Meet Our Instructors & Staff

Stacy Hostetter
Founder | Artistic & Program Director
Players' Director, Acting & Song Classes

 

Stacy grew up in Bozeman participating in the exceptional opportunities in music, art, and performance the Bozeman School system. She earned degrees in Art Education and English Literature where she graduated with honors from MSU and claimed the 'Bronze Pencil' award for Outstanding Art Educator. She has been writing, teaching, and directing theater in the Bozeman community and schools since 1995, beginning her career as the drama coach for Hawthorne Elementary after school theater program, as well as being a classroom theater and art teacher and drama coach at Chief Joseph Middle School for many years.

 

Hostetter also stays active in the larger Bozeman theater scene, having worked with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Montana Shakespeare in the Schools, and Montana SHAKES for over 17years in various capacities- Stage Manager, Costume Designer, Assistant Costume Designer, Seamstress, Head Craftsman, and Properties Designer. Hostetter has also written over 65 musical plays and directed and produced over 250, with over 800 pieces of music for school performances, Club Kaleidoscope After School Classes, Kaleidoscope Youth Theater Summer Camps, and KYT Players' Productions.​

Claudia Shouse
Guest Musical Director 
Drama Sparks

 

With guitar in hand or fingers on the keyboard, Claudia has been working with children for almost 50 years. Growing up in Iowa, she was a celebrated soloist from a very young age in the schools and community, winning numerous awards with her strong soprano voice. Moving to Bozeman in 1975, she became immediately involved in the music scene. She became the director of a children's choir at church and shortly thereafter, an assistant director for the Bozeman Community Children's Choir

when it formed.

 

Claudia has also directed numerous church folk choir groups over the years, helping young musicians to learn to play the guitar and find their voice. Her experience with those 'productions' translate quite nicely to the theater world where she has now lived for over 20 years.

Hallie Echols
Guest Dance Teacher and Players Choreographer

Dancing from the time she was five, Bozeman native, Hallie competed for twelve years in jazz, tap, lyrical dance, and musical theater, winning numerous local and national awards with her team and student choreography pieces. Hallie also began acting in Bozeman at a young age, performing in local theater productions including Kaleidoscope Youth Theater. A member of multiple All-State and All-Northwest Choirs, she was also granted the opportunity to tour Europe with the United States Youth Ensemble Choir. After graduating from Bozeman High School, Hallie attended Seattle University, graduating with two degrees – one in Philosophy with a minor in English Literature and another in Political Science with a Pre-Law specialization.

 

Hallie and her husband Ben returned to Bozeman in 2010. Hallie continues to be involved in the music & arts community, singing at church and with the Bozeman Symphony, working as a choreographer, dance teacher, and occasional camp director for Kaleidoscope Youth Theater, as well as an occasional stage stint in local community theater productions. Hallie also spends every day singing and dancing with her three young children, William, Samuel, and baby Marian, who very much keep her on her toes!

Nina Erickson
Teaching Artist
Dance for the Stage
Nina was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana.  She started dancing at the age of three, and competed in dance- jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, and musical theater - from the age of six through High School, progressing to competitions at the National Level.  She graduated from Belgrade High in 2009, and bitten by the travel bug, travelled the world for a year, soaking up the local cultures, and eventually ending up in Nogoya, Japan in 2010, where she joined a hip-hop crew and danced with them on tour for another year.  Returning home, she enrolled at Montana State University, where she danced for MSU Athletics before graduating in 2014 with a degree in Global Multicultural Studies.  Currently, in addition to teaching dance classes and workshops, she coaches the MSU dance team and owns and runs the Treasure State Hostel here in Bozeman.
Neil Gregersen
Guest Teaching Artist
Lighting Designer, Technical Genius
 

Neil grew up in Southeastern Wisconsin. He graduated from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin with degrees in English and Theatre Education and from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with a Masters in Speech and Communications.  He taught 36 years in the Waukesha school district, the last 24 years as the director of theatre at Waukesha North High School, teaching acting and technical theatre classes and supervising the extra-curricular drama program.


After retiring, Neil taught in the Communication and Theatre Arts department at the University of Wisconsin - Waukesha. Moving to Bozeman in 2005, he substitute taught at Belgrade High School, tutored at Sylvan Learning, and continues to work for the Ellen Theatre, constructing sets for Montana TheatreWorks productions. He has acted, directed, designed and constructed sets in over 300 high school, college, and community theatre productions. He also has co-written seven children's plays.

 

Since moving to Bozeman, Neil has acted in MSU student films, played Norman in On Golden Pond, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, and filled roles in Oklahoma and Guys and Dolls at the Ellen Theatre. He serves on the board of Open Door Theatre and directed their opening production of Play On.  In his "spare time," Neil helps set and run lights for productions at Kaleidoscope Youth Theater, as well as sharing his tremendous acting knowledge, love of theater, and jokes with the students he teaches!

 

Natalie Benson
KYT  Office Adminstrator
Production Assistant

Natalie had the opportunity to grow up all over the world, but came to rest in Bozeman to finish High School and graduate from Petra Academy in 2016.  She is currently attending Montana State University pursuing a degree in History and Secondary Education, although Creative Writing is tugging.

Natalie grew up in a creative, performance minded family, and participated in theater and shows through Middle School and High School, so when not minding the front office, she lends a hand with summer camps and Players' productions (both off and on the stage!).  She is multi-talented and a "can-do" spirit!

Reilly Scott
Fundraising, Public Relations, & Social Coordinator
Teaching Artist & Production Assistant

A Bozeman native, Reilly is student at MSU studying Psychology and is a common, smiling face around KYT, having excelled as a performer and audience favorite on the stage since 5th grade.  Reilly has also served as Company Manager for recent Players' Shows, worked as a teacher's assistant and teacher for Club Kaleidoscope after school classes, as well as a summer camp teacher and camp director's assistant for multiple summers.  She also is a trapeze artist, and travels to Seattle to "fly" with a clown/circus training school.

 

Reilly is using her experience, passion for Kaleidoscope, and love of community to forge new relationships for the organization, presenting KYT's mission, amazing young actors, and needs to various organization and venues throughout the Gallatin Valley.  She will also continue assisting with Players' productions, performing a bit, and enhancing the friendly, family feeling of the theater.

Miles Duffey
Guest Teaching Artist 
2018-2019 6th-H.S. Fall Acting & More Class

 

Sally Brauss
Guest Dance Teacher & Players' Choreographer

 

Reilly Scott, Natalie Benson,
Elsa Horgan, Grace Cawley,
Anna Campbell, Jessica Lee
Elsa Horgan & Maya Arnold
(not pictured)
Talented, Hardworking &
Very Loved 2018 Summer Camp
Teachers & Interns.
Julien Harris
Guest Teaching Artist 
2018-2019 5th-H.S. Winter Improvisation Class

 

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