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.
Jeffrey C. Lewis- Executive Director
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 she was trained in piano and voice and got her start right here in League City where she attended Clear Springs High School. She is a former Tommy Tune Nominee and winner of many UIL theatre and choir competitions. She received her conservatory education in NYC at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and her Bachelors in Acting with a minor in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado in 2015 where she was the winner of several Irene Ryan awards. She is 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. She has 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. She believes truth in acting is the foundation of all great performers and that truth begins with trust, support, and fun in the classroom. She is very excited to bring her 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.
Aaron K Syfert- Director of Vocal Performance
Aaron majored in vocal performance with a minor in music theory from the University of North Texas. He began his professional acting career performing in musicals that included West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, Oklahoma! and South Pacific, as well as The Wizard of Oz and 110 in the Shade for Houston's TUTS. After moving to NY in 2003, he made numerous appearances for six years on ABC-TV’s daytime Soap Opera All My Children. He played the character of Sportacus for 8 years in the hit kids TV show Lazytown. Aaron performed in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at Carnegie Hall and was the original Baritone of the NY pop/opera group Adesso. Aaron found his passion for the sea and traveling when he began his cruise ship career as a production cast vocalist. In 2010, he became Cruise Director for Seabourn Cruise Line and then moved to Viking Ocean Cruises in 2015 where he launched 3 ships. and organized the onboard entertainment. Aaron is excited to return to his home town and bring his experience and passion to aspiring young performers in the community!