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  • Volunteers to participate in classroom plays or skits 
  • Easily tells a story or gives an account of some experience 
  • Effectively uses gestures and facial expressions to communicate feelings 
  • Is adept at role-playing, improvising, acting out situations 
  • Can readily identify himself or herself with moods of others
  • Handles body with ease and poise for his or her particular age
  • Creates original plays or makes up plays from stories 
  • Commands and holds the attention of a group when speaking
  • Is able to make people laugh, frown, feel tense, etc.
  • Can imitate others – mimic the way people speak, walk, gesture 


Photo of Shannon BamburgShannon Shea Bamburg, the Talented Theatre group leader, has been teaching for the Talented Arts Program since its inception in 2008.  She currently teaches at Airline High School and directs/choreographs all of the mainstage high school productions.  She grew up performing on stage with local theatre groups such as Peter Pan Players, Shreveport Little Theatre, and the Performing Arts Center.  She has her Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts from Centenary College and her Master of the Arts (specializing in directing children’s theatre) from Cal State in Los Angeles.  She taught various directing/acting/improv classes for the Theatre Arts and Dance department at Cal State while living in Los Angeles. She has directed/choreographed for such groups as Jose Gonzalez’s equity traveling company in Los Angeles, Stella Adler Academy, Cal State LA, and Peter Pan Players.  Shannon is thrilled to work with such dedicated and talented students and staff.

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Marissa Brown is a freelance lighting designer and has had the opportunity to work with many theatre companies in the Shreveport-Bossier area. Her lighting design credits include Buyer & Cellar, The Gin Game, and True West with River City Repertory Theatre, The Crucible and Jekyll & Hyde for Byrd High School, and The Rocky Horror Show and Bumped Off for East Bank Theatre. Marissa is the former Production Manager for Bossier Arts Council’s East Bank Theatre and currently teaches theatre for the Talented Arts Program in Bossier Parish Schools and teaches at Elm Grove Elementary and Middle, Curtis, Central Park, Sun City, Apollo, Benton Elementary, Carrie Martin, and W.T. Lewis.

Photo of Jeremy WardJeremy Ward is the main middle school talented theatre teacher, covering Cope, Greenacres, Rusheon, and Benton middle school.  He is originally from Lake Providence, La.  He relocated to Vicksburg, Mississippi. While in high school, his love for the performing arts were sparked at Faith Christian Center by Bobbie Heads. He is a 2009 theatre graduate of Jackson State University. Jeremy is an actor, director, writer and Drama teacher with the Bossier Parish Talented Arts Program. Jeremy has been in many plays including : Fences, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, One Monkey Don't Stop No Show, Zooman and the Sign, The Marker, Gee's Bend, Michael A. King, To Kill a Mockingbird and many other plays. His first original play " A Christian's Tale" was produced December 20, 2014 at New Mt. Calvary Christian Center in Jackson, MS. Jeremy is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Photo of Jamie KiihnlJamie Kiihnl grew up on the stage performing with Peter Pan Players.  She has a degree in Theatre from Louisiana Tech University.  After graduating from college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked on MTV film and television pilots.  She also taught acting courses at “A Cast of Kids”, a children’s acting company in Studio City. When Hurricane Katrina moved film production to North Louisiana, Jamie moved “home” to work as a casting director. She has worked on over twenty film and television projects for studios such as Twentieth Century Fox, Millenium Films, Lionsgate and The SciFi Channel. She began teaching in the Talented Arts Program in 2016 and currently teaches at Parkway and Airline High School as well as Bellaire Elementary School.

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Cherie Gray is a Shreveport native. She graduated from LSU-Shreveport where she received a B.A in history and B.A communications with an emphasis in theatre/speech. Cherie is a performing, visual, and literary artist. Cherie’s appreciation for the arts began as a child. She has a background in orchestra, jazz, blues, and poetry. She has had the privilege to work with international and national artists. Kendra has a background on the stage and behind the scenes. They include Ester Sherman in Academy Children’s Theatre-FAME-The Musical (2011), Ilona in Anatol (2012), Mindy-Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (2011), Medea (2009), A Salute to the Harlem Renaissance (2008), The Clean House (2008), Boston Marriage (2009). She toured with Carolyn Woosley’s Louisiana’s Women (2010) as Marie Thereze Coin Coin “mother of the creole people”. Other productions included Indigo Blues (Livin’ Fat (2014) Popo and Fifina: Children of Haiti (2014) Meet Arna Bontemps (2015). She has worked on other private, academic, and community projects. Her most recent theatrical adventure is Journey to Harlem Tour Revue (2016). She enjoys singing and spending time with her daughter Chai. She is currently working on her master's thesis, Race, Citizenship and the French Romantic Imagination: Blacks during the French Revolution. She is currently touring her community production of Lysistrata: An Afro-Greek Comedy around the country this fall 2018. The cities include Montgomery, Alabama, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Chicago, Illinois. She currently teaches middle and elementary students at Benton Middle, Princeton, Haughton Elementary, Kingston, Bossier  Elementary , Waller and Plantation Park.

Photo of Aiden PolingAiden Poling is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana and is an active member of the SBC theatre scene, both onstage and off.  Aiden is a recent graduate of Centenary College, having earned his BA in both Theatre and Studio Art. He capped off his undergraduate career in the director's chair for Constellations by Nick Payne, which premiered at SRAC’s Central ArtSTATION in downtown Shreveport. Aiden has performed with various theatre companies in the area, including River City Repertory Theatre in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Riff Raff)  and  It’s Only A Play (Gus P. Head) ), as well as Stage Center for their productions of Green Day’s American Idiot (Tunny) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Clopin Trouillefou).  He is a familiar face on the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse stage, and a few of his other previous notable performances include: The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket (Daniel), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (William Barfée), The Altruists (Ethan), Not About Nightingales (Canary Jim), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Himself), As You Like It (Touchstone), and Carlisle Floyd’s opera Susannah (Little Bat McLean). This fall, Aiden will be making his debut with the Shreveport Opera as Baby John for their production of West Side Story. This will be his second year with the Talented Arts Program, and he is currently teaching students at Haughton Middle School, Haughton High School, and Airline.