Theatre Major Faculty

Erin Horst

Theatre

Erin is thrilled to join the Inspire team this school year. Prior to living in Chico, she directed the theatre program at Fruita Monument High School in Fruita, Colorado. Erin earned a Master of Arts degree in Theatre (emphasis in history and dramaturgy) from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance (acting) from Chapman University in Orange, California. Erin has performed and worked with a variety of theatre companies in Kansas City and Southern California. Kansas City credits include: Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Starlight Theatre, the Unicorn Theatre (Kansas City), the award-winning children’s theatre in Kansas City – The Coterie Theatre, and The Barn Players. Southern California credits include: Shakespeare Orange County, the Performing Arts Society at Chapman, and the La Jolla Playhouse. Erin has also directed productions at high schools in both Western Colorado and Kansas City. High School directing credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Bye Bye Birdie!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and A Piece of My Heart. In addition to high school directing credits, Erin served as the assistant director for The Sound of Music at one of the country’s largest outdoor theatres, Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park. Erin is excited to make Chico her new hometown, along with her husband, Kyle, infant son, James, and Labrador mix, KC. When she isn’t teaching or working in theatre, Erin enjoys camping, jogging, painting, listening to music, and spending time with family.
 

Mary Lou Lim

Vocal Music
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Mary Lou loves being able to teach at a school where her students are passionate about what they are learning.  She has been at Inspire since the school began, enjoying the challenge of developing the vocal music and musical theatre programs.  She is passionate about helping students find their voice—both as singers and as story-tellers.  She is the Vocal Music Director for Inspire’s musical theatre shows, and the annual Musical Theatre Showcase.  She also works with student leaders of the small vocal groups WeBMajor and One Voice, as well as directing The Gents, Inspire’s men’s choir.  Her work in the community includes co-founding and co-directing Synergism, a local women’s choir.  Mary Lou’s roots in teaching go back to her early years as an elementary classroom music and band teacher, which she did for 8 years before she and her husband, optometrist Dr. Edward Lim, raised their family of 4 children.  After 25 years away from teaching, and a Master of Arts in Piano from Chico State, and many hours of work as an accompanist in local schools and churches, she became the Choral Director at Chico High School, which led to the fulfillment of a dream—being a part of the creation of a school for the arts and sciences.  When she is not teaching or music- directing a show, you’ll probably find her playing with a granddaughter—she currently has four, with another on the way!  

Jarrah Myles

Dance / Theatre
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Jarrah is a Chico native who is very excited to be developing the dance and theater programs for Inspire School of Arts & Sciences. She teaches most of the dance  and technical theatre classes at Inspire and has directed The Wizard of Oz and Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville since joining the staff. She also choreographed A Midsummer Nights Dream & Brigadoon, works as the Production Director for Inspire and coordinates the ISPE Program. She is currently an Assistant Director of Chico Community Ballet, directing the Pre-Company and Jr. II Divisions and works closely with the ballet throughout the year on numerous projects including stage managing The Nutcracker, Keeping Dance Alive!, and coming up this December Cinderella. Jarrah was the Assistant Director of Full Force Dance Company for two years after stepping down as the Company’s Artistic Director from 2005-2008. She coordinated the Bidwell Jr. High after school dance program for five years and taught Introduction to University Life at CSU, Chico for three years. Currently, she loves to spend time with her little girl, Ashlynn, who turns five in August and enjoys teaching ballet at Chico Creek Dance Centre along with all styles of dance at Inspire. Jarrah also coordinates the CI Dance Team, a grant funded after-school collaborative dance program for Inspire and Chico High students. Jarrah has a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. Musical Theatre from CSU, Chico and did her Masters and teaching credential work at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education in Dance Education and Administration. In her free time she loves to choreograph and design makeup, costumes, lights, and sets for theater. Jarrah loves her hometown and is happy to be sharing her passion for learning and the arts with students of all ages. “Life is short so... DANCE!” 
 
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