Who are We?

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GET TO KNOW US!


Kevin Blackburn: Producer/Owner

Kevin has spent his entire adult life working with children in many different capacities within the community.  From working with high risk juvenile offenders as a Juvenile Probation Officer to staying at home for the last 10 years. For the last 5 years he has taught many children in his community confidence, strength and coordination, and self defense through Jiu Jitsu. Kevin and his wife Shelly are parents of children that love to perform and know the joy theatre brings to children and the many skills it teaches.


Michelle Giannini: Advising Artistic Director

Michelle has spent the past decade teaching and directing elementary, middle, and high school theatre classes and productions in the triangle, as well as most recently serving as the assistant principal of a K-8th Grade school.  With degrees in Dramatic Art, Elementary Education, and a graduate degree in School Administration, Michelle is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring together her loves of theatre and watching children grow as individuals, to help them discover their gifts, find their passions, make new friendships, and gain skills that will stay with them forever.  


Katie Clarke: Director of Education, Show Director 

Katie recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Education, and many hours spent in the theater.  For the past six years, Katie has spent her summers directing middle school children in musical productions at the Cardinal Gibbons High School Musical Theatre Camps.  She currently spends her days teaching 4th Grade at St. Michael School!  As an actor, director, and teacher, Katie is passionate about the way in which theatre empowers children with a voice and a confidence to be themselves, and to appreciate and respect the uniqueness in others.  


Kirsten Ehlert: Director of Programs and Instruction

Kirsten brings to TAP a decade of experience teaching Kindergarten through 8th Grade Drama classes, writing curriculum and class plays, directing children of all ages in both school and community theatre productions, and a plethora of experience as a local, working, professional actreas.  Kirsten has sat on the boards of community theatre companies in the Triangle area, and has worked at these companies in various capacities. Kirsten is currently working towards her Masters in Theatre and Arts Education at New York University, where she has spent the past two summers studying under some of today’s leading directors, actors, and acting coaches. Having spent time training in everything from Shakespeare to musical theatre, from stage combat to conventions acting, and from Theatre of the Opressed to Theatre for Special Needs Audiences, Kirsten’s wealth of knowledge and practical experience makes her a true asset to TAP. 


Madyson Figlo: Assistant Director, Instructor 

Madyson brings her love of children, passion for the theatre, and joy in being creative to TAP!  As a current 4th Grade teacher at The Franciscan School, Madyson's understanding of children's developmental levels and ways to best engage and empower them are integral to TAP's work with children.  Madyson has been a performer her whole life and loves watching children discover their own love for performance as they "TAP into their potential!"


Heather Murray: Instructor

As a local elementary and middle school drama teacher, and having an extensive background in theatre performance and costume design, Heather brings creativity and a wealth of technical theatre knowledge to TAP. In addition to teaching drama classes in a middle school, Heather teaches classes at Marbles Kids Museum, where she engages children of all ages in hands-on activities. Heather loves to support children in discovering their creativity, their curiosity, and the joy acting brings them, both onstage and offstage.