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!
Little Theatre Club
Starting her love for dance and theatre as a child in Montana, Josey was excited to learn more about the performing arts when she was accepted to The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles, where she graduated with honors, earning her degree in Studio Acting. While attending AMDA she performed in multiple school productions, including a student film which she wrote, directed, and starred in. Her favorite production there was Once in a Lifetime, playing Florabel Leigh. Josey was trained and credited in courses such as, but not limited to: Scene Study, Audition Techniques, Improv, Dance, Acting for the Camera, Stage Combat (unarmed and broadsword certified), Film Study, Theatre History, and much more! After graduation, Josey worked as a professional actress on multiple tv shows, music videos, improv groups, and starred in Oh My Disney Channel’s Lady and the Tramp. After what was supposed to be a short visit to The Big Island, she fell in love with the beauty, the people, and the variety of performing arts here. The stage has always been where she has felt her happiest. No matter how hard of a day, it was, and still is her favorite escape. Josey is thrilled to be sharing that joy, and getaway, of performing on stage with the youth of the Aloha Theatre!
Makeup For The Stage
Newton was born and raised here in Kealakekua, and graduated from Konawaena HS Class of 79”. He received his BA in Drama and Theatre UH Manoa, and has worked primarily in the community theatre circuit on Oahu (Manoa Valley Theatre, Diamond Head Theatre, Kumu Kahua Theatre and Army Community Theatre). Recently, he was seen as the technical director for the Manoa Valley Theatre. He also worked professionally at Honolulu Theatre for Youth as the Make up designer for productions including Dracula (which starred Aloha Theatre’s Artistic Director, Jerry Tracy, as the beloved Count D, and served a season as HTY’s props master in 1985. He also worked both tours of Livent’s “Phantom of the Opera” to Oahu in the 1990’s in the wig department, and the tour of The Lion King in 2013. In film, he was the wig and hair designer for Miramax’s film Picture Bride. Newton is also a member of the Aloha Theatre family, having designed hair and makeup for Jekyll and Hyde in 2014 and wig designer in the 2015 production of Evita.
Levels 1 through 5 Improv
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 around the USA. 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
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.
Jerry Tracy is in his 28th and final season as Artistic Director of Aloha Theatre. He has been leading Tuesday Troupers for 20 years, and will miss them as he moves into the next chapter of his life: retirement. He is proud of the many former Troupers who have moved on into Aloha Teen Theatre, onto the Aloha mainstage, and beyond.
Cambrey White is SO excited to teach Theatre Thrivers this quarter. Cambrey moved to the island of Hawai’i 2.5 years ago. Prior to relocating, Cambrey taught musical theatre to students ages 5-14 for five years in Los Angeles, CA. She currently teaches dance and drama at Konawaena High School. You may have seen Cambrey portray Wednesday in The Addams Family in 2018 at the Aloha Theatre. Cambrey is looking forward to teaching at the Aloha Theatre and sharing her love of all things theatre with her students.
Perfecting the Truth in Character