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.
Erich is honored to be a part of the Ballyhoo family. Erich has had the great pleasure of doing a wide variety of work with Ballyhoo Theatre, including performance, marketing, conception, choreography and direction. Erich’s biggest undertaking with Ballyhoo has been conceiving and arranging the BEND benefit concert series; annual miscast fundraisers featuring alumni and senior students. Erich has also worked with Gabriel Corey Photography to design promotional images for recent Performance Intensive and Workshop productions.
As a performer at Ballyhoo, Erich was featured in both BEND concerts (Lover in BEND, Juliet in BEND2: R&J), bare (Peter), Cabaret (Emcee) and Spring Awakening (Melchior). Other Seattle performance credits include RSP: Carousel (Featured Ensemble) at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Snowflake Lane (Major) at the Bellevue Collection, and Carrie (Ensemble) starring Alice Ripley at Balagan Theatre. He is also featured on the original cast recording of A Christmas Story, The Musical!
Erich has also had several incredible opportunities as a choreographer, including working on The Wizard of Oz and Growing Up, A Cabaret with Shileah’s middle school students and most recently, the Ballyhoo production of Spring Awakening. Erich received the 5th Avenue Award for Outstanding Choreography for his work on Once on this Island, and was also recognized with a nomination and honorable mention for RENT and Singin' in the Rain respectively.
Erich is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).
Ryan started working with Shileah and Ballyhoo Theatre when he was 8 years old, and was one of her first students. In addition to acting in dozens of shows he was also very active as a Stage Manager, ASM, Lighting Designer, and helped with set building, props and assisting with younger students. As a performer with Ballyhoo, Ryan was last seen in the alumni shows BEND 2: R&J and Pageant, and two Late Night with Ballyhoo cabarets.
Outside of Ballyhoo, Ryan has worked professionally with ArtsWest Theatre as an Assistant Carpenter, Stage Manager, Lighting and Sound Technician, Running Crew, and acted in Hair, Shipwrecked, Amy’s View and Evil Dead the Musical. In addition, he worked as a Stage Manager for The Edge of the World Theatre.
Ryan lives with his fiancée Seth, and his two dogs, two cats and a gecko.
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