Musical Theatre: Acting & Drama: WorkshopDrama and Musical Theatre
Originally from Chicago, A.J. Allegra is a local actor, director, and Artistic Director of the successful theatre company The NOLA Project. He received his B.F.A. in Theatre from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in addition to a Shakespeare in Performance Certification from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London. Local professional theatre credits include “The Misanthrope,” “Cloud Nine,” “The Wind in the Willows,” “The Lieutenant of Inishmore,” J.B. Flanagan’s “Wake,” “A Kingdom of Statues,” “As You Like It,” “What, Has This Thing Appeared Again Tonight?” “Assassins” (Big Easy Award), “Poona,” “King Lear,” “Taste,” “Mr. Marmalade” (Big Easy Award), “The Producers,” and “Love’s Labor’s Lost.” He is the author of the play “Oregon Trail,” as well as “Retail! The Musical,” which enjoyed a successful run at the Chicago Comedy Company in 2006. Film: “Spaceage Rumrunners from the Roaring Twenties,” “The Date from ####,” “Like Father Like Edison,” “Maskerade,” “Inventing Adam,” and “The Virginity Hit.”
Drama: Assistant Department Chair Theatre Arts, Acting, Intro to Theatre, Drama Lit, Theatre HistoryDrama
Mr. Cooper received his MFA in Acting from the Professional Actor Training Program, University of Washington and his BFA in Theatre from Tulane University. Raised in Abbeville, Louisiana, Mr. Cooper moved on to tour nationally in NOISES OFF, was featured in 80 network commercials, and has several film and television credits including a starring role in the film “Snakeskin Jacket.” He has also performed in London, Moscow and Los Angeles.
Holtcamp is a writer and director. Her directing credits include Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar (The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane), Arabian Nights (NOCCA), Shakespeare’s R&J (Serenbe Playhouse), Waxie Moon: Extreme Boylesque (Northwest New Works at On the Boards), Waxie Moon: Boylesque Cinematheque (Next Stage), Heavens to Betsy by Stephanie Timm (Next Stage), Wonderful Life (Washington Ensemble Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (EVE Productions), A Christmas Story (Everett Historic Theatre), Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters First 100 Years (Public Theatre of Kentucky), Sorry, Wrong Number (The Culture Project, NY), Christina and Apartment Building of the Blind (Soho Rep, NY), and Machinal and Stage Blood at the University of Washington. Her play, Dead Reckoning, was produced as part of the Soho Rep Summer Camp Festival of New Plays and The Mystery of Chung Ling Soo (created with The Flying Carpet Theatre Company) ran in Atlanta’s Seven Stages Studio Space (Creative Loafing Award for Best Touring Show of 2005) and at festivals throughout Europe. Her plays, Relevant, Adult, Uncensored, and Island of Misfits were produced in Seattle, WA and her latest work, String Theory, was performed at The Studio in New York City and Vassar College. Holtcamp is a graduate of Vassar College and holds an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Washington.
Kesha McKey is an energetic and innovative performer, instructor and choreographer. She is a graduate of NOCCA and received a BS from Xavier University of Louisiana. Inspired at a very young age by stage performances, Kesha began to study dance at various institutions in New Orleans such as NOCCA, Tulane University and Loyola University. She received scholarships to study at Jacob’s Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, The Musical Theatre Project of Tampa, and Celebration Barn Theater where she studied with Robert Battle, Michael Foley, Tania Issac, Lynn Simonson, Anne Reinking, Chet Walker, Fred Garbo and Luigi.
Kesha is currently a dance instructor at NOCCA and the Program Coordinator of the Kuumba Institute, Ashé Cultural Arts Center Youth Program. She is the Co-founder/Choreographer for CCC Dance Ensemble and is a featured dancer/singer and the assistant rehearsal director for the Lula Elzy Dance Theatre, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Prophecy Dance Company and Exhibit Dance Collective. Her most recent acting roles have been Motormouth Maybelle in “Hairspray” at Le Petite Theatre, Calpurnia in “To Kill a Mocking Bird and Almeda/Lula Buffington in “Violet” with NOCCA Stage Company. She has also participated in the productions of several commercials and films such as McDonald’s, Times Picayune, “Ray” and “Eve’s Bayou.” She continues to nourish her artistic talents and grow as an accomplished performer as she teaches, choreographs and performs throughout the United States.