Allison Barron Brandon

Allison Barron Brandon

President • Founder

Mrs. Allison Barron Brandon is the Founder of Wonderland Performing Arts & serves as the company's President. Allison grew up in Lafayette, LA as a dance enthusiast. She studied ballet, tap, & jazz during her childhood and went on to enjoy and study the genres of modern dance, show choir, and musical theatre as a teenager & adult.

She has performed in numerous professional, college, and community theatre productions. Her most recent local performances are Side by Side by Sondheim (2019), Legally Blonde (2018; Paulette), The Bumpy Road (2014; a show she wrote, directed, co-starred & co-produced with Sarah G. Roy), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2106; Rona Lisa Peretti), and Nunsense (2017; Sister Mary Amnesia). In college she played Eliza Doolittle in IPAL's My Fair Lady in 2008. Her ULL musical theatre credits include Les Miserables (2004; Eponine), Into the Woods (2005; Cinderella), & Grease (2007; Rizzo). Before moving back to Lafayette, LA, Allison lived in NOLA where she performed in Let Freedom Swing! (2009-2010; Lorna Baker) at the National WWII Museum, The Wedding Singer (2010; Holly) at Le Petit Theatre, The Drowsy Chaperone (2011; Janet Van de Graaff) at Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre. & Thoroughly Modern Millie (2016; Gloria) at Tulane SLT.

She has an M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans & a B.F.A. in Performing Arts - Theatre from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She's been privileged to attend workshops with the American Theatre Wing & The International Cabaret Conference at Yale University. Some of her instructors in these settings have included: Seth Rudetsky, Faith Prince, Neil Patrick Harris, Anika Noni Rose, Kathleen Marshall, Erv Raible, Sally Mayes, and Sharon McKnight. She was recently accepted into the Broadway Evolved Educators' Workshop where she will learn from Broadway stars including Audra McDonald, Andrew Rannells, Kelly O'Hara, & Laura Osnes.

Throughout her life, she has accumulated 31 years of performance experience; 16 years of choreography experience for projects such as school & community musical theatre, Mardi Gras Balls, & fundraising projects like Dancing with the Stars & Lip Sync Battles (Sacred Heart, Ascension Episcopal, & St. Pius); 9 years of directing experience; 2 years of experience teaching ballet, modern, tap, and musical theatre for The Ballet Studio in Lafayette, LA; 2 years experience teaching grades 2-11 for Lafayette Parish Public School's Talented Theatre program; and 6+ years as a business owner working to bring performing arts to her hometown areas of New Orleans (2010-2011) & Lafayette (2016-2020).

She is the proud mother of Adelaide Greer Brandon (her fantastic 6-year-old daughter).

Allison believes performing arts can transform people, and she is excited to share her knowledge, experience, and love for the arts with others.

Tabatha Roberts

Tabatha Roberts

Vice President

Tabatha is a native of Acadiana. She spent 14 years in the corporate world of accounting and office management. At a very young age her daughter showed an interest in the arts which led Tabatha on a journey that changed her life. She joined the world of performing arts in 2014 and never looked back! When Wonderland was formed in 2016, she began assisting Allison with business tasks such as record keeping, schedules, and even stage management! She was able to assist in building Wonderland from the ground up and see its growth throughout the years. As Wonderland grew so did Tabatha's role in the company. In 2018 she took a leap of faith and resigned from her full-time corporate job to join the Wonderland team full time. It's been a wild ride, and she can't wait to see where it takes her and her daughter next!

Drew Hoffpauir

Drew Hoffpauir

Office Manager • Production Director

Drew completed his bachelor's degree in General Studies at UL, and began his journey at Wonderland in January 2020 where he worked backstage during Frozen JR. He has been a performer for the past three years, working with organizations such as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Chamber Singers, Iberia Performing Arts League, the Abbey Players, and the Music Academy of Acadiana. You may have seen him on stage as Lord Farquaad (Shrek the Musical), Ms. Trunchbull (Matilda the Musical), Dale Harding (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), and more. Since joining the Wonderland team, he has stage managed Charlotte's Web and The Swamp Monster, co-wrote original lyrics for the latter, and directed multiple productions. Drew has become an integral part of the Wonderland Office Staff.

Colin Smith

Colin Smith

Piano & Vocal Instructor • Musical Director

Colin began his life at the piano at age 3, with acclaimed Yamaha instructor Ellene Owens. He briefly attended the NOCCA institute with Dr. Jee Yeoun Ko, and attended ULL, studying with Dr. Susie Garcia.
He has stage and orchestra pit experience with Family Playhouse, City Park Players, and Acting Unlimited, and has far too many songs in his head at once.
He is also Music Director at Our Lady Help of Christians in Jennings. He is excited to be sharing the creation and joy of playing music at the piano.

Martin Smith

Martin Smith

Acting

Martin is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He earned his B.F.A in Performing Arts with a concentration in Theatre in December of 2012. He has been involved in numerous community productions such as Iberia Performing Arts League's Spamalot (Sir Bedevere), Acting Unlimited's The Addams Family Musical (Uncle Fester), and The Riveters Theatre Company's Nunsense (Sister Hubert). Directing credits include Cheaters by Michael Jacobs, No Kidding by Scott Icenhower, and Fat Pig by Neil Labute. Martin has been with Wonderland for about a year and is really excited about the new Wonderland Studio Space! He will be teaching classes, directing shows, and of course will be Mrs. Allison's left hand, because Mrs. Tabatha already is the right one!

Brii Simmons

Brii Simmons

Music • Voice

Brii is a music and theatre teacher across the Acadiana area holding a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music Education from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She grew up singing with her mom and sister, along with a long lineage of vocalists in her family. She has performed in state and southern regional singing competitions with the National Association of Teachers of Singing, placing in both Musical Theatre and Classical categories, Farm Bureau Singing Competition, and Center Stage Singing Competition. She also participated in District and Parish honor choir from 2010-2014. She performed in several shows with the UL Opera Theatre: Les Miserables (Ensemble), You're Gonna Love Tomorrow: A Stephen Sondheim Evening (herself), Sweeney Todd (Ensemble), Another Opening, Another Show (herself), Three Singers and Some Furniture: An Evening of Opera Scenes (Rosina/Susanna/Mademoiselle Silberklang), and Shelby Have's production of Chicago: The Musical (Katalin Hunyak).
She believes in teaching, spreading a love for music among all ages, and using your voice to make a difference in the world!

Malani Hoffpauir

Malani Hoffpauir

Dance

Malani has been dancing since the age of two and has accumulated 20 years of dance experience. She is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education. Malani currently teaches special education in a middle school setting and talented theatre in Vermilion Parish. She will be completing her graduate degree at the university of Louisiana at Lafayette in December 2021 with a Master of Education degree for gifted education.

She started performing in musical theater productions in 2018. Malani is a board member at Abbey Players. She has been seen in several productions around the area and on stage at Abbey Players, IPAL, and Theatre Baton Rouges Main Stage. Her most recent shows include Theatre Baton Rouge's (Newsie/Featured Dancer), Abbey Players' Xanadu (Euterpe/featured dancer), Abbey Players' Little Shop of Horrors (Assistant Director), and Wonderland Performing Art's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical (Choreographer). Malani will be teaching dance classes and choreographing shows! She believes creativity is an integral part of development and cannot wait to inspire all of her students!

Pete Byrne

Pete Byrne

Film

Pete Byrne is a Director, Editor and Filmmaker from Chicago, IL, who has recently moved here to Lafayette to be closer to his wife's family. Pete graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a degree in Television & Film. He is also a graduate of The Second City's Conservatory program where he studied improvisational comedy and sketch writing. He's produced video projects for Comedians, Sports Announcers, Actors, Voice Actors, and even folks on GoFundMe trying to get their board game funded! He does everything he can to make his film class fun, informative, structured and most importantly, a place to get ideas out of brains and onto the big screen!

Valerie Ponseti Brinkley

Valerie Ponseti Brinkley

Dance

Valerie is a native of Hammond, La. where she trained in various dance disciplines for more than 20 years. She is classically trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. Valerie attended Southeastern Louisiana University and was a four-year member of the nationally ranked Lionette Dance Team. She graduated in 2014 with a degree in Communications before making Lafayette her home.

Since then, she's become a wife and a mother to two fur babies who not-so-coincidentally share names with historic theaters in New Orleans: Saenger and Mahalia Jackson (M.J.). In May of 2021, Valerie joined the team at Wonderland. She's excited to share her love of dance with her students, to keep learning alongside them, to help them grow as artists-and as good humans.

Teri Alexander

Teri Alexander

Dance

Teri is a teaching artist that has been dancing for 17 years. She is currently a senior at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette working towards her B.F.A in performing arts with a concentration in dance. She is no stranger to the stage as she has been performing for as long as she can remember. Teri has competed at various dance competitions and conventions across the south, placing in numerous divisions. More recently, she has danced in ULL's 'Evening of Dance' student dance concert for the past 3 years, and even choreographed her own piece for the 2021 concert. Teri was also a member of ULL's Ragin' Jazz dance team for two years. Teri has a passion for movement and wants nothing more than to share that passion with Acadiana!

Christian Mouisset

Christian Mouisset

Acting

Christian Mouisset is a writer and actor who began his stage career here in Lafayette. He has worked for regional theatres across the country, including Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Canterbury Summer Theatre, Theatre Lab, and Palm Beach Dramaworks. In 2015, Christian premiered his first original work, a 10-minute solo piece entitled The Process, at Festival Internationale de Lousiane. In 2018 he premiered his first full-length solo show, MY STUPID HIP HOP FEVER DREAM at Burke Hawthorne Theater. He has also been commissioned by both the Hilliard Arts Museum and the UL College of the Arts to produce original devised theatrical pieces. Christian received his BFA in Theatre Performance at UL Lafayette and his MFA at Florida Atlantic University. Currently, Christian works as an adjunct acting instructor at UL Lafayette and as a teacher at Wonderland Performing Arts, focusing on acting, writing, and professional development.

Audrey Broussard

Audrey Broussard

Voice • Piano • Ukulele • Guitar

Audrey Broussard is a sophomore at ULL working towards getting her bachelor's degree in music business. She's been a member of both the Chamber Singers and Women's choir at UL. She has performed in the fall production of Songs of Hope and Inspiration with the UL opera. She's also been involved in a couple of Abbey Players productions including Addams Family and Newsies.
Audrey has taught music lessons privately since she was a sophomore in high school. She has experience teaching voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, and songwriting. She released an EP of original songs in 2020 and now is getting ready to release a full album of original music. She has lots of experience with performing gigs both solo and with her band. She loves working with kids of all ages, and her teaching strategy incorporates having kids learn pieces and styles of music they enjoy while also introducing them to new styles. She especially loves teaching students with an interest in writing music.