ArtsView Directors, Teachers, & Assistants are people who work directly with your children. Some teach as PATHS class and workshop instructors. Others are directors of our PATHS camps and ArtsView productions. Assistants work as much needed support in the background. During ArtsView camps, classes, workshops, and productions, they may be assistant directors, costumers, make-up artists, backstage crew members, lighting designers, sound controllers, office volunteers, and more. These folks love kids and are happy to give their time, energy, creativity, and ideas to encourage your children through education, outreach and the performing arts at ArtsView!
Kelli Bean – Assistant
Kelli is a graduate of White Oak High School. She began her involvement with ArtsView in 2007 when her oldest daughter was an actress in The Little Red Hen. Since then, she has had many roles such as Prop Master, Hair & Make-Up Designer, Asst. Technical Director, and more. Kelli has worked backstage on Tom Sawyer, Winnie the Pooh, Little Women, Elfis and the Sleighriders, Christmas at the OK Corral, and Annie. She is elated to be a part of something that allows children to experience the world of Fine Arts and loves being part of the ArtsView family.
Kaitlin de Graffenried – Director
Kaitlin de Graffenried is excited to be working with ArtsView directing the summer musical Pirates of Penzance, Jr. Kaitlin directed Kilgore College Theatre’s production of Almost, Maine and assistant directed several other productions with Kilgore College including The Diary of Anne Frank, Our Town, and The Miracle Worker. She has enjoyed working with children in various educational settings, teaching fifth grade at Christian Heritage School in Longview, private visual art and violin lessons, and preschool story-time at Kilgore Public Library. Kaitlin has an M.F.A. in Script and Screenwriting from Regent University.
Penne Duke – Teacher
Ms. Penne’s elementary school teaching career spanned 22 years, beginning in Jefferson and ending in Longview. She retired in 2008 right after her first grandson was born, and was blessed to be able to keep him while his parents worked. However, “Once a teacher, always a teacher,” so Ms. Penne currently works part-time as the Music Etc. teacher at the Wee Learn Center of First Baptist Church. She also continues her successful Mary Kay business teaching women how to enrich their lives.
Ms. Penne taught “Shake, Rattle, & Roll,” a music & movement class, in the early days of ArtsView, and also “Imagination Station” for our First Stage 4 & 5-year-olds. Since then, she has come back when she could to act UP! She’s been a ‘teaching regular’ since the Frozen mini camps in the fall of 2013. Penne has worked with our homeschool classes, helped begin and still teaches our Tots in the Spot program, and works with special prop projects for our productions. Ms. Penne brings years of experience to the education of our little ones at ArtsView. We are thankful to have her talent and excitement for music, movement, and drama!
Brad Echols – Director
Brad has directed several productions for ArtsView Children’s Theatre, including: Seussical the Musical, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Christmas Carol, Godspell, and Annie. He has also appeared in numerous musical productions in Longview including: The Music Man, Annie Get Your Gun, Pump Boys and Dinettes, and Jeckyll and Hyde. Brad is married to a co-founder of ArtsView, Vickie Echols. They have two sons, Ross and Nicholas, and an amazing grandson, Isaac. When he is not directing or acting on the stage, Brad can be found “acting” as an attorney in Longview.
Pam Galloway – Director/Teacher
Pam joined the Artsview Children’s Theatre team in 2005 when she directed the first production, Happily Ever After, in Artsview’s current home. Since that time, she has assistant directed and directed several Artsview shows. “It has been my joy to work on Willy Wonka, When I Grow Up, Mulan, It’s A Wonderful Life, and The Secret Garden. It is so exciting and rewarding to be part of a team, cast and crew, making theatre magic!” She’s a “stage coach”, instructing such workshops as “Acting 101” and “5 Days of Performing Fun”. She has choreographed and designed sets at Artsview as well as other venues. Pam has written and directed for stage, film, television and radio. She’s taught Musical Theatre in Panola College’s Kids College program. She coached UIL One Act Play for Tatum’s Middle School. “And”, she says, “occasionally, I even get cast in a show myself!” Pam’s philosophy about children’s theatre is simple, “When it stops being fun, it’s time to stop. At Artsview, it just never stops being fun.”
Jayme Henry – Assistant
Jayme has been active in the theater since early childhood, performing in church, school, community and semi-professionally. Past shows include: Our Town, Arsenic and Old Lace, Little Women, Anything Goes and HMS Pinafore. He has been active with Theatre Longview since 2012 performing in Scheme of the Driftless Shifter and And Then There Were None. He also has backstage and set experience and has has worked as: Assistant Stage Manager, Stage Manager, Props Assistant and Set Contruction/Dressing. He was most recently seen onstage in last year’s production of Fiddler on the Roof as Avram with Artsview Children’s Theatre in his Artsview debut and was instantly hooked on Artsview and is very excited to be involved in giving back to our community by sharing the theater arts with a new generation. Jayme is a full time nurse, husband and father and enjoys being able to pursue his passion for the theater in his spare time and looks forward to working with Artsview to enrich and encourage young lives.
Travis House – Director
Travis is a proud native of Longview, Texas and Theatre Director at Pine Tree High School. He has over 13 years of theatrical experience and is glad to be a part of the ArtsView Family. He attended Kilgore Junior College for two years and later transferred to Baylor University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance. Travis would like to thank God (nothing is possible without Him!), his family, friends, students and their parents for all their support.
April McFall – Teacher
April is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma where she earned a bachelors degree in elementary education. During the school year, April teaches 5th grade at White Oak Intermediate School, and when summer comes, she enjoys spending her time at ArtsView. While her daughter Kelsey performed on stage, April became involved at ArtsView by volunteering backstage. April made an impression from the beginning, designing and creating 22 costumes for ArtsView’s first Jungle Book Kids camp in two weeks! She enjoys the technical part of the theatre and helping bring a show to life through costumes, props, and set. Recently, April has been Technical Coordinator for PATHS camps in the summers as well as being Costume Designer for several season productions throughout the year.
Caryn Pepper – Teacher
She’s that winsome redhead with the Texas smile and natural aplomb. Caryn graduated from Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona, where she was active in her school drama department. She joined the staff of Texas Bank & Trust in 1993 and serves as Administrative Officer in the Executive Division. Caryn has acted in numerous Longview Community Theatre productions over the years: Ethel Toffelmier in The Music Man, Dolly Tate in Annie Get Your Gun, Maria in Grand Night for Singing, Rhetta Cupp in Pump Boys & Dinettes, Charlotte Hay in Moon Over Buffalo, Belinda Blair/Flavia Brent in Noises Off, and in Jekyll & Hyde. She has also performed in several ArtsView Children’s Theatre productions. Caryn serves on the Board of Directors at ArtsView. She is the mother of two children, Landry and George, and is the wife of Joel Pepper.
Alison Roedel – Teacher
Alison taught Kindergarten in the public school for 9 years before becoming a stay-at-home mother. She loves to teach, and has a gift for read-alouds, crafts, and activity planning, having led a weekly story time event at a local toy store for a while. She remains very involved in the nursery and preschool ministry at her church. Her first involvement with ArtsView was on-stage in Seussical in 2009. She is excited to be included in the First Stage camps for preschoolers!
Matthew Simpson – Director
Matthew is an Artistic Associate with the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Acting credits with TSF include: A Christmas Carol Radio Play, The Book of Luke, The Beaux Strategem, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo & Juliet, Tartuffe, Noises Off and the title roles in Macbeth and Hamlet. Regional credits include: The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis; Denver Center Theatre Company; three seasons with the Delaware REP; six seasons with the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ; a National Tour of Classics! with Chamber Theatre Productions of Boston; and the Richmond Shepard Theatre in NYC. Matthew holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Delaware’s PTTP and is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYC.
Meaghan Simpson – Director
A Chicago native, Meaghan received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting from the University of Illinois and Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program. Meaghan is proud to be a resident of Kilgore working full time as an Artistic Associate with the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Regionally, Meaghan has worked with the Delaware REP, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Since 2009, Meaghan has performed in 15 Texas Shakespeare productions including Twelfth Night, The Nerd, Macbeth, Noises Off, The Book of Luke, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet. At Artsview, Meaghan was the assistant director of the 2014 production of Fiddler on the Roof.
Jessica Smith – Teacher/Assistant
Jessica has been involved in theatre since her freshman year in high school. She joined the ArtsView family as a college Intern in the summer of 2009. Jessica attended Kilgore Junior College and Stephen F. Austin State University. While at SFA, Jessica continued to study theatre with a focus on Theatre Education, graduating with a Bachelors of Arts degree. She later received her Teaching Certification for theatre. At ArtsView, Jessica has done almost every task, including stage managing (her favorite), assistant directing, painting sets, and assisting with PATHS classes. She was involved in the ArtsView shows Mulan Jr., The Big Bad Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Jr., Arf!, and Annie. A Longview native, Jessica enjoys working with ArtsView, enriching youth and her community through the performing arts.
Angela Wright – Teacher
Angela graduated from The University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Learning and Development specializing in Theatre Arts K – 8th Grade. Angela taught Theatre Arts in Texas public schools and then became one of the driving forces in the formation of ArtsView Children’s Theatre in 2004. She served as Education Director and, later, Artistic Director until 2007. After a 4 year hiatus, Angela joined the ArtsView staff again from 2011 -12 as General Manager. Since then, her and her husband, Jon have continued to support ArtsView in various ways– from audience members to Advisory Council members. Angela and Jon are thrilled that their three children now get to share in their love for ArtsView!!