Camp Staff

Kelly Pendergraft

President and Camp Director


Kelly Pendergraft has been an amateur theatre technician (techie), scenic designer and set builder in the southwest Oklahoma area for nearly 15 years.  Working with such diverse groups as summer camps, high schools and local community theatres he has developed skills in nearly all areas of technical theatre and as a herder of both student and adult volunteers.  Favorite past productions have included Jekyll and Hyde (MacArthur High School, technical director), Oliver! (Lawton Community Theatre, set design/construction), The Addams Family (Lawton Community Theatre, master carpenter), Footloose (MacArthur High School, technical director) and Circle Mirror Transformation (Blue Moon Productions, scenic design/construction and stage manager).

Valerie Canon

Director of Musical Theatre, Choreographer,
Musical Theater Curriculum

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Mrs. Canon's directing credits include: Roger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, The Music Man, Annie Get Your Gun, Children of Eden, Seussical the Musical, Once Upon a Mattress, Godspell, Heathers the Musical, Bat Boy the Musical. She has also conceived, written, and directed 3 musical reviews for Wayward Actor's Company in Louisville, KY. Valerie earned her BFA in ballet performance from the University of Oklahoma and has taught throughout the United States. Valerie has choreographed musicals to include: The Music Man, Evil Dead the Musical, 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, Young Frankenstein, The Wedding Singer, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, and many others. She has performed in numerous productions such as: A Chorus Line, Man of La Mancha, Evil Dead the Musical, Gypsy, Bare, Into the Woods, Spamalot, and Little Shop of Horrors.

Dr. Jan Hanson

Music Director, Vocal Coach, Accompanist
and Musical Theater Curriculum


Dr. Jan Hanson, Music Director, is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. She conducts the USAO Concert Choir and Chamber Ensemble, both noted for presenting innovative, creative and diverse programs.  Dr. Hanson teaches curriculum in music history and literature, conducting, music methods and research methods. She has conducted dozens of musical theatre performances for university, community and regional companies. Dr. Hanson is in demand as a guest conductor and choral clinician. She has served as a festival conductor for the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association and numerous honor choral events. Dr. Hanson is an adjudicator with the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Association, Oklahoma Choral Directors Association and the Oklahoma Arts Institute. She has adjudicated several conducting competitions at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Hanson is a board member of the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association and the Oklahoma Arts Institute. She is a member of numerous professional organizations and serves on several community advisory boards as an advocate for the arts. In addition to her conducting activities, Dr. Hanson is an accompanist for local schools and churches. She is the organist, pianist and accompanist
for First Christian Church in Chickasha, OK. 

Jose Batty

Director of Strings

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Jose is excited to lead the strings camp at this year’s NextGen Performing Arts Camp! Throughout the year Jose teaches at El Sistema Oklahoma and at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. He is also the conductor of the Alegria Orchestra at El Sistema and the Southwestern College Youth Symphony. Outside of teaching and conducting, Jose plays with the Enid Symphony and the Painted Sky Opera pit orchestra and is the personnel manager of the Oklahoma Haydn Festival. Having gone to high school in Lawton, he is very excited to bring this camp to Cameron University and share in a week-long journey of friendship, music making, and musical growth.

Alexandra Baker Fackler

Director of Collaborative Piano/Accompanying


Alexandra Fackler, originally from Northwest Arkansas, holds degrees in piano and collaborative piano from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma respectively. Fackler is a staff accompanist at Oklahoma City University, an accompanist for Canterbury Youth Voices Central Chorale, and a freelance pianist and teacher in the OKC metro area. Alexandra has experience coaching vocalists, music directing, and accompanying a wide range of instrumentalists of varying ages and levels. She began accompanying at a young age and hopes to encourage other young pianists to do the same. Alexandra’s passion lies in educating young people and helping them delve into their repertoire to find their own passion.

Jacob Hiser

Violin Instructor, Violin I Sectionals,
Chamber Music Coach, Piano Accompanist

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Jacob Hiser is a versatile pianist and violinist who performs and studies a variety of musical traditions. Originally from Missouri, where he graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies, he now lives and works in Boston, having recently completed a master’s degree program in Contemporary Improvisation at New England Conservatory. He is currently a part-time piano faculty member at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, an accompanist for Boston Children's Chorus and New England Conservatory Preparatory School choirs. He also freelances around the Boston area. During the month of June, he is a faculty member at the Missouri Fine Arts Academy, a three-week summer residential program for highly-motivated student artists in visual arts, theatre, dance, creative writing, and music.

Pascal Garoute

Chief Happiness Officer, Head Counselor

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Pascal Garoute is a musician, composer, writer, actor, photographer, and stage manager. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Radio/Television Communication from Cameron University in Oklahoma and currently attends Berklee College of Music, studying Electronic Production and Design and Video Game Scoring. His artistic work spans a variety of different types including original songs, piano compositions, orchestral works, electronically produced music, an in-progress fully self-written musical, two in-progress fictional novels, and an in-progress book of original mythical tales. As well as working on his own individual endeavors, he has served as the Stage Manager for many theatrical productions, working with both youth and adult shows. Pascal loves to embrace collaboration with other artists, and it is his wish to always be a part of the worldwide artistic driving force that will continuously create a positive impact on the world. One of his greatest joys is knowing when artists are living out their passions and doing what they love.

Claude Garoute

Pit Musician, RA


Claude Garoute is a pianist, composer, and arranger currently studying Film Scoring and Contemporary Writing and Producing at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.  A pianist for fourteen years in a variety of settings both classical and contemporary, he has performed as a solo artist, participating in numerous ensembles, bands, and chamber groups. He has served as an accompanist at district and state solo/ensemble contests, high school choir concerts, community theatre productions, and various other functions. After having developed a passion for vocal music through participating in youth and community choirs, show choirs, and many musical productions during his elementary, middle, and high school years, he is often engrossed in the world of choral music and currently serves as the director of two student-run choirs at Berklee. 

Cameron Lopez

Assistant Director, RA

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Cameron Lopez is looking forward to being a part of this summer’s Next Generation Performing Arts Camp. Cameron is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University and has acted and directed both at the collegiate and professional level. This coming Fall Cameron will attend the Savannah College of Arts and Design, pursuing his masters degree in acting in both theater and film. Cameron’s acting roles have ranged from contemporary to classical theater. Some of Cameron’s credits include appearing in the world premier of  A Great Wilderness, a play written by Drama Desk Award-winner Samuel D. Hunter, and acting alongside Tony award-winner Shirley Knight at the William Inge Festival.  He also performed in The Call at the William Inge House in Independence, Kansas. Other performances include: Escanaba in da Moonlight, The Trojan Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Glass Menagerie, Seussical, An Adult Show, Basement Dwellers, Christmas Bells, This Is Our Youth, The Secret Rapture, Along The Way, Carmen, Fiddler on the Roof, and Southern Company. Cameron is a team player who believes that collaboration is absolutely essential to the creation of theatrical work. Two-way conversations between writers, designers and directors are particularly useful because by understanding and observing their good work, it will in turn help you do good work. We are in this together, plain and simple!


James Thompson is an actor and costumer from Louisville, KY. He graduated from the University of Louisville in 2015 with a B.S. in Theatre Arts, after which he toured children’s theatre professionally for two years. His training was primarily focused on physical theatre, having studied in Italy under the renowned Michele Bottini in Dario Fo-style storytelling and Commedia dell’Arte. Some of his favorite roles include Peter in Peter and the Starcatcher, Bobby in A Chorus Line, both with Mind’s Eye Theatre Company, and the Governor in The Story of Qu in its English premier at Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy.

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Cheyenne Rain is a cellist originally from Northwest Arkansas. She began her early career playing in rock bands. She fell in love with classical music in her teens and went on to pursue performance degrees at University of Arkansas and Oklahoma City University. She currently teaches cello in Oklahoma City both in her private studio and at El Sistema Oklahoma. Cheyenne is a section member of Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and often performs with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra. She is involved with a number of non-traditional projects as well that include studio recording and a four-piece folk band called Ties that Bind. Her passion in teaching lies in helping students step out of their comfort zone in a fun and supported environment.