Today we’d like to introduce you to Jalyn Webb.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My business combines the two things that I am most passionate about… musical theater performance and theater education for children. I have been performing since I was pretty young, but really got excited about theater and musical theater when I was in high school. I was fortunate to take classes and also become an assistant teacher at the Colorado Academy of the arts in Fort Collins. I worked and performed with this organization for years, throughout college and beyond. I spent the next 20 years trying to balance a very lucrative career in retail, working in small boutiques as well as large companies, most notably Brighton collectibles and Vera Bradley.
When I turned 45, I had an epiphany that I needed to really let go of my corporate life and go all in on my passion and dream of opening a school for children that offered instruction in dance, musical theater and vocal training. I also wanted a company that could produce brand new works, and so far, we have had successful a professional production of a brand new show called the Roy Orbison experience, and we will be producing our second show this summer! Our summer show is called “Take to the Highway” and it features the Music of James Taylor , Carly Simon and Carole King . Tickets to this show just went on sale and can be purchased at www.midtownartscwnter.com . We are especially proud of our summer camp program which provides the opportunity for kids in third through 12th grade to participate in a for professional theater production. This summer, we will have over 200 kids go through our program and have an opportunity to perform into different musicals, Matilda and Tarzan at two locations… Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins and the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown, Colorado. I also have a full vocal studio with 40 private voice students, I teach at the University of Northern Colorado, and I perform regularly across stages in Colorado!
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s never been what I would call a smooth road ! That is part of the joy of being a human 🙂 all of the twists and turns and crazy ups and downs that of happened in my life have all lead to the next thing, and I believe you have all been a part of creating who I am today and the business that I have today . I really love being able to look back on things that at the time I thought were difficult, or made no sense… And then see what they have left me too! I am a firm believer in just taking the next right step.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Divabee Productions – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I think I am most proud of the summer camps we run for kids because it is really an opportunity to experience a professional production. I am also so proud of the new works that we are producing. I love that I am able to bring such incredible theater and professionalism to my hometown in Fort Collins, Colorado!
Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
I don’t know that a lot has changed, I spent many years in corporate America fighting for my voice to be heard. I can tell you that there were times when I was even told to not talk as much, to let some of the other men have a chance to present ideas, that I had too many ideas… and I think that that is one of the reasons that I opened my own business. I am really proud of the fact that I have women working in my program that do things that are traditionally considered to be jobs for “men”, like stage management, tech direction, lighting design… I really try to always hire the best possible person for the position and I am pleased to say that those have been women, especially as of late.
I do think that the hardest thing in my industry is for women to be recognized for the behind-the-scenes work… directing, Tech, design, those are all a little harder to break into. I strive to be a business that hires a diverse team , and we continue to grow , in part because of that.
- Website: www.midtownartscenter.com/education
- Phone: 9709804795
- Email: jalyn@divabeeproductions
- Instagram: @jalynniebee. @academybydivabee
- Facebook: The academy by Divabee Divabeeproductions