Priscilla Hummel, Founder & Producing Artistic Director
Priscilla is delighted to be back in the Finger Lakes region where she received her early performing arts training. She is an adjunct professor at Wells College and Western Carolina University where she develops and teaches traditional classroom as well as online theatre and dance courses. She also presents various acting workshops for annual festivals with CNY Arts, including the Michael Harms Theatre Festival and the Theatre Association of New York State. Priscilla is a choreographer and teaching artist for The Hangar Theatre's KIDDSTUFF seasons and Next Generation School of Theatre; she has also choreographed shows for Lansing High School as well as DeWitt, Lansing, and Trumansburg middle schools. She enjoys teaching group fitness classes and physical education courses for Cornell University and Island Health & Fitness.
Prior to her return to the east coast, Priscilla spent nine years in Chicago working as a teaching artist, director, choreographer, producer, and on-camera actor. Concurrently, she served for seven seasons as Education Director at Provision Theater Company--a non-profit Equity theatre. It was here that Priscilla founded and developed youth and outreach programs which offered after-school classes, summer camps, and productions focussing on social change for kids and teens year-round. She also directed and choreographed numerous productions for the theatre for young audiences program and choreographed for the mainstage seasons as well. Priscilla was a proud Company Member and served as Provision's House Manager and Office Manager.
Priscilla's directing and/or choreography credits include Katrina, A New Musical, The Fantasticks, and Godspell (WoW); Mary Poppins Jr., Seussical Jr., and Alice in Wonderland Jr. (Hangar Theatre); Mamma Mia! (Lansing High School); Heidi, Pinocchio, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Wizard of Oz, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!, New Girl, Matthew Three Horn, and Camp Super Friend (Provision Theater); Man of La Mancha and The Phantom of the Opera (Jedlicka Performing Arts Center); Rumplestiltskin, Snoopy!!! the Musical, Pippi Longstocking, and The Bearenstein Bears (Northbrook Musical Theatre for Young Audiences); A Musical Theatre Revue (Trinity Christian College); The Ticking Clock (Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre); The Magic Paintbrush (Theatre Building Chicago); The Music Man (Regent University); and numerous productions for Christian Youth Theatre in Atlanta and Chicago.
On-camera credits include national and regional commercials for RepHresh Gel and Liberty Tax Services; various episodes of The Discovery Channel television series “A Haunting”, “The FBI Files”, and “Psychic Witness”; the lead in the short film “No Witness” with Widescreen Film Productions, and a supporting role in the major motion picture He Sends Rain (available on Netflix). Favorite stage credits include The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne), The Imaginary Invalid (Angelique), The Crucible (Mary Warren), The Music Man (Zaneeta), and The Servant of Two Masters (Clarice).
Priscilla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with a Dance Minor from Brenau University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting with a Directing Concentration from Regent University.
Walking on Water Productions (WoW) is a Tompkins County musical theatre company that empowers local theatre artists by training, collaborating with, and showcasing them through production opportunities, internships, and educational workshops that provide individual development and community connection; together, we present both classics and new works that multi-generational audiences can enjoy.
The vision of WoW is to cultivate a more unified, empathetic, and generous community. We aspire to catalyze inner transformation through musical theatre experiences that stimulate the senses, intrigue the mind, woo the heart, and anchor the soul. We work towards reaching this level of impact by becoming the premiere location for Tompkins County musical theatre artists and audiences.
Producing a variety of published and unpublished musicals
Embracing the development of new musicals through
workshops, staged readings, and world premieres
Offering opportunities for local writers, actors,
and designers to develop and showcase their work
Bridging the gap between theatre for young audiences
and theatre for adult audiences
Mentoring young professional and pre-professional artists
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MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
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