Artistic Director and Owner
Heather is from Cleveland, OH. She moved to Asheville to attend UNCA where she played soccer (Go Bulldogs!) and graduated with honors with a BA in Psychology. Heather started the Asheville Performing Arts Academy in 2009 in order to bring theatrical training to the children of the Asheville area. Since then she has directed over 100 productions and won many awards including the Freddy G. Award for Teaching Excellence. Heather has also been Irish Dancing since the age of 4. Her Irish Dance program is a part of the award-winning Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance.
Amanda has been with the Asheville Performing Arts Academy since 2012. She started off as an Academy student during her sophomore year of high school and then became the technical theatre intern from 2013-2015. While the intern, Amanda stage-managed the Academy and Youth Community Theatre shows. She graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance where she received her BFA in Design and Production with a concentration in Stage Management and received her MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises from Northwestern University. Amanda currently resides in Chicago where she works as a nonprofit account manager at Big Buzz Idea Group and is on the Associates Board at Lookingglass Theatre Company.
Kurt Campbell has been working with the Asheville Performing Arts Academy on and off since 2007. He has music directed shows like Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Once on this Island, Chorus Line and many more. He's also been teaching in Asheville City Schools since 2007. He is married to Meredith, has two boys, Gallagher and Jack, and two dogs.
MARY KATHERINE O'DONNELL
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Jeannie is from Hong Kong and made a long detour to Australia before moving to North Carolina. She completed her BFA majoring in Sculpture and has worked in major events and media. Jeannie's family joined APAA in 2018, enrolling her daughter Harriet in Prep Academy. Since then, Jenanie has worked with the 2019 Newsies set build team, and had her first major project costuming 2 casts performing Frozen. In her professional career, Jeannie works at UNCA Asheville's STEAM Studio as a Program Director where she supports middle and high school girls learning how to make cool things.
Native to Waynesville, NC, Cord has worked as a professional dancer since the age of 14. He began working professionally as a choreographer at the age of 19 when he choreographed his first full-length musical “Kiss Me, Kate.” Since then he has worked on over 30 professional shows as choreographer and director. Many of which have gained him several awards including Best Choreography for an Original Show. Cord has been teaching dance and theatre for the last 10 years working in companies all across the country from coast to coast. He served as Dance Captain for the tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoatin his early 20s then returned to the area where he realized his calling for teaching. He is thrilled to be a part of the amazing team at Asheville Performing Arts Academy.