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Our Mission

To provide communities with professional-quality theatre & arts education at an affordable cost. Our goal is to nurture, support and embrace performance artists of all genders, ages, shapes, sizes, orientations, races and cultures. To cultivate an appreciation of the arts in future generations by embracing the artistry of Women, BIPOC & LGBTQ+ artists and stories – and rebel against the traditional and often stagnant box in the performing arts industries.  “Art is freedom. Being able to bend things that most see as a straight line.”

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Brandon Hanks

Producing Artistic Director

Brandon Hanks is the Producing Artistic Director of Rebel Stages/The Rebel Initiative. His most notable productions include Romeo & Juliet, Dog Sees God, Of Mice & Men and The Secret Garden. Director/Choreographer credits include 2019's summer's production of Mamma Mia at The Shawnee Playhouse, for which he earned the Broadway World Regional theater award for Best Director, Best Choreographer and Best Production. Other Director/Choreographer credits include Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mary Poppins, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Oliver, and Thoroughly Modern Millie (2012 NEPTA Award winner for Best Overall show, Best Choreography). Professional theatre credits as an actor, include Five Guys Named Moe (NoMax), Ain't Misbehavin (Ken), Charlie Brown (Schroeder),Angels in America: Part One (Belize), Guys & Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Music Man(Marcellus) & Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney).