Beth Ann Powers is an award-winning playwright, comedian, director, and teaching artist. She holds an MFA in dramatic writing from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BA in theater arts, performance creation from the University of Minnesota. As a dramatist, her work has been produced regionally throughout the US from Minneapolis to New York City. In 2022, she received the Mary Marlin Fisher Award for stage/ audio play, The Real Girls, and her screenplay, Saving Little Hope, was named a winner of the 2022 Alfred P. Sloan Script Competition. In 2015, Beth Ann helped co-found her production company, Slap Happy Studios, for which she now serves as Artistic Director. Beth Ann is currently a company member of Rails Comedy in Washington DC.
Savannah Sprinkle is a Texas native who went on to Elon University where she earned her BFA in Musical Theatre. Since then, Savannah has been involved in many projects but her most notable roles include Mary Poppins in “Mary Poppins”, Catherine in the 2017 National Tour of “Pippin”, being a lead singer for two shows at Tokyo Disney Sea and (most recently) performing as a lead female vocalist for Norwegian Cruise Line. She’s thrilled to be joining the Not Just Dance team and thanks her friends/family passionately for their love and support.
Brittany is our Princess of Marketing in charge of all marketing campaigns and social media. She also oversees the Tech program as well as events for the studio. Brittany graduated from George Mason University with a Business Degree in Marketing with a concentration in internet marketing. She also has a minor in Fine Arts and a knack for party planning. Her unique experiences in marketing, balanced by her theatrical and artistic talents, help market to our very dynamic and growing demographic.
As a gifted artist, Brittany has created props, set decorations, and set design for many shows. Her favorite sets include: Alice In Wonderland, Suessical, Clue, Matilda, Aladdin, Puffs, & West Side Story. As a tech instructor Brittany encourages the kids to stretch the limits of reality to create a new world for each show. To see a list of this year’s tech projects that students completed, please see the Teach Theatre Page on the website. She has appeared as an actress, featured dancer & set designer in many productions.
Jen began theatre as a Chantilly High School student studying under Elaine Wilson and Ed Monk. She remembers getting the theatre bug after seeing a production in elementary school written by Elaine Wilson for the Just Say No Campaign. Jen has directed over 20+ Not Just Dance shows. She recently directed the productions of Aladdin Jr, Willy Wonka Jr, Seussical Jr., A Chorus Line, Newsies, & A Charlie Brown Christmas. She has served as Stage Manager for several of The Alliance Theatre’s productions including: A Christmas Carol , Willy Wonka, Art of Murder, Aladdin Jr, Mulan Jr, Camelot, Annie Jr. and Hairspray. Her directorial debut was Little Shop of Horrors (The Alliance Theatre) which received 5 WATCH nominations.
She has also been the Stage Manager for Contemporary Music Center’s Rock Camp and City of Fairfax Theatre Company’s production of Pippi Longstocking. Jen is on staff for Not Just Dance and serves as the main Registrar, Head of the Musical Theatre Classes and provides private coaching. She also heads up the After School Theatre programs at several area schools in Chantilly and Centreville.
Dawne began dancing ballet at the age of 7. She performed in theatrical dance productions with Storybook Theatre. She also appeared on stage in several productions with The Alliance Theatre (TAT) including Oliver!, Music Man, Wizard of Oz and as a featured dancer in Cats. She was the choreographer for TAT’s Beauty & the Beast, Willy Wonka, Mulan and Aladdin Jr; Rocky Run’s production of Willy Wonka Jr; Franklin Middle School’s production of Legally Blonde Jr, Little Mermaid Jr and Shrek; Kilmer Middle School’s Annie Jr and High School Musical; and Not Just Dance’s production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr, Fame Jr, Peter Pan Jr, Aladdin Jr, Shrek Jr, Annie Jr and Into the Woods Jr. She produced or co-produced TAT’s Aladdin Jr; Annie Jr; Little Shop of Horrors and Grease. She received two WATCH nominations for her work on Little Shop of Horrors for Outstanding Set Decoration and Set Dressing in a Musical and for Outstanding Properties in a Musical.
Dawne has engineering and computer science degrees and previously worked as a Program Manager for Northrop Grumman. She was the President/Owner of Dawne’s Technical Solutions where she provided Box Office Management and Support to Virginia Ballet Company & School. As a long time past member of the TAT Board of Directors, she created and maintained the website and provided box office support, along with serving in numerous artistic positions with just about all of the TAT shows over a 10 year period. She served on the Board of Directors for Virginia Ballet Company & School and The Alliance Theatre. She has served the community as PTA President at Brookfield Elementary School; Staff Appreciation Chair for Chantilly High School; Cultural Arts Chair for Greenbriar Elementary School; Vice-President of the Baltimore/Washington Section of the Society of Women Engineers; and as CCD Teacher at both St. Veronica’s and St. Timothy’s in Chantilly.More