CharacterWorks...Building Christian Character On and Off the Stage!
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 Brooke Abrahamsen - Teacher

After completing her B.A. in Theater at Arizona State University in 1999, Brooke joined CYT Richmond (now CharacterWorks) as a teacher and director, taking on the role of Artistic Director in 2004. Brooke has been part of the production teams of over 50 shows and oversees the Artistic Teams for all of the productions. Besides acting and directing, Brooke has a background in youth ministry (WEAG), summer camp counseling (Young Life) and directing after-school youth programs (YMCA). Brooke also... Read More
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 Wendy Amadee - Teacher

Wendy Amadee is a CYT alumni, having performed in 21 CYT Richmond musicals from 2001 (as a member of the very first tour group) through 2010. She also worked for 5 years as part of the CYT Summer Camp staff 2009 - 2013. Wendy received a B.S. in Pre-K and Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education from Grove City College in Pennsylvania in 2013. She adores teaching and encouraging kids to reach their fullest potential in a variety of ways. Wendy is excited about training... Read More
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 Stacey Daub - Teacher

CharacterWorks combines two of my passions--music and children. Throughout my own school career, I was actively involved in choir. I graduated from VCU in 2003 with a BS in psychology and a Masters of Teaching. After teaching elementary school in Henrico County for 8 years, I began teaching preschool. In addition to teaching preschool, I'm a certified Music Together teacher, a Sunday School worship leader, and I assist with the children's choirs at my church. My family's love for CYT... Read More
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 Sabrina Morgan Jordan - Teacher

Mrs. Jordan is a joyful conduit of the arts and has been guiding children on a creative journey of discovery for many years. As an artist, she continues her quest to inspire the children she serves to embrace their artistic self-expression. Applying her studies at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts and an extensive background working in public school systems and other educational organizations, she develops visual, music and dramatic arts curriculums to enhance academic success through imagination and creativity. In addition to teaching theater classes she is currently the Program Specialist of Cultural Arts at the Shady Grove YMCA and creates arts based cross-curriculum programs for The Education and Innovation Center for Children. As she eagerly completes the last few classes toward a B.A in Business at Strayer University, she is also excited about her forth year and upcoming season with the company.

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them. Romans 12:6

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up” (Pablo Picasso)

 

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 Silvia Ledon - Teacher

Silvia was born to a family of musicians and has been making music as long as she can remember. She studied vocal perfomance at Miami Dade College and the University of Miami, and vocal pedagogy under Dr. Kathleen Wilson at Florida International Univerity. She has extensive experience in performance in all genres of singing: choral, ensemble, opera, worship, pop, jazz, and studio recording. She has 25 years of teaching experience in voice, music fundamentals, choir, guitar, theory,... Read More
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 Rebecca McNamee - Teacher

Becky started dancing at 3 years old after she saw Singin' In The Rain and never looked back.  She graduated with a BA in Musical Theater from James Madison University in 2009.  Becky was fortunate enough to direct as well as perform at school and found that she loved teaching and directing as much as she loved performing.  Becky performed professionally at various regional theaters and in DC before moving to Richmond.  Some of her favorite past roles include Philia in A... Read More , Hunyak in Chicago, Rusty in Footloose, and Sally in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown. She looks forward to sharing her love of Jesus and performing with her students this session.
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 Joy Osborne - Teacher

Joy began working with CYT (now CharacterWorks) summer camps in 2003, commuting from Lynchburg, VA. In December 2010, she and her husband, Chris, moved to Richmond to join the staff permanently. Joy currently directs the year-round CharacterWorks class and camp programs.  She holds a bachelor's degree from Liberty University and a master's degree from Virginia Tech in education. She is an online instructor for Liberty University. Joy and Chris have 2 young sons, Jason & Nick.
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 Nicole Pearson - Teacher

Nicole Pearson received a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Musical Theater from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Nicole originally discovered her joy for teaching when she taught and directed the West End Assembly of God youth choir for four years during her summer breaks from college. Nicole has spent the last several years touring with Theatre IV and teaching private voice lessons at West End Assembly of God. Other recent credits include performing several times a year with the... Read More
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 Grace Sammons - Teacher

 
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 Miranda Shamblin - Teacher

A Music Education and Theatre graduate from West Virginia State University, Miranda knows her way around the theatre.  She has been involved in all aspects of theatrical work including administration, musical director, choreographer, technical director, and performer.  Before relocating to Richmond, Miranda was the business administrator over the Charleston Stage Company, in Charleston WV.  Some of her performance credits include Belle and Tiny Tim in Theatre IV’s... Read More
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 Stephanie Shanks - Teacher

Stephanie is a CharacterWorks alumni, having participated during the inaugural years of this wonderful community, both onstage and backstage. Through CWorks and the 9 years she spent with Reflections Academy of Dramatic Arts, her passion for inspiring youth to courageously live out their God-given design deepened. She holds a BA in Studio Art from Covenant College (Lookout Mountain, GA) and a long belief in the power of the fine arts to transform. In 2007, Stephanie co-founded Thursdaenite... Read More
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 Alana Smith - Teacher

Alana Smith came to CYT Richmond (now CharacterWorks) from the theatre department at Virginia Tech after receiving her B.A in 2008. While studying acting, she also discovered a love for teaching. God’s plan sent her back to her hometown of Richmond to continue pursuing her passion. Her favorite roles include Nurse in “Romeo and Juliet”, and the title role in “Eurydice”. She has recently been on the local stage with Richmond Shakespeare Company in the role of... Read More
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 Angela Souders - Teacher

Angela began dancing, modeling, gymnastics and acting at a young age, from playing the role of "Molly" in Swift Creek Mill's production of Annie to dancing and singing professionally at Kings Dominion Theme Park shows. She majored in Dance and Human Services Counseling at Old Dominion University and studied classical ballet and modern dance under the direction of Istavan Amment and Marilyn Marloff. After graduating, Angela served in full time ministry with her husband to write, direct... Read More
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 Meg Switzer - Teacher

Meg Switzer graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Theatre Arts Education. She toured as an actress with the North Carolina Theatre for Young People before being hired by Hanover County Public Schools to teach theater arts and television production at Lee-Davis High School. After starting a family, Meg earned her elementary teaching certificate and National Board Certification and currently teaches 4th grade at Laurel Meadow Elementary School in Hanover... Read More
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 Mia White - Teacher

Mia Kirk White has been teaching young children for over 10 years. She holds a Bachelor degree in Early Education from VCU and is also the director of a pre-school in the West End.  Her passion for acting, dance, and voice began when she was very young.  She grew up in the television industry in California and has been involved in theater and film most of her life. She looks forward to teaching the Sprockets class for CharacterWorks.
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