Halifax Repertory Theatre welcomes new artistic director

Jennifer McGill, a former Disney Mouseketeer, brings over 30 years of arts experience to the position.

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  • | 4:00 p.m. March 26, 2024
Jennifer McGill. Courtesy photo
Jennifer McGill. Courtesy photo
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Halifax Repertory Theatre has appointed Jennifer McGill as its new artistic director. 

McGill is bringing over 30 years of experience in the arts. Her journey began in Orlando when she joined the Disney Channel’s “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club” as a Mouseketeer at 10 years old. Since then, McGill has worked as a speaker, recording artist, songwriter and vocal coach. She has performed alongside artists such as Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and more, according to a press release.

"I could not be more excited to add Jennifer McGill to Halifax Repertory Theatre," said Sandy Cook, Executive Director of Halifax Repertory Theatre. "Jennifer is an incredible woman and mentor. She has so much talent and her extensive experience make her the perfect fit for HRT. Jennifer is a wonderful addition to the HRT family where she can continue to teach, inspire and entertain people of all ages."

After graduating with honors from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, McGill performed in the "American VYBE" a capella group at Disney World and coached Disney's "Magic Music Days" choral groups. She is also the co- creator and director of two live touring shows, “Bravehearted Girls: The Warrior Princess Quest” and “Freedom Fighters”.

In 2017, McGill released her full-length pop inspirational album, “Unbreakable."

 As artistic director, McGill will lead HRT in "producing innovative and compelling productions while providing guidance and mentorship to emerging artists including elite level vocal instruction," the press release states.

"I am honored to join the Halifax Repertory Theatre family and to contribute to the vibrant arts scene in Ormond Beach," McGill said. "I believe in the transformative power of theatre to inspire, educate, and unite communities. I look forward to collaborating with the talented team at Halifax Repertory Theatre and to creating unforgettable experiences."

McGill will begin offering private voice lessons in April and will head up HRT's youth performance and competition team. 

"Jennifer McGill embodies the heart and soul of HRT," said Jack Cook, chairman of HRT's board of directors. "She is an incredible performer, an inspiring teacher, and a creative visionary who will immediately join the front lines of our community’s cultural renaissance and will be a springboard for the youth of Volusia County who are considering making the arts a part of their future."



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