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BIO & RESUME

Crystal is the founder and Executive Director of Creative Arts For Christ and Executive Producer of The Punchline Players Comedy Show.  Previous directing credits include (Off-Broadway) 911 Gnomes: A Christmas Emergency (Rave Theater Festival, NYC), Cinderella, The Music Man, ACT Radio Hour, Miracle on 34th Street, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical Jr (Musical Director), Once Upon a Time, The Music Man Jr, Disney's The Lion King Jr, 3 separate productions of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Born to Worship, Expedition VBS, GUTSY - Growing Up To Say Yes, Disney’s Aladdin Jr (Musical Director), Alpha & Omega Kids’ Choir at Prestonwood Baptist Church - Dallas Campus, and nine years of Texas Music Teacher’s Piano Ensemble Programs. She studied music business at Dallas Baptist University and also holds her MBA from DBU. Prior to directing, Crystal held a 20 year acting resume with various local theaters, including Dallas Summer Musicals and Dallas Children’s Theater.

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B.A. in Music Business

M.B.A. in Marketing

Dallas Baptist University

PHILOSOPHY

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Why we do this thing called theater

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I believe every actor should feel empowered when they take the stage. They need the tools of well-organized rehearsal, of encouragement, and yes - of criticism.  Iron sharpens iron, and an opening night success is only birthed from weeks of intense study, of trial and error, of discovery and of building consistency within that discovery.

 

To hit the mark - every. single. time.   It's my end goal from a logistical standpoint, but it is only one of many reasons we do this thing called theater.

 

My expertise is in working with youth actors, although I have directed children and adults of all ages in venues of varying sizes, from small, intimate spaces to larger theaters and for purposes of live presentation, recordings made for film, and broadcast captures. Each space feels different, just as every story has its own pacing.

I strive for authenticity of emotion, of going for the heart of the moment, whether that be marrying a character's development with the actor's personal life experience or by working with them to take on a completely different persona than anything they've ever experienced before.  I am a student of history, specifically of classic film, and consider historical accuracy a priority in presentation, as well as logistically fitting each piece of the puzzle together with all staff and volunteers so they too feel as confident as the actors do on opening night. Clear communication of direction is the first ingredient of a successful production.

Theater can heal.  It can bring up past wounds; it can resolve conflicts.  It can help an audience understand what the other side is feeling or thinking; what someone's life is like who doesn't look like you. But more importantly - for an actor, theater can build confidence that will last far longer than the show itself.  

Theater can change lives. Period. 

And I think it is the most exciting, passionate arena one can live and work in.

Crystal

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