Acting Instructors

Greg Hensley
Greg has been involved in many facets of stage production for the last 30 years.  He is an actor and musician but also has technically designed many children’s and community theater performances (lighting, sound & set design/construction).  Greg has lived in Mooresville since 1993 but also has performed in musicals while living in England, Florida and was in a Broadway playwright premier during the Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston, SC. Some of Greg’s memorable onstage roles are as follows: “Sir Galahad, Black Knight, King of Swamp Castle” Spamalot Piedmont Players Salisbury NC; “Grown Ralphie”  A Christmas Story, “Boolie Werthan” Driving Miss Daisy and “Mayor George Shinn” The Music Man with Davidson Community Theatre; “Owen Musser”  The Foreigner Mooresville Community Theatre; and “Daddy Warbucks” Annie Lake Norman School of the Arts.  Greg’s technical design experience includes Cinderella; High School Musical and The Wizard of Oz for Pine Lake Preparatory High School Theatre; Joseph & Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  and Into The Woods Jr. with The Mooresville Arts Council Children’s Theatre and The Odd Couple, The Curious Savage, Dearly Departed and Steel Magnolias for The Mooresville Community Theatre. Greg’s other hobbies include playing guitar, mandolin and piano, singing, DJ’ing weddings and parties and assisting with troop activities for Boy Scout Troop 166 in Mooresville.  He is very excited to share his knowledge of the stage at the Ludmila European Music and Art Academy.


Christen Lea Jackson
Christen Lea Jackson has been an entertainer for most of her life.  She started performing at the tender age of four as a soloist during church recitals.  Her teen years brought her to the stage and she hasn’t stopped since.  
Christen studied Musical Theatre Performance at Ohio Northern University for three years.  Her training in Ohio consisted of Musical Theatre vocal coaching, Opera, dance, theatre performance, character study, costuming and makeup design.  She then transferred to California State University Dominguez Hills, where she interned in Theatre Design with Rex Heuschkel and completed her theatre training with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance with a Speech minor in 2006.  
Christen has performed in dozens of theatre and musical theatre productions in five different states.  Some of her more notable roles include Reno Sweeny in “Anything Goes”, Nora in “A Doll’s House”, Rita in “Prelude to a Kiss”, Princess Winnifred in “Once Upon a Mattress”, Ado Annie in “Oklahoma” and Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls”.
During her time in California, Christen was the Assistant Director of Neighborhood Playhouse whose productions include “Parade”, Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus” and the west coast premiere of Charles Busch’s “Our Leading Lady”. She also had the pleasure of working with Performance Arts Workshops after school programs directing classes of students aged 5 to 11 years old in performances of “High School Musical 2” and “Wicked”.
Christen is thrilled to be back in North Carolina and is excited to work with the Ludmila Academy students to further their education in the arts.  

Susan Birmingham O'Keefe

Susan Birmingham O’Keefe has done music since she started taking piano lessons at the age of six. She was the church pianist for a while, directed youth musicals and worked with children’s music. She then went to Pfeiffer University where she earned her BA in voice, piano and conducting. Out of college she has been the director of music in several churches and did the Broadway Jr. version of “The Music Man” with 150 middle school children at Mooresville Middle. She also help begin and directed Magnify, a group of 50 – 60 adults that sang in different avenues. Susan was the pianist and then director for Central Piedmont Community College for 8 years. This group called the North Mecklenburg Community Chorus was a continuing education class that did large Christmas concerts and spring reviews. If asked, Susan will tell you her biggest accomplishment is directing 140 singers, an 82 member orchestra and soloists from New York at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte. They did Handel’s Messiah and it was televised on the Inspirational Network.
Susan met her husband Mark at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, NC and they have been married for 33 years. They have two children – both in the arts.
Susan founded and directed a community youth and children’s choir, Testify and Testify Too. They perform in homeless shelters, juvenile detention centers, soup kitchens, relay for life and many churches. She has been doing this for 25 years.  The group does choreographed musical drama. She is very excited about the new venue in her life, working for Ludmila European Music and Art Academy under the direction of Hedvika Miller.

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