Drew Baker became Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre’s artistic coordinator in 2009, and since 2022 she has served as artistic director. During her tenure, she has directed Aladdin JR., Alice in Wonderland, Annie JR., Charlotte’s Web, Elf The Musical JR., The Little Mermaid JR., Mary Poppins JR., Peter Pan JR., Thoroughly Modern Millie JR., and The Wizard of Oz, among others.
Drew received her Bachelor of Music, her Master of Fine Arts, and her Juris Doctor from The University of Alabama, and she has continued her involvement with UA’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Recent acting credits there include Hay Fever, Something Cloudy, Something Clear, The Glass Menagerie, The Rivals, The Winter’s Tale, and Young Frankenstein.
Throughout her life she has been an active performer with Theatre Tuscaloosa, including credits in A Little Night Music, Bye Bye Birdie, Cabaret, Dearly Departed, Dracula, Driving Miss Daisy, Lost in Yonkers, Moon Over Buffalo, My Fair Lady, Noises Off, Nunsense, Rumors, Steel Magnolias, The 39 Steps, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Wit, among others. For her performance in Theatre Tuscaloosa’s production of The End of the Line, she received Best Actress at the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s 2018 Community Theatre Festival. She has received five T. Earle Johnson Awards, Theatre Tuscaloosa’s honor celebrating excellence among its community volunteers.
The Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa has awarded Drew three Druid Arts Awards, celebrating her commitment to the Tuscaloosa arts community.
Jessica Prather has her Bachelor of Science in Educational and English Language Arts from the University of North Alabama. She spent five years at Theatre Tuscaloosa as assistant to the costumer before coming to Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre.
Jessica’s first show with TCT was Little Mermaid Jr. in spring 2022. Her favorite TCT memory is during the cast party of Little Mermaid. She recalls, “after they presented me with my poster, Drew told the cast I was costuming for the next show and all of the cast members yelled and screamed in excitement. There is no praise or compliment that is higher than that.”
Jessica is married, has two children, two dogs, two cats and five chickens.
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