Founded in 2009, our Executive Director Hillary Brook started Theatre South Orlando out of a small office at the Rosen JCC. With a philosophy that when students are inspired by working with diverse professional artists, anything is possible. Theatre South not only became a safe place for young people to learn their craft, but also a place for local artists to share their gifts while providing a place of mutual respect for this community. In 2016 Theatre South Orlando became non-profit under the new name Theater South Playhouse. Our space in the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips was opened that same year and our stage was named The Antoinette David Theater, dedicated to our former founding Board Member and beloved parent and supporter, the late Antoinette David.
Today Theatre South Playhouse has evolved into a professional theater, an academic conservatory and a community center for kids, teens and adults to learn their craft. We are a group of diverse artists dedicated to helping shape this community and teaching the values of mutual respect for all.
Faculty & Staff
We have a fantastic team of caring and supportive instructors. All Theatre South Playhouse staff are passionate about making a lasting impact in the lives of our students, through their tireless dedication and drive to share their own knowledge and experiences. Get to know our committed team and their role in continuing our educational tradition.
With a BFA in Musical Theater and a minor in Directing from The Boston Conservatory, Hillary has spent her entire life performing, directing, producing and teaching. As a professional actress in New York, Hillary spent years performing at Lincoln Center’s The Metropolitan Opera, Tony & Tina’s Wedding and touring the Tri-State area with Joey & Maria’s Wedding. While living in the city, Hillary worked as Assistant Casting Director of the hit show “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”. Hillary can be seen in commercials, TV shows and films such as “Law and Order”, “Sex in The City” and “Keeping the Faith”. In 1998 Disney relocated Hillary to sunny Orlando to perform various singing princesses, and various under the sea creatures. Favorite roles include Helena In "Midsummer Night's Dream", Sonia in too many productions of "Godspell", Dusty and Brenda Lee in "Beehive!", and Audrey in "Little Shop Of Horrors", Local regional credits include: The Little Mermaid in the Orlando Premiere of "Disenchanted", Eponine and Fantine in "Les Miserables", Lucy in "Jekyll and Hyde", Trina in "Falsettos", and Annie in "Annie Get Your Gun". Hillary started Theatre South Orlando in 2009 and is so proud of how far we've come. She is also a Dr. Phillip's mom with two amazing children who just so happen to love the stage.