Kaetlin Lamberson graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and minor in Political Science.  At SEMO she served as President of University Dancers United and Senior Senator for the Holland College of Arts and Media.  Here she was awarded the President’s Spirit of Southeast award and Outstanding Senior for Conservatory of Theatre and Dance.  After graduation, Kaetlin worked with COCAedu for a summer internship, and began teaching dance in Columbia, Illinois.  Because of a passion for Arts Advocacy, she currently serves as a board member with Missouri Citizens for the Arts and has for two years.  In this time, she has attended many advocacy events at the local, state and national levels to advocate on behalf of the Missouri Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.


April McCandless

Musical Theatre 2 & 3 | Musical Theatre Coordinator

​April McCandless grew up at DaySpring training in musical theater, dance, and drama. She graduated from Stephens College with a BFA in Theater Arts. During her time at Stephens College, April received training and experience in acting, directing, stage management, and technical theater. During college she spent a summer at a professional summer stock theater in Okoboji, IA working on 9 full productions in 10 weeks. Since graduating, April has found her passion directing musicals for children and teen performers as well as passing on her love of theater to her students. April has directed more than 12 musicals here at Dayspring but some of her favorites have been: Seussical (2013), Little Mermaid (2014), and Jane Eyre (2015)

Kristi Gunther

Musical Theatre 1

​Kristi Gunther has been teaching young actors to love theater for over 13 years. She has taught and directed students all over the St. Louis and New York metropolitan area, and is excited to begin her first year teaching at DaySpring! Locally, she has taught at Stages, COCA, Rosati-Kain, St Simon Middle, and more. Besides directing students, Kristi is a video producer, actress, on camera host, and voice over artist. She holds a BFA in directing from NYU. Her recent favorite productions include "Singin' In the Rain," "Batmania!" and "Beauty and the Beast." Currently you can find her at Kirkwood High School, directing the 2nd installment of "SW1X." When she isn't directing, Kristi loves to camp, garden, dance, sew, and just hang out with her 4 sweet kiddos. She strives to grow and inspire every student she teaches, and appreciates each parent who entrusts his or her child to her classroom.

Amanda Earls

Performing Art Enhancer Sessions

Amanda has been teaching and directing Musical Theater and Acting for 7 years now. Before that, she performed regionally and on tours for over ten years. She has been a Missouri and Colorado Thespian Guest Artist Teacher as well as a Musical Theater judge. She worked closely with the national program JumpStart Theater through the Educational Theater Association, where she helped middle schools throughout the St. Louis region start their own musical theater program. Amanda's favorite professional credits include: Amy in COMPANY, Jeannie in THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL (National and International Tour), RENT as Maureen, Yitzack in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, and Miss Andrew in MARY POPPINS. Amanda also had the pleasure of being the Colorado Symphony Orchesra's soloist for their AN EVENING WITH GERSHWIN concert conducted by the late Marvin Hamlisch.

Katie Orr

Musical Theatre Performance Workshop

Katie is a graduate from Stephens College with a BFA in Acting. While at Stephens, Katie acted, directed, designed, stage managed, and everything in between. Since moving back to St. Louis, she’s worked on multiple productions as a props designer and scenic painter for professional companies as well as high school theatre programs (where she teaches students prop building and painting techniques and how to work with props/scenery on stage). Teaching, especially in the arts, has been a passion of hers since she was in classes herself. Being a quirky kid from a small town, the arts provided her with a sense of belonging, and it was then that she made it her mission to continue to give kids that same opportunity.

Vanessa Waggoner-Zayas


Vanessa is a St Louis native with over 25 years of performance and teaching experience in all areas of the performing arts. She was homeschooled through high school and later studied theater, dance and music at Belhaven College, graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre, Summa Cum Laude. Vanessa has trained and performed with theatre and dance companies including St Louis Shakespeare, The Joshua Squad, Duncan Dance, Off-Kilter Comedy, WyCliffe Dinner Theatre, and PUSH Physical Theatre. She also has professional experience working on camera in commercials, short films and feature length productions. In 2009 she co-founded Kinetic Tapestry Physical Theatre Company along with her husband, Jaime Zayas. Her performance and teaching have taken her all over the states as well as abroad in England, Scotland, Puerto Rico, Honduras and Spain.
She currently works as a Performing Arts teacher and freelance performer based in the St Louis area. Her desire is to be a high quality performer and to equip other artists of all ages. She has been teaching various performance disciplines since 2001 and loves seeing her students grow as artists and as people.

Quentin Cockerham

Technical Theatre Director

​Quentin J. Cockerham attended Parkway North High School and has been involved in Theatre ever since his first day of class his freshman year. He went on to be the Shop Foreman for two and a half years there and had the opportunity to design and construct during his time in High School. After graduating, Quentin continued his education as STLCC - Meramec where he again found himself in Theatre. There he finally had the chance to act on stage along with working on the technical side of shows as well. He acted in a number of plays there until he transferred to Lindenwood University. His time spent there was brief but rewarding. He continued to work in the shop and on shows as well as being cast in All My Sons as Joe Keller and Our Town as the Stage Manager. He graduated in 2019 with his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a well-rounded knowledge of this wonderful art form.

Dianne Mueller

Drama, Musical Theatre, Performing Arts Taster | South County Coordinator

Dianne Mueller studied theater at Kansas University and later graduated from the University of Missouri St Louis with a BS in Biology and Chemistry. After working for 10 years in the biochemistry field, Dianne retired and pursued her first love, theater. Dianne began teaching youth choirs in 2002 at Green Park Lutheran School and Christ Memorial Lutheran Church. Dianne also formed a youth drama group at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church and has organized and taught various theater camps. Dianne is very active in St. Louis community theater and is currently the Creative Director of Christ Memorial Productions. She also sits on the Board of Family Musical Theater. In her “spare” time she likes to build and create things. Some of her favorite types of creations are doll houses, gingerbread houses and as of now she is planning to tackle furniture construction.

Claire Ward

Ballet, Young Dancers | Programming & Outreach Coordinator

Claire Ward is a dedicated teacher, director and administrator with over ten years of professional performing and teaching experience. She trained in Los Angeles, California, in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theater, and competed on a national dance competition team for eight years. She holds a BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Oklahoma School of Dance and a Masters of Science degree in Fitness Management from Missouri Baptist University. While completing her degrees, Claire danced professionally with companies including Radio City, Oklahoma Festival Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Missouri Ballet Theatre, and Common Thread Contemporary Ballet. In addition to her work at DaySpring, Claire is an Adjunct Dance Professor, Choreographer, and Competitive Dance Coach at Missouri Baptist University. She is also a certified personal trainer, mat pilates and yoga instructor, and incorporates her knowledge from these certifications in her programming and teaching. Claire is honored to serve DaySpring Arts and Education as the Programming Coordinator, teacher in the Dance Department, and the Artistic Director of the Fall Ballet production.

Eliana Steele

Performing Arts Taster

Eliana Steele is a senior at Missouri Baptist University, majoring in Theatre with minors in Accounting and Business Administration. She taught Drama and Musical Theatre at the STEAM camps this summer and will be teaching the PA Taster class on Saturday mornings during the school year. In the past, Eliana has volunteered as Assistant Director for two Take 3 Christian Theatre productions and is a current member of MBU’s drama ministry group, In Charactre. Eliana is a firm believer in the power of theatre to foster imagination, empathy, critical thinking, and confidence and she is so excited to share the magic of this art form with her students this year.

Jaime Zayas

Circus Arts | Engineering

​Actor, mime and clown. Born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He received a B.A in Theater from the University of Puerto Rico. He has over 15 years of experience in professional theater, TV, film and commercials. He studied mime and physical theatre in The School for Mime Theatre in Gambier, Ohio and clown theatre with the former Cirque du Soleil’s clown, Alex Navarro. He was contracted for specialty character work for the Walt Disney Company. His performances have taken him to the USA, Puerto Rico, Spain and Mexico. In St Louis, he has worked with Annoyarts, St Louis Shakespeare and Mustard Seed Theater receiving high reviews for his acting and lighting design work.
He is also the co-founder and executive director of Kinetic Tapestry, a physical theatre company and circus arts studio based in St Louis.

Allen Moore

Technical Theatre | DaySpring Academy Instructor

Allen Moore is a 1999 graduate of Evangel University in Springfield Missouri and a 2007 graduate of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. Allen received his Bachelor of Science in Speech and Theatre Education and his Master of Arts in Theatre Administration.
Allen taught Speech and Drama for a few years in St. Charles public schools then transitioned to Carr Lane Visual and Performing Arts Middle School. In his ten years at Carr Lane, Allen taught drama, technical theatre, math and computers; and was the liaison for the building.
Outside of his employment, Allen has worked extensively with performers of all ages in church dramas in both Springfield, Missouri and the St. Louis area. Throughout his time working in church productions, Allen has written several monologues, scenes, and full productions. In addition, for 5 years, Allen ran Destination Theatre Company in St. Louis including directing 6 mainstage productions, several one acts and acting in several of the productions as well. He is thrilled to be bringing his knowledge into the class and continue to expand upon the foundation that has been laid.

Isabelle Scheibe

Stage Management

​Isabelle Scheibe is a graduate of Stephens College with a B.F.A. in Technical Theatre with an emphasis in Stage Management. She started off her theatre training at Dayspring, when she was five, as a froglet in the musical “Honk!”, and has continued to love Theater ever since. After being a performer, Isabelle later found a new love for backstage work, which led her to Stephens College. There she was given many opportunities to stage manage, light design, sound design, & even direct. She also was given the opportunity to work over the summer with Stephens College Summer Stock Theatre in Okoboji Iowa, where the company puts on nine shows in ten weeks. During Isabelle’s last year at Stephens College she served on the executive board as the Production Stage Manager for the student run Warehouse Theatre. Isabelle also works at Missouri Baptist University as the Theatre Assistant/Shop Manager and she mentors student stage managers along with stage managing some of MBU’s shows.



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