Mike Mazur – Managing Director, Plano Children’s Theatre
Mike is thrilled to be a part of the PCT family, having worked as a theatrical director, writer, choreographer and educator since earning his Bachelor’s in English, Speech and Drama Education from Bowling Green State University in his home state of Ohio. Since graduating, Mike has taught theatre at the High School, Community College and University level and earned his Master’s in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
He has directed over 60 shows in New York, New Jersey, Ohio and California. Among his favorites are Rent, Hair, Oklahoma!, The King and I, and Children of Eden. As a writer, his youth theatre piece THE SIXTH DAY has been performed in NYC three times, and he was commissioned to create “Simple Joys,” a revue of the work of Stephen Schwartz at the Cassidy Theatre in Ohio. As a youth, he was a member of The Singing Angels Performing Chorus, an internationally touring show choir based out of Cleveland, Ohio.
After graduating from NYU, Mike became their Artistic Director. Under his direction, the group toured Hollywood, London, Warsaw, and Paris; released two recordings; performed with Nancy Sinatra and Roberta Flack; and was invited to a Command Performance at The Pentagon. He then became a professor of Musical Theatre at California State University, Chico, where in addition to teaching and directing shows, he led the “Off-Broadways” Touring Ensemble in performances in New York and San Francisco.
These experiences have led Mike to lecture on the role of theatre in society at both The Sondheim Symposium in New Jersey (where he met Stephen Sondheim) and the International Conference on Fine and Performing Arts in Athens, Greece. He shares his experiences with the talented youth of North Texas and empowers them to use the performing arts as a tool to build the self-confidence needed to succeed in any career path they choose.
Lindsey Lederer – Managing Director, Frisco Youth Theatre/ NTPA Dallas
Lindsey Lederer is no stranger to PCT. After growing up performing as a PCT kid, she went on to receive her B.A. in Musical Theater and minor in psychology from Ouachita Baptist University. She has most recently performed with Disney and Six Flags and is thrilled to be back at PCT as a director.
Morgan Southard – Educational Director
Morgan McClure is an actor, director and teacher who is thrilled to be making a difference in the lives of our youth! She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville in 2007, and her Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from Southern Methodist University in 2010. She taught at Southern Methodist University 2008-2010, and has been teaching and directing professionally in the area for the past three years.
Other experience includes time spent at Les Subsistances Theatre Performance Program in Leon, France, where she received training in acrobatics, improvisation, play, masks, and puppets. Professional stage experience includes roles in A Bright New Boise (Circle Theatre), Mrs. California (Contemporary Theatre of Dallas), Arms and the Man (Stage West), Macbeth (Trinity Shakespeare Festival), As You Like It (Trinity Shakespeare Festival), Boeing-Boeing (Circle Theatre/WaterTower Theatre), Donʼt Dress For Dinner (Theatre Arlington), and Bright Ideas (Circle Theatre). She has a VERY supportive husband named Tim, and two dogs, Sam and Bandit.
Cassidy Crown Confer – Senior Director
Cassidy has been teaching and directing at PCT/MYT for almost 6 years, and she loves directing, choreographing shows, and teaching voice lessons. She holds a degree in Vocal Performance from Baylor University with a focus in Opera. While attending Baylor, she studied abroad in Italy and performed in the old theatres in Pompeii.
Cassidy has had a lot of love and support to get her to where she is today, and she can’t thank those who have helped her enough.
Nick Mann – Senior Director
Nick grew up in the towns of Bowie, TX and Carlsbad, NM. Even as a child, Nick was always interested in drama. He recalls the very first musical he created with stuffed animals and a tape recorder when he was in the 4th Grade! Nick graduated from the University of North Texas earning a B.A. in Theatre Performance and Education. His advanced training includes Song Interpretation with Tony Award-Winning Actress Betty Buckley, Meisner Acting Technique with Terry Martin and Improv and Sketch Comedy at The Second City Training Center.
Nick is also a Stand-Up Comedian and playwright. His play, Baby of Mine, was a semifinalist for the 2012 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Nick’s special talent is that he can name all the winners of every Academy Award in the Picture and Acting category (Hopefully that means he will win one)!
Brandon Cunningham- Director
Brandon is a DFW native that has been working in theatre, film and radio most of his life. He is a writer, director, actor and DJ on KNON 89.3 FM. He has been involved with the organization for almost a decade and now is honored to be teaching his knowledge and passion of the performing arts to a new generation. He studied Film Production at the Art Institute. Brandon is particularly proud of his two hard working and talented daughters who have grown up in the program here at NTPA.
Tayler Daniels – Director
Tayler Daniels is a Texas native born and raised in the DFW metroplex. He is delighted to be making his NTPA directing Debut. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma’s Helmerich School of Drama with a BFA in Drama emphasis in Acting. He just accepted a position as the Head Theatre Director at Pearson Middle School in FISD.
Directing credits include Gilson Theatre: Distracted, Markus is Walking – Lab Theatre, Miss Evers Boys – KCACTF Mainstage 2013, Our Town – FAC 317, God of Carnage, House of Yes, and The Mountaintop. He’s received numerous academic and theatrical awards including Letzeiser Honor List Gold Medalist (Most Oustanding Senior at OU), Theatre Excellence, International Honor Thespian, and the Eagle Scout Leadership Award.
Nancy Devine – Visual Art Instructor
Nancy Devine has a bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin. She started teaching art and drama at 17 years old for an after school program at Hamilton Park Elementary School in Richardson. This sparked her passion for teaching art and she has done it “forever.” She has taught art with Capers for Kids Drama and Art School for over 25 years. She has also taught for the Young Artists’ Program, the Fairhill School, Yavneh Academy, Vanguard Preparatory School and Oak Hill Academy (where she teaches presently).
Charlotte Forcht – Director
Charlotte Forcht has been a director at Plano Children’s Theatre since 2013. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Art and Performance with a concentration in Theatre at University of Texas at Dallas. She has been performing in theatre, improvisation, film and television productions in Boston, New York, Providence, Dallas and other parts of the country for 14 years, and she continues to work in the DFW area.
Jon Gerrard – Director
Jon Garrard is a Dallas actor who received his B.F.A. in acting from Southern Methodist University. He was in numerous student and main stage shows for SMU including Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Black Snow, Shakespeare’s Star Wars, and The Burial at Thebes. Jon is beyond excited to meet with and work with everyone.
Hayley Grafflin – Choreographer
Hayley started dancing at the age of two and has never stopped. She began her training at Riley’s Dance Center in Irving and then continued her studies at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. She further studied dance at Stevens College in Columbia, MO, and in 2006, graduated from the University of North Texas studying dance, kinesiology, and business.
After college, Hayley worked as an expert pointe shoe fitter and store manager at Suffolk Dance Boutique in Lewisville. Hayley has performed professionally with Beckles Dancing Company in Dallas and Momentum Dance Company in Irving. Hayley is currently on staff at The Dance Movement studio in Plano, having taught all ages and styles of dance.
She has always had a passion for dance, and for sharing that love with her students. Hayley lives in Plano with her wonderful husband Ron, and their two beautiful children, Jackson and Marley Jean.
Jordan Hankins – Director
Jordan Hankins is a recent graduate from Furman University where she earned her BA in Business Administration. A product of the DFW theatre community, Jordan grew up performing at such venues as Casa Mañana, Theatre Arlington, and Bass Hall. Notably, she spent three years as a member of Casa Kids, an outreach performance group that toured communities throughout north Texas.
In college, Jordan continued to perform and was given the opportunity to direct, design, produce and choreograph musical productions such as The Drowsy Chaperone, Company and Once Upon a Mattress. As someone who was blessed by the enriching experience of a theatrically-filled childhood, she is delighted to be mentoring students in their own creative endeavors.
Kaylee Killingsworth – Director
Kaylee Killingsworth is finishing her Associate of Arts at Collin College and is transferring to UT Arlington in the fall to complete a BFA in Theatre Studies. In her time spent in Collin College’s theatre program, Kaylee received training in the subjects of audition skills, acting for stage and film, stage movement, directing and improvisation.
Her last teaching experience at MYT was an intensive for audition skills. In Kaylee’s most recent time on stage, she portrayed Fantine in Collin Theatre Center’s production of Les Miserables. With interest in many facets of theatre, Kaylee hopes to continue learning, performing, teaching, writing plays and eventually venture into dramaturgy.
Mick McCormick – Director
Mickaléan ”Mick” McCormick is a first generation Irish-American. He grew up in the New England area. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BFA in film and Theatre. He is a member of The Society of American Fight Directors and the Screen Actors Guild. He spent 16 years in Hollywood working as an Actor, Director and Producer on Stage, Screen and Television. He gave up his career in California and moved to McKinney to be in his children’s lives. He now works as a free-lance Producer, Director and Fight Choreographer while teaching and Directing for the North Texas Performing Arts.
Mindy Neuendorff – Choreographer
Mindy was born and raised a country girl, but her cowboy boots couldn’t keep her from the stage! She began dancing for 18 years with a strong emphasis in Musical Theatre. Her training includes Fosse, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop and Contemporary. Her choreography contributions have been recognized at Dallas Summer Musicals HSMTA, receiving the inaugural title of Best Choreography, with three consecutive years of nominations.
When she isn’t choreographing, Mindy can be found performing on stages across the DFW area. In 2015, she was nominated for the Chitta Rivera Dance Award, and she was among the cast who won Best Non-Equity Musical at the Column Awards. She is currently a student at Collin College, where she is pursuing her Associates of Arts with an emphasis in theatre, as well as working as a film and commercial actress in Texas and Louisiana. Mindy loves sharing her passion for the arts with kids who have big dreams! She has been teaching for 3 years and hopes to help every student develop and maintain the confidence, discipline and skill they need to become anything they want to be.
Candice Newsum – Director
Candice is thrilled to be a part of the Plano Children’s Theater family. Candice holds a B.A. in Speech Communications and Theater Arts from Dillard University and MFA in Acting from the University of Florida.
In past years she has directed “Last night of Ballyhoo” “Tracers” “Sweeney Todd” “Hairspray” and Legally Blonde. She has performed all over the world in such places as St. Petersburg, Russia and toured most of Brazil. When she arrived in Los Angeles in 2008 she has made guess appearances on ER, Greek, House, BET’S “The Boot” and MTV“From G’s to Gents.” Her most recent work includes guest appearances in ABC’s “The Doctors” and schmoozing with host Bill Engvall on the hit game show ‘Lingo.’ She is now currently the Theatre Director at Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland ISD. Go Gators! Go Patriots!
Kevin Owens – Visual Art Instructor
A native of Dallas, Kevin honed his skills at SCAD and received his BFA in painting from Stephen F. Austin University. He has been a resident artist with City Square working on community based public art projects as well as a Teaching Artist and improving young minds creatively in underserved communities with several North Texas not-for-profit arts organizations.
Mose Pleasure, III – Musical Director
Mose was raised in New Orleans in a home where his mother sang opera along with his dad and uncle. Trained in classical music since the age of 4, he received his BA Degree in Concert Organ Performance from Dillard University of New Orleans. It was during his college years that he was introduced to and developed a passion for gospel music. He began playing for several local gospel groups. The mixture of gospel and classical music has given Mose a special touch both in his performing and his productions.
In January of 2005, Mose retired from his Pastor of Music position to pursue his lifelong dream of producing and becoming a concert artist. During this same period, Mose began playing for musical productions at PCT. His first CD solo project, Expressions In Light, was released in 1993. It was a mixture of classical, gospel, and jazz instrumental arrangements. His second CD, Broadway On Ivory, is a compilation of Broadway tunes arranged for the Grand Piano. Mose is honored to have performed on the prestigious Lay Family Organ inside the beautiful concert hall of the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas on two different occasions.
Hannah Stone – Director
Hannah Stone started with North Texas Performing Arts as a Sophomore in high school, beginning as an actress and now as a director. Her acting career began when she was 6 years old in the homeschool community, and she has never looked back.
Some of her most favorite roles include Sarah Brown in Guys & Dolls, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, and Ms. Darbus in High School Musical. Currently, she is attending Collin County Community College and working toward her B.A. in Child Development with a minor in Performing Arts.
Much of her experience includes several years of working along side of the other directors at North Texas Performing Arts in performances such as The Jungle Book KIDS, the Wizard of Oz, Aladdin KIDS, and the Hobbit. Hannah has also taught many camps, classes, and audition privates. Hannah is thrilled to be a part of the North Texas Performing Arts family, now as a director, and can’t wait to see where the journey takes her.