Our instructors & staff
Performing Arts Instructor Bios-
Michelle Beasley (LYT Artistic Director, Drama, Musical Theatre)- veteran homeschool mom of 2 who founded LifeLight Youth Theatre in 1999 and has had the joy of educating over 1000 students in theatre arts and has over 25 years theatrical experience (performing, stage managing, teaching and directing) in the secular and sacred arenas. Her students are continually awarded scholarships and accepted to renowned university theatre programs and many students have gone onto theatre careers. LYT alumni are professional actors with local companies such as The Muny, Opera Theatre of St Louis, New Line Theatre, Missouri Ballet Theatre and St Louis Ballet and with well- known regional and national theatre companies such as Boothbay Playhouse and Musical Theatre of Wichita and many are sharing with the next generation by being theatre educators. Her directing and choreography credits include but are not limited to, Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma and The King & I, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, Godspell, Annie, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Seussical and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Michelle is so grateful for the opportunity to mentor young people by guiding them to find God's purpose for them through their gifts and doing it for the glory of God.
Sheri Sabbert (LYT Music Director, Group Voice & Intermediate & Advanced Private Voice) - has a lifelong background in instrumental and vocal music. She has studied and performed various instruments, has directed several choirs, and was the founder and director of a large church drama ministry. She has worked in musical theatre for over 20 years and has trained hundreds of students in good vocal technique. Sheri’s passion for music centers around a love for communicating messages in song and she is excited to work with LYT students on the vocal techniques and skills that will equip them to think beyond the notes and words to make each song something the audience doesn’t just hear, but something they experience!
Lauren McCart (LYT Choreographer, Ballet/Jazz, Tutu Tots)- received her training at St Louis Ballet with Gen Horiuchi and Ellen Costanza, She continued her training at North Carolina Dance Theatre as a merit scholarship student and attended Pacific Northwest Ballet summer intensive with a merit scholarship from the Dance Council. Lauren was also accepted into the prestigious School of American Ballet summer training program. After graduation Lauren was asked to join the Saint Louis Ballet company as a professional ballerina and also danced 3 seasons with Missouri Ballet Theatre. She has performed professionally the lead in George Balanchine's "Valse Fantasies", Pas de Trois in "Swan Lake", The Sugar Plum Fairy in "The Nutcracker", as well as in various roles in "Giselle", "Cinderella" and "The Sleeping Beauty". Along with her passion for ballet, she loves musical theatre and trained with LYT and has been seen on stages around St. Louis including The Muny.
Alyssa Arnold (Beginner Private Voice) – received her voice training at LifeLight Youth Theatre under Sheri Sabbert and Jenifer Jenkins. Alyssa is a college student who received her theatre and vocal training at LYT. During her time at LifeLight, Alyssa played Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz , Fiona in Shrek and Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins.
Tabitha Coffman (Tap dance)- is beginning her 3rd year teaching with LYT. Tabitha is assistant choregrapher and is a LYT alumni and she began her training at LifeLight when she was only 8 yrs old.