Ohlook Online, grew out of necessity when Ohlook PAC was shut down due to COVID-19. Our goal with Ohlook Online is to focus on the training, the part that sometimes gets glossed over in our desire to perform, perform, perform. A virtual approach gives our students the ability to connect with instructors, professionals, and other students from all over the world with whom they might not have the ability to learn from if we were still working in our previous model.
Even though our meeting place has changed, OLO is still dedicated to providing the best in musical theater training. We have smaller classes so we can give focused attention to each student. We have weekly classes and camps in addition to masterclasses and intensives for the performer wanting to delve deeper. We also will continue to have masterclasses hosted by Broadway talent and industry professionals. In the past Ohlook has hosted masterclasses led by Anthony Rapp, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, Brad Simmons, Lindsay Mendez, Corey Cott and Jay Armstrong Johnson.
Former students of our instructors are performing on cruises, national tours, Broadway, concert stages, and television shows, as well as opera houses and theaters across Europe.
OLO is still one of a handful of organizations sought after to pilot productions for iTheatrics, the leading adaptor of musicals for MTI, Disney Theatricals, Tams-Witmark, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Samuel French and recently secured a new connection to workshop new productions on the Broadway track.
During this time we know many things are uncertain, but we plan to continue training and working so when the time comes when we can all be together again, our students will be ready.
We employ some of the best instructors in the area (and now in the world)
We can't wait for you to work with them
Meet The Team
Jill Blalock Lord
Grace Lord - Administrative Assistant / Theater Division
Grace just finished her sophomore year at Pace/Zoom University and will be (hopefully) returning to New York in the fall to continue her pursuit for a BFA in Musical Theatre. She is excited to be back teaching for her sixth Ohlook summer and doing what she loves with her Ohlook friends and family since everyday of her childhood was spent there! In New York she has worked in Broadway houses selling pies and drinks for the Nederlander, as well as had the wonderful opportunity to work behind the scenes for the recent Broadway revival of “West Side Story” all thanks to a previous Ohlook alumni. Grace has also had the pleasure of performing at 54 Below in NYC as well as being apart of the pre-production of New York City Center’s “Love Life” directed by Tony Winner Victoria Clark, which unfortunately was canceled due to COVID-19. She can't wait until the theater world can get back to normal but, until then, is so glad to continue coaching and working with students virtually!
Taylor Gray - Dance Division
Taylor Gray is from Mount Pleasant, Texas, where she danced competitively with Barnard Company Dance. She attended Oklahoma City University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in American Dance Pedagogy. Taylor has studied ballet, tap, and jazz pedagogy, as well as anatomy, kinesiology, and movement theory. Taylor is also a National Dance Alliance certified instructor. Her performance credits include commercial industry work with Mary Kay, Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Texas, and Winterfest with RWS Entertainment Group. Taylor is currently the Assistant Director for the Parish Rosettes high school drill team. Taylor is excited to share her love of dance with the Ohlook! family.
Angie Weiss - Dance Division
Angie's passion for dance began at an early age while training with local studios in Olathe, Kansas. She was a member of the Frontier Trail Jaguar Jazz Drill Team for two years in junior high school and the Olathe South Golden Girls Drill Team for three years in high school. While attending high school, Angie was a company member and scholarship student at PowerHouse Dance Studio. Angie was also an officer of the Golden Girls her senior year. After graduating from Olathe South High School, Angie was a member of the World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes from 2007-2009. When she left Kilgore, Angie attended Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Dance and a minor in Business in 2011.
After graduating from Texas Woman's University, Angie became a full-time dance teacher and the Assistant Drill Team Director of the Bryan High School Shy-Annes from 2012-2014. When she finished her second year of teaching, Angie began instructing dance at Expressions Dance and Music Studio from 2014-2016, while pursuing her second Bachelor's Degree in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University. Angie graduated with her second degree in 2016 and moved to Wichita Falls to complete her dietetic internship. She taught dance classes at Dance Etc. in Wichita Falls from 2017-2019 and directed the Performing Company her second year. Now that Angie is a Licensed Registered Dietitian, she has moved back to the Dallas Fort Worth area and is very excited to be teaching dance classes at Ohlook!
Lexie Bloom - Theater Division
Lexie Bloom has spent the last decade teaching dance and theater classes for many local programs in the DFW area. She has developed Fine Arts programs for local homeschooling students to meet the need of performing arts education. She has written and directed many original shows and continues to challenge her creativity in classes and on stage. Lexie is married to her high school sweetheart and is a mother of two. She is very excited to join the Ohlook family and to inspire students to expand their creativity and grow in their craft.
Madi Bready - Theater/Film Division
Madi is a professional actor based in Los Angeles. She grew up performing on the Ohlook stage, and now works in film and television. Madi is a certified yoga teacher and enjoys teaching classes at various studios in LA to stay grounded and keep up with her fitness. Madi is excited to virtually return to Ohlook, her forever home away from home, to teach this summer!
Mattie Lillian Davis - Theater Division
Mattie Lillian Davis is a local performer, choreographer, and theatre teacher. She just finished choreographing “Anything Goes” for Colleyville Covenant Christian Academy and is currently in rehearsals for Damn Yankees at Theatre Arlington where she will be taking on the role of Lola. She is also a teacher at The Acting Studio where she teaches Meisner Technique. Mattie has been seen in multiple shows in the DFW area including No Way to Treat a Lady (Onstage in Bedford) in which she played Sarah Stone and also choreographed, Cuban and The Redhead (Pegasus Theatre), Titanic (Uptown Players), Beehive (Jubilee Theatre), and Jekyll and Hyde (Onstage in Bedford). Mattie graduated from TCU with a BFA in Theatre, emphasis in Musical Theatre, in 2018, and moved to New York for a brief period to work on her triple threat package. During that time she attended dance at the Joffrey Ballet School and auditioned and received callbacks for multiple shows. Mattie is glad to be back in her favorite city and looks forward to continue teaching, dancing, and performing. www.mattielilliandavis.com.
Breanne Jackson - Theater Division
Breanne is so excited to be back to teach another summer at Ohlook! She will be graduating early from Pace University in New York City in December with a BBA in Arts and Entertainment Management with the hopes of pursuing a career in theater production. Throughout her college years she has worked for The Play Company as well as Feinstein’s/54 Below as a Programming Intern. She grew up an Ohlook kid and has been teaching classes there for several years and considers it one of her favorite places in the world.
Steffi Keusch-Hart - Theater Division
Steffi is a kindergarten teacher at Treetops School, a mom to two little Ohlookians, and never misses a chance to play dress up! She started performing at the age of 8 in her hometown of Jasper, Indiana, and has remained involved in theatre and performing arts ever since. You can often catch her kindergarteners doing dramatic interpretations of their easy readers, creating and writing their own shows for their classmates, or using puppets to tell stories! Not only does she raise two tiny stars, she performs with Ohlook too! Some of Steffi's favorite roles were Sleeping Beauty in Disenchanted, Mother in A Christmas Story and Dame Olga in Ella Enchanted.
Alex Salvatici - Theater Division
Alex Salvatici is so excited to be back again for her sixth year of teaching camps at Ohlook! While she enjoys her time onstage, teaching is her passion. Her favorite camps she taught were Pirates and Mermaids, Harry Potter, and Disney, Broadway, and Beyond! Her main goal when teaching camps is to make them as fun and exciting as they can be. During the school year, you can find her teaching kindergarten in Keller ISD.
Lindsey Smith - Theater Division
Lindsey Smith has been performing since she was six years old, singing on the outdoor stages at Six Flags Over Texas. Ten years later she sang and danced in the featured shows at Six Flags, which she did for several years. Lindsey has performed at community theaters and professional theaters across the metroplex. She won the Stage West award for Best Featured Actress for her role in The Pillowman and has been nominated for two Column Awards. Lindsey also traveled the country playing Junie B. Jones in a Casa Manana national tour. She has trained in acting, dance, and voice for many years. Lindsey spends extra free time doing princess parties.
Jessica has been an Ohlookian since 2002! She started as a student, and after graduating high school she attended Millikin University majoring in theater and minoring in dance. Since graduating from Millikin in 2012 Jessica has been the theater director at Richland Middle School and is certified in K-12 theater and secondary dance in the state of Texas. She has also worked in the education department at Casa Manana, and taught dance classes at Dance Dreams, all while performing at stages around the metroplex including: Lyric Stage, Mainstage Irving Las Colinas, Plaza Theatre, Stolen Shakespeare Guild and at Ohlook! Even though this summer may look a little different, she can't wait to jump in with all the talented students at Ohlook!