NOAH PUTTERMAN (Director of Theatre For Youth) Now in his 5th season at Casa, Noah has directed multiple productions for the Children’s Theatre season, national touring productions, CPAC/Camp Casa, and the critically acclaimed Apprentice Program (Jekyll & Hyde, Big Fish, Children of Eden, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he received a BA in Psychology and a BFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre BFA Actor Training Program. As an actor, he has appeared in Casa’s Rent (Mark Cohen) Fiddler on the Roof (Motel the tailor) and Les Miserables (Grantaire). Other acting credits include the Off-Broadway and national touring productions of As You Like It, Of Mice and Men, The Comedy of Errors and Julius Caesar with The Acting Company, a Tony award winning classical theater repertoire company; the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Alpine Theatre Project), Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (The North Carolina Theatre), Fred in A Christmas Carol (The Guthrie Theater) and The Baker in Into the Woods (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre). Teaching and directing credits include The Carolina Arts Festival, The WEB Bubois Community Development Corporation, Single Shot Theatre Company, Delta Boys Theatre Company, and The Experimental Theatre at the University of Minnesota. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts YoungARTS winner, and a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
JENNIE LYNN GODFREY (Director of Education) is an actor, director, and theatre educator in the Dallas Fort Worth area, working most frequently with young aspiring performers. Jennie holds her Texas teaching certificate in Theatre and General Education (EC-6). In addition to teaching theatre classes at Casa, she has also previously taught theatre at Stage West, Theatre Arlington, Long Lake Camp for the Arts, Studio B, and Broadway Theatre. Additionally, she has designed puppets for Keller ISD’s theatre programs, Stage West, and Texas Woman’s University. Favorite credits include Charlotte’s Web (Director, Casa Mañana), The Panther’s Scream (Damsel, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The BFG (Director, Studio B), Don Quixote (Ensemble/Puppeteer, Hip Pocket Theatre), and Oedipus Rex (Jocasta, Texas Woman’s University).
HANNAH ARGÜELLES (Education Manager) is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University where she discovered her passion for children’s theatre. She received a BFA in Theatre for Young Audiences, a BA in Music, and a Directing Minor. While in Oklahoma, Hannah participated in Oklahoma Children’s Theatre’s “Page-to-Stage” program, where she taught multiple theatre workshops in various Oklahoma City elementary classrooms. Hannah has and continues to co-write, co-direct, and choreograph musicals for several middle schools in south Texas, as well as choreograph choral pop shows and seasonal concerts for schools across Texas. She also teaches voice lessons to kids of all ages. Hannah is ecstatic to become a part of the CPAC family!
SARAH GAY an accomplished professional actress and singer who has a passion for arts education. She has been teaching and directing for youth here in Texas since moving to Austin in 2008. A few of her favorite directing credits include Seussical (Tex-Arts), and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! (ZACH Theatre). She has shared her knowledge with students in ZACH’s pre-professional program, as a voice instructor for Theatre at the J’s summer musical program, and with the Musical Theatre Academy students at Tex-Arts. As an actress, she has been seen around Texas performing at Casa Manana (Hairspray), the Alley Theatre in Houston (August: Osage County), and in Austin in Metamorphoses and The Grapes of Wrath at ZACH theatre, Title of Show at Tex-Arts, Bus Stop and City of Angels at Mary Moody Northen Theatre, and Three Days of Rain and John & Jen (Critics Table award winner- Best Musical) with Penfold Theatre.
RYAN PAGE graduated Summa Cum Laude with his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida in 2008. Since then, he has been working as an actor in various theaters, especially feeling at home in Casa Manana Theater and Dallas Children’s Theater. Ryan has a special love for family/children’s musical theatre. A highlight of his career so far was playing the Big Bad Wolf in the 2012-2013 national tour of the musical THE TRUE STORY OF THE 3 LITTLE PIGS with Dallas Children’s Theater. Ryan has loved performing for Casa Manana, too, in roles such as Swiper in Dora the Explorer Live!, as pirates in How I Became a Pirate and Peter Pan, and most recently as the Magic Mirror in Snow White and the Prince. Besides being an actor, Ryan has also been an acting instructor, vocal instructor, dance instructor, modeling instructor, director, and set designer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He has a passion for the budding, artistic gifts of young students and believes in challenging students to achieve their potential. He has taught acting, dance and voice to students at CFNI Poland, A.D. Players Theatre Arts Academy in Houston, International Performing Arts Academy in Dallas, Dallas Children’s Theater workshops, The Dance Company in Arlington, as well as taught acting to our very own Casa Manana students at Camp Casa 2014.
TINA FAHRQUHAR is a degreed music therapist who practices in the Keller School District. Her degree is from West Texas State University, where she majored in music with a primary emphasis on voice. She has been a practicing music therapist for over 20 years, working in both educational and psychiatric settings. Tina has performed in several theatrical productions, in such roles as Golde in Fiddler on the Roof and Aunt Eller in Oklahoma. She has been a chorus member for several other productions, including The Sound of Music, Annie Get Your Gun, Brigadoon, The King and I, and No, No, Nanette. Tina has been the instructor for Casa’s Musical Theatre Production for Individuals with Special Abilities class since its inception nearly 20 years ago.
Staci Schuhmann is originally from Southern California and likes to say she has been involved with Children’s Theatre Education her whole life! She has trained and taught at theatres all over the country including South Coast Repertory, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Stage Door Theatre Workshop, and Covenant Christian Academy. She is an alum of Texas Christian University where she received her B.F.A in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting. She has trained in London with TCU and in Arezzo, Italy at the Accademia dell’Arte. Staci served as the Theatre Director at Lifesong Studio for 3 years where she taught acting for all ages and directed shows including The Music Man, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, How to Eat Like a Child, Seussical Jr. and many more! Staci also taught theatre at Bluebonnet Elementary in Keller ISD where she won the Lisa Veitenheimer Memorial Award for excellence as a first-year teacher. Staci loves to help students find their creative voice and to grow in confidence as empathetic leaders and artists. She has taught classes and camps at Casa Mañana over the last 7 years and is thrilled to be back working with this talented bunch of staff.
Diane Powell is a board-certified music therapist who has been working professionally for almost a decade. From a young age she had a passion for working with children with special needs, and sought out many opportunities to do so, even before completing her degree. After becoming board certified, her first job was with Cadenza Music Therapy in Florida where she worked with various populations for over a year before returning home to Dallas/FtWorth to work full time for Keller ISD’s Special Education department. She also works for the Dallas Museum of Art, providing various music activities for their Autism Awareness Family Celebrations and Summer Art Camp for Children with Autism. While she has grown up with a love of musicals, she did not truly start performing until 2010. However, since then she has appeared in numerous productions throughout the DFW area. She has performed on both professional and community stages, including Stage West, Lyric Stage, ICT MainStage, Theater Arlington, Firehouse Theater, Onstage In Bedford, Denton Community Theater, Music Theater of Denton, Runway Theater, and Greater Lewisville Community Theater. Favorite productions include Hello, Dolly at Theater Arlington (Irene Malloy), Xanadu at Onstage In Bedford (Melpomene), Oliver at Lyric Stage (Rose Seller/Ensemble) and She Loves Me at Stage West (Ensemble). She is thrilled to have the opportunity to combine her love of the special needs population with her love of theater.
Kate Lovelady is native to Fort Worth and graduated with a Musical Theatre BFA from Texas Christian University in 2004 where she spent a summer abroad in London. Since that time she has dedicated herself to educating young artists through theatre arts. Kate has directed and taught kids of all ages specializing in creative dramatics and Musical Theatre Performance. She has had the pleasure of working all over the Fort Worth theatre community including Casa Manana, Circle Theatre, FireStarter Productions and Kids Who Care. Most recently, Kate was seen on stage at the Scott Theatre as Mrs Darling in Peter Pan. Kate is married to Jason Lovelady and they have two beautiful children Elizabeth and Zachary.
Jacque Campbell Ms. Jacque is excited to be back home at Casa where she grew up taking classes and performing in Playhouse productions and mainstage musicals. While earning her BFA in acting at UT-Arlington, she was a constant on their stage and a member of their nationally ranked speech team. She taught at the University of North Texas, Casa Manana, Theatre Arlington, Lyric Stage, Applause Theatre in Houston, the MET in Houston, UT-Arlington, TCC, CATS, and many private Christian schools. Her passion and joy comes from teaching kids of all ages about live theater and how to develop the creativity that is within them.
Merrill West was one of the world famous Radio City Rockettes for eight seasons. During that time, she was also PR Spokesperson for the Radio City Rockettes on TV and radio stations across the USA. She appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning revival of 42nd Street and the national tour of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. She has appeared on the Today Show, The David Letterman Show, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Tony Awards Broadcast. She is a featured perform on Broadway’s Lost Treasures DVD from PBS. Her regional theatre credits are numerous and include a Helen Haye’s Award for her appearance in the ensemble of Hello Dolly! At Ford’s Theatre in DC. When not performing, she can be found teaching and choreographing across the nation. Most recently served as Assistant Choreographer for London Rocks at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
Shayleigh Ward holds a BA in Theater Arts from UNT with an emphasis in Performance and Directing. She has more than 10 years of acting experience and works professionally as a teaching artist and youth director in the DFW. She has a passion for helping children grow with the power of the arts.
Samantha Whitbeck grew up on the stage of her hometown community theatre Lamp-Lite in Nacogdoches, TX where she learned the joy of creating theatre with her friends and family. From there, she attended the University of Central Oklahoma and received a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Theatre with a minor in Religious Studies. She has choreographed and taught drama and voice all over Texas and Oklahoma including the Northwest Optimist Performing Arts Center, OKC First Unitarian Church, Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, the Acting Studio, and Lamp-Lite Theatre. Samantha is also a professional performer with favorite credits that include Waitress inHank Williams: Lost Highway (Infinity Theatre Company), Lady Zaza in Rapunzel! Rapunzel! and Turtle in Frog and Toad (Casa Mañana), Miss Lowell in Light Up the Sky (Theatre Three), and Camelot (Lyric Stage). Samantha specializes in music theatre training, teaching private voice, acting, and dance, and is very excited to be teaching at Casa!