Shileah, along with her husband Michael, founded Ballyhoo Theatre in 1999. She directed 10-12 musicals a year, and taught voice, vocal coaching, acting technique, choir, audition preparation and improvisation through Ballyhoo Theatre and Edmonds Heights K-12 from 1998-2016. Shileah has directed over 70 full scale Broadway/Off-Broadway style musicals and nearly 100 junior style musicals for students ages 8 through 20. Her programs have premiered several musicals in the greater Seattle area and she was honored to work with the writers on two different new works projects.
Shileah has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music with a Vocal Emphasis, and has taught private voice for 20 years, working first out of her home and at a dance studio before founding Ballyhoo Theatre. She is also an award-winning costume designer and had her own clothing design and manufacturing company for 10 years.
While serving with EHK-12, the program participated in the 5th Avenue Theatre High School Musical Theatre Awards for many years. From 2004-2016, Shileah was nominated or honorably mentioned for Outstanding Direction 9 times (winning in 2016), Outstanding Overall Musical 6 times (winning in 2014), Outstanding Musical Direction 4 times, Outstanding Choreography twice, Outstanding Costuming 9 times (winning in 2009) and Outstanding Scenic Design 3 times (winning in 2006). In addition, the program received Educational Impact Awards 3 times and was nominated for Distinctive Programing in 2005. Her students have been nominated over 70 times, and many have been honored with 5th Avenue Awards for their work and performances.
Several former Ballyhoo students are working professionally in the fields of musical theatre, music and theatre education, and many other students are also attending musical theatre and theatre education collegiate programs. Her students are working and studying in cities such as New York City, Seattle, Chicago, Cincinnati, and others. Shileah enjoys preparing students to enter the collegiate stage of musical theatre.
Michael has been involved in theatre in one form another since high school. While he has acted on stage from time to time, he really enjoys accompanying actors either as a solo pianist or orchestra conductor. He has volunteered time to build sets and run audio for many shows and has played for and/or conducted for Edmonds Heights (17 years), Bothell High School (14 years), Lyric Light Opera (My Fair Lady, Peter Pan, 7 Brides, Annie), Savoyards, Driftwood Theatre, King's Players, and of course, dozens of shows with Ballyhoo Theatre. Michael is a founding member and resident Music Director for Ballyhoo Theatre. He has a BFA in Piano and Composition from Cornish College of the Arts and performed as a night club entertainer for over 20 years. In addition, he has run Mike's Remodel for the past 25 years and has extensive experience in residential remodel and repair.
Working in varying capacities as Performer, Lighting/Sound Engineer, and Choreographer, Nicholas has been involved with Ballyhoo Theatre from its first show in 1999. He has also performed in many school productions, community theatre, and professional productions in the Seattle area. His parents Michael and Shileah supported and encouraged a desire to tap dance from a young age, and even threw in some piano and voice lessons for good measure! He's joined by his three brothers, his grandmother, and his wonderful spouse Hannah, all of whom are curious, multi-talented, creative people. Nicholas believes a life-long education in the arts can bring communities together, and bring new perspective and sense of meaning to all aspects of life. Working in the computer science and engineering industries for nearly a decade now, he considers an arts background especially relevant as new ways of communicating pose new challenges and opportunities for human connection. Nicholas is proud to bring his unique skills to bear in service of the arts as a board member of Ballyhoo Theatre!
James was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. He earned a Theatre degree at Indiana University. After moving to NYC he became a member of the Lexington Conservatory Theatre. While at LCT he acted in and directed over 30 productions. In New York City he studied acting at HB Studios with Austin Pendleton and Uta Hagen. After moving to Seattle, James worked in commercials, print work, and theatre. He developed a one-man show on the life and times of Ben Franklin. Next he became a Theatre Arts Teacher, and taught at Bothell High School for 22 years. At BHS he directed over thirty full length plays and musicals. During this time he earned a Masters from Lesley University and studied in Theatre Program at Central Washington University. After retiring, he enrolled in a year long acting class at Freehold Studio, "The Meisner Progression". His most recent acting role was in "Leaving Iowa" at Driftwood Players where he played 11 characters. He has written an adaptation of The Cradle Song, which he hopes to see produced soon. He is very grateful for the support of his wife Susan and his family and friends.
As an avid supporter of the arts, Hannah has been involved with choir, band or theatre since she was a child. She currently sings with Seattle Pro Musica and also serves on their board, which presents her with opportunities to perform with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and occasionally with the likes of Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban. In the realm of theatre, she serves on the artistic board of The Pocket Theatre, which is an independent venue whose business model reduces the financial burden of putting on a show and offers profit-sharing with artists. In all her ventures, she aims to tackle issues of systemic injustice by helping to create equitable, welcoming spaces for all who want to participate. Hannah has worked for nearly a decade as an accounting professional, but her eclectic education in philosophy, law, coding and project management makes her prepared for almost anything.
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