Jill Linn Smith
(Team: Matt & Cheryl)
Jill is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama but calls East Tennessee her home. She moved to TN 21 years ago to perform as a singer/dancer/actress at Dollywood. She has also been a performer at the Louise Mandrell Theater, Black Bear Jamboree, Southern Nights Theater, Glascow Comedy Theater, Smith Family Theater, the Grand Majestic Theater in Pigeon Forge. She is a graduate of Carson-Newman College and currently works for The Spining Group, a production company in Knoxville. You may have seen Jill not only in shows but also in commercials, ads, and brochures for local venues. She is the State Director for the Tennessee and North Carolina Cinderella Scholarship Pageant. In her 15 years of directing, she has over 20 international overall winners. Jill resides in Pigeon Forge with her 8-year old son McCoy and wishes all of the contestants the best of luck!
(Team: Logan & Tammy)
Michael is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but calls Pigeon Forge, Tennessee his home. Entertainment and Tourism have been an integral part of his life and for the past twenty plus years, Michael pursued two diverse career paths in Entertainment and Marketing.
Performance highlights; The Dollywood Entertainment Park, Music Mansion Theater, Miracle Theater, Black Bear Jamboree and the Louise Mandrell Theater. Contract projects included; producer, director, writer and choreographer for shows ranging from regional theater to national tours such as; Blackbear Jamboree, Dollywood, Dolly Parton, Louise Mandrell, Goody’s Family Clothing and Veggie Tales Live. Michael enjoys the excitement of entertaining an audience and the magic of live theater.
Michael’s experience in the tourism industry developed within the Marketing & Sales team of The Dollywood Company during the tremendous growth era of Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country. To continue his adventures and expand his portfolio, Michael traveled the globe for seven years as a Cruise Director for Holland America Line, driving the guest experience through world-class entertainment and activities as he journeyed to all seven continents. In 2015, Michael returned to his home town of Pigeon Forge. Michael’s passion for entertainment that creates memories lasting a lifetime and a strong belief in guest excellence are a winning combination in his position as a General Manager/Show Producer for the Smoky Mountain Opry; where he is currently creating his 7th full scale production show for the theater as they prepare for the 2019 season.
(Team: Whit & Stephanie)
Jamie is a singer/dancer at Country Tonite in Pigeon Forge, TN. He has been there for 5 years now. He was seen in Jesus Christ Superstar, Spamalot and West Side Story at the Woodstock Playhouse in 2014. Regional: Les Miserables, Fiddler…, Biloxi Blues and Tommy (Woodstock Playhouse); Sonny in Grease (Gretna Theatre); Wickersham in Seussical (Connecticut Rep); Abraham in Altar Boyz, Joseph…Dreamcoat and The Music Man (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma). University: Seussical (Cat in the Hat) and A Chorus Line (Mark).
(Team: Allen & Emily)
Sierra LaKay Williams graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2017 in Business Management with a collateral in Human Resources and a minor in Leadership Studies. While at the University, she was on the 5-time National Champion Dance Team, 2 of which she was on the team for and the captain of her senior year. While at UT, she was also privileged to represent the University as a Rugby World Cup cheerleader in Dubai.
While at UT, she was one of the few students to be selected for the Leadership Knoxville Scholars program where she performed a capstone project, met with CEO’s and important public figures in the Knoxville area, and dedicated time to serving her community. Sierra has been asked to speak and lead many conferences such as the Knoxville Mayor’s Luncheon and Alumni dinners.
Sierra currently choreographs for many Varsity level dance teams throughout Tennessee and Kentucky and also helps choreograph for the National Pom Team of Finland. She also works for Varsity Brands in Knoxville, Tennessee where she and coworkers travel around the country hosting Dance and Cheer Competitions.
(Team: Eric & Shirl)
Works in Community Relations for the Old Mill Properties She is on the Executive Board of the Pigeon Forge Hospitality and Tourism Association. She is also on the Sevier County Marketing Education Advisory Committee and Zoo Knoxville’s” ZooFarri” Committee. Donna has worked on committees for Boys and Girls Club and United Way of Sevier County; is a Graduate of Leadership Sevier and East Tennessee Regional Leadership and was named to the Outstanding Young Women of America in 1985
She has coached Baton Twirling for many years and is a nationally recognized Teacher and Judge. She is a co-director of the Miss Majorette of America Pageant. She is a graduate of Austin Peay State University where she was feature Twirler with the APSU Band and also a former Miss APSU. A member of Kodak United Methodist Church works in Children’s Ministry and has for 25 years. Donna also performed as part of a dance team in the first season of United Way’s Dancing with the Stars.
(Team: Nick & Natasha)
Travis Layman is a graduate of Point Park University, with a B.A. in Jazz Dance. He started dancing at the age of 9 and has been doing so ever since. He has an appreciation for all types of dance, but enjoys partner dancing the most. Travis has performed in multiple shows over the years. His most recent and local, being part of the cast of Smoky Mountain Opry, The Country Tonite Theater and Black Bear Jamboree.
Travis is very honored to be part of this great organization and getting the change to choreograph for a great cause.