Audrey Sansom-Head Theatre Director
Miss Sansom was born and raised in South Austin. Her love of performance began at Molly Dawson Elementary where she excelled in choir and made her acting debut as Arizona Mary in How the West Was Really Won! She is a graduate of Travis High School where she cultivated her love of Theatre Arts through UIL One Act Play competition and musical theatre. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin with concentrated training in performance and technical theatre. She has a passion for improvisation, the creation of new work, and costume design. Her favorite roles to have played are Sarah Norman in Children of a Lesser God and Christine in My Sister in This House. But the role she is most proud of is being a teacher. In her spare time she loves working out, gaming with her family, and indulging in her countless hobbies like reading, photography, fashion, and anime.
Gina Hinojosa-Theatre Director
Miss Hinojosa is originally from Pharr, Texas. She graduated with a BA in
Theatre Performance from UTRGV in Edinburg, Texas. After graduating she left her hometown to pursue a career as a professional actor for 7 years. She is an AEA member and has had the privilege to perform both musicals and straight plays around the nation on tours and with regional theatres. She has over 23 years of theatre experience and that includes 16 years of directing. In her spare time she is a dog mom to her 2 pups, Ellie and Rowdy, an avid DIY-er, a musical aficionado and big WWE fan. She is beyond thrilled to be joining the AJT family and can not wait to help and watch y'all soar into a promising and dramatic future!
Performing in one of the most beautiful theatre facilities in Austin ISD, Akins Journey Theatre is proud to have produced over 80 shows since the school opened in the fall of 2000 and grown to be the second largest high school Theatre program in the the district. Under the direction of Audrey Sansom and Gina Hinojosa. AJT continues to offer students varied opportunities to participate in activities onstage, backstage and in the community. Course offerings include Theatre Arts I-IV, Technical Theatre I-IV, Theatre Production I-IV, and Musical Theatre I-IV. Students may work in 2-5 shows per season as well as participating in internships. AJT students provide performances for local vertical team feeder schools, engage in community service projects, and compete yearly in the University Interscholastic League One-Act Play Competition. Eligible students may join the W. Charles Akins Chapter of the International Thespian Society #6324, an honor society promoting excellence in Theatre. All Theatre students are encouraged to take private lessons with our guest artists. Parents are essential to the success of our students and are invited to become active members in our Drama Boosters Club.