About Us

The San Angelo Broadway Academy Youth Theatre is a non-profit educational performing arts facility that cultivates the minds of students with positive social and self awareness, stimulates imaginations, and gives them the tools they need to reach for their goals and dreams. The academy provides a professional and high level of education to children and youth in theatre arts, dance, and vocal performance by trained professionals in a positive environment.

Our Mission

Recently married, Mrs. Johnston started dancing at a young age and is the sister of the other dancing Jackson, Cassie.. She has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop by top professionals from around the country and was Captain of the Central HS Texanns! While dancing in high school, Candace won several dance and choreography awards. Mrs. Johnston is a national award winning choreographer whose students have won numerous national and state titles, and whose hip hop team has remained undefeated in the southwestern region for 2 years in a row.  When she is not in the studio, she shares her passion for skincare as a licensed esthetician and loves spending time with her new hubby Ryan!

Alicia Cornwell had the joy of being a student of SABA from 2011-2014. Although only for a short time, she immersed herself in the Continuum Dance Company, voice lessons, summer camp, and productions and is now thrilled to be an Intern for this company that has had such a positive impact in her life. Some of her favorite roles include “Dorothy” in The Wizard of Oz, “Princess Fiona” in Shrek the Musical, and “Sally Brown” in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Alicia had the honor of being a member of the Texas Thespian’s highest scoring group musical, “Façade”, which advanced to be awarded second place internationally. She had the great opportunity to train in all areas of theatre and dance at the Texas State Thespian Festival from 2013-14 and the International Thespian Festival in 2014. Upon graduating from Central High School, Alicia attended Rider University as a Theatre Performance Major and trained in dance at the Princeton Ballet School under Dr. Kim Vaccaro and in theatre under Miriam Mills. She has attended master classes from Tony Award Nominated Norm Lewis as well as taken classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Currently, Alicia is a sophomore at Texas State University pursuing a BFA in Dance Pedagogy with a teaching certification and a BFA in Theatre with a minor in Business. She studies dance under Shay Hartung-Ishii of Shay Ishii Dance Company as well as LaQuet Sharnell Pringle. After graduating college, Alicia plans to pursue a Master’s degree as well as a PhD.  

Jared Capps is a Senior Music Major at Angelo State University from Eden, Texas and is an active performer, conductor, and teacher. While at ASU, he has been actively involved in the music department performing in various ensembles, both vocal and instrumental, and served as Head Drum Major of the Ram Band for two years. He is the music teacher for Crockett Elementary, director of the Chancel Choir at St. Luke United Methodist Church in San Angelo, and has performed with Angelo Civic Theatre. Jared’s two greatest passions are music and education and he absolutely loves working with the students of SABA.

Julie Hamil: Vocal Instructor

Board of Directors

Sonya Burch: Vice President

Lorie Settle: Vice President

Vanessa Ramirez: Treasurer

Misty Sonnenberg: Secretary

Deborah Arledge: Executive Board Member

Carissa Ramirez: Executive Board Member

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Administrative Assistant:  Ana Torres

Kim Snell: Music Director

Candance Johnston: Hip Hop/Jazz Funk Choreographer

Emma Armstrong: Director of Ballet

Mrs. Brooks founded Camp Broadway Kids in March of 2006 in order to provide a musical theatre summer camp to 35 students. In just a few months, the summer camp had created itself into a full youth performing arts program, and in August 2007, CBK was renamed San Angelo Broadway Academy Youth Theatre. In its history, she has had the pleasure of directing large companies in over 40 musicals such as Les Miserables,  School of Rock, Shrek,  Hairspray, Tarzan, and Mary Poppins to name a few.  Catching the acting bug from her great grandmother who performed with Sophie Tucker and Mae West on the Vaudeville circuit in New York,  Mrs. Brooks has been dancing for 36 years, studying and training with top artists such as Joe Tremaine,  Susan Stroman, Mia Michaels, Kathy Marshall, Jackie Sleight, and  Finis Jhung, STEPS On Broadway, The Edge and Millinium Dance Complex in LA, and workshopped and danced with the Broadway revival cast from A Chorus Line.   She is a national award winning choreographer whose students have won multiple regional and national titles in jazz, tap, contemporary, and musical theatre dance.  Having been an actress for over 30 years, she has worked on various voiceovers and major films, including the motion picture short, Texas America, Legally Blonde 2, Manchurian Candidate, Man of the House,  and was a featured extra and stand in on 3 seasons of  the NBC drama series, Friday Night Lights. Some of  her favorite stage credits include Velma in Chicago, Nellie in South Pacific, and Roberta in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. Mrs. Brooks holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from Angelo State University and a Masters in Theatre Arts from Texas Women’s University.  She is also a graduate of the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.  Mrs. Brooks continues to study and teach around the country in dance, theatre, and film as well as guest direct and choreograph for various theatres, and continue her work in the film industry in order to stay on top of the ever changing world of performing arts in order to share her passion with her students.  Her students can currently been seen on  National Broadway tours and are working professionally in New York, Los Angeles, Texas, and Florida.

Angela Hill-Brooks: Founding Executive Director

Julie was born and raised in San Angelo, TX and participated in both orchestra and choir throughout her school years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Lubbock Christian University in 2011, with her focus of study in vocal performance, with emphasis in opera.  Julie has been teaching in San Angelo Independent School District at Lee Middle School since March 2012 and at SABA since 2014.  She is very involved at her local church and within the community, singing for various choirs/groups and serving as the music director for local theatres.   Most recently, Julie served as the Music Director for Angelo Civic Theatre's 2015-2016 season opening musical production of Footloose.  Julie strives to instill a love of music in her students and helps them grow in proper singing technique while striving to become the best they can be.

Miss Armstrong began dancing at the age of three in Albany, New York. When she was eight years old her family moved to San Angelo, Texas. There Miss Armstrong started training at The San Angelo Civic Ballet. During her time at SACB she had the opportunity to perform many rolls in The Nutcracker, The Evening Of Dance, The Jazz Affair, Peter and The Wolf and Philosophy in Motion all under the instruction of Meghann Bridgemann and Suzanne Smith. To further her training Miss Armstrong attended Tulsa Ballet's Summer Intensive in 2013 and The Bolshoi Ballet Academy summer intensive hosted by The Russian American Foundation in Manhattan in 2014. She also was invited to train at The Kansas City Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Neglia Ballet Artists. Following the Bolshoi summer intensive, Miss Armstrong received a rare invitation to study at the world renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. Upon accepting the invitation Miss Armstrong was one of 600 students, 12 of which were American and Miss Armstrong being the second Texan of all time, following Joy Womack, to attend the prestigious boarding school where she earned the esteemed Certificate of Artistry. Unfortunately a back injury ended Miss Armstrong's dance career and her plans to train as an apprentice under Joseph Cipolla, former principal dancer with The Birmingham Royal Ballet. Now she fosters her love of dance through teaching young dancers how to experience a life on stage full of love and self expression. Miss Armstrong is currently attending Angelo State University, majoring in English Education with plans of being a highschool teacher. Miss Armstrong is blessed and honored to join with San Angelo Broadway

 

Bio Coming Soon

Andrew Brooks: Technical Director/Development Director

Andrew is a retired Air Force Veteran who grew up in San Angelo, Texas.  After spending time all around the country, Japan, and Southwest Asia as a military Law Enforcement officer, Andrew returned to San Angelo in 2014, and served as SABA's volunteer Set Designer for a year.  Andrew has designed sets for Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Disney's Jungle Book, Jr., and Tom Sawyer the Musical, and he served as the Set Designer and Technical Director for SABA's spring 2015 production of Disney and Cameron MacIntosh's Mary Poppins and spring 2016 production of Tarzan, The Musical, to name a few.  Andrew was officially added to the staff at SABA as the Technical Director/Development Director in August 2015.  He is currently finishing his bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing through American Military University and has also completed coursework in Technical Design, Scenic Design, and Lighting Design for Theatre from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Music and Theatre Arts Department. 

A six-year veteran of the San Angelo Broadway Academy, Rylan Oaks has spent his life beyond the days of theatre expanding on all of his artistic talents- most specifically, his voice. In his time as a thespian, Rylan competed in State Theatre and starred in over a dozen musicals, his favorite performance being his role as Jean Val Jean in Les Miserables. Since then, Rylan has gone on to lend his voice to lead dozens of church congregations, as well as write and sing lead vocals for the rock band Pictureman, who was singled out as best-in-show at the House of Blues music showcase in 2016. Rylan currently resides in Dallas TX with his lovely wife Jessica, spending his days running his own media company (Oaks Creative) and his nights playing with his band in venues across the metroplex.

www.oakscreative.company

Pictureman Music

Theatrical Teaching Staff

Assistant Dance Teachers

Haley Jackson

Meg Levesque

Diamond Gullett

Faith Magee

Reagan Oaks

Jonathan Hough 

Shelby Burch

Alexis Mayfield

Leila Snell

Rebekah Coffman

Jared Capps: Vocal Instructor

Rylan Oaks:  Vocal Instructor

Kim Abel Snell, a pianist and vocalist, has been a professional musician for more than 30 years.  She has performed as a solo act; as part of numerous ensembles, choirs and bands; and as a studio musician.  After living and performing in Austin for twelve years, Kim moved back to San Angelo with her family and taught in SAISD schools for 5 years and began directing musicals in 2005 with Angelo Civic Theatre, where she was involved in 14 musical productions.  She joined San Angelo Broadway Academy in the fall of 2009, first as musical director for “Scrooge the Musical”, then as a voice teacher.  She strives to help her students develop their own unique voices using proper techniques (and through a variety of musical genres) to become well-rounded performers.

Alicia Cornwell: Guest Instructor