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Talented Theatre

The Talented Theatre Program fosters the development of the student’s individualized vision and personal style of expression in the performing arts through introductory and advanced training in all elements of the theatre arts, including history, theory, criticism and aesthetic value, culminating in an annual production of dramatic works conceived by students and/or established authors.


Talented Theatre Faculty

Alicia Chaisson is originally from Missouri. She graduated from New York University in 2006, and trained at the Playwrights Horizons Theater School, where she worked rigorously in the Creating Original Work program.  She is an almunus of the New York Neo-Futurists, where she was a writer/director/performer.  Ms. Chaisson served as director and company manager for Nightmare: New York's Most Terrifying Haunted House, and she also served as the box office manager for The Public Theater in New York. Since relocating to Lafayette in 2011, Ms. Chaisson has been active in the Acadiana theatre scene leading workshops and directing.

Lian Cheramie is originally from Lafayette, Louisiana. She received her B.F.A. in Performing Arts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and has been involved with Acting Up! (in Acadiana) since it began. Ms. Cheramie continues to train during her summer breaks at Chicago’s Second City and Philadelphia’s Pig Iron. For the past decade, she has also taught with the Summer Youth Shakespeare Ensemble, a performing arts intensive for middle and high school aged students.

Sarah Gauthier Roy is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Performing Arts Program. She worked for the San Diego Repertory Theatre in California, and has toured the country performing theatre for children. Sarah taught for the Iberia Parish Talented Program from 2010-2014. She has been active onstage in the theatre community in Acadiana since 2006.

Christy Leichty is originally from the Midwest, and has her B.A. in Theatre and English from Goshen College, in Goshen, Indiana.  She did further training at The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and has 25 years of experience in the theatre as an actor, writer, director, and teacher.  Her experiences range from acting in university plays, experimental theatre on the streets of San Francisco, educational theatre in schools, feature length films, commercials, and MTV videos.  She has directed numerous plays and musicals with different age groups of actors, and from 2010-2014 she was the program director at Cité Des Arts a grassroots community arts center in Downtown Lafayette, LA.

Amanda Newbery attended drama school in London, England after which she toured with two professional companies. She moved to New Orleans, Louisiana in the 1980‘s and worked with the Southern Rep Theatre Company, La Petite Theatre, Tulane Center Stage, Tulane Shakespeare and many others.  For twelve years Ms. Newbery was a talent theatre teacher in the New Orleans public schools. She trained at the Kennedy Center Foundation for five years and taught theatre at Lusher School. She has also worked in television and film.

Katie Slattery has lived in Lafayette, Louisiana for most of her life. She received her B.F.A. in 2009 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with an emphasis in Performing Arts. Katie began teaching in 2010 at Texas A&M Governor's School where she taught Performing Ethics and Urban Leadership through the Arts and Humanities. Katie is currently enrolled in the Masters of Gifted Education program at ULL. From 2011-2014 Katie served as a Talented Theatre teacher in Iberia Parish. Katie remains active in the local theatre community through acting, directing, and leading workshops.

Allison Barron Brandon is an educator of musical theatre, acting, music, ballet, tap, and auditioning skills. She holds a BFA in Theatre from UL Lafayette and a Masters degree in Arts Administration from University of New Orleans. She has performed in various musicals on the collegiate, community, and professional level. She was selected to attend the International Conference at Yale University and SpringboardNYC with the American Theatre Wing. Her favorite roles she's performed include Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (IPAL), Eponine in Les Miserables (ULL), Cinderella in Into the Woods (ULL), Hope Cladwell in Urinetown (ULL), Holly in The Wedding Singer (Le Petit Theatre), and Lorna Baker in Let Freedom Swing (National WWII Museum).