Let's meet our incredible staff!
Missy, along with her cousin Penny, began Spotlight over two decades ago in Maryland. She has produced and directed adult and children productions in the Hampton Roads area for over 20 years. Missy is a gifted resource teacher with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools and an adjunct professor at Tidewater Community College. In her 25+ years as an educator, she has worked as a classroom teacher at the elementary level as well as served as a gifted resource teacher at middle and high school. She taught theatre at a high school in VA Beach and was the school’s director of plays and musicals for over 5 years. Missy serves on the executive board and is the education chair at the Little Theatre of Norfolk. Her main job is bringing educational opportunities to the community and has hosted professional artists such as Krysta Rodgriguez and Jacob Dickey (a Spotlight alumnae). In her spare time, Missy tries to find time to act in community theatre, travel, and watch whatever is trending on TV.
Producer, Teen Camp Choreographer
Melody is so thrilled to be working with Spotlight. She went to The Governor's School for the Arts in the Musical Theatre and Vocal Departments. Melody received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Musical Theatre Performance from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She has had the honor of performing with Sesame Street Live, Walt Disney World, Carnival Cruise Line, Virginia Musical Theatre and most currently Busch Gardens. Melody recently started her own Interactive DJ Entertainment Company in the Hampton Roads area called Melody & Company Entertainment.
Penny has been the producer of Spotlight Productions from its founding. She is a local preschool music teacher and holds a degree in Communications. Penny absolutely loves all things Disney! She cannot wait until her next vacation to see the mouse! In her spare time, she loves sailing all over the world with her amazing husband. Penny is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters and has a grandchild on the way!
As a theatre and film professional, Travis has directed and acted in productions across the country. Travis is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Virginia Wesleyan University Theatre Program. Throughout the school year, Travis teaches courses such as Directing, Acting, and Technical Theatre. He also directs shows both at Wesleyan and in the community. Travis' recent directing credits include: The 39 Steps, Big River, and Noises Off! Travis serves as the Technical Director and Designer for Spotlight Productions.
Youth Camp Music Director
Anita has been working with Spotlight Productions since its beginning and comes to us from Florida each year to direct our youth camp. She has studied music most of her life, being born in a family of musicians, and can play any instrument you put in front of her! She is currently a guidance counsellor (who received the 2014 Teach of the Year award at her school) and proud mother of a very talented young lady.
Teen Camp Music Director
Rob is from that same talented family as Anita. Rob has been directing music at Spotlight for over 15 years. Currently Rob is a nationally board certified music teacher in Richmond, VA and was awarded the 2004 Teacher of the Year at Fox Elementary. Rob is married to his beautiful wife, Amaka and they have two beautiful children.
Trey graduated from Virginia Wesleyan University in 2017 and received his Masters in Theatre from Bowling Green State University in 2018. Since then, he has worked on productions for the MLB, the NFL, Netflix, HBO, and the Busch Gardens Entertainment Department. After moving back to Virginia Beach, he started as the Technical Director for the department of the Fine & Performing Arts Center, before taking on the role of Director of the Susan S Goode Fine & Performing Arts Center, and Instructor for the Performing Arts at Virginia Wesleyan University.
Youth Camp Choreographer
Amanda (she/her) started Spotlight as a camper when she was 8 years old and has since become a member of staff. She grew up in Virginia Beach and has 12 years of dance experience including musical theater and competitive dance. She is now living in Richmond with her partner, Ashley and their dog, Scruffy. She enjoys hiking, going to Disney World, and spending time with her family. Amanda has choreographed numerous shows for Spotlight and she can't wait for another fun year!