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.
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!"
Dylan Bailey: Show Director, Instructor
Having graduated from ECU with a BFA in Theatre Arts and a concentration in Theatre for Youth, Dylan brings to TAP a wealth of knowledge and expertise in everything from Theatre for Young Audiences to playwriting, to theatre for special needs children to Musical Theatre. His passion lies in TYA, performing for young audiences as a way to engage them in live theatre.
Alexis Kinlaw: Show Director, Instructor
Alexis graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May of 2019, where she minored in History and double majored in Dramatic Art and Communications. Miss Alexis believes TAP offers a unique opportunity to combine her love for working with people, her passion for the theater, and the technical skills she has from being backstage, onstage, and in the classroom. She is overjoyed to be a part of the team!