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Fantasy Playhouse names education director

HUNTSVILLE – Following a nationwide search, Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater & Academy has announced that Taylor Bogan has been hired as education director.

“We are incredibly excited to have Taylor joining us at FPCTA,” said Executive Director Karen Mockensturm. “Her decades of experience in the classroom and background in theatre for young audiences will undoubtedly bring new and exciting educational offerings to our families and our region.”

Bogan will start July 3.

“I am thrilled to join the FPCTA team on their mission to enrich the lives of children and families through arts education,” said Bogan. “I am excited to share my knowledge and passion for the arts with the greater Huntsville community.

“I am honored to continue a legacy of high-quality arts education experiences at FPCTA.”

Bogan is an actress, singer, director, and arts educator who grew up on the Jersey Shore. She began her career at age seven, auditioning for film, television, and theatre in New York City. She attended the Performing Arts Academy High School as an acting major.

She has a bachelor of arts in theatre and a minor in musical theatre from Monmouth University in Long Branch, N.J.

Bogan toured as a vocalist with Australian music artist Turk Tresize, co-hosted a video blog series, worked as a freelance voiceover artist, and performed at theatres in the New York area.

While continuing to audition and perform, Bogan co-founded the JoiStar Summer Intensive, a summer arts camp for all ages, which ignited her passion for teaching.

In 2016, Bogan became the Vocal Director of Manasquan Music & Dance Academy, where she coached the award-winning children’s vocal team, The Vocal Stars; taught various voice and acting courses; and served as studio manager.

In 2022, Bogan received a Dual Track Master of Fine Arts in theatre for young audiences with a concentration in directing and acting from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.

While studying in Hawaii, she was an acting lecturer at the university, teaching Intro to Acting, World Theatre, and Acting for TV & Film.

Bogan was a Jim Rye Fellow at the International Performing Arts for Youth Conference and has been an invited presenter at the Hawaii Book and Music Festival, and Artists Meet Early Years, Italy.

Bogan has received the John Young Scholarship in the Arts, the Glenn Cannon Award for Excellence in Acting, and the Tara Montgomery Award for Excellence in Theatre for Young Audiences.

Most recently, Bogan was teaching middle school theatre arts courses in Las Vegas.

Bogan’s passions in the arts include social-emotional learning, devised theatre, and accessible arts education for everyone.

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