Our Faculty

Our Guest Faculty

Lukas Poischbeg

Acting Through Dance 

Workshop

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Lukas Poischbeg (he/him) is German/American performer and educator born and raised in Seattle, USA. Lukas trained in musical theatre and dance from the age of 10, including 6 years of intensive MT training. He studied at the University of Washington, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance & Education. As an educator, Lukas has taught students from all ages in all disciplines of dance and theatre, working with an array of companies including Seattle’s Performers, of which his co-direction of Into the Woods won an award at the 2019 Junior Theatre Festival. His professional performance credits include Disney’s Newsies, Legally Blonde: in Concert, 9 to 5: in Concert and EQUALUX, among others. Most recently, Lukas has performed as a Cruise Ship Dancer and Dancer/Singer for Phoenix Reisen and CMV Cruise Lines. International: Dreamland Margate, Future Spotlight Productions, BASE Bash, Man of Medan: German Premiere. ‘My classes are always upbeat, full of energy and a safe supportive environment to grow.’ Lukas is a proud member of Equity UK.

Lukas is currently pursuing an MFA in Dance & Embodied Practice at the University of Roehampton. The workshop, "Acting Through Dance," will underpin his thesis research. 

JIMMY SHIELDS

Contemporary Musicals Workshop

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Jimmy (he/him) was born in Honolulu, HI and moved to the Pacific Northwest as a toddler as a result of his father’s Military orders. His strong passion for the arts began at a very young age. Already singing and dancing by the age of two, Jimmy began his formal dance training in all disciplines at the age of 8 while attending Elk Plain School of Choice, an arts elementary.  

 

If you are local to the greater Seattle area, you may have seen Jimmy acting on stage at Village Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and ACT Theatre. As a Director/Choreographer, you may have seen his work with Showtunes Theatre Company, Seattle Rep, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Theatre Puget Sound and Tacoma Arts Live. Students that have trained with Jimmy have gone on to dance with Debbie Allen, Adam Lambert, Ciara and Ed Sheeran.

MJ JURGENSEN

Music Appreciation Workshop

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MJ Jurgensen (she/they) is a professional musician & performer proudly based in Seattle, WA. Prior to moving to Seattle, MJ worked all over the country with tours, regional theatres, and cruise lines. Always having a strong connection with young people, MJ has made working with and teaching students an integral part of her work. Here in Seattle, MJ has taught at Three Dragons Academy and Youth Theatre Northwest specializing in instrument lessons, voice, acting, creative drama, and musical direction. On the stage locally, MJ has been seen at ACT, Seattle Rep, Village Theatre, Taproot, and more. She has a gaggle of private students that are pretty rad.

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ANNALISA
BRINCHMANN

Creative Movement,

Pre-ballet, Ballet, Exploring Theatre

Annalisa Brinchmann (she/her) grew up in Seattle, where she had incredible opportunities through the Seattle Public Schools to participate in a number of outreach programs: The Seattle Children’s Theater, The Seattle Repertory Theater, Jet City Improv and The Pacific Northwest Ballet. It was through these programs Annalisa learned firsthand as an eight-year-old how powerful the arts can be.

She began training at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Dance Fremont and The Studios, attending summer intensives at Ballet Austin, and The Joffrey Ballet. She is now a graduate of The University of Washington where she double majored in Dance and Musical Theater.  Locally, she has taught at a number of Community Centers in Seattle (Laurelhurst, Green Lake, Delridge and Loyal Heights) as well as The Emerald Ballet Theater, DASSdance and The Community Dance Project.  


You may have seen Annalisa on stage as anything from a bunny to a showgirl to a nun! She has been fortunate enough to work with Village Theater, Leavenworth Summer Theater, The Edmonds Driftwood Players and The Woodland Park Players.