Foster creative development through student education and training in the fine arts while promoting and nurturing the appreciation of dance and musical theatre by providing the essential skills for lifetime success!
400 Hobbs Rd # 203 League City, TX 77573
Sarah Foster Lewis- Artistic Director/Founder
Sarah began her dance training over thirty years ago. She studied various disciplines of dance such as ballet, tap, jazz modern, variations, character, musical theatre and pointe. Sarah is a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visuals arts in Downtown Houston. Sarah received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Houston and pursued her Master's in Counseling at Seton Hall University while working as a special education teacher. Sarah is very excited to share her love and passion for the arts to the community. As a mother of two, she appreciates the importance of having a staff committed to nurturing children within the performing arts.
Nicole Poor- Twinkle Star Director
Nicole has been dancing for 20 years. She is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, contemporary and lyrical. Nicole studied dance and childhood education at the Community College of Rhode Island. She worked at In Motion Dance Studio before joining BAAC. Nicole has choreographed numerous award winning pieces in tap, jazz, musical theatre and contemporary through her career. She is very passionate about her dancing and teaching and loves to share her knowledge and experience with today's youth.
Quincy Starnes- Musical Theatre Director
Quincy began his musical theatre training in 1989 when he was one of the students chosen by HITS Theatre to perform a musical while still a student at River Oaks Elementary. Quincy received his Bachelor's of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Notre Dame receiving instruction in costume design, lighting design, stage management and theatre history. Quincy was a founding member of the Pasquirella East Musical Company (PEMCo), which still operates today as the only student run musical theatre program on campus. He believes he can bring students a love of modern musicals as well as giving them an appreciation of the classics.
Lauren Hurstell- Ballet Mistress
Lauren began dancing at an early age at the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance. She worked with choreographers from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and River North Dance Chicago and performed with the Civic Ballet of Chicago in both classical ballets and contemporary works. Lauren was the Assistant Director of Evansville Dance Theater and then the Ballet Director for Dalto Performing Arts. She
performed as a professional guest artist in The Nutcracker with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Her choreography and dancing have been presented at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, Wortham Cullen Theater, Fringe Festival, Artists for Hope and the Dance Houston Festival.
Ashley Williams- Administrative Director
Ashley began dancing at the age of 10 with a focus on Ballet, Jazz and Tap. She was an officer of the award winning Texas City Stingarettes Drill Team while in High School. Ashley continued with her dance education at TCU before transferring to the University of Houston. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Public Relations and a minor in Global Business. Ashley has maintained her passion for the art of dance and has found her home with BAAC. She is a proud mother of a son and excited to share her devotion for dance with other young kids.
Devin Whitten- Acting Director
Devin has been performing from an early age, before beginning acting they were trained in piano and voice and got their start right here in League City where they attended Clear Springs High School. They are a former Tommy Tune Nominee and winner of many UIL theatre and choir competitions. They received their conservatory education in NYC at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and their Bachelors in Acting with a minor in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado in 2015 where they were the winner of several Irene Ryan awards. They are formally trained in Meisner, Stanislavsky, Suzuki, and Chekhov methods, has several years experience in the film industry, and has an extensive background in Shakespeare and voice for the actor. They have had master classes with Baayork Lee, Suzan Zeder, Jeanine Tesori and many other notable names in the industry. Devin has performed at theatres in Texas, Colorado, and Los Angeles. They believes truth in acting is the foundation of all great performers and that truth begins with trust, support, and fun in the classroom. They are very excited to bring their knowledge and passion to a new generation of performers.
Mike Tuneburg- Vocal Department
Mike holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and completed 2 years of graduate studies at Loyola University in New Orleans majoring in vocal performance. He has been a successful choir director, music teacher, and voice instructor for over 30 years. His students have had accomplishments such as Texas All State Choir, superior ratings at State Solo and Ensemble, lead roles in musicals, and numerous solo opportunities. He has also done musical direction for several music theater programs in the bay area of Houston. Mr. Tuneberg has performed in numerous musicals, operas, and oratorios over the years with companies including Loyola Opera Theater, Tulane University Acapella Choir, New Orleans Opera, Pensacola Symphony, Baytown Little Theater, and Houston Masterworks Chorus. Mike presently teaches voice lessons at Clear Falls High School, Clear Springs High School, Victory Lakes Intermediate School and Bayside Intermediate School.
Angela Hendrickson- Instructor
Angela began her classical training under the direction of Lynette Mason Gregg, Richard Monroe, and Suzanne Longley, followed by Soili Arvola, Leo Ahonen, Olga Kostritsky, and Louis Fuente. She was the 1991 NYC Scholarship recipient, which afforded her the opportunity to train with the Joffrey Ballet Academy. She attended the High School for Performing and Visual Arts, and Houston Ballet Academy where she was able to work with Clara Cravey and Steven Brule. Angela studied Modern Dance at Alvin Ailey in their professional division. She has been teaching other dancers for over 15 years and is a great addition to the BAAC family.
Kristin Bond- Theatre Department Assistant
Kristin has been on the stage since she was 5 years old and by the age of 8 she had a resume including several shows on professional stages in and around Houston, as well as roles on camera and spots on the radio. On stage, some of her standout roles included Anne Frank in Diary of Anne Frank, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Rhoda Penmark in The Bad Seed. A notable onscreen role was Caroline McAuliffe, Christa McAuliffe’s daughter in The Challenger. Kristin began instructing 2011 and has a knack for teaching children the technical side of stage work with love and encouragement while offering insight into onstage and offstage theater etiquette. Her main role these days is enjoying motherhood with three energetic children of her own, each of which already shows a passion for the arts.
Aura Alden- Director of Vocal Performance
Ms. Aura Alden is a classically trained actress and lyric soprano from Houston, Texas. She earned her bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Texas State University where she focused on several elements of opera theatre including performing, staging, directing, and pedagogy. She has performed in numerous ensembles including the Austin Symphony, Texas State Opera Theatre, and Houston Symphony. She has notably studied and performed roles such as Adina from Donizetti’s “L’elisir D’amore”, Papagena from Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”, and Juliettefrom Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette”.Ms. Aura has spent the last 6 years coaching private voice and piano. Her passion for the musical and theatrical arts has changed her life, but the real blessing has come in the form of her students. For Ms.Aura teaching music is truly a calling and passion unmatched by every stage. She feels that the opportunity to give a child their voice and watch them grow in confidence on and off the stage is a gift to be treasured. For these reasons, Ms. Aura is honored to be working alongside the incredible instructors and students at Bay Area Arts Conservatory.
Jeffrey C. Lewis- Executive Director
Jeffrey is a lifelong resident of the League City area. He attended Clear Creek High School where he played Soccer, ran Cross-Country/Track and was in Choir. Jeffrey received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice University where he competed in NCAA Division I athletics on the Cross-Country/Track & Field teams. He was a member of the 1995 Southwest Conference Championship Team for Indoor Track where he placed 3rd in the mile with a time of 4:10. He competes in triathlons, having completed several Ironmans and has been a beach lifeguard in Galveston for the last 25 years. An avid proponent of the fine arts, Jeffrey enjoys playing the classical guitar.