Upstart Crow Studios

photo Jackie Byers

Jacquelyn Byers graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts from Gutenberg College in 2010. She has choreographed musical theatre productions at Upstart Crow Studios including The Grinch, Annie, and Disney's The Little Mermaid. Her studies include Dance, Voice, and Acting, as well as Shakespeare under the direction of Christopher Leebrick. She performed for many years with Denise Steele's swing performance group, The Joint is Jumpin'. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for the stage with children in our Acting classes and Entr'actes.

photo Katey Kephart

Katey recently moved to Eugene from New York City! She holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University. Katey has served on the faculty at multiple dance studios and has also had many choreographic works performed in New York City, Chicago, Texas, and Oklahoma. She is also a teacher and judge for I Love Dance and Ticket to Broadway dance competitions. She was last seen performing with NY Theatre Barn and Erin Pryor Dance Theatre in New York City. Favorite performance credits include Cigarette Girl in White Christmas, Olga Mara in Singin’ in the Rain, and Grittlebone in Cats. She has also appeared on several television shows including Vinyl, Mysteries of Laura, and Dallas. Katey is excited to inspire and share her love of theatre and dance with the next generation of performers!

photo Jenny Welch

Jenny began her life on stage from a very young age. She was in her first Upstart Crow production when she was seven. She primary teaching focus is our younger children ages 2-8. Jenny brings a wealth of experience from her dance education of the past 16 years along with her love for teaching acting skills. As the Theatre Tots teacher, she is a great addition to the staff.

photo Jill Switzer

Jill Switzer received her bachelor of music education degree from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. While currently maintaining her own private voice studio, she also is a member of the Eugene Concert Choir and the Eugene Opera Chorus. She has worked extensively with children, youth and adult choirs, most notably as music director at the Indiana University Newman Center for eight years. Although she is classically trained, her performance background also includes musical theater and Latin American folk music. Her teaching credentials encompass vocal technique and music theory workshops in both English and Spanish.

photo Emily Garrett

Emily wanted to be a triple threat from the moment her first dance teacher told her what it meant and has been dancing, singing and acting ever since.  She studied dance for almost 30 years and taught at Musical Feet before returning to school to receive her Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts.  She still loves to dance and sing in any production that will have her and enjoys bringing her enthusiasm and love of theatre to the Crow.

photo Heidi Knight Meigs

Heidi Knight Meigs is Upstart Crow's Creative Director, Set Designer, and Stage Manager. She is also a past Board member, so knows the Crow from the inside out. Heidi graduated from the University of Oregon in 2013, majoring in theatre with an emphasis in theatre design. She has worked for local theatre companies, such as The Shedd, in stage management and as a property master.  Heidi's two children have grown up in Upstart Crow's theatre program.

photo Conner Criswell

Conner Criswell is a proud Upstart Crow alumnus. He began performing at Upstart Crow at age seven. He has played notable roles in productions at Thurston High School, University of Oregon, Actors Cabaret of Eugene and The Shedd. He is currently completing his bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts at the University of Oregon. Conner returns to the Crow and Eugene this spring after completing a nine-month internship at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL working as a Character Attendant and Attractions Host.