Founder and Artistic Director

Tony Award winner Corey Mitchell is the inaugural recipient for Excellence in Theatre Education. He was selected as a top 50 Finalist for 2017 Global Teacher Prize and was named North Carolina Outstanding Theatre Arts Educator by the North Carolina Theatre Conference. Most recently, he was selected as the first recipient of the Stephen Schwartz Musical Theatre Teacher of the Year Award, presented by the Educational Theatre Association and the ASCAP, and also received The Cato Lifetime Achievement in Teaching Award from the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte. Corey has twenty-five years’ experience in the classroom, including twenty years as Theatre Arts Educator at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, NC.

Corey is active as a director, actor, keynote speaker, educational consultant, and workshop presenter in Charlotte and throughout the country. He advocates for arts education through his work on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Theatre Conference and The Arts Empowerment Project. Corey’s past and present students are performing, writing, and composing for community, university, and regional theatre, as well as theme parks, independent and studio films, the West End, national tours, and Broadway musical-theatre productions.

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Meet the Team

These are a few of the people who will working with TGI. There are more announcements forthcoming.

Jillian Longsworth

Program Director

Dee Abdullah

Managing Director

Tia Robbins

Resident & Program Assistant 

Autumn Keck

Grant writer

Dr. Corlis Hayes

Instructor- Public Speaking,  Interviews

Emily Hunter


Cameron Pace-Zell

Instructor- Dance

Quentin Bethea

Instructor- Music Theory

Charlene Miranda Thomas

Instructor- Voice

Rahsheem Shabazz

Instructor- Acting/ Personal Training

Lakeetha Blankley

Instructor- Acting

Carlos Alexis Cruz 

Instructor-Movement for the Actor

Amanda Sesler-Davis

Instructor- Voice

Stacy Zander

Instructor- Dance

Ben Kalra

Instructor- Yoga

Maria Howell

Instructor- Acting for the Camera

Lindsey Schroeder

Instructor- Voice

Justin Perry

Instructor/Councilor- Mental Health/Wellness

In addition to our core instructors, we are also lining up some amazing guest artists and masterclasses to enhance your TGI Experience. 

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