Theater Arts Academy

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Who are we?

We are a branch of the A.D. Players Theater called the Theater Arts Academy (TAA). The Academy offers training for artists of all ages with a primary focus on ages 5-18.

What we do?

TAA specializes in developing individual artistry and the student as a whole. Our Academy is focused on training students and providing them with tools which can be utilized in theater and life experiences.

How we do it?

We offer a welcoming and encouraging environment to all by providing friendly, positive and experienced staff members.

Nurturing the mind, body and spirit of the artist


713-439-0181 or email

On Campus classes are held at our Saint Street Annex (2613 Saint Street, Houston, TX 77027) and our Mainstage Theater (2710 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77098)


Melody Torno - Director of Education

Melody Torno is the A.D. Players Director of Education  for the Theater in Houston, TX. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Sam Houston State University in Radio/Television: Mass Communications - Broadcast Journalism as well as a Master of Arts degree from The University of Houston in Theatre and a Teacher certification in Theatre EC-12. Her degrees are complemented by study at theaters such as the Lincoln Center-New York, Acting Studio Chicago, & The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art- London. Melody served as a Theatre Teacher/Director in public schools for 10 years and has taught Theatre Arts to every age group PK-12th. She is a certified judge for the Texas Theatre Adjudicators and Officials.

Amanda Carlson
Amanda Carlson - Academy Promotions Coordinator

Amanda has been performing for over 15 years. She has a B.A. degree in Ministry in Arts from Central Bible College and an M.A. in Theatre from Regent University. She joins the AD Players, in A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Snow Queen, Little Women the Musical and as a member of the Theater Arts Academy teaching staff. She has been heavily involved in several Academy courses, showcases and All-Star Camps including Peter Pan Jr., Seussical Jr. and Sherlock Holmes. Amanda is also a certified judge with TTAO (Texas Adjudicators & Officials). She is extremely excited to be working with the A.D. Players continuing to make a dramatic difference within the Theatre community.

Paige Thomas

Paige Thomas - Academy Registrar

Paige Thomas is a resident of Richmond, TX where she graduated from Foster High School in 2010. There she was a very avid member of the Theater Arts program where she had the opportunity to participate as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, an Indian in Peter Pan, and the mother in the One Act Play production of Equus. From there she went on to graduate from Texas A&M University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a minor in Business Administration. She is currently an intern with the A.D. Players Theater Arts Academy and is beyond thrilled to be aiding in the growth and artistry of the incredibly talented students at the academy.



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