Damon and Bridget Taylor have a passion for children and supporting them in expressing their God-given gifts through the arts. Thousands of artists and families in the Greater Kansas City Area have been touched by their commitment to arts education. Trilogy Cultural Arts Centre is the third major theater school the couple has founded in the Kansas City area over the last two decades providing opportunity for training and performance for artists ages 3 through adult in theater, dance, music and art. Their students have achieved many theatrical, radio, and television successes, locally and nationally, in addition to receiving opportunities in voice over and commercial work.
Meet the Team
Our dream is supporting and growing leaders in the arts through out our world.
Founder & Executive Director
Bridget Taylor, attended Northern Illinois University for her Business and Arts degree. She is the Executive Artistic Director of Trilogy and has developed and written curriculum for dance, voice, acting, visual art, theater and arts leadership. Bridget’s private voice students perform throughout the KC Metro area. Bridget has also produced and directed original musicals including When the Last Leaf Falls, Clue the Murder Mystery Musical and Rhythm City. Bridget is passionate about training children and families in the arts and promoting positive leadership to benefit our community. Bridget works along side the talented staff to direct and/or produce Trilogy’s amazing main-stage productions.
Founder & Artistic Director
Damon Taylor, a graduate of The American Academy of Art, is an internationally published author and illustrator of over 20 Christian children’s books. His 30-year career in the arts spans graphic design, advertising, and marketing for clients such as Golden Books, Children’s Television Workshop, VTech, Rigby Publishing, and The Church of the Resurrection. Damon’s expertise is seen in Trilogy’s excellent promotional materials, set design, and visual arts training. In 2013, Damon produced a musical based on one of his books, Pudge At a Prophet. Most recently, Damon has adapted Caleb Crosses the Country into a Reader’s Theater presentation.
Ben Wray came to Trilogy with 15 years of school music teaching experience and 25 years of private lesson teaching experience in piano and voice. Attending classes at the University of North Texas, Washburn University and the University of Kansas, Ben earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education. Since coming to Trilogy, Ben has developed vibrant studio of piano and voice student. He serves as the music director on Trilogy productions as well as offering private voice and voice classes, and private piano lessons. Ben also serves as a worship leader at his church and is a freelance pianist playing piano in and around the Kansas City area.
Director of Theater Studies
Shelby Taylor serves as Trilogy’s Director of Theater Studies. Her training includes The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London and Oklahoma City University where she earned her BA in Theater.
Director Ronan Stunts Company
Coleman Taylor is the Director of Trilogy’s Ronan Stunts Company. He earned his certification in film/stage stunts and combat from The University of Hawaii. He has had roles in TV and film featuring his acting and stunts skills.
Hannah Rogg Taylor began her time at Trilogy as a student and has since become a member of the Trilogy and Taylor family. Hannah holds a degree from Southwest Baptist University. She teaches theater and stage movement classes at Trilogy.
Abby Munton holds a B.A. in Theatre from Southwest Baptist University. Abby is from Houston, TX and has just recently moved to the Kansas City area. She thrives working with students and feels called to share her passion of theatre with them. She teaches musical theatre classes and stage manages for Trilogy’s productions. In her free time, you can find her at a local coffee shop or out taking pictures of God’s creation!
Voice and Music Instructor
Kourtney Black holds a degree in Music Education from the Wheaton Conservatory and brings a wealth of experience to her work. A recipient of numerous awards in both performance and teaching, Kourtney’s vibrant personality and open heart make studying with her a delight. Kourtney offers private lessons in classical and contemporary voice.
Alex Wallace holds a BFA with a dual emphasis in modern and ballet from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her studies included time at Cincinnati Ballet, BalletMet, Joffery Ballet School in NYC, and many others. Alex is currently a company member with Quixotic. Alex teaches Modern, Jazz, Ballet, and Tap.
Emily Ryall grew up in San Diego, CA, and began dancing at the age of three. Upon graduating from high school, Emily moved to Winston-Salem, NC to further her training at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, with a major in ballet. At UNCSA she trained under the instruction of Nina Danilova, Warren Conover, Susan McCullough, Susan Jaffe, and Ethan Stiefel, among others. Emily performed in many of the school’s major productions such as Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda, Paquita, Balanchine’s Symphony Concertante, and The Nutcracker. After graduating in 2014, Emily moved to Kansas City to join Kansas City Ballet as a part of their Second Company, under the direction of Anthony Krtuzkamp. There she performed alongside the company in Alice (in Wonderland), The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, and the premier of Viktor Plotnikov’s Vesna. Some performance highlights with the Second Company include performing Krutzkamp’s Piece Mail for TedX KC, and performing alongside the band Pink Martini in their concert at Helzberg Hall. In May of 2016, Emily was brought on as a core artist for Quixotic. Since she has joined, Emily has been touring and performing with Quixotic both locally in Kansas City, as well as around the country, including Las Vegas, Colorado, Ohio, Indiana, Arkansas, Alaska, and most recently Los Angeles. She looks forward to another fun year at Trilogy Cultural Arts to continue to teach and share her love for dance with the students!
Sarah Joan Smith
Sarah Joan Smith from Columbia, South Carolina, began her training at the age of 8 in Kiev, Ukraine. She continued dancing at Columbia Ballet School with Anita Ashley. Ms. Smith attended summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, San Francisco Ballet, and Boston Ballet. She attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2010. Following graduation in 2012, she became a trainee with Boston Ballet. In 2013, Ms. Smith joined Richmond Ballet’s second company under Stoner Winslett and Igor Antonov. She enjoyed performing in many ballets including Mozartiana, Valse Fantaise, Carmina Burana and Rite of Spring. She was a featured soloist in Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, and works by Val Caniparoli