New Star Childrens Theatre

 

Director

IMG 0274.2 edited 1Dana Hendry, New Star Children's Theatre, Director/Playwright/Songwriter - Dana is the “Creator” of New Star Children’s Theatre, having written a children’s musical at the age of 15, and then with the support of her small town community directed a cast of children in her original musical to much acclaim! She found that she loved working with kids, and directing them in musicals and continued writing plays, songs and directing New Star from 1978 till now! She has directed and taught hundreds of children over the last 34 years and is proud to say that many of her alumni have gone on to perform in Broadway tours, in Cirque Du Soleil, in Nashville,toured with Sarah McLaughlin, as reporters on the TV news, as producers of TV shows, as Teachers, Lawyers, Social workers and so much more! Dana loves to watch every child find their confidence and personal growth as they continue to do multiple shows with New Star. She is proud of the fact that New Star is viewed by its participants as a family, and the family welcomes every new member into the group with warmth and friendliness! The kids make friends with other kids of all ages, go to movies together, have sleepovers, and their friendships last forever. Many New Star alumni that are now adults still maintain close friendships with their New Star cast mates of the past. Not only that, but New Star reunions have happened over the years in Canada, and California and have been attended by New Star families young and old. Dana is one of the playwrights for New Star, and has co-written several musicals including the Elly Nominated “The Girl I Seem to Be”, for best original script. She also co-writes the songs for all of the New Star musicals, and has written hundreds of songs over the years. She plays the guitar and piano and enjoys singing and arranging harmonies. She also directs the talented Supernova Troupe, a group of young people and children ages 7-16. Something that is very important to Dana is to give back to the community, and she brings this philosophy to Supernova, having them perform at Shelters for the homeless, retirement homes, for disadvantaged youths, and spent six months mentoring a group of young people who would not normally have the chance to participate in a group like Supernova. She also spent three months in the summer of 2012 working with a group of Senior Citizens and preparing them to perform in a show with Supernova. Dana has two children, Kayla and Josh and is married to Robert B. Hendry III, her partner, producer for New Star, co-playwright and co-song writer!