Our Staff

staff 4Eularee Smith

Eularee Smith is the Executive Director for Upstart Crow Studios. Her background is in Education and Music, teaching for over 30 years in the public and private schools. She is the head of the Theatre and Music Department, directing over 40 musical theatre productions. As one of the founders of Upstart Crow, she is dedicated to a single purpose to offer children a successful artistic experience. She believes that all children have talent and it is a teacher's job to help them discover it.


staff 5Sarah Beth Byrum

Sarah Beth Byrum is the Artistic Director for Upstart Crow Studios. She directs and choreographs the musical theatre program. A graduate of the UO Dance program, Sarah Beth Byrum also directs the resident dance company, All That! Dance. As co-founder of Upstart Crow, her passion has inspired thousands of dancers on their journey to artistic excellence. Her dance teams have won numerous awards and the 2014 National Dance Champion award. She was honored by UO for her extraordinary dedication to dance education for the youth in our community. 


Heidi Knight Meigs is our Creative Director, Set Designer and Stage Manager. She is also a past Board member, so knows the Crow from the inside out. Heidi graduated with a BS in Theatre from the University of Oregon in 2013, with an emphasis in set and costume design. She has also worked for local theatre companies, such as The Shedd, in stage management and as a property master.  Heidi's two children have grown up in Upstart Crow's theatre program.


staff 10Jacquelyn Byers

Jacquelyn Byers graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts from Gutenberg College in 2010. She has choreographed musical theatre productions at Upstart Crow Studios including The Grinch, Annie, and Disney's The Little Mermaid. Her studies include Dance, Voice, and Acting, as well as Shakespeare under the direction of Christopher Leebrick. She performed for many years with Denise Steele's swing performance group, The Joint is Jumpin'. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for the stage with children in our Acting classes and Entr'actes. Jackie has directed It's Only A Nightmare, The Happy Elf and Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr.


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Katey recently moved to Eugene from New York City! She holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University. Katey has served on the faculty at multiple dance studios and has also had many choreographic works performed in New York City, Chicago, Texas, and Oklahoma. She is also a teacher and judge for I Love Dance and Ticket to Broadway dance competitions. She was last seen performing with NY Theatre Barn and Erin Pryor Dance Theatre in New York City. Favorite performance credits include Cigarette Girl in White Christmas, Olga Mara in Singin’ in the Rain, and Grittlebone in Cats. She has also appeared on several television shows including Vinyl, Mysteries of Laura, and Dallas.

Jill Headshot2Jill Switzer

Jill Switzer received her bachelor of music education degree from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana.  While currently maintaining her own private voice studio, she also is a member of the Eugene Concert Choir and the Eugene Opera Chorus. She has worked extensively with children, youth and adult choirs, most notably as music director at the Indiana University Newman Center for eight years. Although she is classically trained, her performance background also includes musical theater and Latin American folk music. Her teaching credentials encompass vocal technique and music theory workshops in both English and Spanish.

IMG 1668Jenny Welch

Jenny began her life on stage from a very young age. She was in her first Upstart Crow production when she was seven. She primary teaching focus is our younger children ages 2-8. Jenny brings a wealth of experience from her dance education of the past 16 years along with her love for teaching acting skills. As the Theater Tots teacher, she is a great addition to the staff.


Emily140x180Emily garrett

Emily wanted to be a triple threat from the moment her first dance teacher told her what it meant. She has been dancing, singing, and acting ever since! Emily has studied dance for almost 30 years and was an instructor at Musical Feet before returning to school to pursue her degree in Theatre Arts. She still loves to dance and sing in any production that will have her and is looking forward to bringing her enthusiasm and love of theatre to Upstart Crow.






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