Derek’s love of theater truly runs deep, and has his entire life. Derek has used his talents as a director, actor, stage manager, designer and stage technician in venues up and down the entire east coast, including Ford’s Theater, Universal Studios and more. Derek was the founder and artistic director for Clandestine Arts, producing professional works throughout Central Florida since 2013. He is honored to be the Managing Artistic Director and Co-owner of the brand new Theater West End.
Kasea received her B.A. in Theatre from Florida State University in 2014. She has 2 decades of experience in theater as a performer, choreographer, and as an education instructor. She taught at multiple schools in North Florida during her time in college, choreographed young artists with Central Florida Vocal Arts, and much more. As a performer Kasea has been in over 65 productions within Central and North Florida and has had the opportunity to perform internationally in Melbourne, Australia. Some of her favorite shows include Bridges of Madison County, Memphis, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, and Harvey, to name a few. Aside from performing and teaching, Kasea serves as the Operations Manager here at Theater West End.
As an Orlando-based music director and conductor, his work has been seen and heard from “NBC’S The Voice” to CNN documentaries. Recent projects include the Florida premiere of Holiday Inn, 9 to 5 and composing the score for a new feature film from Bright Feather Productions in Pennsylvania. Austin is a proud member of AFM Local 389. Much love and thanks to Mallory for her support and inspiration.
Michael Cleary is an Orlando-based performing artist and acting coach with over ten years of acting experience spread out across stage and film. An imminent graduate of UCF, Michael will be receiving his Bachelor of the Arts in Theatre Studies, as well as a Minor in Creative Writing. Since moving to Orlando in 2016, he has worked incessantly as a performer at both UCF and the professional circuit in the greater Central Florida area. Recent professional credits include Hunchback at the Garden Theatre (Jehan,) Wedding Singer at Athens Theatre (Glen,) and West Side Story at Theatre West End (Riff.) Last fall, he also originated the lead role in Analog, a new play by Daryll Pickett. In his coaching, Michael emphasizes the preparation of the body, effective analysis of the text, and general professionalism in both resume formatting and personal presentation. He looks forward to broadening his curriculum to include a technical theatre overview as well as the importance of ensemble synergy. Michael relishes the opportunity to craft and nurture the future of this next generation of artists, all in reverence to Rod Durham, his high school drama professor and first inspiration.
Paxton Brock is a working performer in Orlando with 17 years of industry experience and training. She has studied with Eastern Kentucky University, Dance Educators of America, and Kentucky Ballet Theatre. After her time in Kentucky, she moved to Tallahasee, where she worked as lead teaching artist for Killearn Performing Arts and Studio D. Her classes included ballet, tap, contemporary, musical theatre jazz, introduction to drama, intermediate acting, and pantomime for ballet. During her years in the studio, she taught ages two to retired adults and believes wholeheartedly in arts accessibility. In tandem with her teaching, she participated in shows working on and off stage; and her most notable credits include Cassie in A Chorus Line, assistant director of Rose-Mock's A Christmas Carol with a proud feature of her designs on television, key makeup artist and designer for West Side Story, and Choreography for many productions. In Orlando, she attended Paul Mitchell the School for a full specialist degree with an emphasis in fashion and theatrical design. Her work on stage has included Nellie in Jekyll and Hyde, and Stella in Holiday Inn both at the Athens. She will soon be a featured performer and assistant choreographer for Singin' in the Rain. Paxton's day time focus is her position with Impact Dance and Drama as Manager of Outreach and Operations working to spread arts education for children in the Central Florida area. She is looking forward to creating a safe and inclusive environment for young artistic expression.
Robb Ross received his Bachelors of Music Education and a Minor in Theatre from Stetson University and his Masters of Education in Music from the University of Central Florida. He is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Apopka Memorial Middle School in the Orange County Public School district where he has been teaching for the past 13 years. In addition to teaching he has also served as director of music at Park Lake Presbyterian Church in downtown Orlando.
Not only does Robb have a passion for teaching others about music and theatre he is an avid performer as well. He as performed all over stages in the Central Florida area including Theatre Winter Haven, Theatre Downtown, Bay Street Players, Breakthrough of Winter Park, Mad Cow Theatre and many more.
Colton Chase Brooks
Colton is an Actor, Singer, Composer, Conductor, Vocal Coach, Musical Director, and an active supporter of the arts. He received a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from The University of Mobile, and also attend the International Performing Arts Institute in Hamburg, Germany. Mr. Brooks has worked as a performer for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World Orlando, and spent time volunteering and performing in local groups here in center Florida such as Opera Orlando, The Orlando Repertory Theatre, and Central Florida Community Arts.
Favorite roles include, Shrek in Shrek , The Phantom in The Phantom of The Opera, and Fredrick Barrett in Titanic the Musical.