Janet Cole Hamilton (Director) has been with KIDSTAGE since 2006. She developed her own, “Skills for Theatre… Skills for Life” through acting, directing, forming a theatre company, serving on boards for arts organizations, and time in corporate America working with freelance artists, graphic designers, and game designers. Janet has served KIDSTAGE in a variety of roles and at different points has managed classes, camps, productions, and Institute/Pathway. KIDSTAGE allows Janet to pursue her lifelong passion for arts integration as she develops the emerging STEM and school outreach programs. Personal motto: Duck for Luck.
Elisa Money (Music Director/Music & Composing Mentor) is a songwriter, musician, and copyist from Vancouver, Canada. She has performed at 54 Below, The Commodore Ballroom, and played for the 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, and many more throughout the US & Canada. She has worked locally on new musicals at the 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT, Village Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and the Seattle Rep. She has also worked on new musicals for The Arsht Center in Miami, Florida, as well as in California, New York, Pennsylvania, and British Columbia. Select Seattle credits: Hansel & Gretl & Heidi & Günter (Village Theatre), Hart Island (Village Beta Series), Howl’s Moving Castle (Book-It Rep), Shout Sister Shout (Seattle Rep), Rosie the Riveter (5th Avenue AMT), Mamma Mia! (Seattle Musical Theatre). Original music: The Seed EP and Canadia, PA. elisamoney.com
Porscha Shaw (Writing Mentor) is a recent graduate of the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington. She is a native of Richmond, Texas and a graduate of Santa Fe University of Art and Design where she majored in Drama under the training of Jon Jory. Her recent Seattle credits include: Seattle Rep’s Shout Sister Shout and NINA SIMONE’s Four Women; Upstart Crow’s Richard III, The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion, Lamplighter, 12 Ophelias, By The Way, Meet Vera Stark; Sound Theatre’s Hoodoo Love, As You Like It, The Octavia, Iphigenia and Other Daughters; Wooden O’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, Force Continuum.
Colleen Nielsen (Stage Manager) Previous stage management credits with KIDSTAGE include: The Wiz, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Tarzan, and three Sing It Forwards. KIDSTAGE is always a favorite program to work for. Additional stage management credits include but are not limited to Cabaret, My Fair Lady, Afterwords, The Passage, and String(VTFNM and VO productions). This one goes out to my SM mentors: MW, PB, MP, BW, and JP.