Teaching Artists


2020 TEACHING ARTISTS 



MINDY HUDSON ASA

Mindy Hudson Asa is a graduate of Lees-McRae College having earned a degree in musical theater specializing in dance. She began dancing at a young age, studying many styles. Once she fell in love with musicals & singing, she began taking voice lessons & competed with her high school’s prestigious choral group. She's been performing & choreographing all over NC both regionally & professionally since 1999. She's been nominated in Choreography & Best Actress in a Musical categories for BroadwayWorld.com’s Charlotte awards. Mindy has been directing DCP’s Musical Ensemble since 2015, where she continues to challenge and excite her students!

 

MATT WEBSTER

Matt Webster is a Director and Actor who has worked with both adults and children for community and professional theatre companies from coast to coast; including the Silver Bear Theatre in Albuquerque, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Seattle Children's Theatre, Davidson Community Players, Theatre Charlotte, Matthews Playhouse and Children's Theatre of Charlotte. As a director, Matt has staged dozens of plays and musicals including Annie, Sleeping Beauty, One Bad Apple, Einstein is a Dummy, Tartuffe, Sleuth, The Tempest and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

In addition, Matt is a Theatre Educator who has taught at universities, public schools and professional theatre companies around the country. Matt is also a playwright whose two plays, The Perils of Modern Education and The Myths at the Edge of the World are published by Theatrefolk. Currently Matt is an adjunct professor at Winthrop University and is the Curriculum Consultant for the Drama Teacher Academy.



 

NICHOLE MICHELLE PALMER 

Nichole M. Palmer — trained journalist, dramatic writer, and published author — holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University. 

A native of Gary, Ind., Palmer has helped birth inspiring storytelling voices for the multicultural, mainstream, and faith/inspirational marketplaces across America for more than 20 years. She’s worked with Terri McFaddin-Solomon, ordained minister, Bible teacher, and Grammy Award winner, on her books Only a Woman and Sapphires and Other Precious Jewels; bestselling author Deborah Smith Pegues on her books30 Days to Taming Your Tongue and Why Smart People Make Dumb Choices, which was co-written with Dr. Ricky Temple, pastor of Overcoming by Faith ministries in Savannah, Ga.; and edited the award-winning book The Mayor’s Wife Wore Sapphires by Martha Tucker. Palmer’s first book, Standing in the Gap: Power of the Prayer Line, co-written with Janice Moss-Woods and Velma Hawkins, was published in 2015 through West Bow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan. 

As a playwright, Palmer’s work has appeared in Los Angeles at the Tamarind Theatre, the Gascon Centre Theatre, and the Hudson Theatre. She co-wrote the N.A.A.C.P.-award winning one-woman show Turning Points for actor Cleo King (MAGNOLIA) and actor/director/producer Bill Duke (PREDATOR, DEACONS FOR DEFENSE). 

As a teaching artist with the Davidson Community Players, she directed a junior version of the musical Hamilton and the radio play Sorry, Wrong Number; she also taught a week-long camp for playwriting. Previously, she taught at the now former Wirt/Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High Ability Academy primarily as its middle school drama teacher. In that capacity, she directed the musical In the Middle by Madeline Rossettini; and two original one-acts written by her middle school students. She debuted two new pieces: a ten-minute play called Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks (2016) and a children’s musical entitled Shake It Off (2017). Her company, Our Voices, LLC, is a writing and editing consulting firm and entertainment studio.

HANNAH SHIZUKO

Hannah Shizuko is a recent graduate of Point Park University earning a degree in Dance with a concentration in Jazz and a minor in PR & Advertising. She’s been dancing for eighteen years, studying a range of styles, and has been teaching and choreographing since 2013. She has worked as a choreographer on nearly a dozen shows, many of which have been with DCP, and has also done concert dance pieces as well as dance on film. She is very excited to be back home and teaching at DCP this year!



LAKEETHA BLAKENEY

Lakeetha Blakeney is a native of Concord, NC. She received her BA in Theater and African American Studies from UNC Greensboro. She has her MA in English Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. Before returning to her home town Lakeetha worked with various theater companies in the US. She is currently working on new scripts as well as a novel. She has worked with DCP as a teaching instructor since 2017.