Director, Choreographer, Musical Theatre Acting, Dance
Mickey, her husband Chuck, and their 4 kids moved to the Augusta area in 1997 after an extensive North American tour with the Broadway musical CATS. They had been based out of Chicago where Mickey and Chuck both performed in area dinner theaters. Mickey has performed in or choreographed many musicals including Hello Dolly, Gypsy, A Chorus Line, Anything Goes, the Wiz, the King and I, and the National Tour of Evita. She also performed in many children’s theatre productions, industrial shows, TV and print ads. She has studied theatre arts across the country and has worked under the direction of Harold Prince and Andrew Lloyd Weber. After settling in Augusta, Mickey saw there was a lively theatre community here but it lacked a young actor’s musical theatre group. MTW, Musical Theatre Workshops was conceived! Ms Mickey has been teaching children of the CSRA musical theatre acting for over 15 years. Her background in professional theatre has made her a unique mentor and teacher. Ms Mickey’s performing career includes Broadway touring companies, regional theatre, industrial shows, commercial and print work, choreography and extensive directing of children’s productions. Her enthusiasm for being creative and helping the younger actors find their gifts is contagious. Her goal is to bring out the gifts that God has given to all the kids that pass through MTW no matter their age. To help them gain confidence and let their voices be heard!
Claire Lubeck, Lead Teacher, Choreographer
Claire has been in theatre since birth, making her debut in the ballet the Nutcracker with the Columbia County Ballet, carried onstage by “grandmother”. Since then, she has been seen onstage in many MTW productions including: Ladybug in James and the Giant Peach, Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, JOJO in Seussical, and many more. Favorite roles also include Sophie, in Mama Mia with the Augusta Players and Peter Pan, with GRAYT productions. Audiences have seen her onstage with the Augusta Jr Players productions as well. She was recently awarded Outstanding Performance by an Individual Actress at the 2020 Jr Theatre Festival in Atlanta, GA.. Claire, has also been awarded best student choreographer for two years at JTF, for her work in Honk Jr, and Into the Woods, Jr.. Claire will be the choreographer for the upcoming season productions.
Devon McSherry, Lead Teacher
Devon McSherry comes from a family of actors, singers, and teachers. Her grandfather was a music professor and her parents met doing Godspell. She had her first solo at 6 years old when she landed the role of the ladybug in her 1st grade school production. Her love of music and theater has been a constant ever since. Devon continued to perform in choirs, band, speech and debate, and stage shows the rest of her school career. That school career finished when she graduated Summa cum laude with a BFA in Musical Theater from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2012. From there she has performed in community theater in both California and here in Augusta. Some of her favorite roles have been Marcy Parks in Putnam Spelling Bee with The Evergreen Players, Kathy in The Last Five Years with Paper Wing Theater Company, Aldonza/ Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha with The Fort Gordon Dinner Theater, and Cheryl in Evil Dead: The Musical with Le Chat Noir. Devon hopes to spread her love of the theater to the next generation (including her 5 year old son) and share the knowledge she’s been acquiring through family and professionals for the past thirty years!
Ashley Gartner, Dance Technique Instructor
Ashley Gartner has always loved the arts and began dancing ballet at the age of four. From 2011 to 2014, she danced with the North Carolina State Ballet under the direction of Wei Ni, a previous Principal with the Carolina Ballet. From 2014 to 2015, she danced with the Brandon Ballet under the direction of Octavio Martin, a former Principal with the Sarasota Ballet, where Ashley learned the Cuban Ballet Method and was chosen as a demi-soloist for the Sarasota Ballet’s Summer Intensive Performance in 2014.
In addition to performing in the corps de ballet, Ashley performed solos in Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Swan Lake, and the neoclassical ballets Jupiter, Venus, and Winter. She also performed principal roles such as Paquita, The Flower Queen, and The Sugarplum Fairy.
Ashley graduated from the University of Tampa in 2017 with a BFA in Graphic Design. After college, she taught ballet at Ecclesia School of the Arts in Lynchburg, Virginia, until moving to Augusta in 2020. Ashley is currently dancing with the Colton Ballet Company and instructing at Pure Barre Augusta.
Kiara Iman, Acting Teacher
Kiara Iman is a multi-talented artist, content creator, and entrepreneur. She is forging a path for herself and collaborators alike as an innovative actor, singer, writer, producer, director, and educator.
From walking across the stage as a recent college graduate onto the set of her first movie with Universal Pictures and Will Packer Productions, Iman has seen no limits to her career.
Iman has launched several original projects, such as Beloved: Bits & Pieces, which became the catalyst to her success today. The self-produced EP and video series led to her interning for AMC Networks (ALLBLK) and an entrepreneurial venture where she founded Optimal Inheritance, a full-service production company.
Her artistic endeavors continuously foster impact through creative partnerships, teaching, and community building. She is so excited to be teaching at MTW!