Jill Blalock Lord (Masterclass,Triple Threat Instructor and Director) is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of Ohlook Performing Arts. She is the lead director of the Production Classes and all 4 Masterclasses. She has a BA in Vocal Performance from Texas Tech University. After making her professional Opera debut while still in college, she was chosen to be a part of the acclaimed Merola Program of San Francisco Opera where she spent 2 seasons touring across the country. After many operas and musicals in many countries, Jill and her husband Matthew Lord (creator and star of The 3 Redneck Tenors) started Ohlook as a way to help train the next generation of artist, including their 2 daughters.
Since starting Ohlook they have produced over 200 productions, the majority of which have had Ms. Lord as the lead director. In the past she has directed 2 shows to the AACT National Level, winning with Dog Sees God at the National competition in 2011 and International competition in 2012 and named Best Director at both. Many of her students are now making their way in the business, on Broadway, National Tours and television.
Heather Biddle (Masterclass and Ohlook's Education Director) is celebrating her 6th year at Ohlook this year and looking forward to a great time. She is the head theater director for JJ Pearce High School in Richardson Texas and mommy to two amazing girls Brooklyn, a student at Ohlook and Kennedy a future student. Favorite directing credits include Sweeney Todd, Bat Boy, Phantom of the Opera, Secret Garden, Songs for a New World and The Sparrow. Favorite Ohlook memory will always be "Dog sees God".
Taylor Wallis (Director, Productions) is very excited to be teaching at Ohlook! She recently graduated from Millikin University in Decatur, IL with a B.A. in Theatre. At Millikin she was seen in a reading of the new musical Golden Gate, by Michael Kooman & Chris Dimond, along with several other productions.
Some of Taylor's favorite credits at Ohlook include Little Women (Jo), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), and The Secret Garden (Martha). She also played Marcy in Ohlook's producion of Dog Sees God that won the National AACT Festival in 2011.
Dr. Katherine Noone (Monologue & Song Interp/Acting III) is a diverse and active singer and actor, appearing with various professional, regional, and local companies across the country. She is currently beginning her second year as a Senior Lecturer of Voice/Musical Theatre at the University of Texas-Arlington where prior, as an Assistant Professor of Voice/Music Theatre at North Dakota State University for nine years. She also enjoys commercial and radio work, and has worked and performed with Broadway composer, Andrew Lippa, and Broadway actresses, Julia Murney and Becky Gulsvig. One of her favorite roles was that of the Adult Woman where she played five characters in Spring Awakening at the Scotland Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. Currently she performs as Karen Carpenter with The Shadows Tribute Band, teaches swing dancing, and prides herself on being a versatile vocalist and teacher of all musical genres.
Emmalyn Miron (Broadway Kids, Monologue, Acting) holds her BA in Music Theatre and Acting/Directing and is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She has performed with the National Broadway Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cotton Patch Gospel, which toured Ireland, The Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, Shakespeare Dallas, MBS Productions and Theatre Britain. She was also a member of the cast of the Jekyll & Hyde Club, Dallas, and Chorvettes Stageworks Company: Goodwill Ambassadors for Oklahoma.
Emmalyn was Director of Enrichment and taught theatre at Coram Deo Academy for 8 years and is a prizewinner Irish Dancer. She is so excited to be coming back to OhLook this semester!