Jane Hallford is one of the founding members of NYT. She co-founded CYT Houston in 2006 and served as Artistic Director until 2011. She has also directed numerous shows including, Aladdin, Alice, Annie Jr., Godspell, Pocahontas, Robin Hood, Seussical Jr., and The Wizard of Oz. Jane earned a Bachelor of Fine arts in voice with K-12 certification from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1985. She has taught music in public, private, and homeschool programs. In addition, she has taught piano and voice in her own private home-studio for over 30 years. Jane also has an extensive ministry background. She has years of experience in children’s, youth, worship team, choral, and worship dance ministries. She has also traveled extensively serving on mission teams in various foreign countries. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, she currently resides in Spring with her family. She has 5 children and 3 grandchildren.
Jordyn Arnold is a Lone Star College student and multi-talented NYT student. She has participated in many shows, holding a variety of different types of roles, most recently as Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man. Jordyn has volunteered at various camps for several years, most recently as a Drama lead instructor.
Leah Claxton loves to dance and has studied and performed with Progressions Performing Arts and Theater Under the Stars. She has also had the rare opportunity to train with the Radio City Rockettes in NYC. Leah has competed as a professional ballroom dancer and is a certified Zumba and PiYo instructor. She is married to the love of her life, Ryan, and currently works at Woodsedge Church as the Early Childhood Program Director. She enjoys tutoring math (besuccessfulinmath.com) and teaching ballroom dance lessons. Leah is excited to support and teach NYT students.
Hannah Ricks is highly passionate about teaching music (both classical and musical theatre styles), and loves working with youth. Hannah teaches elementary general music, music theory, and choir to grades K-4 for Tomball ISD. Previously, she worked in Cypress Fairbanks ISD, teaching general music to grades K-5. Hannah has also really enjoyed working at various summer youth theatre camps. Some of her favorites were Camp Disney and Newsies camps, and in 2012 had the pleasure of being the vocal director for CYT’s Tomball production of The Little Mermaid, Jr. Hannah also really enjoys performing and helping with worship music, as well as giving private voice and piano lessons. Hannah is a graduate from Sam Houston State University, where she studied music education with a focus on voice.
Ashlyn Jacobs is a Phi Theta Kappa Honor student studying at Lone Star College, and will complete her undergraduate at Sam Houston with a degree in Business Administration majoring in Management. While currently with National Youth Theater, Ashlyn has remained active in community youth & transformative arts theater for the past ten years. She has been part of the choreography team at NYT since the beginning, helping to direct and teach many of our shows and classes. Some of her past credits include: Lone Star Tomball’s Performing Arts Center Assistant Stage Manager for Shrek, Assistant Choreographer & Student Dance Intern for Shrek, Beauty & the Beast, Guys & Dolls, Seussical and The Little Mermaid. Productions in which she participated in the cast: Annie, Aladdin, Cinderella, The Music Man & Robin Hood. She participated as backstage/house management for: Alice, Fiddler on the Roof, Jungle Book, and Mulan. Productions assisting sound: Guys & Dolls, Seussical & The Little Mermaid. Ashlyn participated in Lone Star Tomball College’s summer production of The Music Man as assistant to costumes/backstage and House Manager for Leaving Iowa. Ashlyn is thankful for her relationship to God, family, friends & to what God is doing to bring Christian artists together in redeeming the arts in Houston! Ashlyn says, “I am grateful for countless opportunities to contribute to the beauty of stage performance in the community.”