School of the Arts, Children's Educational Theatre, and Professional Theatre Company

AYLA MAULDING

Artistic Director

​Jill is an actress, writer, and teacher in south Florida and has worked in arts education for over 20 years. Jill holds a degree in Musical Theater, and was also trained at the famed Second City Training Center. Having toured nationally and internationally as an actress, Jill now currently teaches drama at various schools throughout south Florida, and has been the lead teacher for the Performance Projects’ summer camp at the esteemed Broward Center for the performing arts for five years. Jill counts the hundreds of children she has taught and cultivated relationships with, throughout south Florida, to be among her greatest accomplishments! “I found my island, I’ve been on it this whole time..I’m home!”

​​​Following a career as a professional actress, Nina Felice founded The Performance Project School of the Arts to nurture young talent and encourage the pursuit of their creative dreams. With a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a master’s degree in Child/Family Psychology, Nina incorporates the two disciplines into her teaching techniques to guide and motivate young performers. For almost two decades, she has directed and produced more than 15 shows each year. Besides her work with The Performance Project, Nina has choreographed and directed several high-caliber, professional productions at the Broward Center.

Jill Lustig

Development

After spending a summer with The Performance Project as a stage management intern, Miki has spent four years as the Stage Manager for the company and loves every minute of it. Miki fell in love with stage management during her freshman year of high school and with a BA in Theatre from Florida State University, she has stage managed shows at a high school, collegiate, and professional level. Some credits include Guys and Dolls, Urinetown, Grease, and her personal favorite, The Polar Express Train Ride. When she isn’t stage managing, you can find Miki working as a Music Director/Teacher at schools. She loves sharing her passion for the arts with new generations and has found a home with The Performance Project.

After being part of The Performance Project for over 10 years as a student, Ayla is honored to take on the position of Artistic Director. A recent graduate of East Carolina University with a BFA in Musical Theatre, Ayla has directed, choreographed, and performed in shows at both collegiate and professional levels. Ayla’s goal for The Performance Project is to provide professional learning experiences and performance opportunities for children and teens with the hope that these students will develop a deep appreciation of the arts for years to come. 

Miki Cayard

Production 

Nina Felice

Executive Director