Here at JPA it really does take a village!
Come and meet the team.
Nikki Dyba is the President and Creative Director of JPA. She has been immersed in Theater for most of her life. Nikki has performed in London, Oxford, and Stratford-upon-Avon. Nikki loves the arts and the benefits it gives to our youth and so founded the JPA Youth performers program in 2017. Recently Nikki has joined the world of Playwrights with three Productions under her belt, not to mention writing and choreographing part of the Fire Prevention program for Camp Lejeune Fire Prevention Department. Always finding ways to create , Nikki is the creator and founder of "Theatrics" An award winning Artisan product that follows the Montessori Philosophy for development, creativity and independent play. Nikki believes that Community Theater is for the community and by the community. It is ageless and timeless and brings joy to many at any age, whether as a performer or a spectator.
"if you are going to make something.... make a difference"
Victoria is a Vocal Director for JPA. This May, she will be graduating from CCCC with an AFA in Theatre, and an AA degree. She will be transferring to UNCW to pursue a BA in Theatre Performance with a Minor in Musical Theatre. She certainly has a string of accolades, including placing 3rd in her category for the NC Musical Theatre NATS singing competition in 2019 and 2021, and scoring as a regional qualifier in 2020. She advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Regional round each year, placing 1st in 2020 and 2nd in 2021 (with 1st Place in the sing-off round). For the past two years, she has moved on to the National round of the competition, making it as far as the Quarter finals, and Semi-finals. She has also previously scored as the #1 Alto 2 in the state of NC for the NCMEA choir, and been President of both the CCCC Music Club and Tri-M International Music Honors Society. Victoria has co-directed 10 productions with JPA, and cannot wait for its bright future!
Jennifer Bullock ,AEA,SAG,AFTRA,AVGA. Formerly a Rockette at Radio City. Jennifer is a true Broadway veteran with productions such as "Catch Me If You Can, Chicago, Spamalot, The Wild Party, Never Gonna dance, On The Town, Aint Broadway Grand, Curtain, Anything Goes" Jennifer also has an impressive repertoire to include National Tours, NYC Theater, Regional Theater and TV appearances.
Jennifer will be working with our Intro to Theater, a specialized program for our Thespians with disabilities plus other fun and fabulous ideas to help our aspiring actors, dancers and vocalists become a trifecta and follow their dreams with the immense knowledge and expertise of Jennifer!
Roshun Constant is a Vocal Director for JPA and is originally from Dallas , Texas. Roshun retired from the Navy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. Her personal motto is "Bloom where you are planted". This has been the mandate for her life and as a result has been effective in touching lives at church, in the Military and in the community. Roshun serves on many ministry teams and organizations. Roshun has been asked to sing the national Anthem at many events, including at the USO and the ACC Tournament in Charlotte. She is also an ordained Elder at New Life Family Worship Center. Roshun has performed in Sister Act, Christmas around the World and many other JPA productions.
Paisley ForsterSaunders has joined us from Chicago. Graduating from Carthage College with a BA in musical Theatre. Paisley performed on the Polar Express as a steward, plus many other productions to include Beauty & the Beast, High Society, Speaking of Stories, Flea in her ear and the Music man. She is also trained in ballet, tap and Jazz, not to mention her gymnastic accolades. Paisley is leading the very much needed program 'The Young Professionals" getting our Youth ready for every audition situation, whether it is for college or professional work. Paisley brings a wealth of knowledge for our youth.
Megan Carter is a JPA instructor for our Youth productions. Megan is a 7th grade Exceptional Children's Math and English Language Arts Teacher here in Onslow County. Megan has performed consistently at various Virginia Theaters from the Tri-Cities to Richmond as well as Anchorage, Alaska. Favorite roles include Annie, Gretel in the story of Hansel and Gretel , Nellie Forbush in South pacific, Mustard seed in Midsummer Nights Dream plus many others. Megan loves to share her passion for the Arts and feels the benefits it gives our youth is immeasurable.
Please join us in welcoming Anessa Gonzalez in her first Co- Directing position here at JPA!!!! We are so proud of how Anessa has worked with our younger 7-9 years of age Youth Performers and will be presenting our fabulous Rainbow Fish production this weekend!!! Anessa is pursuing her Bachelors in education and has performed in numerous shows. Some of her roles include Frenchy in Grease, Helena in Midsummer Night's Dream and Charlotte in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella . Anessa loves working with our younger age group and they love Anessa!
Caden Connor is a JPA Youth Instructor and Choreographer. Caden joined us when he was 10 years old. He has not looked back since and has appeared in many of the JPA Youth Productions to include , Shrek, Madagascar, and our Christmas around the World. It did not take long for Caden to cross over into Mainstage productions finding his feet in song and dance and performed recently in "Back to Broadway" and "A Christmas Carol". he also started his own improv group at his high school. Caden then took the opportunity to help share his gift as a mentor and instructor to our upcoming youth and he has soared ever since. We believe Caden will do amazing things and we are thrilled to help him along the way.
Marissa Weber is our PR Liaison and Sponsorship Director. Marissa joined JPA in the summer of 2021 and performed in " Back To Broadway" and "The Christmas Carol Experience". She loved it so much, she decided to stay and support the works of JPA and our community. Marissa is no stranger to the stage and is the newest member of The Shadow Players stage combat group of Raleigh NC, with whom she travels and performs shows that combine comedy hi-jinks with rousing Pyrate sword fights. Marissa is also the Regional Director for Raleigh-Durham and Eastern NC Team Trivia, hosting and overseeing shows in bars and restaurants. You may already know her!
Patti Aultman is our "Grand Dame Costumier" . Patti has been with JPA since 2016 and has not looked back since. She is a wiz with a needle and thread and has an immense love for creativity . Patti also performs with the JPA cast and is always our fabulous comic relief. Patti has performed in "Death of a hot sauce salesman" ,"Christmas around the World" "The USO Express" "Killer reviews" and "The Saggy Awards" Patti is always our go to for repairs, fixes and solutions. She creates some amazing costumes and we can never wait to see what will be her next production!!
Nina Speranza is our "Show Troupe Director , Nina has performed in many productions with JPA to include Killer Reviews, Death of a hot sauce salesman, Christmas around the World and Disney Under the Stars to name a few. She is an all round actress, vocalist and dancer and has supported JPA from the start. Nina will be running our Show Troupe division to make sure our performers are all organized, scheduled and ready to go for any upcoming shows.
Nina is also an assistant Director for some of our Youth Productions .
Peter Dyba is 'The Sound Guy" for JPA. Yes, he even has a T-Shirt! Peter has been with JPA since day one and has been the backbone to it all! Designing sets, working on sound equipment and fixing any issues and troubleshooting anything we need. Pete is also the Roger part of Roger AND Roger and loves to interact with the audience and always makes sure everyone is having a great time. Peter also updates any technology, always adjusting our web site and dealing with Ascap, MTI and BMI for rights to production. He designs all tickets and has recently taken over the design of all programs. All in all Peter Dyba is in himself a one man show and we could not run as smoothly as we do without him!!