MEET THE STUDIO 52 FACULTY

Lauren Rogers Hopkins
Matthew Glover
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Lauren Rogers Hopkins received her B.F.A in Music Theatre from Elon University. She grew up at Flat Rock Playhouse in the YouTheatre program and later worked for the theatre as an educator, choreographer, and the summer Apprentice director. In New York, Lauren assisted Germaine Salsberg at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway and performed with Germaine’s tap group, Les Femmes. For the past five years, Lauren was the studio director, performance program director, tap coordinator and choreographer for Bluffton School of dance in Bluffton, SC. Her choreography won Entertainment Awards & Critics Choice Awards at Onstage New York, and she was nominated for the MTA Choreography Showcase at LA Dance Magic. As a performer, Lauren is a member of the Actor's Equity Association. Favorite credits include Jennyanydots in Cats, Sarah in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Tammy in Hairspray and Silly Girl in Disney’s Beauty and The Beast. Lauren is currently a Professor of Dance and the Resident Choreographer at Converse College.  She is so excited to be back at one of her most favorite places on earth, doing what she loves the most!

 

Hanley Smith grew up gleefully seeing shows at Flat Rock Playhouse whenever she visited her Hendersonville-based grandparents. She joined the Vagabond Family - and fell in love with acting - as a Flat Rock Apprentice in 2004, appearing in Beauty and the Beast and The Man Who Came to Dinner. She received a BA in English and Theatre from Davidson College and has since performed in dozens of Equity productions all over the country. Some favorites include: Maria in The Sound of Music; Laura in The Glass Menagerie; Cathy in The Last Five Years (directed by Jason Alexander); Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest; Fantine in Les Misérables; Major Barbara in Major Barbara; and Luisa in The Fantasticks. As a singer, she has performed with the USO Show Troupe, Sing for Your Seniors, and her folk trio, A Band Called Honalee. As an educator, she has served as a Programs Coordinator and Teacher for the arts nonprofit R.Evolución Latina for over ten years, encouraging youth and adult artists through disciplines such as musical theatre, Shakespeare, clowning, on-camera technique, and ensemble-building. Hanley is thrilled to return to The Rock, where her love of the performing arts really took flight, and to receive the gift of working with youth artists, who are truly her favorite humans on earth.

Christa Mattheus has had a passion for theatre since a young age. She has been introduced to all sides of theatre throughout her life. She began this journey in 2015, appearing in The Wizard of Oz. She continued that journey throughout her schooling, appearing in many shows, including Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Hamlet or Does Father Reeeeeeally Know Best, and many other wonderful productions. Some favorites of hers include Timon in The Lion King, Lily in Annie, and she auditioned once again for The Wizard of Oz and was cast as the Wicked Witch. She is pursuing a degree in Theatre Education and is excited to educate the younger generation. Another experience Christa was a part of was the teen ensemble at Studio 52, her senior year of high school. Lastly, Christa's most exciting theatre involvement was over the summer of 2022 as a Studio 52 Summer Intern. Christa is ecstatic about continuing her dream of teaching theatre.

 

Matthew Glover (Artistic Associate) is a Director, Choreographer, and Music Director. He became a Vagabond at age 11, performing in The Sound of Music and The Will Rogers Follies. He continued as a YouTheatre student. Matthew received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Elon University and traveled the world performing in national tours, at regional theaters, on cruise ships, and at theme parks. As a director and choreographer, Matthew’s work has been featured on stages across the country, including FRP's recent productions of South Pacific, FRP Christmas, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid. Matthew served as the Director of Dance at Burton, a performing arts high school in Virginia, taught as a music director and choreographer at Mill Mountain Theatre Conservatory, choreographed at Washington and Lee College, and has been a guest instructor  for numerous dance companies and competitions.  Matthew is grateful to be a part of the artistic community that first sparked his love of theatre and excited to give back to the next generation of artists at Studio 52.  

Tania Battista’s relationship with Flat Rock Playhouse began in 1997 as an Apprentice. For the following 15 years she wore many hats from performing in Main Stage performances, working as a backstage dresser, and teaching hundreds of kids in a variety of classes. She became the Director of Elementary Education and special events not long after the Education Building opened its doors. She continued to teach, direct, organize parades and special events and perform until 2014. She returned in 2019 to teach for Studio 52. Tania has a passion for working with kids and finds their playful spirits, enthusiasm, and innocent perspective on life quite infectious. 

 

 

 

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Physical Address:
1855 Little River Road
Flat Rock, NC, 28731 

 

Mailing Address:

PO Box 310 • Flat Rock, NC 28731

​Administrative Hours:
Monday - Friday (10 AM - 5 PM)

Phone: 
​828.693.0731

Box Office:
828.693.0731

Email:

lrogershopkins@flatrockplayhouse.org

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