Serving Alaska's Youth Since 1984
Michelle Carton is an Elementary School Librarian and Global Education Ambassador for the US State Department. Arts, drama, dance, theatre, and writing have been a prominent element in Michelle's life for the past 25 years. Michelle holds a Master's Degree in Innovative Education from Alaska Pacific University, and uses it to spread new ideas in education. In part as a 2014 BP Teachers of Excellence, Michelle has been able to move into a professional development leadership role and travels the world educating teachers and students. Her favorite acting role to date has been the Wicked Witch of the West in ATY's production of The Wizard of Oz, and someday she plans to resurrect the role again. ATY holds a special place in Michelle's heart having directed, acted, and supported her oldest daughter acting with ATY.
Hannah Muennich is known for her expressive stage presence, and her love of teaching and
communicating with children. She has lived in Alaska most of her life and has been involved with both
chorale and theatrical activities around Anchorage. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music with an
emphasis in Voice and Communication from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California and
hopes to pursue graduate studies in the future.
Hannah currently teaches private voice instruction through Solstice Vocal Arts and group music classes
through Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy. She is an Alaska NATS member and is passionate about
offering the highest standard of the fine arts.
While Hannah’s focus is on vocal instruction, she also has a desire to teach piano, communications,
theatrical techniques and stage administration. Her experience in directing includes shows such as
Alaska Theatre of Youth’s “Beauty & the Beast, Jr.”, “Seussical the Musical, Jr.” and “The Stinky Cheese
Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.”
Hannah has the skill to relate with people and teach with a relaxing demeanor, which in turn makes
learning music and theatre fun for all ages!
Teeka Ballas grew up in a music and theatre household. Her mother was a stage director, actress and theatre manager, her father was a booking agent for bebop bands and her grandfather was a renowned jazz pianist. Her first degree was in voice and music composition, and she worked in Los Angeles for many years as a studio and stage singer, and a voice over artist. With a conscious change of life, she began writing long form and obtained degrees in journalism in Texas and in Alaska. After 12 years of working as a freelance and staff journalist, she returned to her roots by directing a musical with the ATY Summer Conservatory. This ultimately is what led Teeka to obtain a Masters in the Art of Teaching degree. She now is a middle school language arts teacher at Begich Middle School, and has continued to direct musicals with ATY for the past five years. She is passionate about the mission and vision of the organization and wants to see ATY continue to teach, inspire and build the self esteems of Anchorage's youth.