Instructors

Frank Rendon:

Francisco Rendon finished his time at Texas Tech University in 2011 working on his Bachelor’s of Music degree in Music Performance. Mr. Rendon has taught K-12 Music for over 6 years primarily in the Dallas and Lubbock areas. He taught private voice and group musical instruction in the Garland Independent School District at Garland, Naaman Forrest, and Sachse High Schools.

Upon moving to Lubbock, Francisco has worked with surrounding middle school and high schools such as Lubbock HS, Frenship HS and Hutchison Middle School. In 2012, Francisco music directed the off Broadway musical Next to Normal with Hub Theatre Group. Mr. Frank worked as the Music Director and Voice Instructor for HUB Performing Arts school for six years, and has music directed many of the MTI Jr. Theatre line of musicals which include Little Mermaid Jr., Dear Edwina, and Seussical Jr. In the summer of 2016, Francisco made his theatrical directing debut with Moonlight Musicals in their summer production of Seussical the Musical, followed by directing their 2017 production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer!


Briana Moody:

Briana Moody is a Texas Tech alumna and a former Disney Cruise Line performer. Briana has musical theatre background that spans over 19 years, with credits in shows such as Mamma Mia, Grease, The Little Mermaid, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Footloose, Anything Goes and so many more. With over two and a half years of ship experience, she brings her professional acting career back to Lubbock as she obtains her Master’s Degree in Theatre, Dance, and Education.

 

 


Nick McCord:

Nick McCord has been joyously making theatre for nearly three decades. An actor, playwright, and dramaturge from Seattle, Washington, his plays The Empress of Wales, Whisper, The Write-In, The Blooming Season, Dirty Dirt, NancyOh Wally and his one-man show,The Boy is Clearly Imbalanced, have been delighting audiences across the country. Favorite acting roles include those of Bruce from Hollins University’s Fun Home, Septimus Hodge from Off-the-rails Theatre’s Arcadia, and many of the New Works in which he invests the majority of his time. With his wife Vanessa, Nick worked as the Artistic Director for Page to Stage Theatre’s New Works program, and together they produced and developed a whopping 27 New Plays in the New River Valley. Nick holds an MA in English (focusing on dramatic texts), and an MFA in Playwriting with a concentration in Dramaturgy. He is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild and the New Play Exchange.


Kevan Dunkelberg:

Kevan Dunkelberg is an artist and educator currently based in Oklahoma City. He currently teaches acting as a private instructor and has also taught at Texas Tech University, The University of Central Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City Community College. Kevan loves sharing the magic of theatre with the next generation of artists! He has a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma and an MFA in Theatre Performance and Pedagogy from Texas Tech University.


Charli Martin:

Charli has been a member of Moonlight Musicals since the 8th grade and has performed and worked in many shows such as Mary Poppins, Aladdin Jr., and Grease Jr. She has participated in her dancing career since she was three years old and can dance in many different genres such as tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, contemporary, musical theatre, and many more! Charli also participated as a member of the Coronado Pom Squad throughout all four of her years in high school and sang the National Anthem for her graduating class. She will be attending Texas Tech University this fall to study music education!


Nathalie van Gilder:

My name is Nathalie van Gilder and I’m from Fredericksburg, Virginia. This is my twelfth year teaching dance and my sixth year in Texas. You may have seen me in a few of the Moonlight summer shows as well as Moonlight Broadway! I attended multiple dance programs in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. I am currently pursuing my degree at TTU, and I am a TA at one of the local elementary schools. I am also an ISCA certified personal trainer. My former students are now all over the country, including Boston Ballet, LINES Ballet, Ballet West PTD, and Broadway!


Kaylee Thomas:

Kaylee is a Lubbock native with degrees from South Plains College and Texas Tech University who is passionate about education and music. She has 4 years of public-school teaching experience and 4 years of experience in early childhood education, all in the Lubbock area. She also performed in Moonlight Musical’s 2019 productions of Elf the Musical and The Little Mermaid. Kaylee enjoys singing, playing ukulele and piano, dancing, acting, storytelling, teaching, and especially learning!


Jenna Athanasiou:

Jenna started her theatre career at the age of five with Lubbock community theatre, and her love for theatre hasn’t stopped since. Jenna participated in theatre all through her high school and college careers, and graduated with her degree in theatre education from Lubbock Christian University in 2010. Jenna taught theatre for Frenship ISD for nine years before becoming a stay at home parent. Jenna is looking forward to getting back into the “classroom” again to help teach this generation of actors.


Ryan Fay:

Ryan Fay is an actor, director, and physical theater artist from Charlotte, North Carolina. Ryan is a founding member of The Nouveau Sud Project, a community-centered aerial circus company based in Charlotte. He has developed new work at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and has been a movement coach for professional productions such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Go Dog Go at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Ryan recently graduated from Texas Tech with an MFA in Performance and Pedagogy.


All academy instructors are chosen from the best and brightest educators of singing, acting, and dancing that Lubbock has to offer. We are always looking to add talented and reliable instructors to our team. If you are interested in teaching acting, music, dancing, or technical theatre for Moonlight Arts Academy, please fill out the application and send it to academy@moonlightmusicals.com:

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