About Us
Directors
Instructors
Musicians

About Us

OHLOOK's Mission:

OHLOOK Performing Arts Center is a non-profit educational theatre company, bringing together students, professionals, local actors and parents to provide a unique and enriching artistic opportunity for children and young adults by inspiring them to foster and develop a passion for all aspects of the performing arts.

OHLOOK Performing Arts Center arrived on the scene in 2002 to bring fine arts to the DFW area through classes, workshops, and theatrical performances for children and adults.

In the past 17 years, OHLOOK has produced over 250 productions and boasts an International award-winning Adult Company in addition to its National award-winning Student Company.

OHLOOK is dedicated to providing the best in musical theater education, often hosting masterclasses led by high-caliber Broadway talent including: Anthony Rapp, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, Brad Simmons, Lindsay Mendez, Corey Cott and Jay Armstrong Johnson.

OHLOOK’s former students are currently performing on cruises, national tours and television shows.

OHLOOK is one of a handful of theaters across the country to pilot productions for iTheatrics, the leading adaptor of musicals for MTI, Disney Theatricals, Tams-Witmark, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Samuel French.

iTheatrics adapts musicals so that they can be performed by children in school programs and in after-school settings.

iTheatrics taps outstanding theatre programs to pilot and produce these adaptations before licensing is made available to the public.

OHLOOK was the first theater to pilot Heathers 101, Rock of Ages 101, Sister Act Jr., Freaky Friday, and most recently, Frozen Jr., this past summer.

Directors

Jill Blalock Lord

Artistic Director & Founder

Jill Blalock Lord (Artistic Director) began her professional career as an opera singer, performing with such companies as San Francisco Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, New Jersey Opera and Augusta Opera. She also toured extensively across the U.S., Spain, and France singing the roles of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Violetta in La Traviata and Japan on the International Tour of The King and I as Tuptim, starring Stacy Keach as the King. Mrs. Lord’s life took a turn after the birth of her children, Emma and Grace. Life on the road was no longer appealing, so she looked to pursue her passion closer to home, and thus OHLOOK was born. Through OHLOOK, she hoped to create a place where students could come and learn about theater and music in a safe, non-competitive environment, and to teach and facilitate those that might be interested in pursuing it as a career.

Now after 14 years and almost 200 shows, Mrs. Lord has had the privilege to have worked with hundreds of students, many that are now working in the business. OHLOOK's students are on television shows, national tours, starring in films, and recording albums. In 2011, she led her cast of Dog Sees God to a National Title (AACTFest11) and an International Title (Liverpool International Theater Festival) for Best Production and was awarded Best Director at both festivals. Most recently Mrs. Lord was awarded the prestigious Freddie G Award for Excellence in Education at this years Junior Theater Festival. It is Mrs. Lord’s hope that OHLOOK will continue to be a refuge and platform for anyone interested in working in theater for many more years to come.

Devin Cash Daussat

Director of Dance

Devin (Cash) Daussat, a native of the DFW area, began her dance training at 3 years old. As a teenager, she was a principle dancer for North Central Civic Ballet, a pre-professional ballet company under the direction of Les Jordan III. In 2004, Devin served as Captain for the award winning Varsity Emerald Belles Drill Team at Southlake Carroll Senior High School. Devin has had the honor of studying with American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, and world renowned faculty at the University of Arizona. As an Arizona Wildcat, Devin studied ballet, modern, and jazz, on scholarship, and served as the President of the Dancers Consortium. Graduating magna cum laude, Devinreceived her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in three years as she was eager to move forward with her professional performance career. Since graduation, Devin has performed around the world with the Walt Disney Company, Stiletto Entertainment, Holland America Line, Face Productions, Legends In Concert, and David Saxe Productions. Devin opened her own dance studio in 2013 and after four wonderful years, sold her business and took a short hiatus to spend time with her little "irish twins" Sullivan and Demi Jean. Now she's back and ready to build a fantastic program for aspiring musical theater students with Jill Lord and the rest of the talented faculty at OhLook PAC!

Taylor Wallis

Director

Taylor Wallis (Education Director) is a licensed educator currently teaching theatre at Bransford Elementary School in Colleyville. She has worked in GCISD for the last 6 years. She graduated with a degree in Musical Theatre from Millikan University in 2011 and has been teaching and acting ever since. Some of Taylor's favorite credits at OHLOOK include Little Women (Jo), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), and The Sound of Music (Maria). She also played Marcy in OHLOOK's production of Dog Sees God that won the National AACT Festival in 2011. She has also appeared in several seasons at the Texas Star Dinner. She has been with OHLOOK since 2004 and is thrilled and honored to get to be a part of all of the amazing things that continue to happen here.

Instructors

Brittany Nance

Dance Instructor

Brittany Nance has been a professional working in the Entertainment Industry for 14+ years from performance to choreography and management. She graduated with a BFA In Dance from Oklahoma City University. Brittany has traveled the world as a guest entertainer for Celebrity Cruise Lines, a production dancer for Royal Caribbean productions, and lived extensively in Guam with Sandcastle’s Magic “Dream” production. She spent the last 10 years in Las Vegas dancing on the strip in mainstage shows, such as Dancing Queen, Fantasy, Beatles Show, and Raiding the Rock Vault.

Choreography, casting, and management with multiple talent agencies on corporate production shows and events has been her main focus for the past few years. Brittany is very excited to be back in Texas on the Ohlook faculty for this season.

Taylor Gray

Dance Instructor

Taylor Gray is from Mount Pleasant, Texas, where she danced competitively with Barnard Company Dance. She attended Oklahoma City University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in American Dance Pedagogy. Taylor has studied ballet, tap, and jazz pedagogy, as well as anatomy, kinesiology, and movement theory. Taylor is also a National Dance Alliance certified instructor. Her performance credits include commercial industry work with Mary Kay, Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Texas, and Winterfest with RWS Entertainment Group. Taylor is currently the Assistant Director the Parish Rosettes high school drill team. Taylor is excited to share her love of dance with the OhLook! family.

Kristin Payne

Theater Instructor

KP Smith has been performing in the DFW for almost 20 years and is represented by the Callidus Agency. She owns and operates a Non Profit (LTWFoundwtion.org) along with a cookie delivery business (The Cookie Fairy) She is a professional Princess, Mermaid, Living Statue, Mime, Voice Over Actor (Farlow Media) and devoted wife and mother. She graduated from KD with a degree in Film and Dramatic Arts.

Roel Garza

Theater Instructor

Roel is very excited to be a part of the OhLook family! He is a music teacher at Samuel Beck Elementary in Northwest ISD and his classroom lessons regularly include ukuleles, pianos, jazz improvisation, and musical theatre. Beck musical productions have included The Lion King KIDS, 101 Dalmatians KIDS, Annie KIDS, Sleeping Beauty KIDs, Willy Wonka KIDS, Aladdin KIDS, and more. Some of Roel’s performance credits include Miss Saigon, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy, and West Side Story.

Lacey Jane Dangerstone

Theater Instructor

Lacey Jane Dangerstone loves teaching the little kiddos at OHLOOK! She is a stay at home mother of three wonderful daughters, and even before she had kids of her own, she loved working with children. She was the Artistic Director of a preschool in Bedford before becoming a full time nanny for several years. She has been acting since the age of 11 and has loved performing at OHLOOK Performance Arts over the last decade. Some favorite credits includ Lily in The Secret Garden, Shelley in Evil Dead, and Clarice in Silence! The Musical. She played CB's sister in OHLOOK's production of Dog Sees God that won the National AACT Festival in 2011. Aside from acting, Lacey enjoys spending time with her sweet husband, Eric, and their baby girls, Luna, Vega, and Sunday.

Barry Yandel

Theater Instructor

Nominated for Best Supporting Actor by Behind the Voice Actors (BTVA) for his iconic role as William T. Spears in Black Butler, Barry Yandell is a well known and very busy regional stage actor and voiceover artist based in north Texas.  Most recently, Barry lends his talent to the voices of Alexis Kerib in the current SSSS Gridman series and as Sam in the hit movie My Hero Academia / Two Heroes.  Fans know his voice contributions from some of the most popular Anime series to date including Yoki in Fullmetal Alchemist, Little Demon in Soul Eater, Mr. 2 Bon Clay in One Piece, Det. Travis Murphy in Double Decker, and Dwarf Shaman in Goblin Slayer along with an array of characters from Dragonball Z, Ghost in the Shell, Fairy Tail, Attack on Titan, Pop Team Epic, Overlord, and Space Dandy to name a few.

Musicians

Kelley Poché Rodriguez

Resident Music Director

Kelley Poché Rodriguez is proud to be the resident Music Director and pianist at Ohlook. She enjoys working with the Masterclass/ OCO youth, the Mainstage adults, and she especially loves working with the Late Night/ GROCO crowd. Favorite shows are too many to list, but a few standouts include Next to Normal; Be More Chill; Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson; and Rocky Horror: Christmas. Kelley collaborated with Matt Lord (Three Redneck Tenors)as arranger and orchestrator for his newmusical, Citizen Drumph. She has playedfor many guest artistmasterclasses at Ohlook, including for Lindsay Mendez, Sam Carner & Derek Gregor, Jay Armstrong Johnson, David Gaschen, Amanda Flynn & Rob Rokicki, and Corey Cott (with whom she had the pleasure of collaborating forOhlook’s recent Gala Concert).

Kelley can regularly be seen and heard around DFW, MD-ing and playing for various university, high school, professional, and community musical theatre productions. She recently served as an Artist in Residence for the Musical Theatre Department at The University of Texas at Arlington. Previously, she was on the music faculty at Texas Woman’s University, and prior to that she taught high school and middle school choir for 12 years. She is currently the Communications Director for Trekorda (collaborative musician’s network). Kelley holds a PhD in Fine Arts/ Music Education fromTexasTech University, as well as a MA in music education (Texas Woman’s University) and a BM in music studies and piano performance (The University of Texas at Austin).

She would like to thank her amazing band regulars (Jaime, Michael, and Eric), as well as her patient and supportive husband, Mario. Ohlook is such a unique place-where students can get really solid training in theatre, dance, and music; but more importantly where they can feel a part of something greater. Jill Lord has done a great job of establishing a welcoming safe space for all, with a commitment to using live music, where we can embrace and celebrate each other’s weird. It is a wonderful environment in which to collaborate and create, and Kelley is honored to call it her theatre home.

Kristin Spires

Associate Music Director

KRISTIN SPIRES (Music Director:Jerry Springer The Musicaland Jekyll & Hyde) Kristin is an actress, singer, music director and voice teacher in the DFW area. She’s excited to be back at Ohlook! Select Ohlook productions she’s music directed include Shrek, Young Frankenstein, The Addams Family, and Urinetown. Select roles at Ohlook include Carol Strong in Catch Me If You Can, Abby Borden in Lizzie Borden The Musical, Peaches/Baby Jane in Jerry Springer The Opera, and Margaret White in Carrie. Thanks to Jill for always being amazing and to my awesome partners in crime (aka directors) Alex Heika and Jordan Justice for having me on their team!