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What we're all about is you—the student and parents.

Our organization's passion is to cultivate, through the performing arts, the talents, character, confidence, and spirit of excellence in youth, ages five through college. We provide youth with opportunities to perform in stage plays and musicals. Our learning environment is encouraging and family-friendly.

As a young person, being able to participate in live theater from a young age is one of the most enriching experiences one can have. That’s what we have been providing at Spotlight Productions OKC.


Hundreds of youth have learned what it is to take on a role, memorize lines and stage directions, and draw from their inner talents to make characters come entertainingly alive on stage.

We would like to help launch and further your theatrical experience. So, come on and join us!



As a playwright and director, Missy Wood has transformed student actors into all kinds of entertaining characters and transported audiences to imaginary worlds of adventure, mystery and comedy. A thirty-year performing arts veteran of the stage, she has brought over fifty productions to life for audiences numbering in the thousands. Much loved, she has inspired students to pursue drama degrees in college and as a profession.

Presently, she is director of Spotlight Productions OKC, which conducts year-round productions and drama camps for aspiring students. She is also the new director of Shine Drama, the popular Edmond-based student drama troupe.


"You've taught me so much. I'm very grateful for everything you do!"

                                                 —Cassie J.

"Thanks for giving me many leadership skills. They've made me come a long way! Love You!"

                                                 —Carter J.

About Us

"Thank you for everything. This experience has been amazing and means a lot to me."

                                                 —Trinity N.

Michelle Wood

Ken Wood

Executive Director

Ken is the executive producer Spotlight Productions OKC, coordinating all of Spotlight's musical theater productions from start to finish.


He is a produced screenwriter and triple threat playwright, composing book, lyrics and music.


He has produced musical performance numbers for grand-scale productions drawing 9,000 spectators per performance. He is the creator and producer of the new musical, BETWIXT AND BETWEEN, THE TRUE ORIGIN OF PETER PAN, currently being workshopped.


His Irish whistle album, Portals to Heaven, was awarded "Best Instrumental Album of the Year in 2010. He produced two subsequent instrumental albums, Acoustic Retreat I and Acoustic Retreat II. 


He founded Ken Wood Advertising Agency at age 23 which became an award-winning jingle-writing, copywriting, and producing company.

Tia Self

Vocal Director

Tia Self is the music director at Spotlight. She directed Beauty and the Beast, Jr., The Music Man Jr., and Mary Poppins. 


She holds a masters degree in music and has directed School orchestras and choirs in the Putnam City and Edmond public schools for many years.


Also a vocal instructor, Tia knows how to bring out the best in her students.

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Samantha Russell


Samantha Russell is from Hattiesburg, Mississippi where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography at the University of Southern Mississippi in May, 2016 with Highest Honors. While at USM, Samantha was recognized in her department for Outstanding Junior and Most Memorable Senior Piece. 


While completing her undergraduate degree, Samantha attended the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina for two summers where she studied undernumerous artists including: Elizabeth Corbett (Forsythe Company), Jennifer Nugent (Bill T. Jones Company) Teena Marie Custer (Venus Fly Trap Crew), Pamela Pietro (Anthony Morgan Dance Company), Gerri Houlihan (Lar Lubovitch Dance Company) and Sherone Price (Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble). 


Shortly after graduating from USM, Samantha moved to Edmond, Oklahoma to perform for a season with Arrows International Dance Company. Since moving to the OKC area, Samantha has taught at multiple studios where she loves sharing her passion for dance with her students and enjoys teaching many styles of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, and contemporary. Samantha currently teaches at Ascend Studios and Spotlight Productions OKC.

Neí Bass
Guest Choreographer

Neí Bass choreographed Spotlight's Summer 2017 production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr., and Our Summer 2018 production of Mary Poppins.

She is a multi-award-winning performer who has a passion for choreography and for training young people and children in all types of dance for the Broadway stage.

J. Clayton Winters
Guest Director 

J. Clayton Winters directed Spotlight’s spring musical, The Music Man, Jr. 


He is a professional actor and member of Actors Equity Association. He is also a Lead Coach and Consultant of Audition Boss an online coaching service for High School, University, and Professional Theatre Artists. 


As a performer Clayton has worked regionally in theaters Kansas to Connecticut and throughout much of the Southeast and Texas. 


He has had the good fortune to work as part of the production team on projects at The Goodspeed Opera House (CT), Arena Stage (DC), Riverside Center of Performing Arts (VA), Virginia Rep (VA), Jenny Wiley Theatre (KY), and Great Plains Theatre (KS). 


He is happy to be joining Spotlight and ready to help your students fall deeper in love with Theatre!

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