Tom Crew is an actor and director of over 100 plays, having performed for UNL, Flatwater Shakespeare, the Lincoln Community Playhouse, Nebraska Repertory Theatre, The Angels Theatre, The Haymarket Theatre, TADA, and his own company, The Crooked Codpiece Company. He has directed shows for Flatwater, the Haymarket, The Playhouse, Crooked Codpiece, and is now very excited to be at YAAL.
Tom has a B.A. in Theatre from University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Michigan State. Besides being on the stage, his passion is directing and teaching youth of all ages as they make developments in their theatre skills; reach their goals as actors, dancers, and singers; and more importantly, as they personally grow through the experiences of being part of a fun, creative, and fulfilling endeavor: the Arts.
This summer, Tom is performing in Flatwater Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing as Dogberry, a performance the Lincoln Journal Star called “brilliant”. This fall, he will be performing in Flatwater Shakespeare’s production of Waiting For Godot, as well as directing The Princess Bride at YAAL!
Cory Misek is an actor, director, and theatre instructor of Lincoln and a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University with a B.F.A. in Acting/Directing. Cory served as Drama Coach at Malcolm High School from 2010-2012 and is currently the Drama Coach at Weeping Water High School. In early 2012, he created a new performance-based Summer youth program at the Lofte Community Theatre in Manley, NE where he serves as Education Director. For nearly a decade, Cory has directed numerous local and regional productions with casts of all ages. His directing credits include the premiere production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Death Star with Youth Actors Academy of Lincoln.
As an actor, some recent local roles include Jimmy in the Lofte’s Almost, Maine, Sebastian in Flatwater Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, O the Scientist in The Angels Theatre Company’s Razia’s Shadow, Ben in KBC Productions’ Little Footsteps at Mahoney State Park, and Cassio in Flatwater’s Othello.
Cory volunteers at the Lincoln Arts Council, is a proud member of The Angels Theatre Company, and serves on the Lofte Community Theatre Board of Directors. This summer, Cory will be starring in The Producers at the Lofte Community Theatre.
Amanda Rickert graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music Education. Amanda has been performing (vocally, instrumentally, and theatrically!) since middle school and has enjoyed every minute of it! Amanda served as the vocal music teacher and drama teacher/director at Schoo Middle School and now at Hill Elementary. She has several musical directions under her belt, including Broadway Jr. productions. Theatre arts are passion of Amanda’s and she is excited to share her love of performing with others!
Amanda is our show choir instructor, and just finished our Glee Show Choir class. Our next show choir class will feature songs from Footloose!
David Woods is in his fourth year of teaching elementary vocal music with Lincoln Public Schools, and is currently teaching at Kooser Elementary School. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010. David grew up loving music and drama. As both a clarinetist and a vocalist, David is very passionate about the performing arts and has performed with UNL’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and the UNL Chamber Singers. He served as assistant music director for Bellevue East High School’s production of Footloose, and has directed youth choirs each year he has taught in LPS. David loves helping young people learn how to express themselves through the performing arts!
David is the new director of YAAL-SING, YAAL’s community children’s chorus. He is looking forward to working with young vocalists and helping them grow both musically and personally!