Introductions & Reactions to Hamilton 

Meet our first-ever Performing Arts Ambassadors. This year, we are priviledged to have a cohort of 20 high school students volunteering with us, attending shows, and representing DPAC and all we have to offer. 

All 20 of the Performing Arts Ambassadors recieved the opportunity to see Hamilton. Learn more about each ambassador and what they thought of Hamilton below. 

Carolina Gao
  • Age: 17
  • School: Research Triangle High School
  • Fun fact: I am originally from Argentina 
  • 1-Word reaction to Hamilton: Inspiring
Marla Valencia
  • Age: 16
  • School: Middle College At Durham Tech
  • Fun Fact: I love to create. From songs, music, filming, lettering and a longer list to come. It’s hard for me to run out of ideas.
  • 1-Word reaction to Hamilton: Unbelievable 
Franklin Kennedy
  • Age: 16
  • School: Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill
  • Fun Fact: I went to South Africa on a mission trip
  • 1 Word Reaction to Hamilton: Astounded
Cameron Elliot
  • Age: 16
  • School: Voyager Academy 
  • Fun fact: Ive been playing guitar for 2 years. 
  • 1 word reaction to Hamilton: Phenomenal!
Claudia Hughes
  • Age: 15
  • School: Charles E. Jordan High School
  • Fun fact: I love to bake
  • 1 word reaction to Hamilton: Magical
Daniella Ochman
  • Age: 17
  • School: Hillside High School
  • Fun Fact: I have been in over 20 plays in the past six years, having stage managed two and assistant directed one. 
  • 1 Word Reaction to Hamilton: Mesmerized
Maddie Brigman
  • Age: 16
  • School: Durham School of the Arts
  • Fun Fact: I love cooking, crafting, baking, and making things in general!
  • 1 word reaction: breathtaking!
Bethany Graham
  • Age: 15
  • School: Northern High School
  • Fun Fact: I have a twin brother
  • 1 word reaction to Hamilton: mesmerized
Ethan Drezner
  • Age: 18
  • School: Jordan High School
  • Fun Fact: I LOVE LIGHTS
  • 1 word reaction to Hamilton: Exhilarating 
Ziona Hinton
  • Age: 16
  • School: Hillside High School
  • Fun Fact:I love to sing
  • 1 word reaction to Hamilton: Phemnomenal
Katherine MacDougall
  • Age:16
  • School: Jordan High School
  • Fun Fact: I have 4 dogs!
  • 1 word reaction to Hamilton: Unbelievable​
Elena Holder
  • Age: 15
  • School: Durham School of the Arts 
  • Fun Fact: I love to sing 
  • 1 word reaction to Hamilton: flawless! 
Veronica Gilligan
  • Age: 16
  • School: Durham School of the Arts
  • Fun Fact: My all time favorite show is the Phantom of the Opera!
  • 1 Word Reaction to Hamilton: Spectacular  
Estelle Mangum
  • Age: 16
  • School: Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill
  • Fun fact: I love to sing and bake 
  • 1 word reaction to Hamilton: Extraordinary
Bonnie Cameron
  • Age: 17
  • School: Durham Technical Community College
  • Fun Fact: I have been playing music for over twelve years! I play the piano, guitar, and ukulele, and sing as well.
  • 1-word reaction to Hamilton: Ingenious!​
Melody Wimberley
  • Age: 14
  • School: Voyager Academy
  • Fun Fact: the first musical I ever watched was Newsies
  • 1 word reaction: Fascinating​ 
Frances Gray Riggs
  • Age: 16
  • School: Central Davidson Senior High School
  • Fun Fact: I’ve been an Irish Dancer for 5 years
  • 1 word reaction to Hamilton: Mesmerizing
Cylie Cabrera
  • Age: 16
  • School: Voyager Academy
  • Fun Fact: I was The Wiz in ‘The Wiz’
  • 1 word reaction to Hamilton: Heart-stopping​
Lily Vance
  • Age: 17
  • School: C. E. Jordan High School
  • Fun Fact: I have been in The North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble for 9 years
  • 1 word reaction to Hamilton: Revolutionary!
Saniya Futrell
  • Age: 14
  • School: DSA
  • Fun Fact: I used to model 
  • 1 word reaction to Hamilton: Breathtaking ​