Linda D. Hughes, Founder
In her own career, she has directed Les Miserables, West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver, Fiddler on the Roof , Annie, Big River, and many more. Hughes served as executive director of Amarillo Little Theatre Children’s Academy from 1979 until initially joining the AC workforce in 1983, and during that particular tenure at the College she was the recipient of several service awards from the likes of the Kennedy Foundation, the Texas House of Representatives, the Amarillo Women’s Forum and the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce.
Matthew T. Payne, Program Coordinator
Shaped by well-known local teachers such as Stephen Crandall, Carrie Huckabay, Marcus Bradford, Jill Ludington and Royal Brantley, Matthew started his professional career in Chicago.
Since leaving Texas, Matthew has performed all over the country at venues such as The Beat Kitchen, The Second City, The iO Theater, The Double Door, The Annoyance, Fenway Stadium, Wrigley Field, Old North Church, The Black Ensemble Theater, the Pritzker Pavilion, and on many university and college campuses from coast to coast.
Outside of the realm of performance, Matthew has worked with the Mercury Theater, The Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. He has written songs for the Starfleet Singers, The Cupid Players, the rapper Chore Boy, and the nationally acclaimed comedy-rap group Handsome Naked.
After touring educational institutions of all kinds throughout the United States, Matthew insists "there's something in the water. I've worked with youth all around this country, and the sharpest talent is coming from right here in West Texas."
Matthew served first as a summer instructor, and then an assistant director, and then a director. Finally, he spent a year as an instructor before assuming the position of Program Coordinator.