Director: Anna Morris
Phone Number: 772-559-1725
Ms. Anna is a graduate of the University of Tampa. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts. Before graduating Anna participated in a musical at UT almost every semester and performed with different ensembles throughout each year as well. After graduation Anna performed at Busch Gardens in two different shows during Christmas Town. You can now see Anna in performances at local community theatres throughout the Tampa Bay area.
While performing has been the focus for her in school, teaching has always been something she wanted to do. She fell in love with performing at a children’s theatre in her small hometown of Vero Beach, FL and has always wanted to bring that experience she had as a kid to others. When the opportunity presented itself to teach with ShiningStars she couldn’t say no! Anna is so excited to be a part of the ShiningStars team and hopes to inspire her students everyday.
ShiningStars Instructor/Hiring and Training Manager: Michelle Johnson
Ms. Michelle is a graduate of Ridgewood High School. Born and raised in Port Richey, Florida, she always dreamed of teaching, and had an interest in drama at a young age. She spent 15 years working in a high-end customer service environment, and she still today continues work as a make-up artist. She and her husband Kevin love spending time in the Florida sun with their two sons, Jase and Maddox.
Michelle’s career path took a turn with the birth of her boys. After starting them in HappyFeet Soccer, she learned about the ShiningStars program, and became an instructor in January of 2017. Since then, she has found a passion in working with children. As a mother herself, she has a different and interesting perspective of the program and sees the results on both ends. After watching her own kids grow and learn through our monthly curriculum, she is thrilled to get to give that same joy to parents everywhere by inspiring her students to be bold, fearless, and free!
ShiningStars Instructor: Carey Parsons
Ms. Carey is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. She moved to Florida in 2016. She has worked as a performer at multiple theme parks across the country, as well as participated in film, and theatre productions. Performing has always been one of her passions.
Ms. Carey's other passion is helping children learn and grow. She has worked with children as a nanny, babysitter, special needs care giver, and as a preschool teacher. She enjoys finding the special gifts that each child has to offer!
ShiningStars Instructors: Cory Kennedy
Ms. Cory is a proud alumni of the University of Florida. There she performed in and directed various musicals and plays, as well as competed and recorded albums with UF’s only all female acapella group, The Sedoctaves.
Originally from Plantation, FL, Ms. Cory has been an educator for 5+ years and has taught in music and theatre programs from coast to coast of the US. She has also worked professionally as a Performer and Stage Manager for various companies including Bush Gardens, Universal Orlando, Carnival Cruise Lines, and the Old Globe San Diego.
Both a performer and teacher Ms. Cory has always had a passion for theatre for young audiences. She believes that the skills the students learn in class is critical to their overall social growth. She’s so excited to be a part of the ShiningStars team and inspire her students to have fun and be confident everyday!
ShiningStars Instructor: Amanda Fox
Ms. Amanda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with Minors in Statistics and Primatology. She grew up in Fairfax, VA, but recently moved from Boone, NC. Throughout her childhood Amanda grew up performing Shakespeare, musical theatre, Commedia Dell’ Arte, and ballet. Performing was where Amanda was able to express herself and brought her out of her shell. She translated this passion towards working as a preschool teacher, in a group home, and a camp for children with Autism. She believes it is important to encourage independence and creativity in a supportive environment. She can't wait to explore, create, adventure, and grow with Shining Stars.
Director of ShiningStars Center Stage: James Faurote
Born and raised in Tampa, FL, Mr. James studied English at the University of South Florida. Since then he has been regularly involved in theatre having acted and directed in the Tampa Bay Area for the past 18 years.
Having previously worked in consulting and other corporate jobs he jumped at the chance to become the Director of ShiningStars new program Center Stage in October 2018.