About

Shine is a community of people who happen to do theatre together. If you are looking for a place for your child, teenager, or family to find belonging and fall in love with theatre, look no further.

Shine is a family-friendly, faith-based children’s theater for kids and teenagers to grow their skills in singing, acting, and dancing. We produce ten full-scale musicals and plays each season. Our one-of-a-kind musical theatre training and mentoring program is the perfect place for your child to make friends and gain the skills they need to thrive in the theatre arts.

Our mission is to share God’s love through the performing arts.

“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Faculty and Staff

Claire Stewart McNeill, Executive Director
Claire is a native of Rockwall, Texas and earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX and a Master of Divinity degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. From an early age, Claire became interested in the intersection of faith and the arts. After graduation, she pursued children’s arts ministry in churches before opening her performing arts studio, Shine. At Shine, children and teenagers have an opportunity to pursue the performing arts in a family-friendly, faith-based atmosphere.

As a performer, Claire’s favorite role was Daisy Maxwell in the regional premiere of Jody Madaras’ “All Hands On Deck.” It was in this show that Claire fell in love with the music and USO tours of the 1940s. Other favorite theatre credits include “Anything Goes,” “Joseph…Dreamcoat,” “Godspell,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” and “Oklahoma.”

As a director, Claire has directed and produced many children’s musicals around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Favorite directing credits include “Into the Woods,” “Cinderella,” “School House Rock,” and “Godspell.”

Claire lives in Plano, TX with her husband, Matt, and their beagle, Winston. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking.

Diana Turner, Box Office Manager
Diana is an Okie from Muskogee.  She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Central Christian College in McPherson, KS.  She has spent the last 6 years homeschooling her two amazing children.  Diana’s background in Office and Facilities management helped prepare her for the energetic atmosphere and schedule of Children’s Theatre.

Carrie Patterson, Associate Producer

Shelley Lawrence, Costume Shop Manager

Tina Walsh, Private Voice Instructor

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