Deanne Collins, Ed.D.

DEANNE COLLINS, Ed.D. works as a freelance artist presenting performances, residencies, workshops and original plays for educational and cultural organizations.

Dr. Collins has traveled throughout the United States as one of the original Dance Movement specialists for the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist-in-Schools Program. Deanne has presented for and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC “Events for Teachers’ and was listed with the Tennessee Arts Commission in Dance and Theater.

Deanne’s education includes a B.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, and Masters and Doctorate from Vanderbilt University. As Assistant Professor of Speech and Theater at Lane College in Jackson, TN, she developed the curriculum for a theater degree.

Plays she has written include Scathe, a Historical Outdoor Drama, Ledbetter’s Family Reunion: From Belle Meade to Buck Snort, The Nutcracker Story at Rippavilla, and eight ensemble plays for and by children.

Katherine Kyle

Katherine Kyle is a dedicated singer and actress who has been on stage since the age of 5. Throughout her career, Katherine has performed in over 40 productions including Sleeping Beauty, Arabian Nights, Les Miserables, Newsies, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Into the Woods, Peter Pan, Pocahontas, Seussical, and Mulan.

Katherine has studied the art of acting and musical theater under Dr. Deanne Collins, Alan Dysert, Stephanie Winters, Corrine Dowd, Lisa Benton, Kate Butler, Jodi Marcum, and Jennifer Lamoreaux. She has also trained vocal performance under Kate Butler, Lara Butler, Lisa Benton, and Leslie Varden.

When not on stage, Katherine loves binge-listening to Broadway musical scores, watching horror movies, hiking, going to haunted houses, playing escape room games with her family, swimming, and hanging out with her friends. She is a huge animal lover, a feminist, and a dedicated student.

Katherine is honored to have the opportunity to portray such a strong and inspiring historical figure, Anne Frank, and is thankful to be working with an amazing director, Dr. Deanne Collins.

Sheridan Hillegeist

Sheridan is 13 years old and has always enjoyed theater, acting, and just entertaining in general. Her family moved here one year ago from Connecticut where she performed with the Fall Village Children’s Theater’s production of The Little Mermaid, the North Community Center’s If You Could See Though My Eyes, and the play Beauty and the Beast at Kinderhook Homeschool Theater. She is especially thankful for her theater mentors: Darcy Boynton, Lanny Mitchell, and Marcus Lovett.

Living in Columbia, TN, she is home-schooled which allows her time to pursue life as an actor.

She’d like to give special thanks to Dr. Collins, and of course Anne Frank herself, for telling the story no one else could tell.