Meet the Instructors

Don Goodner, Artistic Director
Don has been writing stories and poetry since he was 6 years old. He began taking piano lessons when he was 7 years old during which time he began studying musical theory. When he was 13, he starred in his first play, and was hooked on theater ever since. Don is the playwright/composer of:
Back to the Beanstalk
Jack and Jill and the Crown of Wonder
The Big Bad Wolf
Goldilocks and the Curse of the Porridge
The Snow Princess
Writer’s Block
Hansel and Gretel
Twelve Dancing Princesses
Suspended
A Christmas Carol
The Song of the Winter
as well as dozens of episodes of our in-house web series production of “Break a Leg.”

When he isn’t writing and directing, Don takes acting classes in Atlanta. He has studied with Catapult, Dad’s Garage, Pinch n Ouch, and the Alliance.

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Greg Schick, Director

The son of a dance teacher, Greg spent his tween years dancing and drumming. He performed in more than a dozen productions in high school and college and worked on the stage crew for more than twice that. Greg attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where he studied theatre and broadcasting. He worked for two years on the stage crew and scene shop at the Lied Center for Performing Arts and two years in radio before moving to Chicago. He continued to develop his performance skills through classes at Second City. In 2005, he moved to Kennesaw where he worked for three years as a teacher with Cobb County School District. In addition to working with the students at Young Actors Playhouse, Greg produces film and music projects and live events.

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Madison Allen, Director/Choreographer

Madison Allen (Madison Montgomery) is a singer, actress, songwriter, musician, director, dancer, and voice and theatre teacher. She attended the Conservatory of Musical Theatre at New York Film Academy in Manhattan, where she studied under several of the most influential names on Broadway. Madison has over ten years of experience in voice teaching and coaching, for both children and adults, and over 20 years of experience in performance.