Our Instructors

OUR instructors


Hugh Copeland

Artistic Director

Hugh R. Copeland is the founder and artistic director of The Hurrah Players Family Theatre Company and performing arts academy. He is the former chairperson of the Virginia Theatre Conference - Youth and Family Theatre Division, and the Virginia representative to the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Hugh was the Tony Award Honorable Mention for Excellence in Education (2017).


Lisa Wallace

Choreographer, Jazz & Tap Instructor

Lisa has been teaching for over 30 years, teaching workshops and classes up and down the East Coast and was the former owner of Jean Wallace Studios. She taught dance for the Governors School for the Arts for over 9 years and also was the Choreographer for the televised Miss Virginia Pageant for 9 years and has judged on the State and local levels.

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Sharon Cook

Guest Director, Acting & Audition Instructor

Sharon is currently an English and Theatre Arts instructor at Maury High School, she has been teaching in the Norfolk Public School System since 1992. Sharon has extensive experience in performing and directing on the live stage as well as numerous film and television appearances.


Reaco Boyd

Acting Instructor

Mrs. Boyd is a talented actor, teacher, singer, and dancer who began performing in her childhood and continued through high school where she excelled in drama and modern dance. She is delighted to bring both her love for the arts and her passion for teaching to this amazing family.


Co Harrison

Musical Theatre & Babes on Broadway Instructor

Co started teaching dance at age 16 and performed for local U.S.O. at Camps, Forts and on Navy Ships from 1943-1948. In 1948. Mrs. Harrison has had the pleasure of instructing tap, musical theatre and “The Babes on Broadway” for Hurrah for 17 years, as well as 30 years at Lakewood Dance.


Joél Casanova

Hip Hop Instructor

Joél started competittively dancing HipHop at 11 years. By the age of 16, he was choreographing professionally. At age 18, he was staffed at Academie de Ballet, and performed with Masterworks USA. Joél Casanova created and founded BeatHunter Dance at age 20.


Jaia Cooper

Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop Instructor

Jaia Cooper has been a Hurrah Player since 2009. Her first production was "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" as a Baby Angel. She was last seen as a Dancer in Hurrah’s production of Black Girl Magic. She is also a 5-year veteran of the Lisa Wallace Holiday Kickline in “Hurrah for the Holidays”. Jaia recently appeared in her second performance with the Angela Brown-Myers Dance Ensemble at the Attucks Theatre 100 Anniversary Celebration. Last Summer Jaia made her Little Theatre of VA Beach debut in the ensemble of “Hairspray”. She has taught Jazz, Tap, and Hip-Hop for the last year, for the hurrah summer and spring break camps. She loves playing the guitar, ukulele, and singing when not on stage. Jaia is in her second year in the AFA Music Program at Tidewater Community College.

Our Classes

OUR Classes

our Classes at a Glance

  • Camera Acting
  • Hip Hop
  • Jazz I-IV
  • co Harrison's babes on broadway
  • Musical Theater I-VI
  • Tap I-IV
  • Adult Tap
  • One Act Production
  • The Pusher Improv

Grateful Hurrah Players Highlight


"Hurrah gave me a purpose and helped me discover my passion. I had such a sense of fulfillment at a young age because of The Hurrah Players and Hugh Copeland. It set the track for my career and life."

- Grant Gustin | The Flash

"Hugh was a mentor to me and was able to show me at a young age I was different and an instrument that could tell stories and move people and touch people's hearts."

- Adrienne Warren | Starring as Tina Turner on Broadway

"Through kindness, acceptance and love, Hurrah became a place most of us call home and people we call family. I can never replace the collection of incredible memories I have or the lessons I have learned. I believe anyone who joins will inevitably begin to feel this way and become part of our family."

- Victor Spence | Hurrah Player Alumnus & Board Member

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