Tracie brings over 30 years of music and performing experience to AYT. She is an accomplished pianist, fluent in classical, Broadway, country, pop, accompaniment, sight-reading and music theory. She has followed her love of music to a performing and teaching career, rich with experience. Also a singer/songwriter, Tracie has written over 30 songs, many of which have become professional recordings. She has been an accompanist & musical director for various theatres, schools and organizations around the valley and has been a featured soloist with local bands and musical theatre shows. Her areas of vocal focus are classical, music theatre, opera, jazz, country, pop, theory, sight-reading, harmony and ear training. She teaches with a flexible style, adapting lessons to each student's abilities and levels of learning. Her teaching philosophy is to help each student reach his or her potential and help them reach their goals, and even push them beyond what they thought was possible!
Kaitlin is an avid lover of all things to do with the stage. After discovering the world of theatre in high school, she hasn’t looked back. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies emphasis in American Sign Language and her minor in Theatre Performance from Northern Arizona University. Since then, she has worked as a community actress, high school substitute, and summer workshop instructor at three theaters in the valley. She is thrilled to be joining AYT's team to teach, encourage, and spread her love of performing to those who share her passion.
Arielle (Rel) is a true theatre addict. She earned a BA in Theater from Southern Virginia University with training in American Sign Language interpreting from Phoenix College. She has worked professionally in theatres around the United States, most recently with Mary Baldwin College in association with the American Shakespeare Center in Virginia. She has also taught in Arizona schools and summer camps including the Mesa Community College MMT Workshop, Mesa Public Schools, Brightmont Academy, Especially for Youth Programs, and Sequoia Star. Rel has dance teaching and performance experience in ballet, tap, jazz, swing dance, ballroom, and hip hop. She also loves voice acting, and her voice has been featured on several original cast recordings. Rel specializes in teaching movement-based acting (Clowning, Commedia Dell’Arte, Viewpoints, etc.), musical theatre and Broadway dance, vocal performance, and Deaf theatre. She is a full-time writer with an exceptionally hunky husband and two adorable puppies.
Madison began performing at the age of 4 and has since trained in many styles of dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Clogging, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary and Musical Theater.
She began studying ballet at the age of 6 under the direction of Nadja Langenhorst, Molly Ahler, Georgi Rusafov and Jennifer Madden-Bechtold. She has performed in “The Nutcracker” five times with roles such as Spanish, Snow, Flowers, the Mouse King and the principle role of Dew Drop.
Madison was a member of the Senior USA Xtreme Competitive Dance team for 5 years. She has received many awards, trophies and scholarships, was chosen to be a part of the “Dupree All Stars Team” and is a national dance champion.
Madison loves working with young performers, shaping their talent, promoting confidence and helping them discover a love for theater and dance.
Bruce did not want to dance as a young man. But, to keep him out of trouble, Hattie, his mother, enrolled he and his younger brother in dance classes at the Frank Hatchett School of Performing arts at the age of 7. Although he initially resisted, after his first class he was hooked and fell in love with the art of dance. Under Frank's tutelage he learned jazz, tap, Afro and ballet, in addition to voice and modeling. His performing experience includes commercials, musical theater, voice over work and time as a lead vocalist with the R&B group SECRETS. He has had the privilege of performing on stages from New York to Monaco, Monte Carlo. Some of his credits include: DreamGirls, The Evening is Yours, Moon Children, Philly's Beat and the gospel play Brother, Brother, Stop! These days he can be found teaching tap and African dance at local studios and dance festivals.
Morgan is nineteen years old and has been dancing since the age of three. She has been trained in all styles of dance and is a two-time U.S Open Swing Dance Champion. She is a graduate of Highland High School and was a part of their dance program all four years in intermediate, advanced, and One Image Dance Company. Morgan has also been a part of theater since the age of five. She has done a number of shows at Valley Youth Theatre and East Valley Children's Theatre. Morgan was also part of the Highland theater program all four years, choreographing for their group musical competition pieces as well as dance captain for their musical production of Cinderella. She is very excited to work and grow with Actors Youth Theatre for the first time and can’t wait to see what the future holds!