Mrs. Brooks founded Camp Broadway Kids in March of 2006 in order to provide a musical theatre summer camp to 35 students. In just a few months, the summer camp had grown into a full youth performing arts program, and in August 2007, CBK was renamed San Angelo Broadway Academy Youth Theatre. In its history, she has had the pleasure of directing large companies in over 65 musicals such as Les Miserables, School of Rock, Spongebob , Hairspray, Tarzan, and Mary Poppins to name a few. Catching the acting bug from her great grandmother who performed with Sophie Tucker and Mae West on the Vaudeville circuit in New York, Mrs. Brooks has been dancing for 40 years, studying and training with top artists such as Joe Tremaine, Susan Stroman, Mia Michaels, Kathy Marshall, Jared Grimes, Debbie Allen, Gremaine Salsberg, Jason Samuel Smith, Jackie Sleight, Finis Jhung, Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey, STEPS On Broadway, The Edge and Millinium Dance Complex in LA, and workshopped and danced with the Broadway revival cast from A Chorus Line. Having been an actress for over 38 years, she has worked on various voiceovers and major films, including the motion picture short, Texas America, Legally Blonde 2, The Manchurian Candidate, Man of the House, and 3 seasons in the NBC drama series, Friday Night Lights. Some of her favorite stage credits include Velma in Chicago, Nellie in South Pacific, and Roberta in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. Mrs. Brooks holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from Angelo State University and a Masters in Theatre Arts from Texas Women’s University. She is also a graduate of the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and is the 2019 Woman of Distinction recipient for Central Texas. She is a national award winning choreographer whose students have won multiple regional and national titles in jazz, tap, contemporary, and musical theatre dance and was recently recognized by the Broadway Community in NYC for her original production choreography with Continuum Dance Company. Her work can be seen across the country, and she continues to perform, study and teach dance, theatre, and film, as well as guest direct and choreograph for various programs and institutions. Her students are working professionally in New York, Los Angeles, Texas, and Florida, and have recently been seen on Broadway National Tours, Disney World, and TV and Film. Most recently, serveral of her tap students were selected to compete at the World Tap Festival in Germany...think Olympics for tap!