Our Staff

The highly skilled, qualified and dedicated faculty at Arts in Action is passionate about equipping students with skills of excellence in the arts.  The formidable faculty brings the arts to life in a safe and nurturing environment.  Every teacher is committed to help each student discover and develop their God given talents to their highest potential through structured, disciplined and comprehensive education with Christian influence. 
Joni Cantrell
Joni CantrellArts in Action’s Founder and CEO, Masterpiece Dance, Faculty & Choreographer
Cookie Samworth
Cookie SamworthArts in Action’s Artistic Director Masterpiece Dance Artistic Director Master Ambition Touring Company, Choreographer & Artistic Director
Jim-Bob Williams
Jim-Bob WilliamsFaculty Theater
Shari Hardwick
Shari HardwickFaculty Superstars
Jim Florkevich
Jim Florkevich Faculty Urban Stage Drums
Sue Ellen Evans
Sue Ellen EvansFaculty Urban State Choir
Dr. Dianna Vinscavich
Dr. Dianna VinscavichCrescendo Music & C3 Show Choir
Kylie Collins
Kylie CollinsPre Ballet-Tap Instructor
Erin McGhee
Erin McGheeAppalachian Clogging Instructor
Whitney Barnhart
Whitney BarnhartFaculty Show Stoppers
Haley Burgess
Haley BurgessFaculty Princess Academy, Musical Theatre
John Sandy
John SandyDirector and Faculty Living Colors Visual Arts
Kayleb “Kay” Jones
Kayleb “Kay” JonesDancer/choreographer
Taylor Thompson
Taylor ThompsonDance Faculty, Musical Theatre and Jazz
Dr. Eddie R. Bare
Dr. Eddie R. Bare
Sara Mick
Sara Mick