Christina Docter (Stai)
Christina is our Lead Instructor, Director, and Vocal Coach at YAAL! Graduating in December of 2017 from Drake University with her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and a BCE in education, Christina has been with us since she was 16 years old!! Starting as an actress, her love for theatre blossomed at YAAL as a teen, and she loves to share that passion with current cast members and students. Though she’s an actor combatant, Christina is far from scary! She is a high energy, fun, understanding teacher, that loves to talk to just about anyone. You may have seen her recently directing Shrek Jr., Getting to Know Sound of Music, Legally Blonde Jr.!, and High School Musical Jr. 2!. One of our favorite summer projects Christina does is writing her own plays and juke-box musicals, which at YAAL include A Tale of Two Kitties, Hard Knock High School, Z-Day, and her personal favorite, Chance!.. Her hobbies include beating her husband in tennis, playing with her super cute dogs, singing so the neighbors can hear her, whale watching, and of course, COMEDY!!
Hannah Lambert is a Lincoln native who studied Music Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she performed in various ensembles including University Singers, Big Red Singers, and the Cornhusker Marching Band. During her time at UNL, Hannah also co-founded a women’s a cappella group, Boots & Cats. Hannah grew up loving to sing, perform, and play make-believe. She is passionate about youth, and about seeing young people grow through involvement in performing arts.
Hannah has served as a music director for children’s theatre productions, including YAAL’s productions of Elf Jr. and Night at the Wax Museum, and has worked long-term as the Assistant Director of the LPS All-City Girls Chorus. Currently, Hannah is a vocal music teacher at Moore Middle School in Lincoln. She is thrilled to be a part of the YAAL family as the director of YAAL-SING, YAAL’s community children’s chorus and show choir.
Growing up in Elkhorn, NE. as a competitive dancer, Rachel fell in love with theatre and music at a young age. Beginning to perform in musicals in elementary school, Rachel brings over 15 years of experience both on stage and behind the scenes in the performance world with her to YAAL.
Participating in Show Choir, musicals, dance and vocal lessons helped prepare Rachel to spend three years with the Wesleyan Theatre Department appearing in several musicals before finishing a Communications and Training Degree at Doane University.
Rachel has been a dance teacher and choreographer in tap, hip hop, and musical theatre since 2008 at Chase Dance, and enjoys sharing the passion she has for the arts with the students she gets to be with each week.
Beth has been an actor and director for over 30 years. She trained at the prestigious Second City Improvisation Training Center in Chicago, and although she was asked to audition for the Second City troupe, she followed her heart and returned to Lincoln to teach improv classes at the Lincoln Community Playhouse. There, she met her partner in crime, Shelly Griess, and the two founded the Lyp Schtick Improvisational Comedy Troupe. Beth also teaches adult improv workshops that many of our other instructors have taken.
Beth has taught improv classes at YAAL in the past, as well as directed Beauty and the Beast, Jr. and Aesop’s Foibles.