Terry LeCompte, Director of Education and Curriculum
Hi! I’m excited to be the new Education Director at Ocala Civic Theatre. I’ve recently relocated from New York City, where I worked professionally as a performing artist, director, teaching artist, and arts administrator for well over fifteen years.
After winning the Shelby Leigh Griffith Acting Memorial Scholarship in my hometown of Mays Landing, New Jersey, I went on to study musical theater at HB Acting Studio in Greenwich Village. A proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association, I have enjoyed performing throughout the country. Highlights include touring The People Who Could Fly and Other Tales to the Cincinnati Playhouse, portraying Mary Magdalene in the longest-running Passion Play in the United States, and singing in concerts as far north as Juneau, Alaska. read more about our new Director of Education
Teaching Artists / Specialties
Brittney Azbell / Theater and Voice
Brittney Azbell studied Dramatic Arts at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. In Tennessee, she provided production support for local high school theatre departments – lighting, hair and makeup, as well as assistant directing. Before relocating to Florida, Brittney served on the Board of Directors for her company, Radical Arts Theater. She provided outreach opportunities to summer camps and libraries, and directed their mainstage production in June 2017. Her stage credits include Gary Coleman in Avenue Q, Bird Girl in Seussical, Fanny in On The Verge, and Rheba in You Can’t Take It With You. Brittney has always had a passion for teaching theater to young people. She hopes to continue teaching and helping young people grow in their gifts.
Dakota Brown / Theater
Dakota Brown is a student at the College of Central Florida, where she studies Theater as well as Family, Youth and Community Sciences. She has been performing onstage and working backstage for Ocala Civic Theatre since 2010. In 2012, she joined the Education Department as an assistant teacher. This past summer, Dakota was promoted to a teaching artist and has spent the fall training and preparing for her upcoming classes under the supervision of Ocala Civic Theatre’s new Director of Education. Dakota’s most recent performances include CCF’s The Theory of Relativity and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. At OCT, audiences may have seen her in Cry-Baby and Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, to name only a couple.
Megan Brown / Theater
Megan Brown is currently pursuing her A.A. Degree in Musical Theatre/Drama and plans to continue her education, focusing on a B.A. in Childhood Education in 2019. She began taking classes at Ocala Civic Theatre in the winter of 2010, becoming an intern for the Education Department in 2012. Over the past six years, Megan has provided theatrical support in stage management, running crew, board operation, and wardrobe. She won an OCT Harvey Award for Outstanding Young Volunteer of the Year for 2013-2014. Megan became a teaching artist the summer of 2016, touring Marion County schools during the 2018 Literacy Tour. You might have seen Megan in Be More Chill or The Fantasticks here at OCT, or in CCF’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Theory of Relativity. Megan’s goal is to be an elementary or middle school teacher because she dreams to teach children and teens theatre and to share her passion of the arts with others.
Sandra Poucher / Visual Arts
Sandra is a Florida State University graduate with a degree in Media Production. Her company Mudbug Productions, specializes in documentaries. In addition, Sandra freelances as writer, designer, illustrator, editor, and actor. As an educator, Sandra assistant taught film production classes at FSU, worked in education outreach, and is a Special Olympics Coach for youth and adults participating in Equestrian Sports. She is excited to bring her visual story telling talents to the youth of Ocala Civic Theatre, where her son also takes classes.
Jack Teal / Voice
Jack studied voice and theatre at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. After college, he moved to the Nashville, Tennessee area, where he assisted with several musical theatre camps. Some of Jack’s theatre credits include Bob Wallace in White Christmas, Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden in Next to Normal, Captain Walker in Tommy, and Inspector Kemp in Young Frankenstein. Jack looks forward to teaching and developing a love for theatre arts and the necessary skills needed for success in music theatre.
Other Teaching Artists. More information coming soon.
Shane Bass / Music
Amanda D’Amico Smith / Musical Theatre & Curriculum
Rebecah Zamora / Voice and Piano