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.
Alexandria Hodge, Development Manager, is a native San Antonian. She graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications specializing in Public Relations/Advertising and a minor in African American Studies and Spanish. Currently, Ms. Hodge is pursuing a master’s degree in Business Administration at Baker University while continuing her professional career of over 10 years in development and grant writing. She serves as a member of the following organizations: Association of Fundraising Professionals, The Junior League of Houston, Inc. and the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals.Ms. Hodge is the proud mother of a beautiful daughter and enjoys traveling, sports, researching family history and decorating. She continues to volunteer for various organizations with her personal mission, service to others.
Rae McAloon, Office Manager and Bookkeeper, born in Houston and moved to Sodus Point, New York in 1995. She has fifteen years of experience in sales and retail management and over 3 years in bookkeeping and facilitating audits. From the early age of 5, Rae has been a part of the performing arts. She attended Sodus Central High School where her love of performing arts flourished. She participated in musical theater/drama, choir, select choir, girls’ choir, and hand bell. She continued following her love of performing arts and studied musical theater and sociology at Kent State University. Rae won the Rochester Broadway Theatre League award for Best Actress, and the ELENBE award for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Her favorite role on stage to date has been Queenie in Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party & Lucille in No, No, Nanette. In real life Rae’s role outside of work is wife and mom. She moved back to Houston in 2014 & now lives in Katy with her husband, Mike and their two children, Olivia & Patrick and her pet yorkie, Ellie.
Kelly Moneyhan, Executive Director, is a native has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, customer experience, and management, as well as training and leadership development experience. She has extensive experience in curriculum and program development for diverse corporate industries along with culture and branding initiatives for government agencies and municipalities. Actively engaged in the Houston community, she has over 10 years of experience as a volunteer and fundraiser for a variety of educational and artistic organizations. Most recently, Kelly served as member of the HITS Board of Directors and former chair of their Development Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Florida and a Certified Training Professional Certificate from Texas A&M University.
Adam Wagner, Artistic Director, Adam Wagner, originally from Chesterton, Indiana, is a graduate of the musical theater department at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Formerly a nonprofit consultant with expertise in film and performing arts organizations, Adam brings his experience as an arts administrator, director, choreographer and songwriter to inspire young artists in the classroom. As an actor, he can be seen as Phil in the cult horror film, “Teeth,” and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. In 2018, Adam relocated to Houston with his dog, Chancho, to be near his mom and sister and serve as Artistic Director of HITS Theatre!
Sarah Sneesby, Instructor and Choreographer, studied dance and theater during her first two years of college at Tulane University and has over 13 years of training in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Pointe, Partnering, and Musical Theatre. While injuries prevented her from realizing a long-term career as a dancer, she enjoys integrating her loved of dance and theater, both as a performer and as a director/choreographer throughout the greater Houston area. She has been choreographing and teaching dance since her sophmore year in high school and loves how much she discovers about the art of choreography and directing with each show she works on. After her knee injuries proved substantial, Sarah transferred to Washington State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.
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.
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.
Rachael Logue, Acting Coach, drawing from her vast experience as an actor, director, producer and writer from Houston. She holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University. She also studied acting and writing at The Barrow Group and the Pearl Theatre in NYC. She is the author of a one woman show called Jack, Johnny, and Jesus that has had developmental readings in both New York and Houston. Rachael is also the founder and co-artistic director of Rogue Productions.
Alex Navarro, vocal instructor, has recently returned to his native city of Houston after almost 20 years working in Los Angeles and New York City and now serves as pianist for the Houston Ballet. Navarro received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music in Film Scoring from New York University. While at NYU, Navarro was awarded the Elmer Bernstein Award of Excellence in Film Scoring and also served as teaching assistant for the NYU Songwriters Forum under the direction of Eagles member and solo artist / songwriter Glenn Frey.
Keith LaLonde, musical director, 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, and of course, Shrek.
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: A Raisin in the Sun, Godspell, A Christmas Carol, Evita, Lend Me a Tenor, It’s a Wonderful Life and Footloose. She was also the costume mistress for Houston Repertoire Ballet. She won the 2014 Broadway World Houston award for her costume design of Stageworks Theatre’s Les Miserables. Currently, she is the Costume Designer for HITS Theatre and most recently designed the costumes for their Miller Outdoor Theatre production of Shrek The Musical.