Our Team of Experts
It is my hearts desire to see people of all backgrounds and abilities living out their dream.
Adrienne ShearerArtistic Director
Adrienne Shearer received her BA in Drama from the University of St. Thomas and has served the Houston community as a freelance teaching artist for many years. She has been engaged as a drama teacher for places like Main Street Theatre, Theatre Under The Stars, The River, AD Players Performing Arts Academy, Houston Community College , and many more.
In addition Shearer has partnered with many local programs and schools for students with developmental challenges such as The Avondale House, The Next Step Academy, The Summer House, and The Monarch Institute. Miss Shearer is most passionate for her work with aspiring actors whom have neurological and physical differences. Along with creating innovative curriculum, Shearer enjoys adapting plays to meet the needs of each individual and is dedicated to providing inclusive opportunities in the arts.
In 2018 Shearer advocated for an inclusive arts program with the AD Players and launched their current Arts For All program along side former Director of Education Melody Torno. Miss Shearer is a proud member of The North American Drama Therapy Association, and The Texas Educational Theatre Association.
She holds a certificate in Therapeutic crisis management (TCI) and served as the co-chair for the 2018 Houston Arts Partnership Conference, where she presented educators with theatre techniques for an inclusive classroom. Miss. Shearer is thrilled to be working with the talented students at Monarch!
Scott is a UCLA graduate, teaching artist, improvisational filmmaker, and creative ambassador for older adults, caregivers and families. Ideas are his lifeblood. Imagination is his playground. Scott is committed to defeating isolation for all ages and creating an atmosphere of fun, freedom, and possibility.
He has presented at national conferences, including the National Center for Creative Aging and the American Society on Aging. He has also received recognition at The Foundation for Art & Healing’s UnLonely FilmFest.
Scott is effective at identifying and nurturing unique abilities and encouraging individuals to explore their potential beyond perceived limits. He believes in the power of creative expression to improve wellness, increase self-esteem, empower leadership, build relationships, and open minds to new ways of serving the greater community.
Jonathan Gonzalez has worked as an actor, director, and teaching artist for 30 years and over 400 productions. He received his BFA from United States International University in San Diego and has an MFA in theater from University of Houston. He has directed and/ or performed/ taught theater in 17 states, and four countries. He is the Education Director of Main Street Theater, a professional theater, and community partner of Better Together Performing Arts Academy. He most recently co-directed and performed in Twelfth Night alongside Alliance and Better Together artists.
Noriann Doguim is a singer and actress with Alliance Theatre and Better Together Performing Arts Academy. Miss. Doguim is currently employed as a teaching assistant with Mainstreet Theater. In the past she has performed with AD Players, Second Act, and Dionysus Theatre. Miss. Doguim is commited to excellence in everything she is a part of and believes that inclusion is our future.