Joshua O'Daniel Denning- Acting & Musical Theatre
After graduating with a BFA in Acting With A Musical Theatre Emphasis from Wright State University's renown musical theatre program Joshua split his time between New York, New York, and Hamburg, Germany, where he played Adult Simba in The Lion King directed by Julie Taymor and Britney in We Will Rock You directed by Ben Elton. Josh began performing in professional Equity theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, where he grew up, at age 10 and received his Equity card his senior year at Wright State dancing in a production of West Side Story with The Human Race Theatre Company. Since that time Josh has become an award-winning actor sustaining many leading roles in classic and popular plays and musicals in international, regional, summer stock, and university venues. Tremendously inspired by the work of the acclaimed directors and teachers Josh has had the privilege of working with, Josh was called to teaching. Josh's experience and versatility has allowed him to foster strong relationships with students passionate about pursuing a career in the performing arts. When Josh isn't in the classroom or the rehearsal studio he can be found designing scenery, working out, or catching up on 80's horror and sci-fi films. joshuadenning.net
Kristin Vandenberg- Technical Theatre
Kristin Vandenberg is originally from Tallahassee Florida where she graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in Technical Theatre – Lighting Design. After college she worked in regional theatre and national tours until beginning to work as the Production Coordinator / Operations Manager running all crews and coordinating all scheduling for a 12,000 seat arena complex in Tallahassee. After almost 20 years there, she and her husband and four children moved to Austin five and a half years ago to handle the grand opening of the Performing Arts Center at Texas State University where she worked until deciding to move into secondary education at McCallum. She is very excited to be spearheading the Technical Theatre program at the Fine Arts Academy and wants to thank her husband for supporting this surprising change in career paths!
Natalie Uehara- Musical Theatre Dance
After earning a BFA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, Natalie danced professionally at theme parks and on international cruise lines for many years. During her time in NYC and beyond, she trained and worked under some of the most prestigious names in the Musical Theatre industry, including Ann Reinking, Chet Walker and Gregory Hines. Natalie recently relocated to Austin from Honolulu, HI where she was the director of Castle DanceForce for over 8 years. Here she worked hard to develop and expand the dance department at the internationally recognized Castle Performing Arts Center (CPAC). Furthermore, she was the resident choreographer for CPAC, working on at least 4 musical productions per year. She was on the faculty at Diamond Head Theatre and the Punahou Dance School, both prestigious arts organizations in Hawaii. Natalie was also involved in Oahu’s vibrant theatre industry, both as a performer and choreographer. In 2010, she won a Hawaii State Theatre Council award for choreography for her work on the Hawaii premier of the musical, Zombie Prom. She is thrilled to join the Arts Academy at McCallum High School where she looks forward to working with both theatre and dance majors. Additionally, she is a new faculty member at ZACH Theatre. Natalie has been married to her husband, Chris Uehara, for 9 years and together they have two beautiful children, Kobe (6) & Giabella (4).
Tyler Mabry- Musical Theatre
For over a decade, Tyler Mabry has composed and performed original music in the Austin area, in collaboration with various organizations, collectives, and performers. Mabry is a Vortex company member, music director for kidsActing, and pianist at Berkeley United Methodist Church. Persephone, his first full-length musical for adult performers, premiered at Vortex earlier this year. He has been nominated twice for a B. Iden Payne award for Best Original Score, for Persephoneand for Running Wild (ACT). Other recent theater credits include the Barbarella-inspired aerial rock spectacle Agent Andromeda (Sky Candy), W. (AJRT) Cuchulain (Vortex), Stuffed! (FronteraFest), Two Gentlemen of Verona(Something for Nothing), and Jive, Kitty!(ACT). He has also composed numerous sacred choral works including a Christmas cantata (The True Light, with Victoria Schwarz), and “I Heard the Voice of Jesus” (soon to be published by Shawnee Press). When not in rehearsals and techs, he plays with the neo-soul group Jade and the Foxtones. Tyler Mabry holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in piano performance from the University of the Ozarks.