Our Instructors feature a variety of arts training and experience, and are the reason people love our classes!
Read below for more info about our current Instructors and Guest Artists!
CALEEN SINNETTE JENNINGS
Playwriting, Intermediate Acting, Voice & Speech
Caleen Sinnette Jennings is an actor, director, playwright.She is a Professor of Theatre in the Department of Performing Arts at American University in Washington, D.C. where she joined the faculty in 1989. Jennings teaches Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Voice & Speech, Acting Shakespeare, Theatre History, Children’s Theatre and 6 different courses in General Education. She also directs for main stage including productions of Othello, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2003, she received A.U.’s Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award and in 1997 she received A.U.’s award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research and other Professional Activities. She has been a faculty member of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute since 1994. She is a founding member of The Welders, a D.C. Playwrights’ Collective. Dramatic Publishing Company has published eight of her plays, and her work has appeared in seven play anthologies. In 2015, the Kennedy Center commissioned her to write a stage adaptation of Walter Dean Myers’ novel, Darius & Twig, which was produced at the Kennedy Center Family Theatre and did a national tour in 2017. Her play, Queens Girl in the World, did an extended run at Theatre J. in 2015. She was commissioned to write part 2, Queens Girl in Africa, for Mosaic Theatre in 2018. In May/June 2019, the two plays run in repertory at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland. Everyman has also commissioned Caleen to write part 3 of the Queens Girl Trilogy, entitled, Queens Girl: Black in the Green Mountains, which will debut in 2020. Caleen was commissioned to write Hear. Eye. Stand for Roundhouse Theatre’s Teen Performing Company, which debuted in March 2019. Her work has also been produced by Imagination Stage, The Folger, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Horizons Theatre and The Source Theatre Company. Caleen has received five nominations for outstanding new play from the Helen Hayes Awards and play writing awards from the Kennedy Center and The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Jennings graduated from Bennington College with a B.A. in Drama, and received her M.F.A. in Acting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Little Theatre Club, Kid Kombat
Josey was born and raised in Southwest Montana, where her love for the performing arts started at a young age. Early on she was heavily involved in dance, in which she won multiple National Competitions and danced with the Montana Ballet Company. She found her love for the stage through Missoula Children’s Theatre,starring in multiple productions, including Rumpelstiltskin and The Secret Garden. Josey was the captain of her Speech and Drama team and was the MHSA State Champion for Serious Solo Acting. In 2015 she moved to Los Angeles where she studied and graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After graduation she worked on set of multiple short films, tv shows, and music videos. Josey found a new passion through improvisation and performed with multiple groups. One of Josey’s favorite roles was starring in a video for Disney’s Oh My Disney Channel. After what was suppose to be a short trip, she decided to leave the city behind and make the Big Island her new home. Josey is thrilled to be at the Aloha Theatre and looks forward to continuing her craft through the community!
Kids (Thursday) Theatre
Kira Kane has been involved in musical theatre for the past 10 years. A singer, dancer, and actor, Kira has performed in California, Florida and now Hawai’i as part of the Aloha Theatre Ohana. In addition to performing, Kira has had experience behind the scenes in stage management, sound and lighting operation, hair and makeup design, and more. She has been a part of many Aloha Theatre productions including Plan 9 From Outer Space, Christmas on Broadway, Jesus Christ Superstar, Once on This Island Jr., Arsenic and Old Lace, Beauty and the Beast, Wonderland, The Addams Family Musical, A Christmas Story, Legally Blonde Jr., and most recently Peter Pan Jr.! Having been the assistant teacher for Tuesday Troupers for the last 3 years, Kira is thrilled to be teaching the art of life through the magic of theatre!
Level E, Level D, Level C with Q
Having recently moved to the Big Island from NYC, Quinton has joined the Hawaii performing arts scene after studying and performing short and long form improv for the last 24 years. He found a wealth of theater talent within the Aloha Theatre and the Alohaha’s Improv troupe, and became both anxious and excited to share his knowledge to expand their abilities! He approaches performing and coaching improv with emphasis on support and honesty, and can’t wait to see what you can do!
Aloha Teen Theatre Advisor
Teen Musical Theatre Camp, Pre-Teen Musical Theatre Camp, Ensemble Singing
Delaney was born and raised in Kona and spent most of her childhood days at the Aloha Theatre, and has been involved in over twenty productions. While attending Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City, Delaney studied Ethnomusicology and musically directed the Columbia Clefhangers, a co-ed a cappella group. Delaney has studied classical voice at Manhattan School of Music with Tony-nominated baritone Spiro Malas and acclaimed tenor Jean-Paul Bjorlin. She received her Master’s in Education from the University of Edinburgh and is currently the Aloha Teen Theatre Advisor. She looks forward to moving to LA this fall to begin her PhD work in Ethnomusicology at UCLA.
Adult Acting and Showbiz, Adult Movement and Choreography Training, Teen Musical Theatre Camp, Pre-Teen Musical Theatre Camp
Amanda is a professional actress, singer, dancer, and choreographer from New York City. She has been teaching and performing on the Big Island since 2013 and previously served as the Artistic Director of Kona Dance and Performing Arts in Kealakekua. Her classes incorporate intentional connection, body positivity, and humor to make everyone feel welcomed and inspired. She most recently took the Aloha Theatre stage as Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! and Ruth Kelly in Harvey. Favorite professional credits include: Damn Yankees (Lola), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), Les Misérables (Fantine), Crazy For You (Irene Roth), and Cabaret (Fraulein Kost). She is a published writer, a well-known tap dancer, and a nacho connoisseur. For more information, find her on Instagram @amanda_trusty.
Perfecting the Truth in Character