Musical Theatre of Anthem

           

Production Staff

MTA hires a number of highly experienced professionals to be part of their production staff. Here are some of our production staff members:

 
Jackie Stewart Hammond (Producing Artistic Director) is a two-time ariZoni award-winning Music Director and National Youth Arts award-winning Music Director who has been teaching music and theatre for over 25 years. She graduated with honors from San Jose State University (Creative Arts and Musical Theatre). Jackie is a graduate of the American Musical Theater Artists' Institute where she rigorously trained in voice, dance, and acting, as well as Shakespeare, improvisation, and stage combat. She also spent a summer studying opera with the chairman of the music department of Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Jackie has extensive experience in the performing arts and professional theatre where she has played leading roles in many musical productions, and has also received ariZoni Nominations for her portrayal of Cinderella in Into the Woods; she is a eleven-time ariZoni nominated Vocal Director and has received four NYA Nominations as Director and Vocal Director, as well as an NYA Award for her vocal direction of CATS, with co-vocal director Shawna Weitekamp. Favorite roles have included Gino/Harpo Marx in Day in Hollywood/Night in the Ukraine, Annie (twice) as Lily and Miss Hannigan, Cathy in The Last Five Years, the Witch in Into the Woods, and Fantine in Les Miserables alongside her daughter Noelle Fantine who played the role of Little Cosette. Jackie has worked with performers ages 2-adult. She composed original arrangements of songs for San Jose State's Touring Group, "Company One" where in her college years, she performed with them, as well. Jackie has vocal directed, directed, and choreographed for many theatres in CA and AZ, including one of the nation's largest youth theaters in San Jose. Directing and performing experience includes well over 100 shows to her credit with prestigious theaters such as American Musical Theatre of San Jose (Equity Theater), Cabrillo Stage, Foothill Music Theatre, This Side of the Hill Players, Second Stage West, University Theater, Desert Foothills Theater, Theaterworks, West Bay Opera, Children's Musical Theatre of San Jose, Young People's Theater, and iTheatre Collaborative, Phoenix Theatre, and Arizona Broadway Theatre performing in Jeff Kennedy's Christmas Cabaret. In addition to working in theater, Jackie teaches private voice lessons and held the title of Miss Santa Clara County. She would like to thank her husband, Jeff, and her helpful mom for their support. Jackie loves spending time with the lights of her life, her twin children, Lennon and Noelle who always fill her days with entertainment, smiles, and love.
 
 
Karen Blanzy (Music Director)
is a classically trained singer and pianist who has been teaching music and directing in Ireland for the last 18 years. As Creative and Musical Director, she directed countless productions and performance, including a musical for the Guinness Book of Records. Karen provided Children's Choruses for many professional productions of musicals and operas, including Tosca, Turandot, Carmen, Evita, Joseph, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Scrooge, and The King and I. Karen was Musical Director for two productions of The Fantasticks, Summer Lovin' and Within The Gates. She is also a former member of Anúna and is very excited to work with Musical Theatre of Anthem.
 
 
Joe Bousard (Guest Instructor)
has worked professionally in music and theatre for over 45 years. Since 1962 when he moved from Phoenix to New York, he has been a teacher/performer and coach of voice, acting and Musical Theatre. He received his BA degree in Speech Arts and Theatre from San Diego State College, where he performed and directed operas, plays and musicals, and was active in local radio and television. After a stint in the US Army where he furthered his musical career, he went to the "Big Apple". He continued his work in piano and voice, honing his skills as accompanist and composer/lyricist for a variety of singers, while directing choral groups and producing his original scores for musical theatre, (off-B'way) under his own banner, JBL Productions. His 'musical cabarets', featuring students and professionals played all over New York City, and one of the highlights was a 'lunchtime gathering' at the Hallmark Gallery, featuring the music of Richard Rodgers: 1972, George Gershwin: 1973, and other well-known American composers: 1974. Joe has won awards for Children's Television (PBS) (The Pied Piper of Hamelin-Ohio State Ed.-1968) and is a member of ASCAP, from which he received an annual "cash award of encouragement" for several years. Joe continues to teach and coach and has many talented students. He completed a successful run of "Triple Play", at the Herberger Theatre in Phoenix, a cabaret musical that he helped create and shared with daughter Shana, and good friend Joanne Yeoman. He won the AriZoni award in 2000 for best musical direction for his work in the highly successful run of "A TM Musical Cabaret" for a company co-founded by Shana and her husband, now called TML ARTS.
 
 
Shana Bousard (Guest Instructor)
has been professionally involved in music and theatre since 1984, and a member of the Actor's Equity Association since 1997. Shana was a featured singer/dancer for Holland America and Regency Cruise lines, and has performed several cabaret acts in New York City, Wisconsin, and Arizona, as well as her solo vocal recital at Carnegie Hall. Since she moved to Arizona in 1995, Shana has performed for many local and national theatre companies and is an AriZoni Award nominated actress/director. Shana also claims extensive commercial and voice-over credits including American TV and Appliance, Desert Suzuki and Kia, Cox Communications and US Airways. She is also delighted to realize her dream of producing her CD, 'This One's On Me.' In addition to performing, Shana spends her time as a loving wife to Dominik and mother to Alexander and Emma, and currently works in many valley schools and adult facilities as a music therapist.
 
 
Sarah Brayer (Director, Choreographer, Stage Manager)
has been with MTA since Season One. Sarah has been involved in numerous MTA productions and is always impressed by the caliber of talent that graces the stage. Her past credits include: Disney's Winnie the Pooh KIDS, Oro and Leona, Disney's Cinderella Kids, Wizard of Oz, Legally Blonde Jr., Cats and many more.
 
 
Lyndsie Clymer (Choreographer)
has been dancing for 14 years at Dynamic Motion Dance Academy, she takes Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Modern, Ballroom, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theater, and Acrobatics. Lyndsie is currently on the DMDA competition team, she loves to perform with her fellow dancers. Lyndsie has been a teacher's assistant for seven years and she is very excited to start her new endeavor as a dance instructor. Lyndsie currently goes to Boulder Creek High School. She is in the performance dance group there, where she studies the culture and history of dance. Lyndsie is president of her dance club at school, where she teaches inexperience students how to dance. Lyndsie also has choreographed shows for On the Towne Community Theater, and has had the privilege to assist at Musical Theater of Anthem. She teaches tap, ballet, hip hop, acro and jazz at Dynamic Motion Dance Academy. Lyndsie loves to teach and enjoys watching the kids grow into performers.
 
 
Jessica Kishbaugh (Minis Instructor, Assistant Stage Manager, Assistant Director)
is currently a freshman at Grand Canyon University's Honors College majoring in Early Childhood Education. Jessica has been performing with MTA since its inception and is now enjoying working on the production side of things. She has been a Minis Instructor for two years, and has been an integral part on the production end for three years, managing the student assistants and working with children of all ages.
 
 
Laura O’Meara (Director)
has been with MTA since Season One. She was a drama teacher at a private Christian school in Illinois where she produced and directed musicals with 120+ students, ages 6-14 for five years. She also served on and eventually led the drama team at her church for almost eight years, where she acted in and/or directed weekly dramas and full-scale adult and children’s musical productions. Musical theatre is truly her passion, and giving children the opportunity to experience the benefits and thrills of it all is one of her life’s most fervent goals. Laura is also a third grade teacher at Gavilan Peak here in Anthem.
 
 
Cydney Trent (Director, Choreographer)
is originally from Denver, Colorado but has lived and performed all across the country. Cydney is proud to be a member of Actors' Equity. She was recently a rotating cast member with the Off Broadway company, Golf, The Musical, and has been seen performing across the Valley at Phoenix Theatre, Symphony Hall, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Herberger Theater Center, and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Her voice can also be heard as Princess Petunia in the animated cartoon series, VeggieTales, currently showing on NBC on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Her favorite theatrical credits include Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Maggie in A Chorus Line, Ruby in Dames at Sea and Cinderella in Into The Woods, to name a few. Cydney's best-loved role is Mom to her beautiful 4-year-old daughter, Marlee Gray.
 
 
Shawna Weitekamp (Director, Vocal Director, Choreographer)
has been with MTA since Season One and is an AriZoni award winner for performing and choreography. She has been nominated multiple times for her work with MTA. She has also choreographed Spelling Bee at Phoenix Theatre and ASU, Reefer Madness (AriZoni Award), Batboy (AriZoni Nomination), Les Miserables (AriZoni Nomination), Narnia (AriZoni Nomination), 13 the Musical (AriZoni Nomination), Children of Eden (AriZoni Nomination), Grease, Vahalla, Gilgamesh, Little Shop of Horrors, Taffetas, Children of Eden, and The Quiltmaker's Gift just to name a few. Shawna has also been performing professionally for over ten years.