STAFF

SCOTT THOMPSON

Director & Choreographer – Annie get your gun

Scott has over 20 years teaching experience. Though currently residing and teaching in New York City, he has worked nationwide at universities, conservatories, dance academies, and summer camps. Scott has guest lectured at NYU, California State College at Fullerton, Birmingham University, University of Arizona, and the College of the Desert in Palm Springs, California. Scott Thompson has won numerous awards for directing and choreographing some of Broadway’s brightest talents in over 100 productions nationwide. Scott directed Tony Award winner Betty Buckley in her first GYPSY, country music legend Larry Gatlin in THE MUSIC MAN, and Tony Award winner Cady Huffman in DAMN YANKEES. For the Library of Congress, he choreographed an all-star Gershwin Gala featuring six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, recording star Dawn Upshaw, and Tony Award nominees Lara Teeter, David Garrison, and Wanda Richert. For Princess Cruise Lines, Scott created, directed, and choreographed a multi-million dollar production show BROADWAY BALLROOM, which premiered on Princess Cruises new star ocean liner the Ruby Princess. Scott co-wrote and will direct/choreograph One for my Baby, a new musical in NYC.

ALLEN ROBERTSON

Director & Musical Director – a SHOE story

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Allen has served as writer/director of the last four SSA “Theatre for ALL” productions. He spent ten years as a co-creator, writer, performer for the Biscuit Brothers (PBS). He has been recognized by the State of Texas, ASCAP, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the National Association of Parenting Publications for his contributions to the arts. None of this was possible without Cynthia, Olivia, and Foster.

SARA BURKE

Choreographer – A SHOE story

Sara is an Austin, TX native - back in the lone star state for the summer. Most recently she was seen playing Brooke Wyndham in the inaugural cast of Legally Blonde on Norwegian Cruise Lines. Some favorite credits include Les Miserables, Xanadu (Kira/Clio), Spring Awakening (Wendla) Sweet Charity (Charity) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie). Some recent studies include; Advanced Musical Theatre Vocal Performance with the State Theatre School taught by Adam Roberts, and Advanced Musical Theatre Dance Technique taught by Danny Herman & Rocker Verastique.

Sara also works as a choreographer/director for Youth Theatre in the Austin area.

GINGER MORRIS

Director & Choreographer – SPAMalot

Co-Founder & Producer 

Ginger graduated with a BFA in Theatre and a minor in Speech Communications from the University of Texas - Austin in 1998. While in college, Ginger worked as Assistant Stage Manager and Academy Director for Austin Musical Theatre. She has directed productions with St. Edward’s University, Zilker Theatre Productions, Austin Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre, Second Youth Family Theatre, and the Austin Jewish Repertory Theatre. She is co-founder of SSA, where she has directed Footloose, West Side Story, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Shop of Horrors, The Producers, Pippin, and Into the Woods. She is currently the Director of Education and Outreach of the Long Center for the Performing Arts. She is also the director of the Texas Arts Project, Greater Austin High School Musical Theater Awards, and the College Audition Program. 

LYN KOENNING

Musical Director - Spamalot

Lyn Koenning is an award-winning music director, vocal arranger and voice and acting coach with nearly 30 years' worth of teaching, conducting and performing experience. Her students have appeared on Broadway, Disney parks and cruise ships, regional theatre, television and film.

Koenning works with creative teams to develop new work for musical theatre, most recently for developmental workshops of ZM [Zombie Musical] by the Tony-winning team behind Urinetown, Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis, as well as Princesses: The Musical, written by Cheri Steinkliner (Sister Act, Cheers), David Zippel (City of Angels) and Matthew Wilder (Mulan, Hercules).

She is the artistic director of the Texas Musical Theatre Workshop (TXMTW), a three-week summer intensive for high school students receiving pre-professional training in musical theatre and college auditioning skills from Broadway professionals and university faculty. An accomplished pianist, she has extensive performing credits as a collaborative pianist for solo vocal and instrumental music, cover and pop bands and musical theatre and opera. She has accompanied master classes for Broadway luminaries including Kathleen Marshall, Billy Porter, Laura Osnes, Mandy Gonzalez, Judy Kuhn, Kamilah Marshall, Tonya Pinkins and Joseph Leo Bwarie.

SHEILAH WALKER

Musical Director - Annie Get Your Gun

Sheilah lives in Dallas and has worked as a music director for 20 years. In recent years she has worked locally as one of the music directors at Ginger Morris' TAP Camp. Other credits include: MD - Ragtime in Concert (Lincoln Center), Conductor - Gershwins' Porgy & Bess (Pre-Broadway Production), Music Supervisor - Ragtime (London West End), MD - Fiddler on the Roof (National Tour). Welcome to the Summer Stock Family, Sheilah! We're glad you're here.

 

DUSTIN GOOCH

Assistant Director - SPAMALOT

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Currently residing in Los Angeles, Dustin is thrilled to be spending his summer in Austin for the Long Center’s SSA program. He just wrapped up teaching at Texas Arts Project where he is in charge of the Filmmaking program. He graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Film Directing. He’s grateful to Ginger Morris for creating SSA and providing this opportunity to so many talented young artists.

DUSTIN STRUHALL

Musical supervisor

Dustin recently earned a Master's Degree in Musical Theatre-Music Direction at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Now based out of Chicago, Dustin works as a freelance music director in the city and as a vocal coach at Northwestern University. Regional music directing and collaborative pianist credits include Parade (Ground Floor Theatre), Urinetown (Edinburgh Fringe), Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards (Long Center), Footloose (SSA), Ordinary Days (Penfold Theatre), The Sound of Music, Little Shop of Horrors (Zilker Theatre Productions), Rockin’ Christmas Party (ZACH). The Sound of Music and Little Shop of Horrors both won the B. Iden Payne Award for Best Music Direction.

SHANNON RICHEY

Company Manager

Shannon is in her fourth season with SSA. Selected Regional Credits include: Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards at the Long Center. At ZACH Theatre: Mothers and Sons, Tommy, Let Me Down Easy, Porgy and Bess, Hedwig and The Angry Inch, Cabaret, The Laramie Project, Jelly’s Last Jam, Jouet, The Santaland Diaries, and The Rocky Horror Show. Recent projects also include: Sunday in the Park with George, As You Like It with Austin Shakespeare; Soul to Sole with Tapestry Dance Company; and Blood Wedding at St. Edward’s University. Regional and other credits include: Let Me Down Easy at American Repertory Theater; The Arizona Project at Herberger Theatre Center; Carousel and Music Man with TexArts at the Paramount Theatre; Company Manager for The Foreigner with the Greater Tuna Corporation. Ms. Richey is also the Stage Management Instructor at Texas State University and has stage managed Hair and As You Like It in the Department of Theatre and Dance.

NICK MAYO

Associate Producer

Nick is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where his favorite projects included One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, As You Like It, The American Clock, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Listener, Henry IV, The Realm of Chelm, Kitty Kitty Kitty, The Workroom and Platonov directed by John Stix. He made his debut on Broadway on The Ritz. He went on to perform in South Pacific and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He would eventually move from his career in New York City to Austin, TX where he directed She Loves Me at St. Edward’s University. That show won him the 2016 Austin Critics Table Award for Best Musical. Nick has taught classes, workshops, and master classes for Interlochen Arts Academy, The Juilliard School, North East School of the Arts in San Antonio, The Kennedy Center Summer Educational Center, and The Shubert Organization educational outreach.

DR. MICHAEL MCKELVEY

Co-Founder

Michael has been an active performer, musical and stage director on the Austin theatre scene for 17 years. Together with Ginger Morris, he founded Summer Stock Austin in 2005. Michael is the head of voice and an Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at Point Park University’s nationally-renowned Conservatory of Performing Arts. He was formerly the Coordinator of Music and Director of Musical Theatre at St. Edward’s University. As a stage director, Michael’s credits include Urinetown, A Year with Frog & Toad, Footloose, Carousel, I Love You because, City of Angels, Company, Sweeney Todd (B. Iden Payne Award), Evil Dead, The Last Five Years, John and Jen, Assassins (biP Award) and The Pajama Game. As a musical director, he has worked for the majority of musical producing companies in Austin with almost 70 titles on his resume. Some of his favorite musical direction credits are Company, Sweeney Todd (biP Award), Crazy For You (Austin Critics’ Table Award), Assassins (biP Award), Pajama game, Parade (ACT Award), Seven brides... (biP Award), The Last Five Years, Into the Woods, and Beauty and the Beast. He is also an active composer writing scores for Austin Shakespeare, the Mary Moody Northern Theatre and Scottish Rite Theatre. Besides his university duties and directing activities, Michael also serves as a faculty member for the Texas Arts Project, and before moving to Pennsylvania was the Artistic Director of The Performers’ workshop, a board member for Hyde Park Theatre, and an artistic associate with Penfold Theatre Company.

RACHAEL KOSKE

Creative COnsultant

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Rachael is a Baton Rouge native and graduated from Louisiana State University's College of Music & Dramatic Arts with a BA in Theatre Performance. While at LSU, she also worked with the nationally recognized Swine Palace Productions and was a co-founder of local theatre company Pass the Hat Productions and the LSU Undergraduate Theatre Alliance. 2017 marks Rachael's 12th year teaching and directing theatre at Dripping Springs High School, and she has served as Summer Stock Austin’s company manager for the past eight years. With the company, she has also served as an associate and assistant director.