Creative Arts Theatre Team

Meg Heimstead

Meg Heimstead

Meg Heimstead has worked in theatre as an actress, director, teacher, and arts administrator for over 20 years. She has been the supervisor at Creative Arts Theatre since 2015. Prior to coming to Creative Arts, she served as the director of education and the interim artistic director at American Stage in St. Petersburg, FL. Meg has directed over 25 theatre for young audiences’ productions, including Rapunzel, The Ugly Duckling, and The Little Mermaid for Creative Arts. As a teaching artist, she has specialized in working with at-risk and underserved youth, believing that a quality arts education should be accessible to all. As an actress, Meg was last seen in A Simple Theatre’s production of Good Egg where she earned a Theatre Tampa Bay Award nomination for Best Actress. Prior to that, she performed in freeFall Theatre’s productions of In the Next RoomMiss Julie and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the world premiere production of Congratulations, Joe! at A Simple Theatre, and August: Osage County at American Stage. In 2010 Meg was named the Most Consistently Surprising Actress by Creative Loafing Tampa. Meg holds a BFA in Performance from the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN. She also attended the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

Kurt Barger

Kurt Barger

Kurt Barger got his professional start at The Phoenix Theatre in Charlotte’s Web.  Some favorite show credits include Sweeney Todd, which went to the Avignon Fringe Festival in France, and Pippin, which went to the Edinburg Fringe Festival in Scotland. Other show credits include Peter Pan, Cinderella, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Big River, Sound of Music, and West Side Story. Kurt worked as a teaching artist in Sidney, Ohio for 2 years where he co-directed It’s a Wonderful Life with his wife. In Tampa, Kurt has toured with Timeless Tales Theatre and was a swing in Forever Plaid at the Straz Center. Currently, Kurt works with Odd O T’s’ entertainment at Zoo Tampa, Busch Gardens, and Sea World. Additionally, Kurt can be seen on weekends as a pirate host in the ski show BBWSS at Legoland Florida. He is excited to bring the arts to young minds and to watch them grow!   

Jess Glass

Jess Glass

Jess Glass is a professional director, performer, designer, builder, writer, and educator. She has been working in the theatre arts world since 2003.  Jess has performed professionally in the great, outdoor drama, Tecumseh! (Chillicothe, OH), at Disney World, at Jimmy Ferraro’s Studio Theater (Cookin’ with Gus and Holy Cannoli), and with the touring company, American Immersion Theater, as a Murder Mystery actor throughout the state of Florida. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theater Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in directing. Recent directing credits include: A Christmas Carol (writer, designer and director) Holly Twinkle-Toes and The Ho-Ho Holiday Heist (writer, designer and director), Cabaret (director and designer), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (director and designer), Hands On A Hard Body (director and designer) and Catch Me If You Can (director and designer). Jess is committed to working within the arts for the betterment of the local community.  She believes that arts education enriches all our lives and should be easily and openly accessible for all, regardless of their social or economic background.

Ashley Whiting

Ashley Whiting

Ashley Whiting works as a performer, writer, and voice actress on (and off) stage and screen. She made a career in entertainment as an animation and online content producer in Los Angeles, transitioned to musicals and landed at Creative Arts Theatre after bicycle touring around Florida with the Agile Rascal Bicycle Touring Theatre. Ashley wrote and performed several characters in Creative Art’s first ever virtual show, Sidekicks, played Charlie in The Magic Fish tour, and designed Dust Cloud’s costume in The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus. She earned a BFA in Writing for Film and TV from Emerson College, trained in musical improv at The Magnet Theatre in NYC and created ESL (English as a Second Language) theatrical experiences at English Musicals Korea. Ashley is also the voice of many animated characters in the Cardioville and Star Stuff Stories universes.