Teachers

Hannah Arguelles - Youth Musical Theatre

Hannah is an actor, choreographer, and director who has worked all across the DFW metroplex. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University with dual degrees in Theatre for Young Audiences and Music, with a minor in Directing.  Her choreography has been seen across Texas with her work for school choirs of all levels from McAllen to Plano and everywhere in between.  Hannah formerly served as the Education Director at Casa Manana theatre where she cultivated the love of theatre in hundreds of young artists. 

 

Rob Bosquez - Resident Education Playwright and Outreach Instructor

Rob Bosquez received the Live Theatre League's Theatre Educator of the Year Award in 2022 and is beloved by the countless young theatre artists that he has taught over the last 15+ years. He is co-founder and co-director of Stage West Conservatory, the Neighborhood Play Contest, and Festival of the Kid, as well as the creative writing, improv and acting instructor at Artes de la Rosa. He is a published writer, accomplished director, experienced actor, and an uplifting collaborator with many of DFW's most talented and boundary-pushing theatre makers.

 

CJ Critt - Voice Acting

Former in-house voice talent for Disney Radio, has recorded over 200 books of popular fiction for Recorded Books, Harper Audio, BBC America Audiobooks, Listen up/Lantern Audio and more.”  A decades long working member of Actors Equity, Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA, she currently does stage work, often employing foreign accents, coaches voice and writing students, writes wild musicals and voices a number of anime characters for studios in North Texas. http://www.cjcritt.com/

 

Douglas Davidson - Acting

Douglas Davidson has studied in New York City, LA, and London. Along with a degree from NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts, his professional training credits include acting studies with William H. Macy and David Mamet, Judith Weston, and directing seminars with Martin Scorsese, Costa-Gavras and Spike Lee.

 

ShaVonne Davis - Youth Theatre Arts

ShaVonne Davis is a Certified Theatre Educator & Acting Coach from Fort Worth, TX.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA.  Mrs. Davis teaches virtual and in-person Theatre Arts classes, private lessons, and after-school programs for youth ages 2-18.  She has directed various stage productions, and has coached students to win theatre competitions and receive acceptance into advanced Theatre Arts schools and programs.  Mrs. Davis and her acting company Acting With Mrs. Davis were just featured on WFAA Channel 8, ABC13 in Houston, TX and the show Localish as a recent recipient of the @BeyGOOD Small Business Impact Grant from Beyoncé and the NAACP.

 

Sarah Gay -  Youth Musical Theatre

Sarah is an actor, director, music director and teacher with a busy voice studio. Most recently, her directing work was seen at Circle Theatre for their first post-pandemic show, The Last Wide Open, and at TexARTS in Austin for Honky Tonk Laundry. Sarah is a member of Actors Equity and has been seen on stages across Texas, including Dallas Theatre Center, ZACH, The Alley, Uptown Players, Casa Mañana and Lyric Stage.  Sarah has a passion for arts education and has been teaching and directing theatre for youth for over 20 years, and is also a staff member at TCU, where she teaches Music Together for their early childhood music program.  Sarah has helped countless students prepare for college auditions in both her private studio and as a teacher for Stage West’s College Prep Program.

 

Jennie Lynn Godfrey - Improv and Puppetry

Jennie Lynn Godfrey is an actor, director, and theatre educator in the Dallas Fort Worth area. She holds her MA in Theatre from Texas Woman's University, and her work has been seen on the stages of Casa Manana, Stage West, Hip Pocket Theatre, Theatre Arlington, Long Lake Camp for the Arts, Studio B, and Broadway Theatre, among others. Jennie's work on stage and in class is typically movement- and ensemble-based, helping actors connect to the story, the audience and each other. Favorite credits include Charlotte’s Web (Director, Theatre Arlington), The Panther’s Scream (Damsel, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The BFG (Director, Studio B), Fuzzbug Follies (Fuzzbug, Hip Pocket Theatre), and Oedipus Rex (Jocasta, Texas Woman’s University). When she is not doing theatre, Jennie works as an Occupational Therapist, bringing drama and other therapy forms into homes all over the Metroplex. 

 

Linda Leonard

Linda Leonard has been a sometime actor, sometime director and ever loyal supporter of Stage West and the amazing theatre and outreach they have provided over the many years in the Fort Worth community and beyond.  "I was sooo excited and honored when Dana called me about teaching acting to the Senior, or as I like to say "The Seasoned Players" in our community in Fort Worth. I am "seasoned " myself and I appreciate and champion any opportunity to celebrate life and art and stories that inspire and entertain others.” Linda has directed for the Dallas Library Project over the years, bringing theatre to many of our senior living communities, performed by those very actors of "stature". When that opportunity concluded, she began teaching acting at CC Young in Dallas, including original works from the actors, Neil Simon, Carol Burnett Sketches, Radio Plays, and a little Shakespeare, to name a few genres.
She loves collaboration, and enlivening and encouraging artists of all ages to find or rediscover their inner artist whenever she can. Linda is looking forward to this new adventure!

 

Lauren Riley - Youth Theatre Arts

Lauren Riley is a theatre artist in the Dallas Fort Worth Area. With a BFA in Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington and three years experience teaching theatre in public education, her passion is theatre production. She loves working with people of all ages to tell stories through live performance. Her acting credits include “Into the Woods” at Maverick Theatre Company, “Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad” at the Scott Theatre, “Killer Shrews” at Hip Pocket Theatre, and many more. She has also stage managed, lighted, and wardrobed shows at theaters across DFW. Lauren is so very excited to be joining Stage West’s teaching staff this semester, a wonderful place with an important mission to enrich our community through art in action. 

 

Tonya Wilson-Brown - Filmmaking

Tonya Wilson-Brown, represented by Linda McAlister Talent, can be seen in many commercials and print ads for Kaplan College, Cooks Children’s Hospital, and Boy Scouts of America. She is certified to teach Theatre for the K-12 age range and is excited to bring acting classes to the virtual format after working full time in online education for the past 4 years. Tonya has also served as the Education Director at Stage West, as well as an outreach instructor here and for The Rose Marine Theatre, and Children’s Theatre of Madison, WI.