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LEADERSHIP STAFF

Index of Leadership Staff:
Daniel Sheridan (Performing Arts Supervisor & Artistic Director)
Steph DeLacy (Theatre Programs Coordinator)
Jenny Hampton (Dance Programs Coordinator)
Kristin Meyer (Costume Coordinator, Board President)
Zachary Meyer (Facility Coordinator)
Seth Chappell (Front Desk Clerk, Puppet Designer/Teacher)



Daniel DP Sheridan Daniel DP Sheridan
Performing Arts Supervisor & Artistic Director (Instructor, Designer, Director)

Daniel is proud to have grown up in Davenport. He comes from a family of two parents, four younger sisters, two brothers and a couple cats. He is not afraid to say that he is used to constant negotiation and patience. A graduate of West High School, he was a longtime member of Davenport Junior Theatre (1994-2001). At DJT, he was a mainstage performer, teacher and on the Junior Staff. He would continue to come back and teach at DJT during college.

Daniel received his B.A. in Theatre from St. Ambrose University. While at St. Ambrose, Daniel had the chance to practice in theatre as an actor, designer and director. During his tenure, he spent a semester abroad at the University of London Queen Mary studying performance art. He also spent a couple summers directing and acting at Theatre L'Homme Dieu in Alexandria, Minnesota. Daniel was fortunate enough to win the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship through the American College Theatre Festival and move on to the final round at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, where he competed against 13 of the nation's finest student actors for various scholarships. He was also a professional performer at ComedySportz (Rock Island) for over five years.

Daniel focused on performance at the University of Connecticut, where he earned his MFA in Acting. While there for three years, he studied Vocal Technique (Linklater, Fitzmaurice, Houseman, Stern), LeCoq Movement, Suzuki, Comedia, Clown, Shakespeare, and a variety of acting styles / approaches.

As an MFA student, Daniel was a company member of the Connecticut Repertory Theatre and was seen in many productions. He also worked in the Connecticut Repertory Theatre's management office for three years.

Daniel spent the summer of 2007 at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Studying alongside 13 other students who were selected out of the nation's top 12 MFA acting universities, he had the chance to work with national and international theatre artists. One of those artists, Andrew Wade (former head of voice for the Royal Shakespeare Company for 12 years), has come to Junior Theatre as a guest instructor.

At DJT, Daniel has directed Bunnicula, The Adventures of Aesop, Alice in Wonderland, the 30-hour Play Project: All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play, and most recently The Velveteen Rabbit. He has designed (lights, sounds, scenic, tech director, etc.) on over 20 shows at DJT and other shows in the community. He has collaborated with local authors to bring all new palys to the DJT Mainstage.

Daniel directed Hamlet at the Antioch Classical Theatre Company, just outside San Francisco. He has directed multiple productions for the Curtainbox Theatre Company (Davenport, Iowa) including Three Viewings and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. He also was seen onstage in Glengarry Glen Ross. Daniel is a company member with the Curtainbox. Daniel directed Jack Frost Saves Christmas at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse. He also directed the world-premiere of the children's musical Dakota Jones and the Search for Atlantis in the Fall of 2011 at the St. Ambrose University Theatre Department. Daniel has designed and directed for the QC Theatre Workshop in Davenport, where hismost recent directing credits include Private Eyes and the world premiere of Aaron Randolph III's A Green River.

Daniel is currently the Artistic Director of Davenport Junior Theatre and the Performing Arts Supervisor for Davenport Parks and Recreation. Daniel also loves finding time as an instructor whenever he can. However, with a growing Junior Theatre program those opportunities have been few and far between, which is a good thing! He lives in Davenport with his lovely wife and awesome son.


Steph DeLacy
Theatre Programs Coordinator ( Instructor, Choreographer)

Steph DeLacy is the newest member of our team and will be leading and developing all our theatre class programs. She will work directly alongside our Performing Arts Supervisor & Artistic Director, Daniel DP Sheridan

Steph made her stage debut at age 5 as a tap-dancing "groovy chicken", and hasn't looked back! She studied tap, jazz, and modern during her 14 years with her studio, and taught herself how to hip hop shortly after. Steph was a very active member of her middle school and high school drama departments, and graduated with her BA in Theatre from St. Ambrose University in 2009. In her time there, Steph was able to explore acting, stage management, and design work, but ultimately chose to combine her two passions by focusing on choreography.

Professionally Steph was on the staff with the Bettendorf Family Museum for nearly a decade. For seven of those years she was a lead dance instructor for the museum and helped develop programs. In particular, Steph was instrumental in integrating storytelling into their dance recitals, creating a theatrical narrative. During he last two years at the museum, Steph was the volunteer/play pal coordinator, leading a large team of staff and volunteers.

Steph has served in many roles theatrically over the years: dance teacher, choreographer, stage manager, and director. In all these roles, Steph loved having the opportunity to work with and inspire a new generation of actors and dancers. Most recently Steph choreographed 'In the Heights' at North High School and directed Peter Pan, among others. This summer she will choreograph 'Westside Story' at Music Guild in Moline. 
She was thrilled to serve as the choreographer for the DJT mainstage production of 'Pegora the Witch' last fall, and is equally excited to meet more fabulous students and families in her role new role as Theatre Program Coordinator. Steph will also continue teaching Braodway classes at DJT.

In her free time, Steph loves to cook, write, snuggle her cats, and attend as much live theatre as she can.


Meredith Dennis Jennifer Hampton
Dance Programs Coordinator

Jenny grew up in Davenport and went on to the University of Northern Iowa where she graduated with a BA in Theatre Performance. During her time at UNI she worked on shows as an actress, backstage help, and choreographer. She also worked in the costume shop of the theatre department. Jenny was a member of the Orchesis Dance Company on campus and was the secretary of the company during her junior year of school.

Jenny has been dancing since she was 8 years old. She is trained in tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, and modern dance. She moved back to Davenport after graduating college in 2015. She has been teaching at DJT since fall of that year and is excited to now take on the Dance Coordinator position as of January 2017. She enjoys sharing her love for dance with the next generation of dancers!


Kristin Meyer Kristin Meyer
Costume Coordinator (Costume Designer, Board President)

Kristin began her involvement at Davenport Junior Theatre as a child, growing up through the program. She has taken and taught classes, acted in and directed mainstage productions, served as a Junior Staff member, and now as an adult staff member, and holds the distinction of being the first teenager to be Showtime Pal for a mainstage show!

After being away in Kansas and Colorado for a few years, Kristin returned to Davenport. She has since served and Vice President and President of the Board of Directors of Junior Theatre, Inc. and does costuming work for DJT's various programs. Kristin has also costumed shows at Playcrafters, Quad City Music Guild and The Curtainbox Theatre Company.

Kristin is proud that all three of her children have been Junior Theatre kids! And now her grandaughter recently joined the program!!


Zach Meyer Zachary Meyer
Facility Coordinator (Instructor, Scenic & Lighting Designer)

Zach is a graduate with a BA in Theatre from St. Ambrose University. Zach has run and coordinated rentals for dance recitals, pageants, school functions, touring shows, and many more. As a former student at DJT, Zach appeared in many Mainstage productions and assisted with lighting for many of them as well. He is excited to help a new generation of students gain an appreciation and passion for theatre, in acting and technical aspects. While at St. Ambrose, Zach designed many shows in the student-directed Studio Space. He has also designed shows for Junior Theatre’s Mainstage. Zach has designed at the QC Theatre Workshop in Davenport, and Davenport West High School.

 


Seth Chappell
Front Desk Clerk (Puppetry Instructor/Designer)

Seth is a Quad City native who has had a love for theatre, and the arts, since he was a very small child. 

Growing up, his father was a professional photographer for a local company that worked with most QC high schools and Augustana College on their yearbooks and student photos.  Over the years Seth would tag along with his dad to any and all theatre performances that the school's required photos of. This gave Seth a very hands on look at theatre from a different perspective.  He was able to go on stage, talk to actors and see sets close up.  

At the age of 10, Seth performed for the 1st time at Augustana College's Kaleidoscope program. He performed the role of a monster with a puppet of his own creation and was hooked.

After high school at Moline High, Seth went on to Black Hawk College and signed up for every theatre class offered.  Gaining a supporting role as Horatio in Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," Seth was bitten by the performance bug and went on to be the male lead in every main stage performance for the next 2 seasons.

In 2009, his love of the performing arts led him to start his own puppetry company, FoamFoolery, where he not only gets to perform but also create puppets of his own design.

Seth began his involvement with Davenport Junior Theatre in spring of 2016 when he was asked to create a puppet character for DJT's production of "The Magical Lamp of Aladdin." Having never created a puppet for stage use, he jumped at the chance! Not only did Seth create "Alkazam" the monkey, but he wrote a "monkey script" and worked daily with the student puppeteer to make the puppet come to life as a member of the ensemble.  Following "Aladdin" Seth was asked to be the instructor on puppetry for DJT’s Teen Intensive Camp and will be teaching puppetry workshops at Augustana College this fall.  

DJT has become a wonderful place for Seth to share his creativeness and he is incredibly excited to be a part of the team!

 

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