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5220 Village Creek Dr, Plano, Texas 75093 ~ 214-810-3228      
Jamey Jamison, Executive Director       A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization

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The bonds that develop here last a lifetime. We believe ACT is the finest community of talented youth and adults in the area! Last year, over 700 children were served in our facility, and our extended family continues to grow! Read more about us below. If you have any questions or need additional information, please e-mail info@artcentretheatre.com.

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ACT is always on the lookout for Directors, Tech Booth Personnel, Set Builders, Prop Creators, Costume Makers, Performance Groups, instructors, and so on. If you or your business are interested in bidding on upcoming opportunities, please send an email to jamey@artcentretheatre.com describing the services you provide and requesting placement in our Provider's Directory to be notified of our needs as they arise. Those submitting bids should include all costs and a project time-line, resume(s) work experience, show/proposal ideas, etc. More information is available by contacting the theatre directly. We plan our productions a year in advance.

We are located near the intersection of Preston and W Plano Parkway, at 5220 Village Creek Dr., Plano, TX 75093 (map link is below). Parking is directly next to the west side of the ACT building, and on the south side going east (see the green lines in the photo). Please help our neighbors and do not park in the lot for the building to our west:

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Mission Statement

The Art Centre Theatre's (ACT) main objectives are to:


Staff

The Art Centre Theatre provides a diverse, education-centric staff to help each student grow and reach their personal potential.


Jamey Jamison

Executive Director

Jamey Jamison is loving life at ACT and is entering his 5th year as the organization's Executive Director. He still teaches at public and private schools throughout DFW in the AM, while running ACT in the PM. Jamey has been cajoled back on stage for a few plays this past year like "Much Ado About Nothing," "Murder By Death" and "The Birdcage." But his heart is still in the tech booth. Jamey has had the fortunate privilege of becoming an uncle for a second time this year and wants everyone to know that there will be another generation of actors coming up soon. He continues his journey of self-discovery by continuing to challenge himself and his staff with ever more diverse programming and plays. In the coming years you will see at ACT an outdoor amphitheater, more social events for families and a Fall Carnival we hope to make a yearly event. First and foremost, Jamey wants to hear from you, the public, about what you want ACT to be, because after all isn't that what community theatre is all about? Taking this journey together, as a community.

For Jamey personally, this journey has taught and given him many things; strength, resolve, respect, patience, but above all humility. It is with a humble and grateful heart that he enters into year 5 of leading this theatre group. This has not been an easy journey, but few worthwhile things are ever easy. The personal and public success of this theatre has been built on the backs of its members and Jamey would like to take this opportunity to tell everyone that he has not, cannot and would not be on this adventure alone. There has been an active and viscously supportive board, a legion of parents and children, and a battalion of public support that have gotten him and ACT to this point and he is so very moved and in awe every day of that fact. Thank you - thank you all so much.

Jamey’s Credentials:

  • Bachelors of Science in Biology from Harding University
  • Bachelors of Arts in Theatre with an emphasis on performance from UT
  • Bachelors of Arts in Broadcast Media Journalism from UT
  • Associates Degree in Biology from Kilgore College
Jamey has received training and been to workshops that include:
  • The Stella Adler Studio of Acting-Los Angeles
  • UTA Hagen workshop Scott Acting Conservatory
  • Stanislavski Workshop — Stanislavski Experience
  • Brecht Workshop — Lee Lewis
  • Jason Bennett Actor’s Workshop
  • ACT – Venus Art Center Las Vegas
  • New York Film Institute
  • Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute- New York
  • Combat For the Stage — Klaus Von Hammerstieg
  • MGM studios Monster Makeup I, II & III Jim Barclay
  • MGM Studios apprenticeship Puppetry position
Jamey has taught / still teaches theatre classes and camps at public and private schools from around the Metroplex including:
  • Anne and Nate Levine Academy (A Solomon Schecter School)
  • Junior Players
  • Oak Hill Academy
  • Richland College
  • Quad C
  • Temple Emanu-El
  • Sherith Israel
  • Adat Chaverim
  • St. Mark’s
  • Akiba Academy
  • St. Christopher’s Montessori School
  • Yavneh Academy
  • St. Phillips Community Center
  • Parish Day School
  • Caper’s for Kids
  • Cooks Children’s Medical Center
  • Greenhill Academy
  • St. Anthony’s
  • Carpe Diem Private Pre-school
  • and many more!

Kathy French

Musical Director in Residence

Kathy French has been singing, playing piano, and performing since childhood. She received her Bachelors of Music Education from the University of North Texas in 1992. Then she taught middle school choir for 15 years (5 in Garland and 10 in Plano), establishing a state-wide reputation as a successful choral director as defined by TMEA, TMAA, TCDA, and UIL. In 2008, Kathy embarked on a new journey to work for herself. She is currently in demand as accompanist, voice teacher, piano teacher, clinician, judge, musical director and director. She has also owns a Mary Kay business. As an adult, she has directed many shows over the years. Favorties include "HONK!," "Hello Dolly!," and many others (that don’t end in exclamation marks). Favorite performances include Narrator in Rocky, Rona in "Spelling Bee," and Rosalinda in "Die Fledermaus." Kathy lives in Plano with her husband, Brian, and their 3 fur babies.


Sydney Cornelius

Director

Sydney is an ACT stage veteran and no stranger to the theatre, having been cast in several productions around the metroplex, including "Mary Poppins" as Winifred Banks, "A Christmas Carol" (Granny Chuzzlewit, Young Scrooge's Mother), "Jane Eyre" (Amy Eshton, ensemble), "Ragtime," "Les Miserable," "Shrek the Musical" and many more. She has acted as a fine arts director, choreographer, and musical director for several special productions in churches and camps over the years, and is proud to have been set designer for many of the shows in which she was cast, including both runs of "In The Heights" at Family Music Theatre. She has a passion for song & dance, and loves the constant level of energy and interaction that is provided by theatre. Most importantly, she believes in the message. So she is here, striving to bring life, laughter, inspiration to every seat in the house. Sydney is otherwise employed as a Graphic Designer for WME Live here in Plano. And just for a fun fact, Sydney has 2 awesome parents and 15 wonderful siblings. She is very thankful to all who have spoken blessings on her and encouraged her to pursue everything within her reach ... and even that which is beyond.


Michael Christian

Director, Choreographer

Michael has been contributing to the performing arts for over 15 years as a musician, dancer, and actor. He has also performed on stages throughout the DFW Metroplex and choreographed and performed in several shows here at ACT. Michael also has danced with the Red River Ballet Company and Kaleidoscope Dance Troupe. He was the artistic director of the Coral Springs High School Performance Ensemble and directed theatre productions for the Miami-Dade ISD. Michael is so thankful and delighted to be a part of ACT.

Maria Rodriguez

Director

Maria Rodriguez started at ACT over two years ago as a chorus member in "Sweeney Todd." Since then she has come to enjoy her time at ACT, having had the privilege of Assistant Directing shows such as "RENT" and "Legally Blonde." She has worked in the tech booth for many shows and passes her knowledge to those willing to learn. She has recently directed her first of many shows this past spring, "RED: The Red Riding Hood Musical." Maria has had a passion for music since she was a child. As an alumnus of Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she was not surprised by all the facets to making a performance complete. She has performed with the Metropolitan Winds for ten years as a clarinetist and just recently discovered her passion for theater at UT Dallas in her final year of achieving her BA in Literary Studies. From there, she has received her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies where she wrote her thesis on Directing Musical Theater for Different Age Groups Emphasizing on Communication. The experiences she has had at ACT has helped to see her passion and looks forward to directing many more shows in the future.

Alese Watson-Johnson

Director

Alese Watson-Johnson has been acting for years here at ACT, but is thrilled to take on the exciting and challenging role of director, starting with our 2014 production of "The Rocky Horror Show." Her favorite acting credits include Columbia in "The Rocky Horror Show," and Satine in "Moulin Rouge." Off-stage, she has voiced several anime characters, most notably, Claes in Gunslinger Girl. She also has eleven years experience studying dance, with a focus on tap, and loves to choreograph musicals!

Eric Vale

Director

One should not trifle with Eric Vale. This is a man who has voiced such characters as Trunks in "Dragon Ball Z," Sanji in "One Piece," Yuki in "Fruits Basket," and Kymblee in "Fullmetal Alchemist." You can also hear him on radio and TV as the voice of the Dallas Stars and Dave & Busters. But wait! That's not all! Last year, he wrote and produced the feature film "Chariot." He's written screenplays (and sold a few) as well as scripted over 50 anime programs. Eric has also directed for film and stage. So he sounds pretty busy, right? Well, tack on the fact that he's a husband and father of two and you'll understand why he always looks so tired. He began studying the world of entertainment when he was only 12 years old, and he never looked back. Living a "normal" life with "normal" people isn't something Eric would know how to do. It's not something he'd want to do. The best thing he can say about life is that you have your options; you can be safe or crazy. Guess which one he chose?

Taylor Roberts

Director

Taylor has been acting for over 13 years in the Dallas and Los Angeles areas. She has received accreditation from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in studio and on stage acting, this included multiple acting classes in improv, on camera and classical. At AMDA she also received vocal training for dialects, as well as training in stage combat; including hand-to-hand, rapier and dagger, and broadsword. She has returned to Dallas to share the knowledge she has gathered, and continue her passions by working with the children and adults of Plano.

Blake Rushing

Director

Blake has been in love ever since he learned what it was. He has trained as a dancer, singer, and actor for more than ten years and was very active in his high school and community theatre departments. His favorite roles include Pinocchio in "Shrek the Musical", Lumiere in "Beauty and the Beast", and the Baker in "Into the Woods". Blake has also worked with the Broadway Theatre Project in assisting them as an intern for their three week long, intensive and has gotten to work with Tony Winners Ben Vereen (Roots) and Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line). Blake is currently attending the American Musical and Dramatic College and Conservatory of Performing Arts for Musical Theatre in New York City. When Blake teaches his students, his main goal is to strongly encourage students to practice and to work really hard while having lots of fun. "Practice doesn't make perfect, but it makes almost perfect." Blake loves working with young artists and Art Centre is his place to teach, learn, and grow as a performer.

Katrina Williams

College Admissions Guidance Instructor

ACT is fortunate to have Katrina as part of our staff to help the many ACT youth (and their parents!) struggling with the complexity of the college admissions process.

She has developed the Demystifying College Admissions workshop series during her time at the University of Michigan. Over the years, she's held numerous roles in admissions offices, sat on scholarship committees, and participated in Harvard's Summer Institute for College Admissions. Having read thousands of applications and college essays, interviewed hundreds of students for scholarships, served on admission committees, and welcomed new students every year as they begin their college journey, she's well equipped to provide sound advice for those considering college.

Katrina has a Master of Liberal Studies in Interdisciplinary Technology and a BS of Science in Mathematics and Economics from Eastern Michigan University, and served as Director of Recruitment and Admissions, College of Engineering and as Recruitment Coordinator, Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Michigan

Jonathan "Oafy" Oefelein

Director

Jon's operating philosophy is "Hakuna Matata, don't let life worry you so much ..." He's been involved in theatre for 10 years, acting, singing, technical work, and directing. The son of two teachers, he knows how to give--and get!-- instruction, and is delighted to be a part of ACT.

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