PJ Barnes was born upstate New York, but grew upon Charlotte, NC. Taking a strong liking to the stage at an early age, PJ has always had an enormous affinity for the theatre,and performing. In the 8th grade, he had his first big stage performance at the Blumenthal performing arts, and hasn’t looked back since. In high school, PJ learned to grow and love musical theatre, and through that, discovered his love for dance and choreography. In college (UNCW) PJ majored in Theatre, joined the premiere hip hop team, and begin his work in the film world. He’s since been able to use what he’s learned to go on to direct and choreograph musicals as well as write and produce films. PJ has over 9 years of experience teaching hip hop, and 6 years of experience teaching film and acting. After leaving LKN in 2014 to continue his career in acting, PJ has returned, and is excitedly looking forward to meeting all of the new students, and working to build and hone budding talent.