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PERFORMING ARTS INSTRUCTORS

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DEPARTMENT HEAD

KAETLIN LAMBERSON

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.

PERFORMING ARTS INSTRUCTORS

​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)
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)

Alle Head began dancing as a child at Renee Johnson’s Dance Studio. There she studied tap, ballet, jazz, and lyrical. She then went on to train in classical tap with Swing St. Louis, while also performing in their summer productions. After high school, Alle attended Missouri Baptist University where she furthered her studies in tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, and contemporary.  She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Theatre with minors in Marketing and Dance. Currently, Alle teaches competitive tap at DK Dance Productions. She is also the Program Coordinator and a dance instructor with Vitality in Motion.
Alle Head

Performing Arts Taster

Alle Head began dancing as a child at Renee Johnson’s Dance Studio. There she studied tap, ballet, jazz, and lyrical. She then went on to train in classical tap with Swing St. Louis, while also performing in their summer productions. After high school, Alle attended Missouri Baptist University where she furthered her studies in tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, and contemporary. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Theatre with minors in Marketing and Dance. Currently, Alle teaches competitive tap at DK Dance Productions. She is also the Program Coordinator and a dance instructor with Vitality in Motion.

​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.
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 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. Louis and St. Charles county 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 technology 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.  Allen is married to Kristy and has three children, one daughter-in-law and one grandson.
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. Louis and St. Charles county 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 technology 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. Allen is married to Kristy and has three children, one daughter-in-law and one grandson.

 Kelly has been involved with theater her entire life. She graduated from Washington University with a degree in acting, however, she learned through her experiences that she preferred directing, writing and technical theater. She has directed shows such as And Then There Were None, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Bye Bye Birdie, Arsenic and Old Lace, Twelfth Night and Fiddler on the Roof. In 2015 she and her family moved to Monroe, LA where she became heavily involved with a youth theater there called SYAA. While at SYAA, she taught acting and improv classes, wrote 12 camp scripts and 4 full length comedy shows, directed 7 mainstage shows, and volunteered to tech for another 20 shows. She loves all aspects of theater from acting to lighting/set design to crafting the perfectly timed sight gag. She is happy to be back in St. Louis following God’s lead to her next big theater adventure.
Kelly Hobbs

Drama

Kelly has been involved with theater her entire life. She graduated from Washington University with a degree in acting, however, she learned through her experiences that she preferred directing, writing and technical theater. She has directed shows such as And Then There Were None, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Bye Bye Birdie, Arsenic and Old Lace, Twelfth Night and Fiddler on the Roof. In 2015 she and her family moved to Monroe, LA where she became heavily involved with a youth theater there called SYAA. While at SYAA, she taught acting and improv classes, wrote 12 camp scripts and 4 full length comedy shows, directed 7 mainstage shows, and volunteered to tech for another 20 shows. She loves all aspects of theater from acting to lighting/set design to crafting the perfectly timed sight gag. She is happy to be back in St. Louis following God’s lead to her next big theater adventure.

Rachel Homolak earned a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Metropolitan State University of Denver and has been teaching theatre, voice and piano for the past 11 years. She directed over 30 productions and taught well over 500 students, one whom is now enjoying a successful Broadway career. She has also performed in over 25 shows and even started her own children’s choir in South Carolina, where she moved from 3 years ago.
Rachel Homolak

Musical Theatre 1

Rachel Homolak earned a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Metropolitan State University of Denver and has been teaching theatre, voice and piano for the past 11 years. She directed over 30 productions and taught well over 500 students, one whom is now enjoying a successful Broadway career. She has also performed in over 25 shows and even started her own children’s choir in South Carolina, where she moved from 3 years ago.

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.
Katie Orr

Intro to Musical Theatre

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 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.
Vanessa Waggoner-Zayas

Drama

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 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.
Quentin Cockerham

Technical Theatre Director | Drama

​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.