Aubrey Lynch has been coaching, mentoring and working with children and adults for over 30 years. Many have gone on to pursue professional performing careers.
A Dream Leap is when a person dares to know them self, picks a dream, finds the courage and takes a chance, a leap towards their dream. Here is a list of young people who have worked with Aubrey Lynch through his AL-EEArts programs, private coaching or Harlem School of the Arts and made that Dream Leap. May they have continued success.
Eden Duncan-Smith-15 year old Brooklyn native, activist and actor who believes in universal equality, global peace and respect for every breathing creator. She uses all forms of art to articulate the belief and inspire others to take the same just stand. She has performed in The Lion King as Young Nala, and the films, Steps and Annie 2014.
Devin Graves-Enrolling Devin in Harlem School of the Arts has been one of the BEST decisions I have made for him. Since becoming a student, he has been afforded such opportunities as playing Young Othella in the ballet, Othella (at the Met), auditioning and landing a spot in American Ballet Theater’s Project Plie program, participating in a panel discussion for BET, playing Young Thembi in the musical Mandela for the Mandela family foundation, countless performance opportunities with Mr. Aubrey, and in January 2017, he landed his biggest role yet: Simba in The Lion King’s national tour!
“I cannot begin to explain the level of gratitude that I feel for the staff at HSA, specifically Mr. Aubrey. I’ve always raised my son to be proud of himself and to work hard for what he wants. Being under Mr. Aubrey’s wing has given him a sense of pride that has added to what he already had. He knows he’s capable of greatness. He knows there will always be people supporting him. He knows that it takes a village to raise a child. Devin and I are both so grateful for the village that is Harlem School of the Arts, and for the love, guidance, and support of Mr. Aubrey.” ~Shameika Freeman
Jordan Hall-Jordan A. Hall is a 14 year old actor, singer and dancer from Harlem, NY. Jordan was discovered by Aubrey Lynch, while doing the LK workshop at Harlem School of the Arts. It was Aubrey who encouraged Jordan’s Parents to pursue acting as a career for a 9 year old Jordan. The dance and musical theatre departments at HSA gave Jordan the training that helped him book his first theatre job in The Lion King as “Young Simba.” Since that time he worked as “Young Michael Jackson” in Motown the Musical and also played “Tommy” in Matilda. Jordan has guest appeared in Sesame Street and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. Jordan credits God for his many blessings.
Nicholas Aaron Jenkins-Nicholas’ talent really stood out when he was cast in the Yiddish version of Waiting for Godot, which was performed in both New York City and in the Samuel Beckett Festival in Enniskillen, Ireland. He is the recipient of the 2014 AUDELCO Rising Star Award for excellence in Black Theatre – an award which he holds dear. Some of his theatre credits include Kinky Boots – both the National Tour and Broadway, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, The Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid, and The March on Washington. Offstage, Nicholas is a hard working middle school student who also attends the Harlem School of the Arts, and Riverbank State Park for classes in theatre, voice, piano and acoustic guitar. Though he is an active 12-year-old with a busy schedule, Nicholas always takes time to enjoy life simply by reading, playing games, seeing shows, and spending time with his Mom. He is always grateful for every opportunity to perform, and is appreciative of all the love and support he receives from his family and friends as he continues to do what he loves.
Tre’ Jones recently appeared as Young Simba in The Lion King on Broadway and was also part of the national tour production. He is also recently played the role of Toby in the short film Curbside Waltz. Tre’ is known for his roles in local theatre as Joe Thibodeaux in Caroline or Change at NextStop Theatre in Herndon VA and Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. When he is not on stage or doing voice recordings, Tre’ enjoys dancing, reading, playing sports and video games. He is grateful to God and thanks his parents, grandparents, teachers, relatives and friends for the continuous love and support. www.iamtrejones.com
Aubrey Joseph-Known for Run All Night (2015), Fading Gigolo (2013) and The Night Of (2016). As a young singer he performed as Young Simba in The Lion King. He is now in pre-production as Cloak in a new series, Cloak & Dagger.
Caitlyn Rose McLaughlin-An inquisitive, intelligent young rising star. Caitlyn began her journey in Community Theater at the age of 4. She went on to become one of the youngest performers at the Glimmerglass Opera House, performing in Lost in the Stars. Caitlyn has performed with Broadway Cares, Mr. Aubrey’s Show Kids and the Wynton Marsalis, JAzz at Lioncoln Center Orchestra. Television shows: Unforgettable, Louie and Friends of the People. She can also be heard as the voice of Uniqua (Backyardigans). She also performed in a production of Lord Tom.
Caleb McLaughlin-He began his career on the Broadway stage as Young Simba in the musical The Lion King. Since 2016 he portrays Lucas Sinclair in the Netflix science fiction drama series Stranger Things, Season 1 and will return in Season 2. He played Young Simba in The Lion King and was featured as Ricky Bell in the BET miniseries, The New Edition Story.
Leonay Shepherd-Is a singer, dancer, actor from New York City. She had a featured role in Because of Winn Dixie at Delaware Theatre Company and Second Stage’s Little Miss Sunshine.