These directors and teachers are highly trained professional performers who are commited to the individualized care of each student, while nurturing a supportive group environment.
Lindsey is a native of the Golden Isles of Georgia where she trained in classical dance under Jill Stanford and Eleanor Brooks. She began performing professionally as a teenager with the Jekyll Island Musical Theatre Festival. Lindsey earned a BFA in Theatre Performance from the nationally accredited theatre program at Valdosta State University where she was a Bernard Linger Fine Arts Scholar. She has worked continuously as a performer, choreographer, director and teacher around the country. Before returning to Atlanta, Lindsey worked as an entertainer in New York City, and also served as the Resident Choreographer for Charleston Stage Company in Charleston, SC. She has also previously worked in the Atlanta area with Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Aurora Theatre, ArtStation, Theatre in the Square, Synchronicity Performance Group and Actor's Express. Lindsey has 15+ years of teaching experience and feels very blessed to be sharing her love of theatre, dance and music with her fantastic students at Musical Theater.Center and Once Upon a Ballet. When not singing and dancing in the classroom you can find Lindsey singing and dancing at home with her husband, Drew and twins, Celia and Joel.
Thomas is incredibly excited to join the Troupe Team for the Shrek. He has been in and around Atlanta for the past five years creating art with a wide variety of students. Thomas comes to Troupe having worked across the country and abroad as a theatre teacher. Thomas has taught Drama and Arts Integration at The Howard School, he has been a choreographer and music director at Atlanta Children’s Theatre, and he has worked one on one with children developing social skills through Comprehensive Behavioral Solutions. He has been a first-grade teacher, a middle school advisor, and a stage management coordinator among many other things. Most recently, he has been the lead drama teacher at Mt. Vernon School and St. Benedict’s Episcopal School. His skills and passion for classroom instruction, arts integration, and performing arts are off the charts. Thomas loves the arts and holds true to his mentor’s credo: Life Skills Through Stage Skills. When not in the classroom, he can be found outside keeping snails out of his garden, on a hike with his dog Mia, or guiltily reading any post-apocalyptic teen fiction. Thomas is most excited to have a distraction from planning his wedding this upcoming October.
Melissa Compton Green
Melissa recently relocated to the Atlanta area from Raleigh, North Carolina. Melissa has been on stage dancing, acting, singing, and playing piano/guitar since she was 11 years old. She began her training with the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory then graduated from Peace College with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Melissa has had the pleasure of training in dance, choreography, directing, and singing in many states on the east coast from New York to Florida. She began teaching at the age of 17 and has been hooked ever since! Melissa is thrilled to be able to share her passion with the growing artists in all of her classes.
Megan Wheeler is thrilled to be joining the Once Upon A Ballet team! Originally from Valdosta, GA, Megan received her degree in Theatre from VSU and shortly after moved to NYC. Throughout her 5 year stay in the Big Apple, she had the opportunity to perform in several shows and sing with a group known as The Manhattan Dolls, a jazz group that sang mostly songs of the 30s and 40s in the style of The Andrews Sisters. She has recently moved to the Atlanta area and is eager to see what the city holds!
Molly is very happy to work and play with Once Upon A Ballet! Molly began her studies in Musical Theatre at James Madison University, but graduated from Brenau University/The Gainesville Theatre Alliance. Recently she has worked with companies like The Legacy Theatre (GODSPELL), The Wallace Buice Theatre Co. (PARADE, A BING CROSBY CHRISTMAS), and OnStage Atlanta (HEATHERS)! When she’s not with her ballet gals- she’s teaching piano and voice lessons. You can follow her adventures at: mollywiley.com