Angela Howard - Artistic Director
Angela graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Theatre from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has been involved in theatre as a professional actress, singer, and dancer for over 40 years. While in living in Denver, Colorado, she was the Managing Director and a dancer with Melange Dance Ensemble, as well as a teacher of modern dance, dance improvisation, and yoga. A move to San Diego opened opportunities to return to acting and singing, as well as teaching and working professionally as a makeup artist in theatre and film. Her makeup design for The Teen Connection, "Til Death Do Us Part", an original script written by San Diego inner city youth about drug and alcohol abuse garnered awards for the San Diego Learning Channel. Additionally, she worked with independent film companies and photographers, as well as local theatres. In 1992 she moved to Columbia, MO where she volunteered for Columbia Entertainment Company as a performer, costume designer, and board member. As a performer she has worked at CEC, The Maplewood Barn Theatre, Summer Repertory at the University of Missouri, Theatre Nexus, and Independent Actors Studio, as well as doing numerous video commercials and radio voiceovers and student films. She began teaching theatre classes for CEC's theatre school and was asked to direct the theatre school productions in 1998, then open and operated her own studio, Columbia Theatre Academy. In 2003 she became a founder, Co-Artistic Director and Business Manager for PACE. She currently is the Artistic Director, directing 2 to 3 productions every year, the Theatre School Director, and originated the award winning Arts in Health program. Angela has directed over 45 productions for PACE and other theatre companies, schools, churches and dance studios, as well as volunteering as a stage manager, costumer, set designer, and sound designer. Angela has volunteered as a theatre instructor at L.E.A.D., Leadership, Education and Advocacy for the Deaf, Teen Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the summer and has taught makeup workshops at the Missouri School for the Deaf. A certified teacher in English, Speech and Theatre, she is currently completing the Master program in teaching through Columbia College, while working in Fayette High School as a 9th-10th Language Arts and Theatre teacher.
Kathleen Johnson - Artistic Director
Kathleen Johnson graduated Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame, where she got her undergraduate degree in Theatre & English. She then earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Iowa. During that time, Kathleen developed and taught numerous youth theatre courses in Indiana and Iowa. For the past four years, she has taught Theatre, English, and Speech Communications courses, while coaching a nationally recognized School of Excellence Speech and Debate Program in Minnesota. While there, she also performed in a number of Improv troupes across the greater Minneapolis area. Kathleen grew up in Iowa City, IA and spent the majority of her childhood performing with youth theatre groups. It, without a doubt, shaped her life and she is thrilled to be working with PACE to help pass on the magic of performing arts.
Trent Rash holds a Masters of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Missouri (2009), where he also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education (2004). Trent had the pleasure of singing the roles of Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Pierre in The Wandering Scholar, Nemorino in L'elisir D'amore, and Tamino in The Magic Flute in full Show-Me Opera Theatre productions. Memorable past musical theatre roles include Issachar/Baker in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Rooster Hannigan in Annie, Ugly (the Duckling) in Honk!, the Minstrel in Once Upon A Mattress, and Mark in RENT. Trent was one of thirty singers nationally to be selected to sing in a Jerry Herman master class at the 2003 Music Educators National Convention in Minneapolis, MN. Other solo engagements include appearances in the Odyssey Chamber Music Series and as the tenor soloist in Bach's Magnficat and Handel's Messiah. Trent made his directorial debut in 2004 and his directing/musical directing credits include Oklahoma!, Mame, CATS, The King and I, West Side Story, Into the Woods, and Fiddler on the Roof. Trent serves on the music faculty at Stephens College and manages RashMusik, his private voice studio.
Jacqueline Rash is from Phoenix Arizona where she studied ballet with Miss. Betty Herriage from the age of 8 and jazz, lyrical, modern and hip hop with Mrs. Kathleen Marcum at Thunderbird High School. She was also on the dance team, speech team and in her four high school musicals, including Cinderella, which is the first musical she choreographed. She went on to study dance at Stephens College, earning a B.F.A. which included disciplines such as flamenco, tap, Irish step dancing, African, jazz, ballet, pointe and modern with a heavy emphasis on improvisation and choreography. She danced with a modern dance company in Chicago for two years before deciding to move back to Missouri to raise a family. She has had the opportunity to choreograph for Hickman High School, Performing Arts in Children's Education, Columbia Independent School, Moon Belly Dance Studio, Heritage Academy in Columbia and Clowns and Criers in Shelbina. Her favorite choreographic endeavors include West Side Story, CATS, FAME, State Fair, High Society and Be Italian from Nine. Jacqueline has enjoyed teaching ballet, theater dance, childrens dance and pointe for PACE's Limelight Dance Studio since its inception in 2009. She is a proud mother of Claire and Elliot, who will both be in elementary school in the near future.
Debbie Kindle is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in Music Education with a major in voice and a minor in piano. She completed a Master in Music Education at the University of Oklahoma, where she was a graduate instructor in the music education department, again with an emphasis in voice and piano. She has performed with Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City, Theatre Tulsa, Oklahoma State Opera Company, and Maplewood Barn Theatre in Columbia. Debbie has taught both vocal and instrumental music in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri for the past 30 years and has also taught private voice and piano at the Eastwood Music Conservatory as well as having private studios throughout her career. She has just finished eight years as the Upper School Choral Director at Columbia Independent School. Before joining the staff at CIS, she was the music instructor at Christian Chapel Academy in Columbia, where she began the choir and band programs as well as teaching all of the elementary music classes. During these past 30 years she has directed numerous student musical performances.
Debbie's experiences with PACE include the musical direction of "Redwall" and "Annie, Jr." as well as director/musical director of "Aladdin, Jr."
Meg Phillips is an actor, musician, director, and playwright. Favorite roles include Maria in The Sound of Music, Suzy in Wait Until Dark, Anne Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, Marian in The Music Man, and the Bakers Wife in Into the Woods, for which she was nominated for an Irene Ryan Award. Meg has assistant-directed and directed a variety of plays and has written four full-length murder mystery dinner theatre scripts, two of which she composed music for. She and local playwright Chris Bowling co-wrote the script to the original full-length musical Plan Nine the Musical from Outer Space which was performed at Maplewood Barn Theatre in summer 2008. Meg is the co-owner of Hormonal Imbalance Theatre Troupe, sings tenor for the female a capella quartet Hot Pursuit, and is a founding member of No Content, a local improv troupe.
DeeDee has spent her entire life dancing, acting, writing, and sometimes even delivering babies. In addition to studying belly dance and practicing yoga for her entire adulthood, she has studied and received training in Callanetics and core conditioning. Her dedication is to help women along in their personal journey to feeling strong, centered, and fit.
Hazel has expressed herself through movement from the day she was born. A former gymnast, she loves learning new forms of dance and has been a devoted student at PACE for the last 4 years. She adores working with young children and watching them grow in dance. She intends to go into the medical field.
Ella Folkerts is 16 years old and has been dancing for most of her life. She grew up watching (and imitating) her Mother bellydance, and hasn't stopped moving since. Ella has taken ballet and jazz classes at Dance Arts, and choreographed for TRYPS Children's Theater, CEC Co
Dani Mann is 20 years old and currently majoring in Mathematics at Mizzou, but minoring in Theatre and Music Performance. Although she has a deep love for all performing art forms, dance has always been her greatest passion. At age 2 she began her studies in her living room, twisting to sing alongs and galloping to country western music. A year later she moved on to more traditional studies at the Perlman-Stoy School of Ballet. There she took lessons in Ballet for 13 years and in Modern for 2. She is now a student of Ballet with the Missouri Contemporary Ballet. Her choreography endeavors have included works in PACE's productions of THE JELLYBEAN CONSPIRACY, BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA, and PETER PAN. Through these experiences, Dani has discovered that the only thing greater than performing dance, is sharing dance and watching young people blossom in it.
His first acting experience began on stage at the age of six at Columbia Entertainment Company in Zink, the Myth, the Legend, the Zebra.. Most recently he performed as "Thenardier" in Les Miserables, "Peter" in CEC's Jesus Christ Superstar, "Tevye" in Fiddler on the Roof, "Captain Von Trapp," The Sound of Music, "Otto Frank," The Diary of Anne Frank "Bernardo," West Side Story, "Harold Hill" in The Music Man, "Jud" in Hickman's Oklahoma, "King Mongkut" in The King and I, as well as the productions of Window Pains, The Good Doctor, The Jellybean Conspiracy, CATS, A Kid's Tale of Shakespeare, To Kill a Mockingbird, Redwall, Oliver, The Miracle Worker, Anne of Green Gables, Beauty and the Beast, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Homecoming, The Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit (also twice), Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Charlotte's Web, and made his film debut in a Stephens College production of Rebel Soldier.
Outside of theatre, Matt is a sophomore in college studying education. He works part time in the after school program at Christian Chapel Academy, and is a "big" in Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He recently taught the "Gleek Squad" camp for PACE.
Currently a student at Mizzou, Kristen is a former Rockbridge high school cheerleader. She participated in gymnastics and cheerleading courses beginning in elementary school and continuing on throughout high school; including cheering for football, basketball, soccer, volleyball and competitively. While in high school cheerleading, Kristen also was involved in extra-curricular tumbling and group cheer classes.
Sydney danced 14 years at Vaughan Dance Academy in Plainfield, Il. For 12 of those years she was on their competitive company called Innovation Dance Company. Sydney has 14 years of classical ballet, and jazz, 10 years of lyrical, 8 years of tap and hip-hop, and 5 of modern. She also was on the dance team at her high school for 2 years and now she is in her second year on Mizzou Club Dance. Sydney is a sophomore at the University of Missouri, and is studying Hospitality Management, with a business minor.
Dubbed a “jill of musical trades,” Robin’s versatility runs the gamut from choral music to opera, jazz, and musical theater. She is an active soloist, ensemble member, arts administrator, and director. In addition to a private studio, Robin teaches voice and music appreciation at Columbia College, serves as music director for Bethel Baptist Church, pianist for Columbia Youth Choirs, board member / secretary of Odyssey Chamber Music Series, and manager, soprano, and founding member of Élan Singers, a 12-member professional choral ensemble that performs throughout the state. Music directing and performance credits include Willy Wonka, Jr., The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Drowsy Chaperone, Annie, The Little Mermaid, Shrek the Musical, Songs for a New World, and Honk, Jr. In the past, she has worked as artist relations coordinator for the Missouri Symphony Society’s Hot Summer Nights series and middle school choral director for Columbia Public Schools.
Robin holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education from the University of Missouri – Columbia, where she graduated summa cum laude. When not performing or teaching, she is an avid hula hoop dancer and coffee bean roaster.
Tara is from St. Louis, Missouri and is studying Marketing at the University of Missouri. She has been dancing for 12 years and was captain of her dance team in high school. Tara is currently an instructor for the Universal Dance Association. She is also one of the coaches of the Blazer Girls Dance Team at Father Tolton Catholic High School and is a current member of the Mizzou Club Dance Team.