Katie Lindsay, Flight Director
Katie has over 20 years of performance and technical experience in community children’s theatre. She holds a Theatre Degree with an emphasis in Arts Administration from Auburn University. After college, she excelled in her professional career in Senior Account Management in the field of Advertising and Marketing. For the past several years, she has devoted her time and passion to raising her two children, as well as teaching and serving as Office Administrator and Marketing Manager for a children’s drama company. In 2017, Katie decided to combine her professional experience, passion for arts education and love of children and formed the after-school Theatre Arts Enrichment Program, Drama Rocket, LLC!
Steven Lindsay, Ground Controller
Born, raised and under-grad-educated (University of Glasgow, BSc (Hons) in Chemistry) in Scotland, Steven moved to the US to pursue a future in chemistry. He secured his MS in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina and for the last 19 years has worked in sales and business development for various global industrial chemical companies. The majority of people he interacts with on a daily basis have science and technology backgrounds. Over the years, Steven has realized the need for arts integration at an early age, particularly as it applies to young adults who aspire to have careers in science, technology, mathematics and engineering. By incorporating the arts, STEM becomes STEAM based learning, thus giving children a more well-rounded educational experience that will help create personalities with strong creative thinking AND technical skills. Steven has a deep-seated passion and motivation to help develop future creators and is excited be a part of the Drama Rocket Mission!
Jennifer Chidester, Pilot (Lead Teaching Artist)
Jennifer and her husband have been married 27 years and have 2 children. Jennifer has a passion for teaching, theatre, photography and traveling. Since college, she has been a Community Events/Production Planner, including concerts, theatre productions, banquets, weddings etc. However, her heart always returns her to teaching. Upon moving to Texas, Jennifer opened her own photography studio and a few years later, became actively involved with a youth theatre company as a Production Director, Area Coordinator, Teacher and Territory Director. This led to a passion to start an additional organization where she was the Operational Director for several years. Jennifer has been involved with the arts for many years in both the community and her church. From an Arts Council member, Theatre Director, Operation/Production Manager to Networking Manager, Jennifer looks for opportunities to help expand healthy art programs with vision and purpose. Finding Drama Rocket is a perfect match and a time for her to do what she loves most...teach!
Jeanne Colvin, Pilot (Lead Teaching Artist)
Jeanne brings fun and enthusiasm to Drama Rocket with her theatrical experience and love for kids! As a little girl, Jeanne was introduced to live theatre when her mother took her to see The Sound of Music. After that, she was hooked! She began corralling neighborhood kids to act in skits she created from reading Tom Sawyer. Jeanne went on to win acting awards in high school and she studied theatre at the University of Texas, winning the B. Iden Payne award for Best Comedy Actress in the city of Austin. Jeanne graduated from Houston Baptist University and worked in radio as an on air personality and special events coordinator. In addition to her professional career, Jeanne has written, directed and performed in numerous theatrical productions over the years. She created and taught theatre classes for middle and high school in a homeschool co-op. At CYT she taught classes in Beginning Acting, Advanced Acting, Comedy Workshop and Readers Theatre, as well as directed a CYT summer camp. In addition to being a Drama Rocket Pilot, Jeanne also utilizes her multi-tasking superpowers as our stellar administrative assistant!
Amanda Hayter, Pilot (Lead Teaching Artist)
Madison McDaniel, Pilot (Lead Teaching Artist)
Performance is her passion. Madison was hooked from the moment she saw her favorite musical on TV, The Phantom of the Opera. She has been teaching drama and all aspects of it for several years, including taking part in and helping to direct large scale Jr. Broadway productions. Madison is currently enrolled in college and working on a pediatric nursing degree. She is also extremely excited about marrying the love of her life this October! She is devoted to her ever-growing family of 7 and loves having fun with them every day. Madison has been immersed in the theatre world for around a decade. Her favorite thing about participating in theatre is how it can develop a talented performer while also building self confidence and character that enables a person to become who they desire to be! When Drama Rocket came around, there was no doubt that this was the perfect program to help do that. Madison is so excited to work with everyone on the Crew and is ready for take off with Drama Rocket!
Mercedes Trejo, Pilot (Lead Teaching Artist)
Theatre, cooking and being creative is really what Mercedes enjoys doing the most! She's had a passion for acting that began when she was 12 years old and it has blossomed ever since. In addition to being a Drama Rocket Pilot, Mercedes also teaches drama for a private school in Kingwood. On the weekends, she teaches and performs with her outreach ministry, Out of Bounds Ministry. Mercedes is currently enrolled in college working towards a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and wants to pursue a career as a chef in the food industry. One of the many reasons Mercedes loves the theatre is that it allows you to be creative, become a different person and can help you get out of your shell! She is thrilled to be a part of Drama Rocket and can't wait to meet her Rocketeers!