Introducing Our New Education Director: Michelle Evans

Michelle is the owner of MJE Acting Studio where she offers her services as a private acting, audition, and college audition coach to students both in the US and Internationally through online lessons. Michelle has been working professionally since 2004, both on and off the stage, as an actress, director, and teaching artist. During her professional career Michelle had has the fortune to direct and/or perform in over 70+ productions with some of her favorites being The Fantasticks, Noises Off, Hairspray, School for Wives, Arsenic and Old Lace, Three Postcards, Tarzan, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Buried Child, Pippin and In The Heights. She has won several awards for her directorial work both on regional and national levels. As a private acting coach, Michelle’s students have had success gaining entrance into top collegiate Acting and Musical Theatre programs as well as professionally on Broadway, National Tours, Regional Theatre and TV/Film. Michelle is also Co-Owner of College Audition Project (CAP), one of the nations premier college audition companies, which helps seniors and GAP students navigate the college audition process through both their online management system as well as through private coaching. CAP also hosts their own private unified college auditions (CAP United Auditions) which host schools from all around the world over a 4-day period. Michelle is also the co-author of the College Audition Workbook, a practical tool to help both students and parents walk through the tough college audition process. Michelle is a frequent guest artist and adjudicator for both the International Thespian Festival and State Thespian festivals around the US, local high schools, and theatre companies. In addition, Michelle has served as an adjudicator and committee member for the prestigious High School Musical Theatre Awards (Jimmy Awards) in both Atlanta (Shuler Awards) and Kansas City (Blue Star Awards) since 2012. She is also a frequent adjudicator for State One Act, Speech & Debate, and Literary competitions around the nation. Always in pursuit of sharing her knowledge with others, in 2017, Michelle began her writing adventures. You can find her articles and columns about Acting, College Auditions, and the industry on, and can find out more about Michelle at or CAP at
The First Act Dance Company is a select group of dancers who represent the First Act Theatre Arts Dance Studio out in the community and at specialized dance performances. Join us for an evening of dance where they will perform the dances they have learned this year. Featuring a variety of dance styles, this is a night that you won’t want to miss!
We are having a warehouse cleaning/rearranging on March 5th from 10 a.m. to noon. Anyone with a truck or trailer would be greatly appreciated for moving stuff between warehouse and storage units. If you plan on attending please email Nicky Evans at
Summer is just a few months away, but you can plan for the best week of your summer now!

All of our summer camps are open for registration now. Whether you want to be on stage or behind the scenes, there is a camp for your at First Act!

Camps are available for students ages 5 to 18. Both day and overnight camps options are scheduled!

Don't miss the Early Bird Discount, available through April 18 to save a little on your registration!
Have you gotten your tickets yet? You don't want to miss the very first First Act Theatre Arts Cocktails & Cabaret on Saturday, April 23rd! Join us for an evening of appetizers, drinks, silent & live auctions, and entertainment from our talented students as we Set the Stage for Success for more students, more families, and our organization. Invite your friends and get your tickets soon because seats are limited!

Can't join us in person? Participate virtually! Register to join us virtually where you can still bid on amazing silent auction items and show your support for First Act Theatre Arts!
Congratulations to the casts of our spring shows! Mark you calendars now because you won't want to miss these productions!

The Wizard of Oz - May 12-15 - View the Cast List
James & the Giant Peach - May 19-22 - View the Cast List
Les Miserables (School Edition) - May 26-29 - View the Cast List
March 4 - The Wizard of Oz & Les Miserables First Parent Meeting
March 5 - Dance Company Performance
March 8 - James and the Giant Peach First Parent Meeting
First Act Theatre Arts ~ (913) 681-3318 ~