Kim Cozort Kay
(Director of Education) A multi-award-winning actress, Kim is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and Screen Actors’ Guild. Kim has bachelor and master degrees in music education with a concentration in vocal performance. She has shared the stage with Broadway veterans Charles Nelson Reilly, Hal Holbrook, and Richard Kind. As Education Director at the award-winning Blowing Rock Stage Company, she produced productions of High School Musical, and the tours of Sleepwalk and Bang, Bang, You're Dead.Credits also include music direction: Bak Middle School, Maltz Conservatory and Kravis' Disney in Schools Program. Her work at the Maltz garnered her an Active GEAR-UP teaching award. Kim resides in Jupiter with her husband, actor/director/teacher Kenneth Kay. Kim and her husband Ken formed their own production company (Kay-Squared Productions) in anticipation of the world premiere of her one-woman show, Silver Shadows; Dark Side of the Mountain.
(Director of WILLY WONKA) Allen McCoy has been acting, directing, producing and teaching for over 35 years. As a member of AEA, he has held acting contracts with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Court Theatre, Indiana Repertory, Drury Lane Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, Boarshead Theatre, Orlando Repertory, Universal Studios and the Walt Disney World Resort. He has held the artistic director position for Circle Theatre Company in Orlando, FL and the Timestep Players in Chicago, IL. He has served as director of education at both the North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh, NC, and the Ocala Civic Theatre in Ocala, FL. He has directed over 40 productions and has served as production manager, fight choreographer and movement coach for numerous others. Prior to joining Palm Beach Atlantic, Allen taught theatre at Seminole State College and the University of Central Florida. He has been married to Tracy McCoy for over 30 years and they are blessed with two wonderful daughters, Jesse Linn and Jenna Lee. He h as served a theatre professor, Department Chair, and Artistic Director for Palm Beach Atlantic University Theatre since 2012.
(Choreographer/Music Director for WILLY WONKA) Jesse McCoy is a performer/choreographer/director from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is a senior in the Musical Theatre track at PBA. Jesse is so excited to be working on Grease and Willy Wonka for the Maltz Jr. Conservatory Program. Acting credits from PBA Theatre include: Prentiss in Peter and the Starcatcher, Louise in Sunday in the Park with George and Assistant Choreographer for Hecuba. She has been blessed to be a part of the top 40 in Season 16's So You Think You Can Dance. Jesse has choreographed and assistant directed many of Palm Beach Atlantic University's Children's Theatre productions such as The Addams Family Jr, Fiddler on The Roof Jr, Matilda Jr, Annie Jr, and The Orphan Train. She has also choreographed and co-directed many productions for Kids Theatre Kamp, including Grease Jr, High School Musical Jr, and others. Other credits include choreographer for Miami Children's Theatre's production of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical as well as choreographer for The King's Academy's production of Matilda Jr. She is thrilled to now be making her directing debut for PBA Children's Theatre's production of Winnie The Pooh. She is also thrilled to now be a part of the Matlz's Jr. Conservatory Program alongside her family.