Teaching Artists



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!



Nick Asa is originally from the mountains outside Boone and came to Charlotte in 1998 as an IT professional. He has performed in school, community, and professional theatre companies in NC, and in 2004 Nick joined his first improv group, the Pink Turtles. Since then, Nick has taught and performed improv in and around Charlotte since 2004. Given an opportunity by the recent Great Recession, he was able to train in Chicago at The Second City, completing their Improv for Actors Program I & II and Improv Olympic’s Summer Intensive (Levels 1 to 4b). During that time, he was also able to complete a Master’s Degree in Counseling, allowing him to completely change careers and focus more on the relationships that make our lives meaningful, joyful, and, of course, hilarious.  



Allie Cesena is a singer, dancer, actor, and teacher originally from Boston, MA. She has performed in theatres throughout New England, Washington, DC, and North Carolina, with regional credits including Annie and The Pied Piper of Hamlin. Before moving to North Carolina, Allie attended the American Music and Dramatic Academy in New York City, and she subsequently taught ballet and creative movement at Steps on Broadway in Manhattan. She moved to the Washington, DC area where she was a teaching artist with the Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre in Alexandria, VA, and a performing member of the Little Theatre of Alexandria for several seasons. She alsotaught drama and dance at schools throughout Washington, DC and the surrounding areas. Allie is an avid volunteer who loves children and animals. When she isn’t teaching with DCP, Allie is the lead Pre K teacher at a preschool in Huntersville, and she runs her own photography studio, Exposed by Allie. She lives in Huntersville with her husband, Marshall, and her two children Julie (11) and Oliver (6).



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). 

Recently, Palmer is a teaching artist with the Davidson Community Players in Davidson, NC. In that capacity, she directed a junior version of the musical Hamilton and the radio playSorry, 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.



This is Sara’s second semester teaching with DCP. She taught “The Incredibles” and “Coco” camps over the summer of 2018, as well as the Mini Ensemble and Junior Ensemble classes this past semester. She is so excited to continue teaching with DCP! Her recent work with DCP includes Assistant Stage Managing for “Steel Magnolias,” “Death Trap,” and "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," and Stage Managing for DCP’s local “Boo’s and Brews” playwriting competition this October. She studied English, Music, and History at the University of Lynchburg, graduating this past May. She was also very involved with the theatre department and was on-stage in various shows, while also singing with the concert choir and choral union. She is excited to continue learning about backstage work as well as act with DCP and get more involved in North Carolina’s theatre community!