2018 Summer Camp Staff
PARAMOUNT ACADEMY FOR THE ARTS FULL TIME STAFF:
Jessica Evans (Community and School Program Manager)
Jessica Evans is a full-time member of the Paramount’s Education & Outreach team. She graduated from the University of Texas, in 2009, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on Theatre Studies and a K-12 teaching certification. Since then, Jessica has utilized her teaching skills in classrooms all across central and south Texas. Jessica spent a year as a teaching artist for Creative Action, focusing on bringing arts-enrichment to after-school programs in Manor, Round Rock, and Del Valle. She went on to spend five years directing/ co-directing middle school theatre programs in both Pflugerville and San Antonio. In August of 2015, Jessica decided to take her passion for fine arts education to the next level, by signing on full-time with the Paramount Theatre! She heads up the Student Matinee & Discovery Series programs, in addition to devoting her summers to all of our amazing camps! This summer she will be directing Camp Paramount 1, teaching Tech at our very first remote Story Wrangler camp in North Austin, enhancing campers’ acting abilities and creative drama skills at Camp Paramount South, and choreographing this year’s roboARTS Camp. Jessica couldn’t be more excited to kick off another great summer with our campers!
Brian C. Fahey (Associate Director of Education and Outreach / Summer Camp Director)
Brian C. Fahey joined the Paramount in 2014 where he manages STEM Through the Arts and summer camp programming. Brian previously served as a Lecturer in the Theatre Department at Northeastern University and spent two years as the Classroom Program Director for Creative Action. As a director, he has worked with Southwestern University, Northeastern University, the University of Texas at Austin, Arkansas Governor’s School, Boston Children’s Theatre, and ZACH’s Pre-Professional Company. From 2005-2010 Brian was Artistic Director of Gurnet Theatre Project in MA, where he produced theatre for both family and adult audiences and directed several Boston premieres. His 2010 production of Louis Sachar’s There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, produced at UT Austin, won the B. Iden Payne Award for Best Production of Youth Theatre. He holds a BA in Theatre from Northeastern University and an MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from The University of Texas at Austin.
Mitch Harris (Literacy to Life Program Manager)
Mitch Harris graduated with a BFA in Theatre Arts Performance from St. Edward’s University in 2013. He is an award-winning actor, a published playwright, a cultural and political journalist, a storyteller, and an arts educator. Throughout his undergraduate training, he taught arts-based afterschool classes, founded an in-school creative writing workshop group, and facilitated theatre camps around the U.S. He is currently an Actor’s Equity Association Membership Candidate and a member of the Writers’ League of Texas. Mr. Harris joined the Austin Theatre Alliance full-time in 2013, where he runs the Literacy to Life program.
Jennifer Luck (Director of Education & Outreach)
Jennifer Luck received her MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from the University of Texas at Austin and her BA in Theatre from Arizona State University. For almost 20 years she has taught theatre professionally in Arizona, New York City, Los Angeles, and Austin. She has worked with Phoenix Theatre, Arizona Jewish Theatre Company, The Herberger Theatre Center, Biz Kids NY, The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Kids on Stage CA, Azusa Pacific University, and she spent three years in the Education Department at Center Theatre Group/The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. She taught undergraduate acting and voice courses at the University of Texas, as well as the “Performance of Persuasion” at the UT School of Law. In Austin she worked with Theatre Action Project/Creative Action, the Theatre Academy at the J, Summer Wonders, ACE Academy and the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders before joining the Paramount Theatre in 2011. Jennifer is also a singer/songwriter, composer, director and actor. In 2009 she was named a Don and Elizabeth Doyle Fellow, recognized for her artistic ability in the area of Theatre for Youth. She is honored to direct the Paramount Academy for the Arts and to work with so many talented and inspiring young Austinites.
Ammon Taylor (Resident Musical Director)