Musical Theatre and Acting Classes

Kate Lovelady (Director of Education and Outreach)
Triple Threat, Triple Threat Jr, Live On Stage!: The Lion King KIDS

Kate 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 Theatre Arlington, Circle Theatre, FireStarter Productions and Kids Who Care. Kate joined the staff at Casa as a teaching artist and assistant director in 2016.

Hannah Argüelles (Education Manager)
Triple Threat, Triple Threat Jr, Live On Stage!: The Lion King KIDS, Broadway Studio Sr, Broadway Studio: Shrek

Hannah received a BFA in Theatre for Young Audiences, a BA in Music, and a Directing Minor from Oklahoma City University where she discovered her passion for children’s theatre. Since moving to Fort Worth in 2015, Hannah has worked primarily at Casa Manana as a Musical Theatre and Dance instructor.  There, she has served as the Assistant Director for Rent and Assistant Choreographer for Madagascar Jr.  In addition, 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.

Jacque Dasher Campbell
Broadway Studio Pre-K, Broadway Studio (Grades K-1), Broadway Studio: Jungle Book, Actor Studio (Grades 2-3)

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.

James Chandler
Advanced Actor Studio, Acting for the Camera

James is originally from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area where he currently resides as an actor/director/teacher. Regional Credits:  Avenue Q (Theatre Three, Stage West) Season’s Greetings, Wild Oats (Theatre Three), Zanna, Don’t! (Uptown Players), Don Juan in Chicago, Lil’ Abner, Hairspray, How I learned to Drive, (Collin Theatre Center), Vincent River, Dick Whittington, (Theatre Britain), Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, (Inevitable Theatre Company). New York Credits: The Road to Ruin, Heaven Can Wait (The York Theater) National Tours: The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley (Dallas Children’s Theater) He also can be heard as voice talent for various animated series including Attack On Titian, Fairy Tail, Space Dandies and others. Mr. Chandler graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. 

Sarah Gay
Triple Threat, Advanced Vocal Studio

Sarah is 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.

Jennie Lynn Godfrey
Broadway Studio Pre-K, Broadway Studio: Special Needs and Abilities

Jennie 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).

Staci Schuhmann
Actor Studio (Grades 4-5), Actor Studio: Improvisation

Staci 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.

Meghan Webb
Broadway Studio Pre-K, Broadway Studio (Grades K-1)

Meghan Webb recently graduated from Oklahoma City University where she received her BFA in Theatre for Young Audiences with minors in Stage Management and Directing. During her time in Oklahoma, Meghan stage managed productions of Junie B. Jones the Musical and James and the Giant Peach at Lyric Theatre of OklahomaMeghan also performed in productions at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre and taught literacy and arts integration workshops through their “Page-to-Stage” program. After working as a counselor for Camp Casa for three summers, Meghan is thrilled to be returning to Casa Mañana and serving the children’s theatre community in Fort Worth!

Dance Classes

Elise Lavallee
Musical Theatre Dance (Monday), Broadway Dance 2 (Int/Adv), Broadway Dance 1 (Beg/Int)

Elise Lavallee is a choreographer, director, dance instructor, and is a proud member of The Actors Equity Association. Most recently she choreographed an original work, called Ebb & Flow, for Ballet Concerto, for which she received outstanding reviews. Some of her other credits include: Merry Widow and Cendrillon (University Of North Texas Opera), choreographer and associate director for In the Heights (Artes De La Rosa), Jubilation ( Jubilee Theatre), Cabaret (Texas Wesleyan University), The Theory Of Relativity (University Of Texas at Arlington), A Very Merry Unauthorized Scientology Pageant  (Circle Theatre), She has also choreographed many shows for Casa Manana that include A year with Frog and Toad and the world premiere of Snow White and The Prince. DVD and Film credits: Music video for Tori Vasquez Keep in Mind, Movie teaser: Heaven Directed by Ya’ke Smith, Barney and Friends choreographer for Barney’s Music Video I Hear Music Everywhere, and assistant choreographer for Let’s Make Music, and Let’s Go To The Fire House. As an instructor she has worked for Kids Who Care, Margo Dean School of Ballet, Ballet International Elite Academy, All Saints Episcopal School, Texas Wesleyan University, Dance Theatre of Arlington, Studio C, Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, Arlington Heights High School, and Trinity Valley. Elise received a majority of her training with Margo Dean School of Ballet and Texas Ballet Theatre. Professionally she was a member of The Bruce Wood Dance Project, Ballet Concerto, and has performed in many musical theatre productions with theatre’s including but not limited to Casa Manana, Dallas Theater Center, Lyric Stage and The Dallas Opera in the world premiere of Becoming Santa Claus.

Brittany Jenkins
Musical Theatre Dance (Monday), Broadway Dance 2 (Int/Adv), Broadway Dance 1 (Beg/Int)

Brittany is a graduate of Texas Tech University where she received her BA in Dance. She has trained locally with Carrie Cheng, Webster Dean and Elise Lavallee, as well as regionally Broadway Theatre Project and The Performing Arts Project where she worked with an array of Broadway and film actors, casting directors, vocal directors and other Theatre and Dance professionals. Currently, Brittany is the resident choreographer for Kids Who Care. She also teaches with Granbury Theatre Company and Phoenix Conservatory, and choreographs across the metroplex. Brittany is excited to have the opportunity to teach with the Casa Staff this year!

Merrill West
Broadway Dance 3 (Advanced)

Merrill is a dancer, teacher and choreographer based in NYC for 20 yrs and originally from Fort Worth, Texas.  Her choreographic work at Casa Manana includes Madagascar, Fiddler on the Roof Jr and the recent, Once Upon a Mattress.  She also serves as assistant Director/Choreographer to award winning Director/Choreographer, Karma Camp, at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  She is currently Adjunct Faculty in the TCU Theatre Department and has taught master classes for CCM, NYU, Towson University, ACU, OCU and The Radio City Rockettes.  As a performer, Merrill had the pleasure of being one of the world famous Radio City Rockettes for eight seasons and appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning revival of 42nd Street. She was also seen in 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 performer on Broadway’s Lost Treasures DVD from PBS.  Her regional theatre credits are numerous and include a Helen Hayes Award for her appearance in the ensemble of Hello Dolly! at Ford’s Theatre in DC.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from New York University and is a proud member of Actors Equity association.

Musical Theatre for Special Needs and Abilities

Tina Fahrquhar
Musical Theatre Production for Special Needs

Tina 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.

Diane Powell
Broadway Studio: Special Needs and Abilities

Diane 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.