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
Ellicia Elliott is the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Rude Mechanicals, Eastern Washington’s premiere Shakespeare theatre company. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts Education and an MA in Theatre Production, both from Central Washington University and is currently working on her MFA in Directing from the University of Idaho. Before starting The Rude Mechanicals, Ellicia directed over fifty productions in educational theatre programs and local community theatres. Recognitions for her work include Shakespeare’s Globe Master Class in Directing (2016), artEquity Facilitator Training with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (2015), 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).
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 The Neverending Story with us early Spring.
Alli Talmage is a Washington-based actor and director with a passion for arts education. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts from Gonzaga University, she spent the last two years as a Tour Actor-Director with Missoula Children’s Theatre, teaching and performing with children all over the country. Some past credits include Chicago, Catch Me If You Can, Noises Off, and Crazy For You. She is thrilled to return to her hometown to join the team of teachers at ACT this year as well as The Rude Mechanicals!
Three back-to-back roles on Broadway in Bring It On: The Musical, Hands on A Hardbody and If/Then with Idina Menzel. Winner of LA’s Next Great Stage Star 2010 as well as StageScene LA’s Breakout Star of the Year. Maureen in Rent at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 in Scotland and 2017 in Aruba. GIRLBOSS on Netflix, Megyn in David Cross’ “Hits” Sundance 2014. Nominated for Best Actress at Sparrow Film Festival 2015. Janet earned a BA in Cinematic Arts from USC with a double minor in musical theatre and philosophy. She’s written an original musical called Chemical Drive.
Quinlan has been a part of the ACT family since her debut in Charlotte’s Web as a flying spider in third grade. Since then, she has been in over 20 productions here at ACT. Quinlan is currently pursuing a BFA in Theatre Arts: Performance & Production. Quin is ecstatic to be back at ACT and to meet everyone this summer!
Adam Critchlow is an actor and stunt performer from Los Angeles, although he grew up in Richland. Adam earned an MFA in Acting from the University of Idaho, and he has been working in film and television in LA since 2009 and acting and choreographing professionally for the last 15 years. Adam can be seen in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, Transformers 3, Great News, Brooklyn 99, Deadpool: The Musical as well as numerous commercials and short films. He is currently a faculty member at Studio School, the Theater Operations Coordinator at Fullerton College, and one of the lead instructors at Sword Fights Inc. He is excited to come work with ACT again this summer!
Jordan Chaney is a spoken word poet, author, public speaker, teacher, mentor and all-around creative residing in Eastern Washington’s wine country. He is the author of Art of the Spoken Word – a workbook for enhancing communication skills, creativity, and confidence. He has published two poetry collections: Rocket Fuel for Dreamers, a poetry book about love and manifesting one’s dreams, and Double-Barreled Bible, a collection of urban poems that blend Eastern and Western philosophies. He currently contributes opinion-editorials for the Tri-City Herald and lectures at local colleges on race, politics, compassion, and social justice. Mentoring youth through the Kids at Hope program model, Jordan is the co-creator of Hope Builders: a court to community pipeline. Hope Builders aim is to enhance the leadership values and financial literacy of incarcerated youth and youth on probation. Most recently, he created Urban Poets Society, a youth-leadership program that promotes arts, literacy, and leadership in his community. He currently teaches a performance poetry and communications class at a local Juvenile Detention Center, where he helps youth find their voice through the power of poetry.