OUR PEOPLE

Deborah Jung
Deborah teaching on stage

We are a musical theatre company for all ages. Obviously with a name like Kids Who Care, we are more than theatre. At the end of the day, what we produce are great kids! 

Deborah Jung

MEET THE Founder & Executive Director

Deborah Jung

Since 1989, Deborah has produced and directed tours of Kids Who Care Touring Company original musicals and KWC Performing Arts theatre productions.

The Kids Who Care Touring Company has performed in New York on Times Square and Off-Broadway, The Kennedy Center, Bass Hall, and Disneyland, Teatro Municipale in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in addition to more venues across the country, world, and even once at 30,000 feet on an American Airlines Wish Flight.

Deborah has directed many KWC main stage productions, including A Christmas Carol, West Side Story, A Christmas Story, Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Godspell, Narnia, Wizard of Oz, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Under Deborah’s direction, KWC Performing Arts has also produced family concerts with Peter Yarrow, Trout Fishing in America, Sara Hickman, Inca Son, Eddie Coker, and Joseph Vincelli.

Deborah designed KidPower Leadership in 1993. This leadership model, originally designed for summer student leaders, has become an essential element for all leadership at KWC Performing Arts. As a consultant, she and the KWC staff now produce KidPower Leadership workshops for corporations, schools, and other nonprofits staffs and boards.

Prior to founding KWC Performing Arts, Jung was in the Resident Company at Casa Mañana Playhouse (1975-1989), where she directed and/or appeared in over 75 productions. She was the Company Manager for Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park for ten years. During that time, Deborah created the Shakespeare Acting Institute and appeared onstage in Hamlet and Macbeth.

Deborah received her BA in Speech and Drama from Trinity University in San Antonio with a Secondary Certification for Speech and Drama with the Texas Education Agency. She is a member of Who’s Who, Mortar Board, the Live Theatre League, and the Rotary Club of Fort Worth. Most recently, Deborah was a recipient of the Fort Worth Business Press C-Suite Awards in 2019. She also was awarded The Heart of Gold Award from the Arts Council of Fort Worth (2018), the Legacy of Women Award for the Arts (2008), and was a Great Women of Texas honoree (2007).

Amanda began her KWC journey as a 5-year-old performer. Throughout her childhood, she expanded her involvement from performer to KidPower Leader and Board Member. She maintained her ties to KWC as a Resident Artist, songwriter, and alumni representative.
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Amanda Williams Ware

Grants and
Outcomes Specialist
and PAC Operations Director

Tracy's knowledge of Fort Worth serves her well at KWC. As she travels from community event to community event, she champions KWC and connects people every step of the way. Tracy previously worked for nearly 20 years in commercial real estate and was a longtime KWC volunteer.
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Tracy Cliburn

Community & Donor
Engagement Director

RACHEL WILLIAMS

Business Operations Director

SYDNIE ROY

Education & Touring 
Company Director

Michelle McCullough is thrilled to be joining the staff of KWC as Production Manager! Michelle has spent 15 years as a production manager and teaching stage manager in New York City and Dallas/Fort Worth, for theatres all over, including Stage West, Casa Manana, Trinity Shakespeare...
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Michelle McCullough

Production Manager

Courtney graduated from Tarleton State University with her bachelor's degree in Business Managment as well as earned an Associates in Small Business-Entrepreneurship from Tarrant County College.
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COURTNEY DOUGLAS

Accounting

Erica Herrera graduated from Oklahoma City University with a BFA in Acting and a minor in Directing.
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ERICA HERRERA

Executive Administrative Assistant

Chad Jung has designed 300+ productions for opera, theatre, music, and dance worldwide. As a teacher and mentor, he is devoted to inspiring the next generation of young leaders. He is the Resident Lighting Designer for the Fort Worth Opera.
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CHAD R. JUNG

Resident Lighting Designer

Teaching Artists

  • Deborah Jung
  • Sydnie Roy
  • Natalie Hinds
  • Lorie Grandclair-Diaz
  • Solice Surles-Ingram
  • Kathryn Priest
  • Devyn Woodruff

Associated Artists

KWC thrives on partnership and community. We’re grateful for the community we’ve built over the last 30 years with our Associated Artists. These talented individuals have used their skills to mentor and train young performers in everything from writing to scenic design, dance, composition and production.

BOARD of DIRECTORS

HAYDEN HILL

Board President
BentOak Capital 

Hayden is a Wealth Advisor at BentOak Capital. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Personal Financial Planning.

In addition to serving as President of our board, he currently serves as President-Elect of the Texas Tech Personal Financial Planning Alumni Advisory Board. He is actively involved in the Young Business Leaders of Weatherford, Weatherford Chamber of Commerce, and East Parker Chamber of Commerce activities. Hayden is also a graduate of Leadership Fort Worth.

“As Board President, my goal is to help the organization live out our mission of empowering our youth to achieve their dreams. We are much more than just a musical theatre company; we produce entrepreneurs, business owners, performers, and leaders. We produce great kids!”

Merrell Banks
Board Treasurer
J.P. Morgan Chase

Kimberly Buckley
Board Secretary
Freese & Nichols, Inc.

Marshall B. Robinson
Board Donor Relations
Critical Rental Solutions

Terri Attaway
Fort Worth Housing Solutions

Dr. Kayla S. Kelly
Texas A & M Fort Worth

Jana Henthorn
Community Volunteer

Rev. Allison Lanza
Community Volunteer

Tiffany Myles
Marie Leighelle Consulting

Breinn Richter
Collective Leadership Strategies

Diana Simeroth
Maverick Fine Western Wear

Colte Smith
Remnant Financial

Ty Spinks
DR Horton

Willie Sublet III
RSM US LLP

Cecilia Wadley
Enterprise Holdings

Eva Williams
Trinity Metro

ADVISORY BOARD

  • Mike O’Toole
    Chair
    Douglass Interior Products

  • Vernon E. Rew
    Chair
    Whitaker Chalk, PLLC

  • Jon Bonnell
    Bonnell’s, Waters, Buffalo Bros

  • Ignacio Cadena
    Black & Veatch Corp

  • Earl Cox
    Investments & Real Estate

  • Ginny Goodman
    Community Volunteer

  • Lorie Grandclair-Diaz
    Community Volunteer

  • Rev. Raul Gutierrez
    Western Hills UMC

  • Carrie Harrington
    Retired FWISD

  • Grant Harris
    Cook Children’s Health Foundation

  • Lori Henson
    Cuisine for Healing

  • John Killiany
    Red Lobster, Inc.

  • Sue Killiany
    Community Volunteer

  • Jack Larson
    Mellina & Larson, PC

  • Marty Leonard
    Community Volunteer

  • Honorable Mike Moncrief
    Fmr. Mayor of Fort Worth

  • Nancy Payton
    Community Volunteer

  • Gwen Perez
    Freese & Nichols, Inc.

  • Malissa Perkins Summers
    Oil & Gas Attorney

  • Clifton Thiebaud
    Dallas Marriot Las Colinas

  • Sue Turnage
    Happy State Bank

  • Karen Vermaire Fox
    Quindigo Management

  • Brook Whitworth
    Frost

  • Mike Wilkie
    Witherspoon Advertising

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