Lights, Camera, Auction! Coffeehouse 2022 Creative

Melanie Sutton
Melanie has directed 17 theatrical productions at FCA, and co-directed over a dozen Coffeehouse productions. She also serves as FCA's Director of Student Life. She has always loved theatre & music, performing in and assistant- directing for numerous shows at the acclaimed Stratford Playhouse in Houston, TX. In 1999, she received the regional Best Actress award in the state of Texas one-act play competition for her performance in "The Diary of Anne Frank." She attended Abilene Christian University where she participated as a performer and also a director and stage manager in multiple university-wide "Sing Song!" productions. She is part of a music industry family and has a deep appreciation for music and dance of all kinds. When she is not at FCA, Melanie loves spending time with her two sons & her husband Ryan, watching them play sports, cooking, trying new restaurants, and going to concerts or theatre performances. Melanie considers it a privilege and undeserved honor to work with such talented, hard-working and Christ-like people on this team.
Jennifer Jackson
Jennifer choreographed the "Canned Heat" and "N'Sync" dance numbers in tonight's show. Jenn has choreographed 7 theatrical productions with FCA so far. Melanie Sutton’s original FCA musical “Brand New Day” didn’t see the stage in 2020-21 season, but it stands out to Jenn as a favorite rehearsal process. Jenn enjoyed a 10 year career with Walt Disney World Entertainment where she served as an Equity performer and a Staging Specialist in Orlando, FL, and opening cast member for Tokyo Disney Seas in Japan. Jenn’s first love of choreography began in her hometown where she served as Assistant Director for Honolulu Dance Co., before performing and producing events for the NBA, NFL, NASCAR, and corporate events. Jenn and her husband Matt started a live production special FX company (E1FX) shortly after moving to Franklin in 2007. Jenn serves on the board for Good Seeds Entertainment, a non-profit seeking to amplify hope through music and media. Jenn and her family enjoy caring for horses, learning to run a mini-farm, and sneaking off to Smith Lake.
Assistant Director
Katie Chance
Katie directed the 6th grade class performance of "Snowderella" and choreographed the HS Dance class performance in tonight's show. Katie graduated from FCA in 2017 and attended Lipscomb University with a major in Theatre. She graduated with honors and is now receiving her Masters Degree in Education from Vanderbilt University while also teaching here. Katie is an accomplished performer and vocalist. Some of Katie's many credits include Godspell, Inherit the Wind, Bright Star, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat, Grease, The Curious Savage, and more. She has performed, volunteered, and worked with many companies outside of her high school and college experienes including Bravo Creative Arts, Theater Bug, Nashville Shakespeare Company, and Nashville Children's Theatre. Katie is thrilled to be a part of the amazing team and FCA and to give back to the school that helped launch her career. She loves these students and is thankful for the chance to be a part of their precious lives.
Assistant Director
Shana McLain
Shana directed the MS Performing Arts class dance "Rhythm Nation" in tonight's show, along with the incredible Krista Sagraves who helped teach this difficult choreo to the students. Shana also helped with auditions and helped manage all things "backstage" for tonight's production. Shana has been at FCA since 2014. She teaches the Middle School Performing Arts class in which she recently directed "The Lion King Jr." Shana also teaches the High School Stagecraft class that prepares all things “backstage” for our High School productions. Shana feels deeply privileged to work alongside Melanie Sutton and all the Creative Team members at FCA on various productions over the years. She is a mom of 2 teens and 2 adults and wife to Rod, who also teaches at FCA. She considers it a tremendous honor to spend her days with students, learning and growing with them along the way!

Creative Team