Ohlook Online, grew out of necessity when Ohlook PAC was shut down due to COVID-19. Our goal with Ohlook Online is to focus on the training, the part that sometimes gets glossed over in our desire to perform, perform, perform. A virtual approach gives our students the ability to connect with instructors, professionals, and other students from all over the world with whom they might not have the ability to learn from if we were still working in our previous model.
Even though our meeting place has changed, OLO is still dedicated to providing the best in musical theater training. We have smaller classes so we can give focused attention to each student. We have weekly classes and camps in addition to masterclasses and intensives for the performer wanting to delve deeper. We also will continue to have masterclasses hosted by Broadway talent and industry professionals. In the past Ohlook has hosted masterclasses led by Anthony Rapp, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, Brad Simmons, Lindsay Mendez, Corey Cott and Jay Armstrong Johnson.
Former students of our instructors are performing on cruises, national tours, Broadway, concert stages, and television shows, as well as opera houses and theaters across Europe.
OLO is still one of a handful of organizations sought after to pilot productions for iTheatrics, the leading adaptor of musicals for MTI, Disney Theatricals, Tams-Witmark, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Samuel French and recently secured a new connection to workshop new productions on the Broadway track.
During this time we know many things are uncertain, but we plan to continue training and working so when the time comes when we can all be together again, our students will be ready.
We employ some of the best instructors in the area (and now in the world)
We can't wait for you to work with them
Meet The Team
Jill Blalock Lord
Jill Blalock Lord began her professional career as an opera singer, performing with such companies as San Francisco Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, New Jersey Opera and Augusta Opera. She also toured extensively across the U.S., Spain, and France singing the roles of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Violetta in La Traviata and Japan on the International Tour of The King and I as Tuptim, starring Stacy Keach as the King. Mrs. Lord’s life took a turn after the birth of her children, Emma and Grace. Life on the road was no longer appealing, so she looked to pursue her passion closer to home, and began Ohlook Performing Arts Center in Grapevine, TX. Through Ohlook, she hoped to create a place where students could come and learn about theater and music in a safe, non-competitive environment, and to teach and facilitate those that might be interested in pursuing it as a career. In the past 18 years she has directed and produced over 250 productions and sent off numerous students to prestigious theater schools and seen them perform on national tours, the small and big screens, concert stages and Broadway! Her biggest goal through Ohlook is creating life long fans of theater so that the arts will continue to thrive in this world. Now more than ever we need art.
Taylor Wallis is a licensed educator currently teaching theatre at Bransford Elementary School in Colleyville. She has worked in GCISD for the last 6 years. She graduated with a degree in Musical Theatre from Millikan University in 2011 and has been teaching and acting ever since. Some of Taylor's favorite credits at Ohlook include Little Women (Jo), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), and The Sound of Music (Maria). She also played Marcy in Ohlook's production of Dog Sees God which won the National AACT Festival in 2011. She has also appeared in several seasons at the Texas Star Dinner. She has been with Ohlook since 2004 and is thrilled and honored to get to be a part of all of the amazing things which continue to happen here.
Heather Biddle has been teaching and working in theatre education for the past 20 years. Heather is a skilled director, acting coach and choreographer. She is passionate about working with young actors and taking them to the next level. Her students are in top theatre programs throughout the country and in national tours and Broadway shows. Heather has been selected to bring two productions to the International Thespian Convention for the mainstage, as the top high school theatre productions in the world. In her time 12 years with Ohlook Heather was part of the international acclaimed production of Dog Sees God, and won Best Supporting Actress. She believes strongly that theatre and the performing arts are the healing and social emotional backbone of our world. Now more than ever kids need the opportunity to dream and create, and the chance to learn and grow. Becoming a performer is fun but learning to work in an ensemble, discover the differences of others and celebrating those for the good they can promote is what theatre is about. Creating valuable humans who create lasting art is the biggest passion of them all.
Grace Lord - Administrative Assistant / Theater Division
Grace (she/her) is heading into her Junior year at Pace/Zoom University where she is pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre. She has been a part of the Ohlook family for 18 years and is so grateful to be involved with this new online adventure with everyone she loves. Grace has had the pleasure of performing at 54 Below in NYC as well as being apart of the pre-production of New York City Center’s “Love Life” directed by Tony Winner Victoria Clark, which unfortunately was canceled due to COVID-19. In New York she has also worked in Broadway houses selling pies and drinks for the Nederlander, as well as had the wonderful opportunity to work behind the scenes for the recent Broadway revival of “West Side Story,” all thanks to a previous Ohlook alumni. Even though remote learning is not ideal, she is so glad that Ohlook has continued to provide wonderful opportunities for their students and cannot wait to see all of you in the fall!
Chandler Reeves - Theater and Voice Division
A Dallas native, Chandler received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Pace University and has been performing in New York City ever since! Some favorite credits include “Unlock’d” (Off-Broadway), “Sweeney Todd” (Lincoln Center with the NY Philharmonic), “The Little Mermaid” (The Fireside Theatre), and a lead vocalist at Hong Kong Disneyland. Chandler has also performed in concerts at 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, and Playwrights Horizons in New York. Thanks to Jill and the rest of the OhLook fam for welcoming me into this faculty of incredible artists!
Susie Carroll - Dance Division
Susie Carroll- Broadway: Mean Girls, The Prom. Regional Credits: Sacramento Music Circus, The MUNY, Pioneer Theatre Company. Susie graduated from the Musical Theatre program at Pace University in 2019 with a minor in commercial dance! Susie is represented by Clear Talent Group. You can follow Susie on instagram @susiecarroll
Jess LeProtto - Dance Division
Jess LeProtto is a New Jersey native and Broadway performer, who holds a B.F.A. Musical Theatre at Pace University. Broadway credits include: Carousel, Hello, Dolly!, Cats (Mungojerrie), On The Town, Newsies (OBC), Bye Bye Birdie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, and The Boy From Oz. National Tours/Regional Theater include: Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby Tucker), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Grand Ole Opry), American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (Joyce Theater), A Bronx Tale (Papermill Playhouse), In Your Arms (Old Globe Theater), Freddie Falls in Love (Signature Theater). Film/Television credits include: West Side Story (directed by Steven Spielberg), So You Think You Can Dance (Season 8, Top 8), Smash, Law & Order: SVU, One Life to Live, and the MTV VMAs.
Trent Soyster - Dance Division
Trent Soyster is a Pittsburgh-raised, New York City-based Performer, Choreographer/Director, and Teacher. Pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre with a Minor in Commercial Dance at Pace University, recent performance credits include Escape to Margaritaville (First National Tour), Disney’s Newsies (PCLO, Interlakes Theatre), Grease (FLMTF/Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), Cats (Mr. Mistoffelees - Interlakes Theatre) and Pete(Her) Pan: a new musical (Michael Darling - Pace New Musicals). Choreography/Direction: The Iron Bridge Dinner Theatre, Young Artists of America, Comtra Theatre, and Dixon Place. See more at www.trentsoyster.com
Heather Shore - Dance Division
Heather Shore is a New York City based teacher, choreographer, and performer. Her training in dance began at North Central School of Ballet, where she studied under the direction of Leslie Jordan III. Heather was also a member of the Varsity Emerald Belles drill team in Southlake, TX under the direction of Melissa Page. She continued her dance education at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, and The Rock School of Dance Education during summer intensives. Heather went on to study dance at the University of North Texas. After her time at UNT, Heather relocated to NYC to dance with a modern dance company under the direction of Rachel Kosch. Over the years Heather has been seen in numerous shows around the Tri-Boro area, including performances at The Metropolitan Playhouse, Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Feinstein’s 54 Below, and Don’t Tell Mamas. She was recently seen in a sight specific play in Kagoshima, Japan, in October 2019. Before that she was working with Nicole Colbert Dance/Theater in collaboration for the “Home” project. She continues her own dance training by studying at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Alvin Ailey, and by cross training in other athletic disciplines.
Heather has taught dancers from age 2-adult, in multiple genres, at varying skill levels for a little over 12 years. She has taught at North Central Ballet, SOL Dance Center, Ohlook Performing Arts, as well as teaching private clients and various masterclasses. She loves to share her passion for dance, while instilling the importance of work ethic and dedication that is necessary to progress in dance. Let’s dance together!
Tim Webb - Dance Division
Tim Webb is a recent graduate of Pace University's Musical Theater Program. Pace credits include: Sunday in the Park with George (Mr./George u/s), Amélie (Joseph/Fluffy), Pete(Her) Pan: a new musical (Lost Boy/Peter u/s), City of Angels (Angel City 4/Stone u/s), Love/Sick (Obsessive Impulsive), and Second Line (Andy - Pace New Musicals) plus Drowsy Chaperone (George - Quisisana Resort).
Lexie Bloom - Theater Division
Lexie Bloom has spent the last decade teaching dance and theater classes for many local programs in the DFW area. She has developed Fine Arts programs for local homeschooling students to meet the need of performing arts education. She has written and directed many original shows and continues to challenge her creativity in classes and on stage. Lexie is married to her high school sweetheart and is a mother of two. She is very excited to join the Ohlook family and to inspire students to expand their creativity and grow in their craft.
Madi Bready - Theater/Film Division
Madi is a professional actor based in Los Angeles. She grew up performing on the Ohlook stage, and now works in film and television. Madi is a certified yoga teacher and enjoys teaching classes at various studios in LA to stay grounded and keep up with her fitness. Madi is excited to virtually return to Ohlook, her forever home away from home, to teach this summer!