instructors

June Horton

began teaching dance at age 17. She has owned and operated June Horton’s School of Dance for 43 years. Aside from her studio, June has taught for local schools, churches and universities. Some of her students have gone on to perform on Broadway, dance on Cruise ships, start their own dance studios, and teach for National dance tours. For the past 30 years, June has been involved with local and regional theatres choreographing shows like, "Funny Girl", "Grease", "Singin In The Rain", and "Westside Story", "Fiddler On The Roof", just to mention a few. She also was SC Junior Miss Choreographer for 14 years and one of 3 choreographers for The Peach Bowl. June also has been a regional and national judge for Rising Star Talent Production for the past 21 years. June is married with 2 daughters and a 2-yearold grandson.

Robin Byouk

has recently completely a mural and several large art pieces for Smiley’s Acoustic Café in Greenville, SC and Southern Dance Connection in Greer, SC. She has been the Set Designer/Artist for the Greer Children’s Theatre for the past 6 years. Robin has taught Camp Ark for 8 years and taught Art classes for the Greer Cultural Arts Council for the past 7 years. She has a BA in fine art from Millersville University of PA.

Leah H. Wren

(Drama Teacher) grew up in Katy, Texas, attended Brigham Young University where she received her Bachelors in Theatre Education, and earned her Masters of Education Degree at Southern Wesleyan University. She is the head of the drama department at Fairforest Middle School during the school year and teaches acting classes for the Greer Cultural Arts Council and Spartanburg Youth Theatre. Her directing credits include “Aladdin”,” Beauty and the Beast”, “Alice in Wonderland”,” Oliver!”, “Grease: The School Version” and “Dr. Dolittle”. Some of her favorite acting roles have been Helena in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Ann in “All My Sons”, Penny in “You Can’t Take It With You”, and most recently as Stewardess Hutcheson in “Titanic”.

Melissa Anderson

currently teaches music at Arcadia and West View Elementary schools. She received her Bachelors of Music Education from Converse College, where she studied voice with Dr. Valerie MacPhail. She has been the musical director for several Greer Children’s theatre productions including: “School House Rock Jr.” (twice), “Cinderella’s Glass Slippe”, “Alice in Wonderland Jr.”, and “Seussical Jr.” She was also the Vocal director for “Oliver!”. Melissa has worked with Camp A.R.K. as the music teacher for the past 8 years.

JJ Pearson

is a Sophomore Theatre major at North Greenville University, and he has had roles in many of their recent plays. He has a long history of working on and off of the stage at the Greer Children's Theater, and this is his fourth year of being involved with Camp Ark. When not involved with the theater, he enjoys playing board games with friends and demonstrating feats of prestidigitational skill for strangers.

Rebecca Lee

is a native of Greenville, where she received her dance training with the Greenville Ballet, the Greenville County Schools' Fine Arts Center, and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts. She received her B.F.A. in Dance, Performance, and Choreography from Columbia College and her M.F.A in Dance, Performance, and Choreography from Florida State University. She has been a company member with Dance Repertory Theatre in Tallahassee, FL, and a guest artist with Wildwood Ballet and the Power Company in Columbia, SC. She has also danced with Christian von Howard in the Von Howard Project and with the Garage Girls a Go-Go in New York City. She has taught for FSU Summer Dance Intensive, FSU non-major dance classes, Tallahassee Ballet, Pas de Vie Ballet Company, Ballet Spartanburg, and Broadway South. She has also choreographed for Converse College, Columbia College, Ballet Spartanburg, Tallahassee Ballet and the Fine Arts Center. She currently teaches for the after-school A.R.M.E.S. program at the Greenville County Schools' Fine Arts Center.

Chelsea Hoelz

Originally from Wisconsin, Chelsea is a graduate of North Greenville University in SC where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts. Most recently, she's worked for the South Carolina Children's Theatre as well as All About Kids Productions, an organization based out of Charles Town, WV that conducts summer performing arts camps for kids across the country. She also currently serves as a mentor for young adults with autism through the Applied Theatre Center's Spectrum program in Greenville, SC where the program aids individuals in developing their social skills through the use of theatre.

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