Our Staff

HITS Theatre is fortunate to have a team of staff members with unique talents and trainings that truly help our students learn. We also rely on our Board members to pursue our vision of developing future actors and leaders in a variety of fields.

Troy Lubbers
Interim Managing Director

Adam Wagner
Artistic Director

Dennis Arrowsmith
Education and Engagement Manager

Karen Clayton
Registration/Front Desk

Rae McAloon
Office Manager/Bookkeeper

2019-2020 Contract Artists

Greg Boggs
Technical Director

Greg has worked in theater and film for over 10 years now, working on projects from Mozart Opera to modern dance pieces, classic horror movies to blockbusters such as Batman Dark Knight Rises. He’s thrilled to be bringing his love of musical theater and his years of experience to our stage.

Lexy Canon
Lighting Designer

Lexy joins HITS theatre for the first time this season. Her skills focus primarily on lighting equipment and console programming and enjoys running shows as a stagehand as well. Lexy has worked with theatre companies large and small in the Houston area and across the country. She holds a BFA from Texas State.

Alric Davis
Director

Alric is excited to join the HITS family! He holds a B.F.A. from Howard University with a concentration in Musical Theatre and Playwriting. He is an adjunct instructor at Stages Repertory Theatre’s Young Actors Conservatory, Rhodes School, Roderick Paige Elementary and the Founding Artistic Director of The Sankofa Collective (formerly known as The Bayou Theatre Company), a local nonprofit theatre organization in Houston. As a freelance director/choreographer/teacher in Houston, some of his favorite directing credits are The Wiz, Miss Evers Boys, Victor/Victoria, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Lesson in Physics, Passing Strange, Marie Antoinette and Next to Normal for The Sankofa Collective.

Eduardo Guzman
Music Director

Eduardo Guzman is a full-time pianist, music director, and producer who lives and works in Houston. Music directing credits include: Catch Me If You Can, Edges: A Song Cycle, The Who’s TOMMY, The Rocky Horror Show, Always… Patsy Cline, RENT, Spring Awakening, and The Last Five Years. Directing credits include: Songs for A New World, MIDTOWN LIVE, and tick, tick… BOOM! In 2014, Mr. Guzman founded Pitch Me This (PMT) Productions, a fringe performing arts organization focused giving artists a voice through live musical theater and commercial music production.

Mr. Guzman holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance for Houston Baptist University.

Dr. Kyle Kindred
Music Director

Dr. Kyle Kindred, Musical Instructor, has been pianist and music director for classes at HITS since 2009. He is also the Associate Professor of Music and Director of Composition Studies at Sam Houston State University. Also a composer, Dr. Kyle’s compositions have been performed across the United States, as well as internationally. Dr. Kyle was the second place recipient in the 2014 The American Prize competition in the professional band/wind ensemble division, and is a featured composer in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series (Vol. 10). He holds degrees in composition from Wichita State University and The University of Texas at Austin.

Kristin Knipp
Costume Designer

Kristin got her start as a costume designer by costuming shows that her children were in and then  began working professionally designing costumes for shows such as: Godspell, A Christmas Carol, Evita, Lend Me a Tenor, It’s a Wonderful Life (Stageworks), Footloose, Shrek The Musical, and Anything Goes (HITS Theatre), Unlock’d, Violet, Elf, and Side Show (Queensbury). Kristin has recently designed costumes for two world premiere productions, Breaking Out of Sunset Place (Queensbury) and For Tonight (Queensbury). She was also the costume mistress for Houston Repertoire Ballet. Kristin won the 2014 Broadway World Houston award for her costume design of Stageworks Theatre’s Les Miserables and the 2019 Houston Press Award for her costume design of Queensbury Theatre’s Elf and Side Show.

Keith LaLonde
Music Director

Keith, a young, up-and-coming pianist serving the Houston area, Keith brings to HITS years of diverse performance experiences and training from his time at Stephen. F. Austin State University. He brings voice training to the HITS students and musical credits as a pianist including Godspell, Urinetown, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, The Addams Family, Shrek JR, Aladdin JR, and Freaky Friday.

Emily Beth Lange
Director and Instructor

Emily Beth moved to Houston in May 2015 and has appeared on stages and screens across the nation. Emily Beth is a company member of Playhouse on the Prairie in Downtown Houston and Presto! Fairy Tales, now streaming on YouTube.  Houston Theater credits: Playhouse on the Prairie Alice! (March Hare/Queen of Hearts), Peter Pan! (Smee, Captain Hook understudy); Obsidian Theatre Crooked –  Regional Premier (Maribel Purdy, nominated Best Supporting Actress BWW 2017); Alley Theatre The  Christians – Regional Premier; AD Players TAA Arsenic and Old Lace (Aunt Abby Brewster, Professional Mentor); BB-PAC Seussical (Mayzie); Lambert Hall Nunsense (Sister Mary Amnesia); Queensbury Theatre Whistle Down the WindBig River; Kirkwood Music Services Children of Eden (Featured Soloist), Titanic (Charlotte Cardoza), Company Singer. She thanks her family and friends for their continual support!

Chelsea Lerner
Private Vocal Instructor

Chelsea Lerner is a Houston-based singer, actress, director and voice teacher. She earned a Bachelor degree of Vocal Performance from Houston Baptist University. She has taught and/or performed with HGOco, Stageworks, Mainstreet, and several other theaters in town. Recently, Chelsea has worked for The Village School and re-founded the One Act Play program; leading her students to 2nd place in the PSIA OAP program in 2018. She has music directed shows such as Drowsy Chaperone, Spelling Bee, The Wizard of OZ, and The Producers at Stageworks Theater. Chelsea is currently a cabaret singer for the Broadsway. As an actress, some of Chelsea’s favorite performances include Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with the HGOco’s Opera to Go!, Mae in Art Factory’s Tuck Everlasting (regional premier), and Jeanie in SRO’s Great American Trailer Park. She would like to thank the parents, students, and her family for supporting her, the kids and the arts here at HITS. 

Dana Lewis
Choreographer

Dana Lewis, Dance Instructor and Choreographer, has been teaching and choreographing at HITS since 2008. Dana was the Resident Choreographer for Stages St. Louis for 15 years, where she choreographed over 40 productions. She was on the dance faculty for Webster University where she taught jazz and musical theater styles. Additionally, Dana has taught numerous master classes around the country. Dana is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Dana attended Florida State University and has a degree in Dance.

Michael Mertz
Music Director

Michael is a veteran educator, coach and professional musician. He has appeared throughout North America and Europe, performing, accompanying, and composing music for theatre, television, corporate events, and advertising. Locally, you may have seen and heard his work in productions at HITS Theatre, Alley Theatre, Queensbury Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Stages Repertory Theatre, Main Street Theater, Bayou City Concert Musicals, University of Houston (in collaboration with Tony Award-winning composer Jerry Bock), University of St. Thomas, and College of the Mainland. Michael brings a wealth of experience working with young people in the Houston area as an instructor in voice, piano, and the performing arts. He is Ballet Pianist for Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Dance Department and Music Director for Unitarian Fellowship of Houston.

Val Williams
Instructor

Val is an Austin based creative originally from Pittsburgh, PA. For over 15 years, Val has worked as a teaching artist, director, and choreographer with numerous arts education organizations across NY, PA, OH, and TX. As a performer, Val has been seen off Broadway, regionally, and internationally including: Something For The Boys (Chiquita Hart, Lion Theater, NYC), Finian’s Rainbow (Featured Ensemble, Irish Repertory Theater, NYC), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Cratchit, Town Hall, NYC), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Pattie, Palace Theater, NH), Light Princess, (The Queen – an original work of sensory friendly theater for early childhood, Jumping Jack Theater Co. Pittsburgh, PA). Val has also performed as a featured vocalist with The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Norwegian Cruise Line.Val is also the founder and producing director of Vintage Entertainment Company: Vintageous Productions whose work is regularly seen at events in TX and PA. Her original CD Songs for Young Whippersnappers and first children’s book Dilber the Cranky Banana are now available online! Val holds a BFA from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in musical theater and continuing education credits from The City College of New York in early childhood education.

SUPPORT

Theater is an art form of collaboration. It takes artists, technicians, actors and individuals like you to bring HITS’ work to the stage. Tuition only covers a fraction of HITS operating costs every year. Every donation helps to keep our theater open.

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