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Voice, Acting, and Dance
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.
Acting, Dance, and Writing
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!
Loren, originally from Central Pennsylvania, made her first professional dance debut as a 5th grader in The Nutcracker with the Louisville Ballet Company. She fell in love with Dance and Theatre through that experience and continues pursuing that passion today!
Loren received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. Since then, she has worked for various theatres including The Lost Colony, danced with The Crush, a dance team for the PIFL, and has taught in various styles of dance for ages 3-18.
After spending time in NYC and PA, Loren is thrilled to call Nashville home! She currently works at Matt Davenport Productions and is signed with Fresh Talent Group. She continues to perform in both the commercial and theatre communities of Nashville and is excited to be a apart of it’s growth!
Jake was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and is thrilled to be joining the CAST team! Jake found his passion in the performing arts at a very young age and has performed in over 75 productions, including musicals, plays, and ballets. Most recently, he was an acting, dance, and vocal instructor with Olmsted Performing Arts, a regional theatre in the Greater Cleveland area, teaching kids ages 3-18 in various levels and styles of the performing arts.
With over 10 years of professional training in acting (stage and film), dance (ballet, jazz, modern, musical theatre, and tap), and voice, he is so excited to continue sharing his knowledge and experience with others. His most recent credits include Les Misérables (Jean Valjean), Legally Blonde (Emmett Forrest), The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric), and Beauty and the Beast (Gaston).
Erin’s passion for singing and performing was ignited when she stepped onto the stage for the first time at the age of 10. Since then she has performed in numerous regional and professional theater productions in Illinois where she grew up and resided until she moved to Nashville in 2015.
Erin has over 20 years of professional classical and musical theater vocal training. She has always trained with teachers and coaches who understand that the courage to be honest and expose yourself to an audience through acting is just as important as good vocal technique.
Erin’s love of children has led her to share her passion for musical theater through teaching. She considers it an honor to help children express themselves creatively and she loves watching them grow and gain confidence through the arts.
Erin is grateful to be an instructor here at CAST and she’s continually inspired by CAST’s core values of love, respect, open communication, acceptance, creativity, and inclusion.
Erin’s favorite role to date is Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls and she’s thrilled that she was cast in that role twice!
Erin holds a B.A. in Musical Theater/Opera from Southern Illinois University.