KIDS SHINE ON 2021 is an interactive, online program taught by Kathryn J. Hume, designed to blend therapeutic Art projects and Theatre Arts to help students reduce their anxiety and stress while opening up their self-expression and building confidence.
With a Bachelor's degree in Performing Arts and Art Education, Kathryn has helped thousands of children and teens become a more confident version of themselves. As a business owner and director, she operated her Theater Arts school,Express Yourself Academy, in Los Angeles for ten years and in Minneapolis for 20. She created a multi-media program called KIDS SHINE ON! and taught English and public speaking at the University of Texas in Austin. In addition, Kathryn has worked in customer service and office positions to increase her skills.
At 41, Hume learned she was visually impaired with retinitis pigmentosa. (RP is a retinal disease that causes night and peripheral blindness.) She stopped driving after her kids were grown and relocated to Austin, TX in 2006. After a near-fatal accident in 2015, Kathryn moved closer to family in Kansas City.
Kathryn's acting career includes TV, improvisation, stand-up comedy and stage shows like Jesus Christ Superstar, The Laramie Project and The Fantastics, to name a few. Her comedic character, Sister Katrina Jeana, has performed at comedy clubs, business conventions, women's retreats, dinner theaters, a women's prison and The Multiple Sclerosis Society.
"Never have I known anyone more determined, resilient, or positive!!" --L.C. Brewer, teacher
"Kathryn is a dedicated Theater teacher who has affected our lives tremendously and wonderfully. Anyone who is associated with her will feel her magic and benefit from that association."—D. Cochran, legal administrator and business owner