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Hollie was born and raised in Cleveland, OH and has always been passionate about the performing arts as both a performer and producer of theatre, dance, and singing. She is classically trained in opera as a coloratura and has performed in many venues across the United States.
Most recently she left a position as the Managing Director of the McKinney and Fairview Youth Theatres in Dallas, TX, managing a performing arts center of nearly 6000 students annually.
“While I believe in teaching vocal and acting technique and theory correctly, I also place a strong emphasis on educating the whole student and being a role model and mentor for them in life.”
Her passion for founding CAST came from her experience as an artist and a professional in corporate America. Having been raised as a singer and performer, she realized early-on the monumental impact voice, dance, and acting lessons had on her professional success. She has since realized that while she did learn how to sing and dance and act technically well, she learned much more and received a much greater return on her investment when she entered the real world as a performer AND professional. Through her experience in acting, dance, and vocal lessons, she gained the confidence, poise, and technical skill she needed to be competitive right out of college. Now she continues to maintain a large studio of private students as well as recently graduated with her MBA in Finance from a Top 20 grad school.
Hannah was raised an Army brat; born in California, but raised in four different states. She discovered her love for theatre after her dad forced her to watch West Side Story as a teenager. Beginning then she emerged herself in the world of the performing arts.
Going into college Hannah majored in Theatre and minored in Musical Theatre. It was there that she discovered her love for teaching and directing children. Upon graduation she moved to Texas with her husband where she worked as a Children’s Theatre Director and Choreographer with North Texas Performing Arts for 4 years.
“Exposing children to the performing arts, whether it be as a creative outlet or future career, is my motivation behind The Collective Art School of Tennessee.”
In addition to Directing and teaching Hannah has performed in regional productions including Bye Bye Birdie, The Buddy Hollie Story, CATS, and RENT; as well as a variety of commercials and a pilot episode of Sins and Secrets. She is the author of the children’s picture book Beautiful, Wonderful, Strong Little Me. A member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), an avid vlogger, and mother of two amazing girls!
Kristina received her Bachelors in Music Education from Welch College and has played multiple roles on and off the stage. Choreographer for Welch College‘s You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown and Mary Poppins and for Lighthouse Christian School‘s production of Annie. Former theatre arts teacher at Lighthouse Christian School, director of Aesop’s Fables, A Christmas Carol, and Any Body for Tea. She also enjoys set painting as much as possible!
Kristina’s favorite past performances include High School Musical (Gabriella Montez), Meet Me in St. Louis (Tootie), Cinderella (Ugly Stepsister), Oklahoma! (Aunt Eller), The Wizard of Oz (Glenda), Nunsense (Robert Anne), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Florika).
Jeremiah is a 22-year-old musical theatre major from Lebanon, Tennessee and is excited to join CAST. After taking a two year break from theatre, Jeremiah felt God call him to the newly founded Christian Theatre Company and he’s been at it ever since. His favorite performances since he started back have been Beauty and the Beast (Lumière), A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Present), Showstoppers: Something Rotten (Nostradamus). While he’s not at a rehearsal, playing piano, or taking classes at Cumberland University, he‘s either at The Bridge Fellowship, Sports Village Fitness, or The Roast. If he’s not any of those places, he‘s adventuring through God’s beautiful creation—or watching Netflix.
“I am beyond blessed to be a part of this wonderful thing known as CAST. Being able to teach theatre to youth is a dream come true. I can’t wait to see what God is going to use this for!”