Instructors

 
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Tina Barrus

Director of Education

Tina Barrus has served as Plaza Theatre Company's Director of Education at Plaza Academy for 12 years. During that time she has overseen extraordinary expansion as the program has grown to offer over 30 different arts education classes in a variety of disciplines to over 300 students per semester. Tina also received the prestigious Freddy G Fellowship as part of the Junior Theater Festival in 2018 and has received training from Broadway professionals through the Fellowship. As a Founding Producer at Plaza Theatre Company, Tina is an integral part of the team that provides entertainment to an ever growing patronage in Cleburne.


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Tabitha Ibarra

Assistant Director of Education and Musical Theatre Director

Tabitha has been teaching Musical Theatre at Plaza Academy for over 10 years. The Resident Choreographer for Plaza Theatre Company and Plaza Jr, she has directed, choreographed, and music directed extensively for productions at both Plaza Theatre Company and Plaza Jr. She is a four time column award winner, and her choreography has received Excellence in Dance awards at the Junior Theater Festival for the last three years.


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Vileta Henry-Dumas

Teacher

Vileta was born and raised in Cleburne. Classically trained in ballet and has danced professionally. She has taught ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, cheerleading, tumbling, modeling/self improvement, and runway. She currently works at Marti Elementary as a Paraprofessional, in Inclusion/Behavior with the Special Education Department with CISD.


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Nicole Wheat

Teacher

Nicole is returning for her third year at Plaza Academy! She will be teaching Intermediate Ballet and Tap for Teens, and Beginning Dance Bugs. Nicole has been dancing for 39 years and teaching 25+ years at various dance studios. She began dancing at the age of two, wanting to follow in her sister’s tap steps!

At the age of 5, she told her mom she was going to own a dance studio one day, and that dream came true in 2008! Nicole and her husband, Jacob, have a daughter that is also a dancer (and singer and actress!) Marissa teaches at her mom’s studio so that Nicole can share her passion of dance with Plaza students one day a week. In addition to teaching at the Academy, Nicole has choreographed shows such as, Mary Poppins (assistant choreographer), The Little Mermaid (two times), and Annie for Plaza Theatre Company. Nicole is looking forward to another great year at the Academy!


Monica Glenn

Teacher

Monica is returning for her second year at Plaza Academy. Monica has studied dance since she was a child, was a competitive gymnast and a cheerleader in high school and college. She currently takes ballet at Texas Ballet School to keep her skills sharp. In her free time she does shows at Plaza and is a choreographer at Stolen Shakespeare Guild in Irving Texas this, in addition to her many vacations she enjoys taking to Disney World and New York. Monica has taught Pre-K special education with Fort Worth ISD for the past 5 years after teaching pre-k and kindergarten before that. She currently lives in Fort Worth with her two dogs and cats. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” -Walt Disney


Marcy Funderburk

Teacher

Marcy will be teaching a wide variety of dance classes this year from Advanced Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Tap, Hip Hop, and even our new Tiny Dancers class for 2 and 3 year olds.

Marcy is a Cleburne native who has been performing and teaching dance in the DFW area for the past 28 years. Highlights of her training include studying under Li-Chou Cheng, Gayle Corkery, and Bruce Lea. Marcy was honored to be a featured performer for both the Miss Dallas and Miss Texas Pageant systems for a number of years and a performer with the Fort Worth Community Angels on the Bass Hall Stage.

This year marks Marcy’s fourth season with Plaza Academy.  She is so excited to return to the studio and continue to share her love and knowledge of dance to the best students anywhere!


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Eden Barrus

Teacher

Eden Barrus has been teaching here at Plaza Academy for the past 5 years after having learned dance here at the Academy for the past 10 years. She is a gifted choreographer and teacher having had her work seen on stages at Plaza Theatre Company and Granbury Theatre Company. Eden also had the privilege of being cast as a dancer in the MTI / iTheatrics DVD filming of 42nd Street Junior which included a visit to New York City to receive advanced dance instruction. She plans to pursue a career in the performing arts and loves the privilege she has of teaching at Plaza Academy.


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Megan A. Liles

Teacher

A native of Fort Worth, Megan studied Choral Music Education at the University of Texas at Austin and Vocal Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

She has performed with opera companies across the United States and Europe. Since returning to DFW and turning her focus primarily to musical theatre, she has performed with several area companies including Plaza Theatre Company and Lyric Stage, and has received multiple Column Award nominations.