About the Sink

Cheryl Weston


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Cheryl Weston has been involved in theatre, either onstage or backstage, since she was eight years old. She majored in Acting, and Speech and Theatre Education at Missouri State University. In addition to her years of involvement at Springfield Little Theatre, she has starred as an extra in numerous feature length films like the Twentieth Century Fox film, Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck. In 2015, she landed the lead role in the MSU film, Greene County. Her most recent appearance was as “Emily’s Mom” in the Evangel University 2017 film, Relativity. She is currently the drama teacher and assistant speech & debate coach at Gloria Deo Academy in Springfield, Missouri.

For the past 21 years, she has been the drama director at Graceway Baptist Church. She has had a chance to direct and coach many people, young and old, over the years. So it was inevitable that she would develop her own acting “technique” or style, which emphasizes observation and recollection of the sensory stimuli that surrounds all human beings. And thus, the Kitchen Sink was born. It’s more than just wearing a costume and producing a cute play. It’s a method. A method of observation and learning more about the world around us, and carrying that world to the stage..

The Kitchen Sink Acting Workshop focuses on the senses of sight, sound, taste, smell, touch and spirit when developing a character. Cheryl endeavors to strengthen her student’s imagination and emotional recall through these six senses. Yes, SIX senses. Students will receive weekly lessons and homework assignments which must be completed by their next class. There are four different classes available for students grades 6th to 12th: Act One, Act Two, Act Three and Act Four – The Final Act.

“Safe actors make boring characters.” 


Cayla Bankson


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Cayla Bankson has loved the Lord and the Fine Arts all her life. She has completed Kitchen Sink Acting Workshops One and Two. She started performing in church in the second grade. She’s performed in various local theatres as well as The Springfield Little Theatre, having roles in the following productions: 101 Dalmatians, Alice in Wonderland, Fame, The Almost Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel, Camp Rock, The Little Mermaid, Music Man, and Suessical. Cayla also worked with a local film production company. She  recently released her first solo artist EP, “Lost Souls”, which can be purchased at https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/c53. Not only does Cayla love performing, but she also loves to teach. Her favorite thing to see is when a person breaks out of their shell and becomes confident with the talent they didn’t realize they had. Her goal in life is to spread the love of Christ as well as to help others grow in their talents.

All classes are held at Graceway Baptist Church. Click here for the address.


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