Board of Directors
Andrea was born in the UK where she trained in ballet, tap and modern dance in her early years. She then moved into competing in disco freestyle in singles, doubles and team and Rock ‘n Roll doubles where she discovered her love of choreography. She carried on with sporadic classes in jazz and tap dance throughout adulthood until she lost the use of her left leg and foot in 1999. This forced a back operation to prevent paralysis and saved the leg, but unfortunately left her with chronic pain where she lost her job and had to stop dancing.
In April 2007, she was prayed over and the Lord healed her chronic back pain and brought her into the kingdom of God. She realized that she could use the gift of dance to honor and worship Him. She felt led to start ‘toddler time’ at WoodsEdge Church, which uses dance and song to connect with children and parents and show Jesus’ love! She has taught and choreographed for several of NYT classes and productions.
In Kazakhstan, Andrea had the opportunity to direct and choreograph for shows You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Wizard of Oz and assist in Christmas performances with the International School.
Clay received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M. He currently serves as VP of sales for Long Lake Ltd., the 4th largest homebuilder in the greater Houston area. He has been in the home building industry for 18 years. Clay was also a volunteer fireman for 16 years.
Clay and his family have been involved with theater for five years and with NYT since the first production where he served on the sets committee. He has chaired the sets committee for Godspell, Narnia and Music Man.
Justin has directed tons of musicals including Peter Pan, Godpsell, 24 Hr Musical and Charlie Brown for NYT. As an actor he has been featured in shows including Singing in the Rain, Blood Brothers, Footloose, West Side Story and Drowsy Chaperone. Justin co-founded CYT Chicago/Spotlight in 1997 and led that program through 2013. He was also a part of several start-up youth theaters across the country. His day job is running Theater by Design, a specialty costume and prop rental business.
He holds a BA in Religion with emphasis in Theology from Point Loma Nazarene College. Mr. Parks has served Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Willow Creek in artistic endeavors.
Justin and his wife, Rachel and five kids (Jillian, Micah, Liberty, Jackson and Saylor) live in Shenandoah.
Ann has been involved with NYT since 2014 when their family embarked on their first foray into musical theater with NYT’s production of Peter Pan. Since that time she has been blessed to have seen the positive impact the program has made on many lives, including her own family. She is honored to be part of this organization, which places their priority on the students’ relationship with Christ and spreading the gospel, while still giving each participant a quality theater education.
Ann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business management from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. She also worked for State Farm Insurance for 10 years as an agent and claim representative, as well as having worked in agriculture and economic development. Ann is pleased to bring her experience in marketing, communications and customer service to the board. She is blessed to be a wife, mother, homeschooling mom, writing tutor, and farmer-in-training. She lives with her husband and son on 10 acres outside Conroe.
Board of Directors, Member at Large
Shannon has been involved with NYT since 2015, serving as a green room mom and on various hair/make-up committees, and as a camp coordinator, and has seen firsthand the positive impact the programs can have on students’ lives. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Texas A&M University and a J.D. from the University of San Diego, School of Law. Her most recent professional position was with the Asylum Division of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. She previously worked at Fulbright & Jaworski and Grimes & Warwick, in San Diego, California. Shannon and her husband, Tom, have two sons and a daughter-in-law.
Emily has the joy of living life with her funny, loving, kind-hearted husband, affectionately nicknamed Schmoopy. She also has the pleasure of raising two adorable humans – Kaitlyn and Liam. You will often find them binge watching Netflix, playing board games, wrestling, playing football and four square, and generally loving and enjoying life. Emily’s other hobbies include all things Dr. Who, running, reading, and working out. She despises carrots and prays for world peace. Emily is also a REFIT® and POUND® Instructor at The Zoo Healthclub in The Woodlands.
Jennifer has 20 years of experience in marketing and public relations. She created Inspire PR & Marketing in 2012, a public relations and marketing communications business dedicated to assist small to mid-sized companies. In 2013, Jennifer founded North Phoenix Family magazine, an online community resource for families in the North Valley area of Phoenix, and served for five years as the publisher and editorial director.
Prior to establishing Inspire PR & Marketing, she served as communications director for the Anthem Community Council, Inc., a non-profit government organization overseeing the community of Anthem. In this role, Jennifer was responsible for overseeing the department’s communications and marketing initiatives, programs, campaigns, and services. Throughout her professional career, she has managed marketing for clients in insurance, non-profit, sports, investment securities, publishing, retail, construction, technology, real-estate, legal and hospitality industries.
Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and earned her master’s degree from California State University, Fullerton in mass communications with an emphasis in public relations.
Born and raised in Southern California, she moved her family to Arizona where they lived for 11 years prior to moving to Texas in 2017. Jennifer and her husband, Brent, have two children, Tristan and Kayden.
Woodlands/Magnolia Area Producer and Teen Camp Coordinator
Rachel was born and raised in Texas and met her incredible husband, Ryan, while attending Texas A&M University. She has been married for 19 years and have four kids who all love NYT. In addition to loving Jesus and theater, Rachel loves traveling with her family, reading, dancing, bad karaoke, and essential oils.
Christi has been involved with NYT since her oldest three jumped into the production of Beauty and the Beast in 2017. It was the perfect fit. Her house is a constant musical anyway, so now everyone is singing the same show. She’s loved music her whole life and grew up singing in her church choir and playing in her high school band.
With a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Leadership and Development from Texas A&M University, Christi’s managed a cattle property in outback Queensland, Australia and worked in the financial industry with Merrill Lynch.
Today, you will find her happily serving at home to her prince charming, Robert, and their six kids (Joshua, Leah, Hannah, Priscilla, Tabitha, and Martha). Christi homeschools the children in the classical model where music is prized as a key component of instruction and is grateful to have NYT help fill that role. She also loves to read and study healthy, natural living. She looks forward to serving the families that God brings to NYT, as her family grows alongside them.
Jill is a native Texan, born in Houston and raised in Spring. She met her sweetheart Clay in 1995 and they have been happily married now for 21 years. They have four children, Bailey, Savannah, Taryn and Grayson whom Jill has had the pleasure of homeschooling for the past 13 years. Their girls began their theater fun in 2008 with classes and in 2012 began with their first production.
Jill has served in different capacities, namely Props, Concessions, House Manager, and Production Manager. They believe NYT maintains a spirit of community and the fact that Christ remains the center of all that is done here makes this organization all the more dear to them.
Jacquee was born and raised in northern California, as the youngest of five kids, with a mother that majored in music. It was a given since birth that they all would sing and play piano, and she requires nothing less from her own children.
She went to college in Santa Clara, California and graduated with a bachelors degree in early childhood education. Jacquee married her husband, Chuck, in 2005. They have been blessed with six children, Samantha, Saydee, Sydnee, William, Dustin and Colton.
Jessica spent most of her life in Oklahoma where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and married her best friend’s brother. She and her husband then spent 11 years in Georgia during which she earned her Master of Education degree in library media and brought home all three of their children, one biological daughter and two sons from Ethiopia.
In 2013, she and her family moved to Ethiopia as missionaries to work with an organization whose goal was orphan prevention through the creation of dignified jobs. With sudden safety concerns they fled to the U.S. with only some clothes and Legos and landed in Texas where they have extended family. Jessica is a former high school English teacher and academic/guidance director but has been a homeschooling mom since 2011. She is new to the world of theater, having shied away from the stage until she started co-leading worship for her Bible study in 2017. Although she and her kids have seen almost every show NYT has produced, it was Justin’s words in the Beauty and the Beast playbill equating the story line to the gospel of Jesus that drew her in. She read it to her kids and told them someone was auditioning for the next musical. Jessica loves great books, good music, game nights and anything she can organize.
Special Events Coordinator/Director/Instructor
Kristi’s day job is trade compliance and logistics in the oil and gas industry but her heart loves the theater. Being a church brat, music has always played a major role in her life, but an even larger component has been children’s ministry. Her music background is almost exclusively in church, but she has dabbled in the secular world as well. Kristi has led choirs and praise and worship teams for almost 10 years. She also has had gigs around town with her handsome drummer husband and their band. Kristi and her husband were youth group sweethearts, and have been married for nearly 14 years with two phenomenally talented and beautiful girls.
House Manager and Teen Camp Coordinator
Nancy has been involved since the beginning of NYT with her husband Joey and 6 kids (Sullivan, Baker, Brady, Sydney, Sammi, Sadie). They have lived in the Woodlands area for 22 years. Other than theater, she enjoys being involved with her church, hanging out with her family, vacationing, reading, hiking, building sand castles, walking and talking with her kids, and soaking in the morning sun on her porch with coffee and Jesus.
Nancy earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Stephen F. Austin, and went on to teach kindergarten for seven years in Spring ISD. Since then, she has absolutely loved being a stay at home mom and homeschooling her kids. Nancy loves Jesus with all her heart and is truly passionate about seeing kids grow through a relationship with Him.
Prayer Team Coordinator
Jill is originally from Michigan but has made Spring, Texas her home for the past 12 years as a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to her two beautiful daughters. Before the privilege of staying home with her girls, she loved working as an orthodontist assistant in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. She has been married to her husband Steve for 22 years. Her family enjoys traveling, game nights, hosting events and get togethers, and helping others. Musical theater entered their lives five years ago and it has been an exciting adventure ever since.
NYT’s full dependence on God’s vision, heart and leadership of the organization is what Jill and her family have come to admire about NYT and believe it’s what sets them apart. Jill has enjoyed serving on several parent committees such as props, mics, green room, hospitality and sets. But her favorite role has been as Program Manager as it not only allowed her to get to know the cast members and families better and work alongside excellent staff members and directing teams, but also to build upon hidden talents and abilities that God wanted to reveal to her. She has discovered that NYT does not exist only for the kids to grow in the ways God created them, but also for the parents.
NYT Directors and Instructors
Aimee trained in singing, dancing, and acting from age three through college. Blessed with a rich choral life, she has enjoyed singing in incredible choirs all through high school, college, and into adulthood. At LSU, she began to serve in the worship band at her college ministry. Since then, she has continued to serve in this way, and now helps lead others in worship at her church (Redeemer Church) in Tomball, alongside her husband, who serves as the executive pastor and worship leader. In theater, she has been a featured dancer in the ensemble, held side character and principle roles, and painted sets. While she has not performed in some time, she often jokes that she would “come out retirement” for the chance to play Glinda in Wicked.
In her “spare time,” she directs a Classical Conversations campus in Tomball and plans Disney vacations for families. She loves traveling, decorating really early for holidays, and being with her husband Kevin, and their four amazing kids: Judah, Canaan, Annie, and Hallie. Aimee categorizes herself as someone who is “easily moved,” as pretty much any form of beauty (a pretty day, a majestic little league home run, literary passages) can cause her traitorous tear ducts to activate, but music stirs in her soul such joy and worship of the great God who created this beautiful means of expression.
David Brooks Horn
David has been a director with NYT for three years, through numerous shows including Music Man Jr., Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Willy Wonka, and Shrek Jr. When not directing, he enjoys acting in the Lone Star Summer Musical, composing music, and leading worship at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church. He has a lovely wife, Diana, and his pride and joy, his son, Lucius.
Director and Instructor
From a young age, Holly has been directing and performing in church and for family. Every Christmas her family would take a seat as she and her sisters would reenact the story of Jesus, costumes and all. In 2005, she earned her bachelor’s of fine arts in theater from Sam Houston State University with a teaching certification. Her credits include: Anything Goes (Charity), Cinderella (Queen), Shadow Box (Agatha) and was a costume designer for Romeo and Juliet at Sam Houston State University. Holly was the assistant director for CYT’s, The Sound of Music and The Wizard of OZ and assisted choreography for Godspell. She enjoys spending her time singing, studying theology and reading to her little love bugs, Caleb and Danika.
Director and Instructor
Dr. Lisa Morales’ musical journey began at the age of three with Suzuki violin lessons at Oklahoma City University. As a violinist with the Charleston Youth Symphony (SC) and violin performance major through college, she studied with Dr. Won Mo Kim (Charleston Symphony Orchestra), Tiberius Klausner (University of Missouri – Kansas City), Dr. Donald Portnoy (University of South Carolina), and Leonard Feldberg (University of New Mexico). Vocal studies with Drs. Aija and James Shrader included master classes with the renowned vocal pedagogue Richard Miller of Oberlin Conservatory followed by a year of intensive study with Florence Birdwell (teacher of Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O’Hara among others). While on staff at Tulsa Opera, Dr. Morales worked with nationally and internationally known singers, directors, and conductors and developed an opera appreciation course in conjunction with the University of Tulsa. Recently, she continued advanced study in the field with vocal pedagogy and conducting institutes at Boston Conservatory, Southern Methodist University, and the University of North Texas. Additional graduate coursework at the University of Houston-Moores School of Music has enabled her to learn from Professor Melanie Sonnenberg and the generous voice faculty associated with MSM.
Dr. Morales’ students are successful performers and have been welcomed into the Houston Grand Opera High School program, Sam Houston State University musical theater and theater programs, the University of Houston-Moores School of Music, Wichita State University musical theater program, and Oklahoma City University Petree School of Music, to name a few. Additionally, students who have trained with Dr. Morales are now featured singers and performers in various semi-professional and professional venues, including Disneyland in Orlando!
Dr. Morales has worked in higher education for over 20 years, developing curriculum, establishing and building programs, and designing extracurricular activities. Her research interests focus on the interdisciplinary nature of learning and encompass vocal health, the connection between bel canto and musical theater style singing techniques, performance practice and programming, and the economic impact of war/effectiveness of reconstruction efforts within two primary contexts: the War of 1812 and the Marshall Plan. At LSC-Tomball, she provides leadership for the direction of the music program, teaches honors music appreciation and private voice students, and directs vocal ensembles. Previously, she has served on the faculties of University of Tulsa, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and North Central Texas College.
Director and Instructor
Jim’s love of music was realized in his childhood, and though there were relatively meager opportunities in his small northwestern New Mexico town, his parents helped him find a piano teacher, enroll him in band in school, and encouraged him to sing in the small church adult choir as a teen. His uncle gave him his first Harmony brand guitar and his grandma bought him his first trombone and he was off.
After a year of college, Jim found what he thought was the perfect blending of his faith and his music and toured across the U.S. with a music and drama ministry where his faith was sharpened like never before. He later graduated with a bachelor’s of fine arts with a vocal emphasis and teacher’s K-12 certification from Stephen F. Austin State University and served on church music staffs for the next nine years conducting choirs and orchestras before going into public education where he has taught for more than 20 years in the Klein Independent School District. He has also taught piano, voice, guitar and low brass instruments privately since graduating from college.
Jim co-founded a youth musical theater ministry company here in the Houston area in 2006 and has served as an acting/assistant director, vocal director and orchestra director in shows such as Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables, Cinderella, Narnia, Godspell, The Sound of Music, and Peter Pan. Jim and his artist wife Shen home-school their kids in Spring. He enjoys golf, juggling, reading, apologetics, hanging out with men better than himself, and sitting in his “holy of holies” with his Bible.
Director and Choreographer
Music and dance have influenced Katie’s life from a very early age. Piano is her first love, which she has been playing for over 30 years. She has additional training in clarinet, flute and participated in an all girl’s choir, as well as theater, her favorite role being Meg, from Little Women. Dancing for over 10 years with various studios including Margo Marshall, she continues to bust a move at home, to which her kids always give an eye roll. Later she went on to direct a girl’s choir of her own as well as children’s choir through church.
Katie has an eye and ear for detail and loves polishing choreography and choirs to perfection. She currently plays piano for worship at Redeemer Church in Tomball where she attends with her husband, Grant and her three kids, Audrey, Violet and Hudson. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, she enjoys organizing and eating Mexican food.
Director and Instructor
Madison has been active in theater since the age of fourteen. Her parents enrolled her in theater to help her overcome her natural shyness. In theater, she not only found her voice, but discovered like-minded, creative friends, and a passion for performance. Over the years, she has been blessed to experience theater in many aspects including the technical production and the performance side. This is her third year to serve as instructor with NYT for our young thespians and she looks forward to seeing them learn and grow.
Instructor and Director Intern
One of Angel’s first childhood memories is playing Betsy Ross in preschool and that’s when she got hooked on the love of theater. She went on to be in several commercials, dozens of productions, minored in theatre, and eventually directed and taught school theater. Angel even met her fantastic husband, Russ, in their college production of Little Women where he took a main role playing opposite her role as Amy so he could get to know her better. She traded in directing, acting and teaching for the adventures of having a baby, adopting three more blessings and living across the world.
After moving back from Thailand, the family’s passion for theater and desire to find a Christ-centered community led them to National Youth Theater. While those at NYT often know Angel as an over-passionate and dedicated green room mom she is blessed to be on staff using her theatre-nerdiness to bless others.
Choreographer and Camp Staff
A Houston native, Jacob Major is the oldest of seven and a recent graduate of Elon University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Music Theatre program. He grew up performing in musicals with CYT Houston, HFAC, and TUTS and training in tap, jazz, and ballet at Payne Academy of Ballet and Woodlands Civic Ballet. During his senior year of high school, he choreographed Thoroughly Modern Millie and Oklahoma for CYT Houston, and has since taught numerous dance classes and camps for CYT as well as private dance lessons. Since his freshman year at Elon, Jacob has been very blessed to work in professional regional theatre each summer across four different states. Jacob will be moving up to NYC in late August to continue his career as an actor.
Choreographer and Camp Staff
Jenny Gallegos has been dancing for over 13 years and is passionate about sharing God’s love with children and adults through the art of dance. She loves teaching and has been a dance instructor for Magnify School of Dance for over four years. Jenny specializes in ballet, jazz, lyrical, partner dancing and worship dance. She is also a charter company member for The Magnify Dance Company.
She is also a professional choreographer. Jenny has served as the dance director/choreographer for Joyful Sound for multiple years and has choreographed multiple shows for NYT (such as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, NYTs 24 Hour production of High School Musical, and guest choreographer for Willy Wonka).
Choreographer and Camp Staff
Justin began his theater training with CYT/CCT San Diego during his junior year of high school. He started taking dance classes while getting an AA degree at a community college. Justin continued training in acting and singing while simultaneously working professionally in local San Diego theaters. He received an 8-month intensive dance scholarship from the Academy of Performing Arts in San Diego. Not long after, he transferred to UC Irvine majoring in drama for a short while before joining the Chicago company of Wicked. After 18 months performing in Oz, Justin decided to move to Hollywood to pursue an acting career in TV/Film. He has since starred in a few independent feature films and occasionally returns to the stage. Some of his favorite theater credits: Wicked (Ensemble), CATS (Rum Tum Tugger), West Side Story (Riff), Gypsy (Tulsa), Music Man (Tommy Djilas). Some Film credits: 1 Chance 2 Dance (Netflix), Disaster LA (On-Demand), Attack of the Killer Donuts, Fortune Defies Death, Living with Models (YouTube).
On a personal level, Justin has been a Christian for most of his life. He remembers accepting Jesus Christ as his savior while praying with his father when he was 5 years old and he has lived in faith ever since.
Choreographer and Instructor
Savannah has been a part of NYT since its first show in 2014. Theater has been a passion of hers ever since she was seven when she took her first theater class with CYT. She has lived in Texas her entire life with her parents and three siblings. Her hobbies include reading, creative writing, and shopping. Savannah is thrilled to get to work with NYT kids, and can’t wait to see how God works his wonders through the gifts of your children.
Choreographer and Instructor
Alex is a senior at Sam Houston State University. She has loved every show she’s been a part of and NYT has a very special place in her heart. Alex has been teaching choreography for six years for various shows and classes and has most recently choreographed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with her longtime friend and mentor Rebecca Cary. Her favorite part of NYT is seeing the cast grow into their diverse and creative talents; and then seeing them use those talents for glorifying God.
Instructor and Camp Staff
Bailey is fresh out from under the graduation cap at 18 years old. Her passions outside of theater include photography, reading, and dancing with her grandpa. Bailey’s original intention when it came to musical theater was to only help out behind the scenes. When her sister caught the theater bug, however, she convinced Bailey to give the stage a try. Her “training” began as an eight year old at a summer camp and has since included numerous musicals and voice, dance, and drama classes, as well as learning about the many functions of what goes on behind the scenes. While she still has much to learn, Bailey is always eager to share her love for theater and the grace of God.
Leah loves to dance and has studied and performed with Progressions Performing Arts and Theater Under the Stars. She has also had the rare opportunity to train with the Radio City Rockettes in NYC. Leah has competed as a professional ballroom dancer and is a certified Zumba and PiYo instructor. She is married to the love of her life, Ryan, and currently works at Woodsedge Church as the Early Childhood Program Director. She enjoys tutoring math (besuccessfulinmath.com) and teaching ballroom dance lessons.
Meghan is currently finishing her degree in music education at Houston Baptist University while teaching private piano and voice lessons to students of all ages. In addition to teaching privately, she has taught elementary music classes and directed high school choirs. Many of her students have achieved superior ratings in the Texas State Solo and Ensemble competition as well as the National Guild of Piano Auditions. In her free time, she loves playing piano, singing Broadway tunes, baking, and studying maps.
Savannah is a former homeschool student who has taken fifteen years of ballet. Ten of those years were spent training at Excelsior School of Dance (ESD) in The Woodlands. While there she assisted teaching for five years and was a part of their pre-professional company for three years. She performed in numerous productions with them in her time training at ESD.
Since then she has taught at Soli Deo Gloria as a dance teacher/choreographer and trained a year at Payne Academy of Performing Arts. Most recently, she has become an intern at Open Sky Arts Collective. Ministering through the arts is something she feels called to and wants to pursue. She loves working towards excellence and cultivating a safe place for artists to grow. Savannah wants to help others use their gifts to glorify God.
Instructor and Camp Staff
Tori just completed her second year at Lone Star College and will be transferring to Sam Houston State University for a major in entrepreneurship. She has a passion for singing, dancing, acting and photography. Tori is currently a dancer in Magnify Dance Company, and is also an alumni of Joyful Sound Performance Company.
As a former student, Reagan’s passion for theatre was cultivated and developed through this organization and she is excited to instill that passion in the next generation of NYT students. She has a bachelors degree in Theatre from Biola University in Los Angeles, California. Reagan’s prayer is that she may help develop your child’s passion for theatre as well as their relationship with Jesus Christ. She believes that our God is a creative God and through the power of theatre we can bring honor and glory to His name.