Jessica Shaffer (Director / Choreographer)
Jessica started in Theatre at the age of 5 and has starred in or been a part of over 35 productions. As a child, she began her journey in children’s theatre in Illinois as well as participated in an improvisation competitive team and vocal classes. She was also actively involved in community theatre and school productions. Jessica auditioned and was accepted by her talent agency to attend IMTA (International Model and Talent Association) where she received numerous awards and multiple offers for New York talent representation but, at that time, decided to further her training and education. After graduating high school she was accepted into The School For Film and Television, now known as The New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts, where she had a film and theatre focus. After completion she attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, majoring in Communications and theatre. Jessica has lived in Maryland for the past 7 years, with 5 of those years in Mt. Airy. She is married and has two children, a 4 year old son and 1 year old daughter. Jessica’s experience as a choreographer, stage manager, acting coach and director has brought a veteran direction to our theatre company. She is thrilled to be apart of this company to share her passion and knowledge.
Karen Hilderbrand (Executive Producer)
Karen has been a resident of Mt. Airy since 1999 and is thrilled to bring performing arts to her town. She has one grown child that majored in Film at Full Sail University and 2 younger children still within the Mt. Airy school system. Her Business and Accounting background will help to manage the daily ins and outs, however Karen was an active part of her high school drama program. She is very hopeful that Spotlight Musical Theatre will help to enrich the lives of our children as the town grows.