Our theory:

Founded in 2010, the New Albany Middle School Theatre Department is a program consisted of a highly talented group of young individuals and directors, with a devotion to the performing arts. "Having young individuals explore and enjoy expressing themselves through the arts" is part of the departments belief towards an essential need for student participation in the arts throughout their time in school.

Meet the staff:

Melissa Gould


Director & Choreographer

Melissa Gould received her B.A in Dance at San Jose State University and enjoyed a professional dance career which included contracts in Japan, Las Vegas and South Korea. Melissa has been teaching for over 30 years and has choreographed several musicals for schools and community theatres across the country. This is her 5th year as director for the New Albany Middle School Theatre Dept. As Artistic Director and founder of New Vision Dance Company, Columbus’ contemporary jazz dance ensemble, Melissa is known for her intense dance style, challenging classes and entertaining choreography.

Sean Hooper


Music Director

Sean Hooper is a Math Intervention Specialist at New Albany High School. He received his B.A. from Wabash College in Indiana, and his M.A. in Education from Ohio Dominican University. Mr. Hooper has taught in the district for the past fifteen years, and he has served as music director for the NAMS Drama Department for the past five years. Sean also serves as director of the district’s Black History Month program. In his free time, he enjoys playing piano for and/or singing with different groups in the community, swimming, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Lauren West

Stage Manager

Hi I'm Lauren! I'm the stage manager for Newsies Jr. This is my second time assistant directing and the 7th NAMS show I've helped with. I'm a sophomore at NAHS. I like to read, write, golf and hangout with friends in my free time. I can't wait to work with the cast and crew and to help everyone put on an amazing show!

Pari Basant

Assistant Director

Hey! My name is Pari Basant and I am a sophomore at New Albany High School. This will be my second year as an assistant director but I have done 4 other shows, making this my 5th show with the NAMS theater department! I am so excited to work on this amazing show with amazing people!

Madison Milburn

Assistant Director

Hi! I'm Madison and I am so excited to assistant direct this show! I am a freshman at the high school and I enjoy watching movies, drawing, and hanging out with my friends. I have been in two middle school shows and I can't wait to work with the cast and crew to put on another great show!

Riona Rodrigues

Assistant Director

Hey! My name is Riona Rodrigues and I'm a Freshman at NAHS this year. This is my first year as an assistant director bit I was in the NAMS theatre prorgam as an actor throughout Middle School. So excited to work with everyone this year!!

Sara Wirt

Assistant Director

My name is Sara, I have been in two previous shows like Xanadu and Mary Poppins, I liked it so much so I am now an Assistant director. I love to hang out with my family and friends as well as bake, and take my dog on walks. I am super excited to be an assistant director!

Nick Eberts

Technical Consultant

Nick Eberts is a current junior at Kent State University majoring in theatre technology with a focus in lighting and projection design, and a minor in visual communication design. Nick is a 2020 graduate of New Albany High School and has been involved with the NAMS Theatre Department since 2015. In high school, Nick also enjoyed his position as Technical Director for the department. Nick enjoys creating professional work by using his diverse background of technical skills, and he is happy to be able to help the department with a variety of technical work. Nick wishes the cast, crew, and staff great luck with future middle school shows.

Assistant Director Interest Form (here)