A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
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!
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.