Elizabeth graduated magna cum laude from Concordia University-Chicago with degrees in Theatre and Business at the age of 19. After graduation Elizabeth toured the country for a year with Captive Free, a relational music ministry team sponsored by Youth Encounter. Since moving to Atlanta in 2006 she has taught theatre and acting classes for a number of schools including Master's Academy, Portfolio Academy, Artios Academy, Renaissance International School of Performing Arts (RISPA), the Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, and WOW Talent. She has also assisted with casting for CYT.
She has worked on over 50 productions for children and youth as a director, music director, and technical director. Past directing projects include "The Pirates of Penzance", "The Dancers", "The Music Man Jr.", "Once Upon a Mattress Jr.", "Tom Sawyer", "Little Women", "Seussical the Musical", "Bugsy Malone Jr.", "The Wizard of Oz", "Dougly the Uckling", "Moby Dick the Musical", "Schoolhouse Rock", "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", "How to Eat Like A Child", "101 Dalmatians", "The Jungle Book", "Alice in Wonderland", "A Year with Frog and Toad', "Shrek the Musical", "Annie" and "Peter Pan".
In addition to teaching and directing, Elizabeth routinely performs around Atlanta at various theatres. Past acting roles include Catherine in "Proof", Laura in "The Glass Menagerie", Betty in "The Foreigner", Mistress Page in "The Merry Wives of Windsor", Dr. Vivian Bearing in "Wit". Her most recent credits include playing Mattie Fae in "August:Osage County" and Cora in "Desire, Desire, Desire" in a showcase at the Alliance Theatre and Mom in "Old Maple: My Everlasting Friend" for the Young Voices, New Visions Play Festival at the Alliance Theatre. She also works as a Teaching Artist for Synchronicity Theatre's Playmaking for Girls program which serves at-risk girls in local youth detention centers and owns a private piano studio through which she teaches private lessons to 10+ students each week.
Spring 2016 Teaching Locations: Northside (Preschool Drama/Creative Dramatics)
Kirstin has taught for Forefront Arts since June 2014. Kirstin is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a BA in Theatre. She came to Atlanta to join the 2011-2012 New American Shakespeare Tavern Apprentice Acting Company. Kirstin continues her relationship with the Shakespeare Tavern as an actor and a Residency Teaching Artist. She is also entering her third season as the Director of Junior Players, a young artist performance troupe at the Alliance Theatre. Kirstin has performed with the Shakespeare Tavern, Academy Theatre, Onstage Atlanta, Give Us Brains Sketch Comedy, and Out of Box Theatre in Marietta. She is honored to be joining Forefront and influencing future performers.
Spring 2016 Teaching Locations: Johns Creek (Beg. Musical Theatre, Dance Technique for Musical Theatre), Arbor Montessori, Northside (Beg. Musical Theatre), Brookhaven (Acting II, Mini Munchkins), Decatur (Beg. Musical Theatre, Acting II, Mini Munchkins)
Alana has been teaching for Forefront Arts since January 2013. She was bit by the theatre bug at a young age through drama classes and camps, and she's thrilled to be giving that experience back as a teacher. An Atlanta native, she graduated from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music with a BS in Vocal Performance and Theatre. In Atlanta, Alana has performed professionally with The Alliance Theatre, The Atlanta Opera, Fabrefaction Theatre Company, TellTale Theatre, Next Stage Theatre Company, and Theatre on the Prowl; outside of Georgia, she has worked with Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Brown County Playhouse, and Cardinal Stage Company. When she’s not performing or teaching drama, Alana works with children’s choirs, plays the piano and the ukulele, and spends quality time with her cat, Rupert. Alana would like to thank her amazing friends and family for their support, and Forefront Arts for this wonderful opportunity!
Spring 2016 Teaching Locations: Johns Creek (Acting II, Directing "Wizard of Oz"), Brookhaven (Beg. Musical Theatre, Acting I, Directing "Wizard of Oz"), Buckhead (Acting I, Directing "Wizard of Oz"), private coaching
Mandi joined our staff in July 2012 and has been a mainstay of our program ever since! She founded the Atlanta chapter of our Children's Theatre productions in February 2013 and is part of our primary directing staff during the summer and school-year. She was promoted to the new Education Director position in October 2015. Mandi is a graduate of Providence Christian Academy in Lilburn, and graduated with Departmental Honors from Webster University with her B.F.A. in Acting. She has been a part of the Atlanta theater community since age 7 when she became a founding member of The Talent Factory. Since graduating from college and returning to Atlanta, she has toured the Southeast with two One Woman Shows, performed with Onstage Atlanta, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Georgia Ensemble Theater, Pinch n Ouch Theatre, 7 Stages, and is represented by J. Pervis Talent. She has been teaching acting in various places since high school and is thrilled to be a part of the Forefront Arts family.
Elise Lorraine Miller
Spring 2016 Teaching Locations: Decatur (Beg. Musical Theatre, Directing "Wizard of Oz").
Elise is a new member of Forefront Arts Staff and is excited to be kick-starting her teaching artist work with this wonderful company. Elise graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance and Directing with Teacher Certification from Columbus State University. She received a conservatory style training, focusing on Meisner, Lessac, and a variety of performance opportunities. Next, Elise accepted a position as performance intern at Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers, FL. During her nine months there she toured two TYA shows, understudied, performed in FL Rep's Dividing the Estate, read in their 2nd Annual PlayLab, house managed, and taught classes and camps. Elise was then offered the position of Assistant Camp Director at Camp Florida Rep where she assistant directed Alice in Wonderland JR., Bye Bye Birdie, Peter Pan JR. and made her directorial debut with HONK! JR., and Captain Louie JR. As both a teacher and performer, Elise is excited to back in Atlanta which is thriving with culture and theatrical opportunity.