Instructor Bios 
CONNECTICUT
FRANKIE ALICEA   Drama Instructor
Fall/Winter/Spring Classes

Frankie is a Hartford based actor and educator who teaches on the core faculty of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. After receiving his BFA from the Tisch School at New York University, Frankie has performed and taught throughout New York City, Connecticut, Chicago, and abroad. He is incredibly excited to join the Performing Arts Programs team!
MICHAEL ARIAS-MORA      Drama Instructor 
Summer Project (Intern)

Michael recently graduated from Glastonbury High School in Glastonbury, CT and will be enrolling at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL this fall with a major in Sports Communications. Michael has been a part of the Performing Arts Summer Project for seven years, performing in such productions as Godspell JR., Seussical JR., Shrek JR., and The Pirates of Penzance JR.. During the summer of 2015, Michael won the Clay Stevenson Award as recognition for demonstrating talent, discipline, passion, and dedication to grow and learn as a performing artist. He believes that through his many years in the program he has grown, not only as an actor, but as a person as well.

Michael now transitions from being a participant in the show to being an intern. He hopes that his experience and knowledge of the program will help him become a helpful presence and resource for younger actors. He is extremely excited to be a part of the staff for Fiddler on the Roof JR. and is looking forward to helping put together a great show!
BRIANNA BOWMAN      Drama Instructor 
Summer Programs

Brianna received her B.A. in Theater Performance from Western Connecticut State University developing her skills as an actor, director, playwright, and designer, taking a special interest in Shakespeare. Favorite past credits include Tansy in The Nerd, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Dominique in Lucky Stiff, and Belle in A Christmas Carol. She has also worked on multiple independent films. When Brianna is not performing she is working behind the scenes as a Costume and Makeup artist/designer. Brianna is thrilled to share her passion for theater this summer!
STEPHANIE COCHRAN      Drama Instructor 
Fall/Winter Programs

Stephanie gained her bachelors degree in theatre from Salem State University where she studied to become an actor. She has been in such plays as Cry Innocent: The People Vs Bridget Bishop, Farenheit 451, Julius Caesar, and Twelfth Night. Stephanie took a special interest in teaching and directing during her college career and taught acting classes in the surrounding areas. When Stephanie is not teaching, she can be found making films with her production company, Super Nova.
CAILIN COWLEY   Program Assistant
Summer Programs / Project

Cailin is currently studying Theater and Communications at Boston College and is a member of the Bostonians, a coed a capella group on campus. She has performed in musicals and plays throughout her life, some of her favorite roles being Anita in West Side Story, Grace in Annie, and a Merry Murderess in Chicago, and was a student director in a One Act festival during her senior year. She has sung professionally in New York in venues such as Don’t Tell Mama’s and the Metropolitan Room. Cailin participated in the Performing Arts Programs when she was younger and is excited to be a part of them again while working with all of the incredible talent!
BRIANNA DeNEGRIS   Drama Instructor
Fall/Winter/Spring Classes

Brianna has been performing since she was a child. She became involved in local theater in 2012. She performed with Shoreline Actors Collective where she played Lady Olivia in Twelfth Night and a Witch in Macbeth. She has had the pleasure of performing at Mystic Seaport in their Nautical Nightmares and the Essex Steam Train on the North Pole Express. She, also, went on to perform and work at Disney World in the Spring of 2016. She is now back with new knowledge and so excited to be joining this team and sharing her love of the performing arts!
EMILY DITTMAR   Drama Instructor
Summer Programs/Project

Emily is currently a student at Roger Williams University, studying for a double major in Secondary Education and English Literature and a CORE concentration in Theater. She has been involved in the performing arts ever since childhood. For 11 years, she received dance lessons in jazz, tap, ballet, and ballet technique. Her passion and involvement in the theater started in late middle school and continued through college, where she would perform in countless plays, musicals, and recitals. Some roles include Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Mrs. Teevee in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Isabel in Around the World In 8 Plays, and more. She has had experience off-stage as well: she has stage-managed, student-directed, worked as a lighting and sound director, and been on stage crew. She is also a member of two a capella groups at her university, named Drastic Measures and Vocal Express.
 
In addition to traditional musical theater, Emily has been extensively involved in improv. In her senior year of high school, she was a member of their first improv team, "Chomping at the BIT", and has performed with the group at CCSU's annual "Improv Olympiiix", as well as at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, CT alongside a local professional improv group called "The Great Make Believe Society". In the Fall of 2016, she will be studying abroad in London through her university, obtaining her CORE in Theater. Emily is extremely excited to be returning this year to PAP and can't wait to begin working with everyone!
JULIA FEINBERG   Drama Instructor
Summer Programs

Julia Feinberg is a current student at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University where she studies acting. At Tisch, she was most recently seen as Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera, Inez Serrano in No Exit, and Anna Bella Eema in Anna Bella Eema. She has been taking vocal lessons for 13 years and has taken 12 years of dance including ballet, jazz, pointe and hip-hop. She loved being a part of the awesome community theater scene at home where she was in productions at the Broadbrook Opera House, Hampden Theater Guild, The Red Door Theater and of course Lamb’s Performing Arts Programs. Favorite roles have been Miss Hannigan in Annie and Papa Ge in Once On This Island with Lamb Theatricals, Wendy Jo in Footloose at Broadbrook Opera House and Dorothy in The Wiz at the Red Door Theatre. Her most well known credit is playing “Bertha” in a National Sprite Commercial adapted from a short student film at UCLA called “Prom Night”. She’s so excited to be returning as an Acting Instructor for Performing Arts Summer Programs and can’t wait for another fantastic summer.

FRAN FERRALL    Music Director
Summer Project

Fran is a 2006 graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Music and  a B.S. in Education. Between 2006 and 2011 Fran worked as the Choral Director in Pawcatuck, CT where he formed a drama club, acting as the director and musical director for both Annie Jr. and Beauty and the Beast Jr. Outside of school, Fran founded the Eastern Connecticut Children’s Chorus, an auditioned ensemble for students between the ages of 7 and 15 that is centered in New London. Fran has been a part of more than thirty plays as a director, actor, pit musician, and dancer. As an avid performer, Fran has sung with the Vernon Chorale, the Chorus of Westerly, the Stonington Choral Society, and the St. James Festival Chorus as a choir member, section leader, and soloist. Fran is very excited to join the dynamic staff this summer!

With Performing Arts Programs/Lamb Theatricals, Fran has music directed Godspell JR. (2013), Shrek JR. (2015), and The Pirates of Penzance JR. (2016), and  Beauty and the Beast JR. (2017).

PAIGE FORTIER    Dance Instructor/Choreographer  
Summer Programs/Project, Lamb's Playhouse

Paige is very excited to return to teach and choreograph for Performing Arts Programs (PAP) this summer! This will be her fourth rewarding and wonderful summer as a teaching artist/choreographer for PAP! She also had the honor to begin working with Lamb’s Playhouse during their 2017 winter production of Aladdin KIDS.

Paige graduated from Mount Holyoke College (MHC) in May of 2017 with a Master of Arts in Teaching, where she became licensed to teach math, special education, and English as a second language to students in middle and high school in Massachusetts. In 2016 she graduated from MHC with a B.A. in Dance, a minor in Mathematics, and her Massachusetts K-12 Dance Education License. During spring 2016 Paige spent ample time student teaching in the dance departments at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School and Amherst Regional High School. Through this experience she gained a greater passion for teaching in the public school setting. Paige is the founder of the Treble Effect show choir at Mount Holyoke. She was the Artistic Director of the Mount Holyoke Dance Department Student and Senior Dance Concerts for three years, choreographer of four diverse and challenging dance pieces, and had the opportunity to appear in 9 other faculty and student works during her time at MHC, including How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying as Smitty.

A native of Windsor Locks, CT, Paige has also choreographed numerous musical productions for performers age 8-18 over the past 9 years. She continues to teach dance at various dance studios in Massachusetts. Growing up, she studied dance, participated extensively in show choir, and had leading roles in numerous musicals, including Sandy in Grease and Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie. Paige has studied tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, modern and musical theater jazz. She has also studied tap at Steps on Broadway in New York City, facilitated and participated in a workshop for the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) based out of the 92nd Street Y in NYC (a movement/choreography creation curriculum she has since successfully incorporated into her teaching for PAP), and performed twice at the American College Dance Association Festival.

When she is not dancing or teaching, Paige can be found singing Disney songs and planning her next trip to Walt Disney World! Paige is very honored to share her love of teaching, dance, theater, and choreography with the young artists in the Performing Arts Summer Programs and Summer Project this year!

With Performing Arts Programs/Lamb Theatricals, Paige has choreographed the Summer Project productions of Seussical JR. (2015), Shrek JR. (2016), and The Pirates of Penzance JR. (2017), and the Lamb's Playhouse productions of Aladdin KIDS (2017), Cinderella KIDS (2017), and 101 Dalmatians KIDS (2018).
MORGAN GOLIGHTLY      Drama Instructor 
Summer Programs

Morgan is a 2nd year graduate candidate in the Dramatic Arts department at UCONN. Morgan graduated from Utah State University with her BFA in Theatre Tech/Design with an emphasis in Scenic Design. Since attending Utah State, Morgan worked professionally as a scenic artist for Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre and The Caine Lyric Repertory Theatre. Morgan's realized set designs include Shrek the Musical (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), H.M.S. Pinafore (UCONN Music Department), A Catered Affair (USU), and the The Three Musketeers (Cobb&Co. Theater Productions). Morgan has worked as a stage manager, set designer, and acting instructor for the Unicorn Pillow Children's Theatre in Logan, Utah (2014-2015). Her acting credits include an Off Broadway Showcase with Beginnings Broadway Workshop, Seussical the Musical (Jungle Creature), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Ms. La Creevy, Boy, Ensemble), Tartuffe (Filipote), and Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble). Morgan is very excited to be apart of the Performing Arts Programs and to work with the students.
MATTHEW GUERRERA    Dance Instructor/Choreographer 
Summer Project

Matthew is excited to be a part of the Performing Arts team where he began his theater training back in 2007! He has assistant choreographed Shrek JR.(2015), The Pirates of Penzance JR.(2016), and Fiddler on the Roof JR.(2018) with the Performing Arts Summer Project. Matt has studied dance for 15 years, including Tap, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Ballroom, Tarantella, Butoh, Tanztheatre, and African.

A resident of Newington, CT, Matt graduated from Kingswood Oxford School in 2015, where he appeared in The Drowsy Chaperone (George) and Legally Blonde (Aaron Schultz/Assistant Choreographer). As a member of the KO A cappella group Crimson 7, Matt received the award for Best Student Choreography at the 2015 KO Wyvern A Cappella Festival. Throughout Connecticut, Matt has performed with various theatre companies as well as choreographed a multitude of shows for ages 12-25. Most recent choreography credits include High School Musical (East Hartford Summer Youth Festival), Legally Blonde and Once Upon a Mattress (Wethersfield Teen Theatre), Willy Wonka JR. (Tootin' Hills Elementary School), and Shrek JR. and The Music Man JR. (Connecticut Family Theatre). Matt has studied dance in various locations throughout Connecticut as well as at the Broadway Dance Centre in New York City.

Matt is a rising senior at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA where he is a double major in Dance and Theatre with concentrations in education, choreography, performance studies, and stage management. At Muhlenberg Matt teaches dance at the Muhlenberg Community Dance Center as well as the Community Engagement Officer for the Muhlenberg Dance Association. In the Allentown area, Matt has taught in a variety of Elementary schools as well as at Ju-Ju Monkey, a small retail boutique offering pre-school classes. He most recently appeared onstage in two Muhlenberg College Mainstage Productions, including Chicago (Dance Ensemble) and Master Choreographers (Tap Ensemble). Last summer Matt appeared in his first regional production with the Muhlenberg Summer Theatre in My Fair Lady (Dance Ensemble). This past spring Matt spent the semester studying dance in Arezzo, Italy.

JENNIFER HERRICK     Music Director/Instructor
Summer Programs, Lamb's Playhouse


Jennifer is excited to be part of Performing Arts Programs. A graduate of Central Connecticut State University, Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in music education with a vocal concentration. She taught music at St. Paul School and Mooreland Hill School in Kensington, CT as well as at the East Hartford-Glastonbury Magnet School. Jennifer holds a Masters degree in Educational Technology and Media from CCSU and is currently employed as a library media specialist at Bolton Center School.

A lover of music and the arts from a very young age, Jennifer grew up performing in various school and community productions and talent shows. She has performed with the Windham Theater Guild, Plainville Choral Society PCS Players and CitySingers of Hartford.

Jennifer has recently been a music instructor for the PAP Summer Program, a guest instructor for the Performing Arts Youth Collective, and musical director for the Lamb’s Playhouse productions of The Jungle Book KIDS (2016), The Aristocats KIDS (2016), and Aladdin KIDS (2017).

BEN KAMINSKI    Drama Instructor
Summer Programs


Ben Kaminski is currently attending Central Connecticut State University for Elementary Education with a minor in Music. His past directing credits include Once Upon a Mattress at Wethersfield Teen Theater Company and a play he co-wrote and produced, Going Solo. A few of his past acting credits include Leo Bloom in The Producers, Jesus in Godspell, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Jack in Into the Woods and Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde. At CCSU Ben is the president of the all male a-cappella group Divisi.

KATHLEEN MAHAN    Drama Instructor
Fall/Winter/Spring Classes

Kathleen attended the Tatnall School in Wilmington, Delaware and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. As a performer she appeared at the Carousel Dinner Theater in Maine, the Shubert Theater in New Haven, and the National Musical Theater Network in New York. She has also performed with many children's theater companies throughout the Northeast. Kathleen is the stage director of the Westchester Girls Choir and directs the children's cantatas at the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale, NY. She is very excited about working with the attending children of Performing Arts Acting Classes.

 

AIMEE MEUNIER    Drama Instructor
Summer Programs

Aimee is an 18-year-old musical theater major and early childhood education minor at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts. She has been in over 30 productions around Connecticut and Massachusetts. Her theater debut was 7 years ago in the Performing Arts Summer Project's production of Annie JR. Her favorite roles include Princess Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress, Ursula in The Little Mermaid JR. with Hartford Stage Education, and Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts.

 

KAYLA MURPHY      Drama Instructor 
Summer Programs

Kayla Murphy is a junior at Western Connecticut State University, pursuing degrees in Theatre Arts Performance and Theatre Arts Management. She has performed primarily in the Connecticut / New York area, including the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, and New York Theatre Workshop. She has worked in several children's theatre companies such as Sabrina's Encore Productions out of Newtown, CT. She was an eight year member of Performing Arts Programs' youth collective in Hartford, and is thrilled to be returning for her second summer as a program assistant!
ELISE A. MURPHY MULLIGAN    Drama Instructor
Fall/Winter/Spring Classes, Youth Collective

Elise is a local teacher and actress. She is currently teaching theatre, children's theatre and speech communications in many schools throughout Fairfield County, as well as writing numerous children's plays. Elise studied acting at Boston University and then went on to study educational theatre and psychology at New York University. While attending school in New York, She studied with a number of reputable teachers in Manhattan, as well as receiving a scholarship to study at HB studios in Greenwich Village. She has her Masters in Teaching from Sacred Heart University here in Connecticut.

Elise also teaches theatre and writes children's' plays with TigerTale Theatre and with Stamford Theatre Works' School for the Performing Arts, which she helped in creating and establishing more than ten years ago, Elise has taught theatre arts with The Boys and Girls Club of Stamford and at The Urban League. She also redesigned the educational program of Dr. LivingSound, an in school assembly program, for The Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk, for which she performed as Dr. LivingSound for a time.  Elise has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway productions, several films, commercials and music videos. Elise is thrilled and excited to be joining the wonderful group of professionals at Performing Arts Programs, Inc.
MICHAEL NEGRUT   Program Assistant
Summer Project

 
Michael is a current student in the class of 2019 at the University of Hartford, studying for his major in mathematics with a minor in biology. Michael has been a part of the Performing Arts Youth Collective for 8 years, starting with monologues and transitioning to singing songs from the 80’s. In high school, Michael has been a part of a singing group called Concert Choir for four years and Chamber Ensemble for two years. Michael has been in Lamb Theatricals Summer Projects for multiple years, performing in Once On This Island and Godspell as well as getting leading roles as Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka, Horton in Seussical and Shrek in Shrek the Musical. In 2013, Michael was awarded “The Clay Stevenson Award” as recognition for demonstrating talent, discipline, passion and dedication to grow and learn as a performing artist. He is looking forward to be part of the wonderful team of professionals who dedicate some of their time in the summer to help young performers unleash their creativity.

Michael worked with the Performing Arts Summer Project as an intern for The Pirates of Penzance JR. (2016), and returns to be our staff again with Beauty and the Beast JR. (2017).
KAIT RANKINS   Drama Instructor/Director  
Fall/Winter/Spring Classes, Summer Programs/Project, Youth Collective, Lamb's Playhouse, PAP Studio, Private Acting Instruction

Kait received her BFA in Theatre Arts from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and has trained with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts.  She is an Equity Membership Candidate with the Actor's Equity Association. Since graduating college in 2006 she has focused on educating children in both theater and science, working as an instructor, graphic artist, and acting coach for the Wilbraham Summer Youth Theatre (2006-2011) and a performer/teacher with Mad Science of Western New England (2007-2010). 

Outside of education, Kait has worked the last nine seasons as a member, house manager, and website designer/maintainer for the Majestic Theater in West Springfield, Massachusetts, most recently appearing in Love, Loss, And What I Wore. As well as performing in Missouri and Iowa, she has been an actor in the western Massachusetts / northern Connecticut area since 1993. Favorite recent roles include Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Lin), Almost Maine (Ginette/Sandrine/Marvalyn/Hope), The Who's Tommy (Acid Queen), Rent (Alexi Darling/Ensemble), The Full Monty (Joanie), and Cabaret (Helga / Dance Captain). She will next be appearing in The Marvelous Wonderettes as Missy Miller at the Majestic Theater.

With Performing Arts Programs/Lamb Theatricals, she directed the Lamb's Playhouse productions of Sleeping Beauty KIDS (2015), The Jungle Book KIDS (2016), Aladdin KIDS (2017), and 101 Dalmatians KIDS (2018), and the Summer Project productions of Seussical JR. (2014), Shrek the Musical JR. (2015), The Pirates of Penzance JR. (2016), and Beauty and the Beast JR. (2017). She is an acting coach for the Performing Arts Youth Collective, and offers private acting instruction through Lamb Studios.
RACHEL RIVAL    Drama/Musical Theater Instructor
Summer Project

Rachel Rival is currently at The Hartt School working towards a BFA in musical theatre. She has assistant directed Honk! JR., Footloose, and Fiddler on the Roof JR. at Music Theatre of Connecticut. Some of her most recent credits include: Amour (Isabelle), School of Rock (Rosalie Mullins), Liberty Smith (Emily), Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), and Titanic (Cardoza). She's also taken part in intensives at the York Theatre off Broadway for two years in a row now as an additional supplement to her training. Rachel is thrilled to work with this team and have an amazing summer!
JONATHAN RUSH    Assistant Music Director
Summer Project

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University, and is currently enrolled at The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, to receive a Masters of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting. While at Ohio State, Jonathan served as the Music Director of the Buckeye Philharmonic Orchestra, Assistant conductor of The Statesmen (acapella group), and the Baritone Section Leader of The Ohio State University Men's Glee Club. Jonathan has served as the Music Director of The Cirillo Summer Theatre Junior Division, and also teaches piano and voice lessons throughout the year. Jonathan is extremely excited to work with the fantastic staff and students this summer!
EMILY SANTARSIERO    Drama/Dance Instructor
Summer Programs

Emily began dancing at the age of 5 at Marion Dondi Burke School of Dance, a studio in her hometown of Glastonbury, CT. She studied ballet, pointe, jazz & modern there for 12 years. Dance sparked her love for theater and she soon started acting & dancing in various plays and musicals throughout CT.

She was accepted in Marymount Manhattan's acting program, and continued to study acting, movement, and ballroom dance throughout her 4 years in NYC.

Emily values the importance of creativity and self-expression. She loves to inspire her students to be themselves, take chances, and most importantly have fun!

She was a member of Performing Arts Youth Collective, an acting instructor for PAP's winter session and assisted with Lamb's Playhouse production of Jungle Book Kids this past spring.

TIMOTHY SMITH    Accompanist
Performing Arts Youth Collective

Timothy is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University with a bachelors degree in Music Performance, Classical Piano. While in high school, Tim played keyboard in a number of musical productions: Snoopy!!!, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie Get Your Gun, and Simple Pleasures, an original musical. At college, he was the rehearsal accompanist for the opera Street Scene, and performed in its production as an on-stage pianist and in the pit.

He plays French horn with the Black Rock Brass Quintet and also serves as their musical advisor. He went to Europe on an organ tour and played at several venues in Belgium. He currently is the organist and music director at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hamden, and also plays regularly at St. Mary’s Church in Bethel. He has been performing shows as accompanist to singer Sherry Langrock for many years, and sings with the Connecticut Master Chorale. He is currently completing his master’s degree in computer science at Southern CT State University.

SHANNON SOBOLOW   Drama Instructor/Director  
Fall/Winter/Spring Classes, Youth Collective, Lamb's Playhouse, Summer Project

 

Shannon has received a BM from the Manhattan School of Music. She has been involved in many theatrical endeavors, including theater instruction, community theater, and educational children's theater. When she is not working with students she is working closely with the other instructors as the office manager at Performing Arts Programs.  She is very excited to be a part of Performing Arts Programs so she can share her love for the arts with young performers.

Shannon is the director of the Lamb's Playhouse production of The Aristocats KIDS (2016) and Cinderella KIDS (2017) and has been extensively involved as an assistant for all Lamb's Playhouse productions to date. She is the Assistant Music Director for Fiddler on the Roof JR. (2018).

JASON ST. DENIS   Drama Instructor 
Summer Programs/Project

Jason is entering his senior year at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York where he studies Asian Studies with a double minor in Japanese language and History. Jason has been involved in theater, dancing, and vocal performance since as early as the 3rd grade.

His most memorable moments in performing were in his high school award winning show choir, Choral Spectrum, for which he was a member for 4 years and served as vocal captain. More memories were made in his years of musical theater throughout middle school and high school, as well as his years of involvement with Lamb Theatricals' Performing Arts Summer Project. Roles have included Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Jesus in Godspell, The Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, Dean in All Shook Up, and Shoeless Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees.

Jason is currently involved in Skidmore College’s Community Chorus, working as the choral assistant to the director, as well as being a member of the elite on campus Vocal Chamber Ensemble. His post graduation plans are still undetermined, but with all of his studies and interests, he is not worried for what his future may hold.

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TAYLOR COCCO      Dance Instructor
Summer Programs

Taylor is a graduate of Dean College where she earned her degree in the Arts and was a dance major. She is a certified member of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston and the Dance Master of America and has been teaching dance for the past 5 years. She started the first ever dance team for the Lowell Spinners a few summers ago where she directed and choreographed. Taylor also was an animation performer for Cirque du Soleil: Totem when it toured Boston in 2013. Taylor formerly worked for Radio Disney where she was a dance demonstrator for videos shown nation wide! Winning the gold medal for USA in the Olympicsof Dance in Reisa, Germany is also a great accomplishment of hers that she is very proud of. Taylor is very excited to work with you all and share her talents with these young aspiring triple threats.
BRENNA FITZGERALD      Drama Instructor 
Summer Programs

Brenna Fitzgerald is a theatre teacher, actor, and fight choreographer based out of Boston. She holds a BA in Theatre Education from Emerson College, as well as their prestigious EVVY Award for Best Female Performance (2010). Brenna currently teaches acting and directs plays for grades 4-12. She was recently seen in Bad Habit Production's 44 Plays For 44 Presidents, and can usually be found choreographing fights for local theatre groups. She is actually an octopus in a human costume.
MARTHA ROBERTSON      Drama Instructor 
Summer Programs

Growing up in Dorchester Massachusetts, Martha cultivated a love for movement, dance and music at a very young age. She quickly fell into step with a community theater and chorus program and it was there her zest for performing arts was confirmed. She grew as a musician, taking piano lessons, studying under two classically trained vocalists in the Boston area and joining various choruses. Martha is beginning her graduate degree in Music Education at UMass Lowell in the fall. In her undergraduate career, she enjoyed participating in opera workshops and directing an all student led co-ed a cappella group on campus. She has grown from her classical background and has expanded into becoming more comfortable with musical theater, jazz, folk, global, contemporary/singer songwriter, and many more that she hopes to still learn! Currently, Martha is a private voice and piano teacher to over twenty students in all walks of life with a handful of passions. In addition to music and theater, Martha pursues her passion for the yoga practice as a yoga teacher. Her intention is to blend what she can learn from body, breath, and mind awareness in with every arts teaching experience. Martha ultimately sees herself as not a teacher but a permission giver. A person that seeks to grant children and adults alike permission to delve into their creative spirit to see what they can bring to life!
KATE SAIK      Drama Instructor 
Summer Programs, Private Singing Instruction

Kate Saik is a resident of Springfield, Massachusetts where she has been a piano, voice, and performance instructor for 5 years. Kate holds a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Voice Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and just received her Masters in Voice Performance at the Manhattan School of Music. Kate has had the privilege of appearing as a soloist and performing leading and supporting roles in numerous musicals, operas, and operettas in Hawaii, Washington DC, New York, and New England.
KELLY SAUNDERS      Dance Instructor-Assistant
Summer Programs

Kelly has been dancing for eleven years, beginning with ballet, tap, and jazz. She started hip hop in her seventh year of dance, which quickly became her passion as she learned she could really let loose and feel the music. She has been working with Ms. Amy at Bedford Recreation for the last three years, not only honing her dance technique but also learning how to teach her own classes and work with children.
MADELINE SCANNELL      Program Assistant
Summer Programs

Madeline has been acting and taking acting classes since she was three years old. She has acted in numerous plays at Peacock Players in New Hampshire as well as every school play in high school. She is going to college to study acting at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), which is located in downtown New York City, right off Broadway. She loves acting and all of the techniques that go into the craft, and can't wait to teach others the art.
ANNA WITKOWSKI      Musical Theater Instructor
Summer Programs

Anna received a BA in Visual and Performing Arts with a concentration in dance, from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts where she was trained in a variety of dance styles, Dance Production, Dance Technique, Improvisation, Dance History, and Dance Composition. At Stonehill, Anna was a member of StoneWorks' dance company where she was a performer and choreographer for the Company, as well as an Administrative Assistant, Co-Stage Manager, and Marketing Manager. With StoneWorks, Anna was a three year performer for the MayFair Festival in Boston, Massachusetts.

In addition, Anna was a dancer for the Stonehill Dance Team where she danced at football games, basketball games, pep-rallies and fundraisers. With the Stonehill Dance Team, Anna competed in Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Pom in the National Dance Alliance Competition in Daytona, Florida. She also helped coordinate and choreograph for a variety of fundraisers throughout her time on the team.

During her tenure at Stonehill College, she was a member of the Dance Outreach Program where she taught multiple styles of dance including jazz, hip-hop and musical theatre to middle school children from the Brockton Public Schools.

Anna has been dancing since the age of 4 and loves sharing her passion with as many people as she can, especially children-- the future geniuses of dance and performing arts!
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