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MARIANNE ADAMS

Co-founder

Marianne received her BFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Marianne has directed many mainstage productions for Grandstreet, most recently Elf Jr, Tarzan, Rock of Ages, A Christmas Carol, Oklahoma, The 25th Annual Putnam Co. Spelling Bee, Big River, Ragtime, and Songs for a New World . She teaches acting classes for the Theatre School...

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MELISSA CHARLES

Co-founder

Melissa Charles is the Producing Artistic Director of DMR Adventures, the Founder/President of the Belmont Arts Collaborative and serves on the Virginia Theatre Association (VTA) Board as Chair of the Theatre for Youth Division. She is a professional actor, director, choreographer, and educator, and has produced, directed and choreographed over 60 productions. A member of the Actors Equity...

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TINA REYNOLDS

Co-founder

Tina is the Artistic Director and Creator of the award winning BRAVO Performing Arts program at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in Oak Park, IL. Tina is also the proud Founder, Director and CEO of Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts. Most recently Tina is thrilled to have purchased the Madison Street Theater, all of which are in Oak Park, IL just outside...

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JUSTIN SMUSZ

Justin Smusz is a senior at Indiana University pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. When he is not performing, he is working as the artistic assistant, graphic designer, and website manager for DMR Adventures. Justin won the 2017 Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards and went on to perform at the 2017 National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy Awards). Justin is on the board of directors for IU's studen-led theatre organization, University Players...

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PAULA CHANDA

Co-founder

Paula and her husband, Bob, had a dream to do theatre in Lubbock. They wanted to have jobs where they could do what they love and be a family at the same time. With that vision in mind, they started Hub Theatre Group and Hub Performing Arts School. After a successful summer camp in July 2007, the school was launched and celebrated its first semester with 150 students!...

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CHRIS PARAGONE

Co-founder

In 2002, Chris began a summer drama camp with the idea that drama was fun! By 2008, Chris realized that Mobile needed a Children’s Theater where all students would be welcomed and accepted, regardless of talent. Sunny Side was founded on the principal that everyone has something to offer and it was the responsibility of the director to identify the students’ talents...

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KEELY UMSTOT

Keely Umstot is the Resident Musical Theatre Instructor and Assistant Camp Director at Hub Performing Arts School. She is in the final steps of finishing her degree at Texas Tech University in which she will be a certified music and theatre teacher. Keely...