We are so lucky to have amazing people that are not only incredibly talented but truly
Paula Chanda- Executive Director & Owner
Paula and her husband, Bob, had a dream to do theatre in Lubbock,TX. They wanted to have jobs where they could do what they love and be a family at the same time. With that vision in mind, they started Hub Theatre Group and Hub Performing Arts School. After a successful summer camp in July 2007, the school was launched and celebrated its first semester with 150 students! She now leaves Hub in the talented hands of her daughter, Keely Umstot.
Paula holds a Masters Degree in Education and has completed all of the coursework for a PhD in Fine Arts. She has taught theatre to all age groups for over 20 years. She is a nationally award winning director. Paula knows the world of talented kids as she performed professionally as a child and has a talented daughter herself. She understands theatre from all sides, as an educator, performer and director. She has had the honor of performing some dream roles: Diana in Next to Normal, Jessie in Night’ Mother, Joan in Small Mouth Sounds and Sylvia in Sylvia. She has directed over 100 musicals and plays for kids and adults.
She is excited for this new journey and will continue to serve Hub as Executive Director from Virginia.
Keely Umstot- Artistic Director
Keely started at Hub at 8 years old with it's very first camp! Her first leading role at Hub was Annie in 2007. Keely holds a degree in Music Education from Texas Tech University and is double 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.
"I'm so excited to lead the next generation of Hub students as an alumni of HPAS! I love this company and look forward to guiding our two teams to greatness. I know how important growing up in the arts is to our community, especially growing up in Hub. It will be so exciting to continue the great traditions that have made Hub the ideal place for kids' musical theatre training!
Liberty DeLeon- Team Manager/Instructor
Liberty is a recent graduate of Abernathy High School. She will be pursuing a degree in theatre education beginning in the fall. She has been an important part of the life of Hub for the last five years. She served as the Team Captain of the Senior Team as well as assisting in classes and camps.
She is also an award winning actress and recently won “Outstand Individual Performer” at Junior Theatre Festival Texas with Hub! She has played such roles as Horton in Suessical, Papa Ge in Once on this Island, Burt in Mary Poppins, and Deloris in Sister Act! She is excited to join the Hub team in an official teaching capacity!