Producing Artistic Director
Brett is thrilled to be entering his 6th season with VCT as we celebrate our 15th year of award-winning, professional theatre in the Valley! Before becoming P.A.D. in 2019 he served as Assistant Artistic Director & Director of Education since 2017. Brett is an experienced Musical Theatre professional (Producer, Music Director/ Conductor/ Pianist/ Vocal Coach, Theatre Educator and Performer), administrator and business person. He prides himself on inspiring his team to create an outstanding, top-notch theatrical experience for his students, collaborators and all involved. He currently resides in Roanoke full time, after moving to the area in 2017 from upstate New York. He received his Bachelor of Arts at SUNY Potsdam and The Crane School of Music, through the (SIIM) Student Initiated Interdepartmental Major, with a degree in Musical Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Music Direction. Brett has served as music director, vocal coach and teaching artist for the Tony Award-Winning Barrington Stage Company, Redhouse Arts Center, Syracuse Children’s Theatre, Bogardus Performing Arts Center, SUNY Potsdam’s Creative Arts Camp, PHCC Patriot Players, Roanoke City Schools and a variety of school systems throughout New York. Brett also served as the Educational Outreach Coordinator for The Award Winning Crane Opera Ensemble at SUNY Potsdam for two seasons. He also enjoys singing professionally throughout the Roanoke Valley and beyond!
Assistant Director of Education
Lana Huffington is a director, dramaturge and actor holding both Drama and History degrees, with a minor in American Sign Language, from the University at North Carolina at Greensboro. She has worked with various theatre companies throughout her educational career including SoHo Rep, Peppercorn Children's Theatre, and Springville Center for the Arts. She is incredibly excited to join the Virginia Children's Theatre team and get to know more about the Roanoke community.
Resident Dance Teaching Artist
Kaitlin Pennington is a Roanoke native and is a graduate of James Madison University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. After graduating, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work with Dance Place as their Youth Programs Intern. While living in DC, she performed, taught, and worked with multiple arts organizations throughout the city, most notably Imagination Stage and District Dance Arts. Kaitlin is also a co-founder of Coalescence, a platform for emerging interdisciplinary artists to network, create, and show work. She is currently continuing her education at the University of Kentucky to receive her Master’s degree in Arts Administration. Kaitlin started working with VCT in April 2021 when she choreographed Mary Poppins Jr. Since then, she has had the joy of choreographing Peter Pan Jr., serving as a Teaching Artist for multiple classes, and getting to work with many of the talented youth at VCT!
Resident Voice Teaching Artist
Bethany Costello (she/her) is a NC native teaching artist, educator, actress and musician. An avid traveler and lover of wellness, Bethany is a proud graduate of The South Carolina School of the Arts (2019) and holds a BFA degree in Musical Theatre. Bethany has served as a Musical Theatre Artist (music director, educator, assistant director, performer, vocal coach and accompanist) with companies including The REV Theatre Company, Florida Repertory Theatre, Lexington Children’s Theatre, Missoula Children’s Theatre, CentreStage and Anderson University.
Favorite artistic credits include: JUNIE B. JONES: THE MUSICAL, SISTER ACT, TWELFTH NIGHT, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, ALABASTER (THE WORLD PREMIER), ROMEO AND JULIET and INTO THE WOODS. She aspires to foster accessibility and joy for the arts to students of all ages and can’t wait to bring that passion to Roanoke!