Theatre Academy Manager, Teaching Artist
Sydney Sinclair is ecstatic to start her first year at VCT! She is a performing artist (Actor, Director, Educator, Singer, Dancer, and Intimacy Choreographer) with a B.F.A. in Acting and minor in Directing from Oklahoma City University. She has worked as a director and actor in Oklahoma City as well as a children’s educator, choreographer, and intimacy director for children's theatre’s in the DFW area. Some of her favorite directing credits include SHAKESPEARE’S OTHER WOMEN by Scott Kaiser (Oklahoma City University), choreography of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by Alan Menken (Arise Acting Studio), and assistant direction of THE SCHOOL FOR LIES by David Ives (Oklahoma City University). Some of her favorite acting credits include Evil Gabbi in SHE KILLS MONSTERS, Jen in ALL THIS INTIMACY, and Ariel in THE LITTLE MERMAID.
Education Outreach Manager, Teaching Artist
Kate is an actor and arts educator. She holds a B.F.A in Acting from Western Carolina
University’s School of Stage and Screen. Prior to working at VCT, Kate served as a founding
team member and Associate Artistic Lead at Calliope Stage Company. Her education experience includes serving as a summer camp director, teaching artist, and an in-classroom preschool teacher. Kate’s favorite artistic experiences include, CALLIOPE SHORTS: FIRSTS with Calliope Stage (Artistic Producer), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at WCU (Blanche DuBois), THE WOLVES at WCU (#2), THE ANOMALY, a WCU Student Film (Noelle), and her time as an Acting Apprentice at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. She is excited to call Roanoke home and return to creating magical theatre in the Appalachian Mountains. When not at the theatre, Kate enjoys reading, hiking, camping, yoga, and spending time with her dog Corky the Yorkie.
APRIL HARTSOOK CORBETT
Interim Executive Director, Teaching Artist
April Hartsook Corbett has spent her life dedicated to working in non-profit and theatre arts. Her fondest memories as a child were being a part of theatre in Roanoke, Virginia. She is excited to have the opportunity to give back to the community that helped to give her the foundation to go on to work for some of the best regional theatre companies in the country, including the following: St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Omaha Community Playhouse, and Mill Mountain Theatre. She has been the Director of Theatre Arts at Roanoke Catholic School for the last ten years. She has led classes for pre-K to 12th grade students in drama; producing theatre showcases to full musical productions. April has also contributed to the productions of Virginia Children’s Theatre for the last decade in the area of props construction. April previously served as the Development Director for FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway and is currently the Director of Operations and Events with Center in the Square. She graduated from Longwood College, in Farmville, VA with a BFA in technical theatre and also attended the Yale School of Drama internship program, in New Haven, CT. She is excited to help grow the mission of Virginia Children’s Theatre and to help every student in the program develop the life skills that come from exploring and developing theatre skills.
Kari Sullivan is no stranger to Virginia Children's Theatre as she has been involved with VCT since its inception. She has taken on many roles during her time with VCT; as an actor, teaching artist, director, assistant stage manager and more. Sullivan is the founder of Kaleidoscope Summer Camp, which is a camp that VCT offers each summer to children of all ages with special needs, free of charge. When the pandemic hit and many VCT Academy classes had to move to a virtual platform, Sullivan was able to step in to teach Kaleidoscope Summer Camp both in person and virtually. She is looking forward to returning to VCT for another summer of fun!
Mandy Masching is a teaching artist/director/choreographer/dancer/actor with a B.A. in Dance from Roehampton University, London. After moving from Wales in the UK in 2005, Mandy has enjoyed exploring Virginia and was excited to find a vibrant theatre scene. She has enjoyed working with local professional and community theatre groups to bring dance and theatre to life including City Modern Ensemble, Attic Productions and the Virginia Children’s Theatre. Mandy’s goal is to pour confidence into each performer while stretching their technique and instill in them a desire for a strong work ethic with fellow performers. Recent favorite productions include directing an original play Dear Nannie (2023) at Attic Productions and choreography for Attic’s Wizard of Oz youth production (2022).
Adam Williams is a passionate vocalist, teacher, guitarist, conductor, & songwriter based in Roanoke, VA. Adam completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Music Education at James Madison University. While at JMU, Adam was Music Director for the Madison Project, JMU’s premiere a cappella group. He was also a Student Conductor for the University Chorus Tenor/Bass ensemble. Adam completed courses in Advanced Conducting, Vocal Pedagogy, High School Choral Methods, Vocal Arranging, and Advanced Piano.
Adam has also been a very prominent musician & director in Roanoke ever since he started college. Adam was a Young Artist and intern for Opera Roanoke for two years. He’s been the Director of Contemporary Worship Music for Cave Spring United Methodist since September of 2021, and he also was the Interim Director of Music Ministries at Thrasher Memorial United Methodist in 2022.
Since graduating, Adam has started his own private voice & guitar studio, as well as building up a freelance performing career. You can hear Adam’s original song “Healing” on Spotify, his guitar playing on Drifter’s debut album, Malik Anthony’s song “Paralyzed”, and Aidan Everett’s EP “My Way Out”.
Lianna King (she/they), aka “Li”, is a queer performance artist currently based in Roanoke, VA, by way of Brooklyn, NY. She is a 2017 graduate of Hollins University with a BFA in Dance and Psychology. As a performer, Lianna has worked with several modern dance choreographers and multimedia artists around the world; Gina Kohler, HeJin Jang, Yvonne Meier, and Lisa Kusanagi to name a few. Working with these artists through research and performance processes has given Lianna the tools to create her own multimedia work in film, photography, installations, sculptures, writing, song and sound making, dance, and poetry. Their work has been shown at LadyFestCLT (2015 & 2018), Fertile Ground (2018), WAXWorks (2017), CBG Dance Fall Festival (2017), Route 11 Dance Festival (2014), American Dance Festival's Mobile Tour (2015), and, of course, Hollins University Dance Departments Fall and Spring shows (2013 - 2017). In 2023, they are exploring what it means to make art and build community in a time of ‘post-isolation’, virtual community, and access amongst chronic injury and body-grief.In conjunction with her performance-self, Lianna is an arts-administrator having worked for renowned organizations and individual artists such as Danspace Project, Jody Oberfelder Project, Lisa Kusanagi, The Kusanagi Sisters, and Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama. Lianna utilizes her performance practice to articulately express the hows and whys of creative work, as art-making constantly transforms and informs their occupation and ethics.
Brandon Duncan is a teaching artist, actor, and musician from Floyd, Virginia. Trained at Radford University (BA in Theatre and Music), he has taught with Richmond Performing Arts Alliance as a Wolf Trap teaching artist, and has instructed for Virginia Repertory Theatre summer programs. First moving to Richmond to perform in the Virginia Repertory Theatre national tour, he has also performed with Richmond Triangle Players, Richmond Shakes, and the University of Richmond. His favorite artistic credits include: The Inheritance, The Rivals, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cymbeline, The Diary of Anne Frank, Twelfth Night, The Frog Prince, The Taming of the Shrew, and Buffalo Soldier. Brandon is overjoyed to be returning to Virginia Children’s Theatre as the education associate and resident teaching artist since first performing here in 2016. He yearns to share his love of classical, didactic, and musical theatre through performing arts integrated education with the Roanoke community that he cares benevolently for.