come back to teach!
We are thrilled to have several of our Hub alums return this summer to share with our online campers their journeys and to impart some knowledge.
We are proud of all of our Hub kids no matter what profession they choose to pursue but it always gives us a special joy to see those that are making performing arts their life pursuit!
Summer Online Staff
We are excited to bring you an amazing group of people this summer that will take our campers' skills to the next level!
Keely Umstot- Assistant Director of Camps
Keely started at Hub at 8 years old with it's very first camp! Her first leading role at Hub was Annie in 2007- doublecast with another alum- Desiree Soto. Keely is is in her final year at Texas Tech University studying to be certified in Music and Theatre Education. She has loved teaching at Hub full time for the past 4 years! As an award winning choreographer, she has enjoyed choreographing and music directing for countless Hub shows. Her favorite memory with Hub will always be Once on this Island with Senior Team Spring of 2019. She is so proud to be a Hubster!
Alex C. Webster
Alex has an MFA in Theatre Performance & Pedagogy at Texas Tech University. She received her BA from Brevard College in Theatre Performance, Communications, and Vocal Performance. Other studies include Stella Adler School of Acting Summer Conservatory, Tennessee Williams Institute, & David Hammond’s Talking Shakespeare workshops. Recent performance work includes The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Ruby Rae), Collected Stories (Lisa), and the world premiere of 9 in the Morning, a one-woman show featuring the use of bone-conducting headphones performed at Texas Tech University and the 2020 Marfa Fringe Festival. She teaches Musical Theatre, Acting, and Voice at Texas Tech University, All Saint’s Episcopal School, Ervin Elementary School, HUB Theatre Group, and Louise Hopkins Underwood Centre for the Arts.
Brianna Moody is a local musical theatre actress, with over eighteen years of performance experience. After completing her Bachelor's degree in Theatre at Texas Tech in 2012, she worked as a performer for Disney Cruise line; appearing in six to seven shows every cruise. After two years of performing around the world, Briana moved to New Orleans, where she and her husband co-operated a small theatre with a half a dozen shows every month. Briana produced and managed cabarets, live music acts, and character performances. Briana also created NOLA Pixie Dust, a character performer group that appeared at local events, including Mardi Gras parades and balls.
Now Briana has moved back to Lubbock and is pursuing her master's degree while performing with local theatre outlets, including Hub Theatre Group. With her background in musical theatre and Disney entertainment she is proud to offer a workshop on bringing well-known characters to life, while making them your own!
Andrew Gonzales (Director) has been working in NYC theater for three delightful years. Past directing credits include: Finale by Dylan Guerra, The Golden Dove by Laura Hirschberg (assistant director), Elephant by Eva MeiLing Pollitt (reading, premiere), Hee Hee: Tales from the White Diamond Mountain by M.J. Kang (co-director), and most recently Love Poems by Meny Beriro at American Theater of Actors. Acting credits: Angelo in Measure for Measure (Phrenes), Roger in Child’s Play (Rising Sun), Vincent in Honeydew Sunsets (Manhattan Rep), Lysander in Midsummer Night's Dream (Dallas Shakespeare) and various roles in college and community theater. He has taught theater classes with Hub, as well as with Junior Players in Dallas. He began as Daddy Warbucks in Hub's first production in 2007 and didn't leave the stage until he graduated!
Desiree Soto, soprano, is a first year doctoral student at the University of Memphis, studying with Dr. Randal Rushing. A Texas native, Desiree earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Texas Tech University. Some of her favorite roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Lay Sister in Suor Angelica, Gianetta in The Gondoliers, Miles in The Turn of the Screw, Gretel in Hansel und Gretel, and Carrie in Carousel. She made her directorial debut in the University of Memphis’ fall production of Puccini’s La Rondine. In January, Desiree competed in the West Tennessee District of the MET National Council Auditions and was awarded an Encouragement Award. Desiree started with Hub as Annie in 2007 and performed in multiple shows after that including: High School Musical, Seussical, Thoroughly Modern Millie and many more!
Michael is a student at Texas Tech University studying Creative Media Industries. He is a local of Lubbock, TX and former student of Hub. He has made multiple short films and is currently working on a project that will debut in the festival circuit next season. He loves working on Hub videos and traveling with Hub and capturing all of the fun. His favorite roles with Hub include the Coroner in Wizard of Oz and a Wick brother in Seussical.
Julia McDaniel’s passion for theatre was ignited in the summer of 2007 when she performed as a cheerleader in Dear Edwina, Jr at the very first Hub Performing Arts School camp. She continued to perform both with Hub and outside of Hub until she graduated high school. She began her undergraduate at Angelo State University in the fall of 2014 with plans to continue performing. That following spring, she was both a feature dancer and a student assistant lighting designer for Smokey Joe’s Café by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and her love of technical theatre blossomed. From then, she focused heavily on technical theatre with a special interest in lighting design and stage management. In the spring of 2017, she was awarded the honor of attending the National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival as an Arts Administration Fellow. This festival brought a new light to a path she had not considered before: theatre management. That summer, she worked as the General Management intern at New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Season at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She returned to San Angelo for her senior year and completed a thesis on her work as lighting designer for W;t by Margaret Edson in which she applied both the conventions of lighting design and the theory of color psychology. In May 2018, she graduated from Angelo State University with a BA in Theatre Design and Technology and a BA in Psychology. She then spent her summer as the Company Management Journeyperson at Maine State Music Theatre, a small professional theatre in Brunswick, Maine, before joining the General and Company Management team as an apprentice in Cleveland, Ohio at Cleveland Playhouse, America’s first professional regional theatre. After her apprenticeship, she returned to San Angelo as an assistant technical director and resident lighting designer for Be Theatre. She also began working at Concho Collision and Auto Glass as the assistant production manager. Since the COVID19 quarantine, she has been an active member of planning for the reopening both online and in person of Be Theatre. She is also a cat lady, a connoisseur of autobiographies written by comedians, and a Netflix extraordinaire.
Zach got his first experience with theatre at HUB doing “High School Musical Live!” in 2008, and his passion for performing has sailed sky high from there! Zach graduated in August of 2019 from the University of North Texas with his Bachelor’s in Theatre Performance! Most recently, he was seen on stage with Denton Community Theatre as Munkustrap in “Cats”, Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors”, and with Brookhaven College as Jesus in “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Zach is continuing to pursue his passion for performing, and hopes to have the ability to be cast in his first professional show in the near future!
Kietraille Sutton is entering his senior year majoring in musical theatre. He has been fortunate to be accepted into the program as well as cast in various shows throughout his time at Texas tech university. He grew up on the other side of the world or in other words east texas, in a small town called Longview. He spent a summer working with the Joffrey Ballet Musical Theatre program in NYC and training with Kari Margolis. He is an aspiring artist and he is very excited to start working for Hub in Hopes to inspire a whole new generation of artists.
Maddie Bryan is a graduate from Texas Tech University with a BFA Theatre Arts (Musical Theatre) degree. There she performed as Heather McNamara in Heathers the Musical and was an Irene Ryan nominee; Sarah in We Are Proud to Present…; Meg and Jo’s cover in Little Women; Kelli Mangrum in Hands on a Hardbody. Maddie has performed regionally in roles such as Hedy LaRue in How to Succeed…; Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain; and ensemble in Mamma Mia!. She also performed in the Late Night Cabaret at Williamstown Theatre Festival with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Park and more. She has taught dance and choreographed many musical shows including Singing' in the Rain, Tom Sawyer, Shrek Jr., and Frozen Jr. She performed her Alpha and Overall award winning tap dance at the Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen Pageant, and finished in the Top 10.
Anna recently graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama. During her time at NYU, Anna trained in stage and film craft and worked with a professional Shakespeare company called “Smith Street Stage.” Recent credits include Valerie in “The Weir” (dir. Kern Mcfadden) Thaisa in “Pericles” (dir. John Gould Rubin, and Wife in “Blood Wedding” (dir. Christa Kimlicko Jones). Seussical Jr. was Anna’s favorite show experience at Hub!!