Our Artists

These are the people who bring Drama by George’s programs to life!

Amy Brown | Teaching Artist

Amy is an award-winning veteran of the professional and amateur stage. She’s played roles as diverse as the tragic Suzanne Carlton in Back Country Crimes (for which she was awarded the All New England Cast Award), Laurie in Oklahoma!, and Karen in The Children’s Hour. Amy has also taught and directed young people in her “Acting with Amy” program at High Mountain Community Theater in New Jersey.

George Halitzka | Artistic Director

George is the Artistic Director of Drama by George. He’s a theatre educator, director, and writer — but first and foremost, he’s a storyteller. George has performed for more than 60,000 students in the Louisville area and beyond. He’s also taught drama workshops to students of all ages. George’s plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., Lillenas Drama, and Contemporary Drama Service. Read more about George here.

Julie Halitzka | Webmaster

Julie is a gifted artist and educator with diverse interests. She holds an M.Div. from Southern Seminary and a B.S.S. from Cornell College, where she majored in Music and minored in Psychology. In addition to her work with Drama by George, Julie teaches music and Zumba classes at My Gym Children’s Fitness Center, and serves as a worship leader at St. John United Methodist Church.

Janelle-Renee Hunnicutt | Teaching Artist

Originally from Duncan, South Carolina, Janelle-Renee is an actor, singer, and freelance makeup artist. She has a MFA in Acting from the University of Louisville and a BA in Directing from Berea College. She’s been teaching drama workshops and drama clubs to elementary students for the past three years. Janelle is actively involved in Smoked Apple Theater Group, an African-American theatre company.

Erwin Jacob | Teaching Artist

Erwin began his acting career by participating in Ballard High School’s drama club. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in theatre at Indiana University in 2014. Since then, he’s performed on two tours with the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. He recently played a lead role in a short feature film and has also appeared in commercials, print ads, and industrials. Erwin’s passions outside of theatre include mentoring kids and cooking.

Tiffany LaVoie | Teaching Artist

Tiffany is enjoying her seventh year of teaching theatre at Western Middle School, the School for the Arts. Current projects include Playwrights’ Club, Directors’ Club, and an Original Works Festival. She also serves on Actors Theatre of Louisville’s teacher advisory committee. Previous experience includes touring nationally as an actor with the Hampstead Stage Company and directing Kentucky Shakespeare’s Summer Youth Academy.

As we celebrate 10 years of Bringing Character to Life, Drama by George is looking back at some of our most successful programs. In 2009, Drama by George began offering our first after-school drama club at Stopher Elementary School in Louisville. 8 years and 34 productions later, we still bring our program to Stopher every semester!