Once on this Island, Macbeth, The 39 Steps, and directing a production of David Mamet’s The Revenge of the Space Pandas at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010. She taught in the public school system for thirteen years, and currently works with the students in the Benton County Juvenile Justice Center, teaching playwriting and leading improvisation workshops. Recognitions for her work include the Teaching Artist Training (TAT) Lab Fellowship with Seattle Rep (2011), The Outstanding Educator award (2014), two Educational Outreach awards (2008, 2012), and Outstanding Direction of a Musical (2008), all from The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, and the Theatre of Puget Sound’s Young Playwright’s Award (2001). Ellicia lives in Richland, Washington with her two best guys: her husband, Geoff, and her son, Malcolm. Ellicia teaches ACT’s outreach programs with the JJC and the REACH, as well as private acting lessons.
Zack has been acting since 7th grade; he recently had his directorial debut at Southridge High School with a play called Crumpled Classics. He is very excited to teach at ACT and help spread knowledge of the theatrical arts to the youth in this community. Zack will be teaching on Saturdays with us in both the 1st-3rd and 4th-6th grade levels
Emily is excited to be back in the Tri-cities theatre community after a long absence while living in Spokane. She holds a Bachelor’s of Theatre Arts from Eastern Washington University and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She can’t wait to dip her toe into the ACT “pool!” She will be directing Nancy Drew: Girl Detective with us this winter.
Bio coming soon, She will be choreographing Encore for us this season.
Rachel is a graduate of Central Washington University, She currently teaches, Drama, English and Health over at Enterprise Middle School. She will be teaching on the weedkends with our 7-12 grade programming.
I am a 20 year resident of the Tri-Cities, and the art and drama teacher at Christ the King School in Richland. I first started with ACT in 1999, and have volunteered on nearly 50 productions over the years in various capacities, such as set design, costuming, stage crew and stage managing, acting, and directing. My work with ACT helped me develop my own theater program at Christ the King 7 years ago, directing the annual 7th/8th grade musical production, and teaching drama to 5th and 6th grade. I love watching my actors grow and discover a passion for the theater almost as much as I love directing them!