Director Bios

DIRECTOR. Dana Cretsinger, originally from Iowa, started dancing at three and began performing on stage professionally when she was nine years old. By the time she finished high-school she had already performed many coveted female roles for Lyric Theatre, Jewel Box,  Illinois Repertory Theatre and Chopin Theatre in shows like Les MiserablesSound Of Music,West Side Story and Beauty & The Beast. She studied Vocal Performance (BM) at Oklahoma City University which is world-renowned for its demanding and professional vocal training, producing award-winning vocalists such as Metropolitan Opera legend Leona Mitchell, Chris Merrit, Marquita Lister, Sarah Coburn, and Broadway superstars Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara.While in Oklahoma she also studied dance under OCU's Patricia Oplotnik and Billie Thrash winning numerous awards in competitions. In 2007 she became teaching certified in Speech Level Singing (SLS Level 1) and KinderMusik. Dana's talents have taken her to Branson, Los Angeles, Chicago, Mexico, Europe and South America in various touring companies, showcases and even "The Moscow Circus". In addition to training and experience Dana owned, operated and taught piano, dance and voice at Academy of Music & Dance in Oklahoma. She has worked and collaborated with multiple, award winning recording artists. Many of her past students have recorded albums that have been featured on soundtracks or received radio air time and several are currently acting in shows in New York, dancing in Disney, performing in Branson, MO, or acting in film in California. After recently relocating to Houston and taking some time off to raise her children, Dana is excited to share her passion for the arts once again with students.

Beth Vermillion, a Houston native, has been singing in choirs for 25 years; from the Houston Children's Chorus to the Professional Choral Ensemble, Consono.  Beth received her degree in Elementary Education and taught sixth grade for several years in Utah.  During that time she also directed school plays and performed at church youth camps.  Most recently, she leads her church's children choir.  Beth is the mother of three children and has lived in Houston (again) for almost five years. 


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