The MTCA Coaching Team
The Power of a Team
The team’s passion, genuine love for each student, and commitment to excellent work are unparalleled.”
MTCA grew out of our Director Ellen’s experiences as a theatre educator. Over many years of coordinating classroom curricula, productions, workshops, and entire educational theatre programs, she saw firsthand how much students benefitted from having dynamic theatre professionals bring their own experiences and specific teaching expertise to young artists.
This proved especially powerful with college audition prep. Ellen saw that receiving guidance, insight, and feedback from graduates of top audition programs increased a student’s knowledge of the audition process, auditioning confidence, and overall audition success rate!
With all of this in mind, we have carefully selected a uniquely diverse group of expert coaches. Each coach is both a passionate teacher and a currently-working performing artist, director/music director/choreographer, or practitioner of vocal arts medicine.
Most importantly, our coaches work as a cohesive team. We coordinate the individualized coaching experience of each student to take maximum advantage of our Team’s collective expertise.
Scroll down to meet the members of our Coaching Team.
Ellen M. Lettrich
Leo Ash Evens
Leo Ash Evens, Monologue Coordinator
Allison Spratt Pearce
Lee Aaron Rosen
Rhyn McLemore Saver
Rachel M. Stevens
Katie Whalley Banville
Ellen Lettrich, Song & Vocal Tech Coordinator
Anne L. Nathan
Allison Spratt Pearce
Vocal Technique Teachers
Vocal Health/Medical Voice Care
College Essay Tutor
Lee Aaron Rosen
Ellen has been a vocal coach for 25 years, drawing upon her diverse experiences as a performer, director, award-winning high school teacher, and medical voice clinician. As a performer, Ellen’s favorite roles include Petra in A Little Night Music, Becky in Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? and Sister Robert Anne in Nunsense. She has directed shows including Once On This Island, Pippin, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, and many more at the college and high school levels.
Ellen’s expert knowledge of musical theatre song repertoire makes her a sought-after consultant for both students and professional actors building their audition repertoire books. Her students have been admitted to every major musical theatre program in the country. Her students NFAA Recognition Awards include Presidential Scholar, Finalist, Honorable Mention and Merit Award Winners.
In addition to coaching, Ellen holds a Master of Science degree, an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and a New York state license in Speech-Language Pathology. She specializes in medical voice therapy and served as Educational Outreach Coordinator and clinician for the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center from 2007-May 2010. Ellen now does her clinical work as a Voice and Speech Pathologist with Weill Cornell’s Parker Institute for the Voice in NYC. Her patients include Tony and Obie Award-winning performers, recording artists, teachers, attorneys, business executives, and other professional voice users. She especially loves working as a voice therapist with high school and collegiate theatre students and child and adolescent professional performers.
Ellen served as one of two Assistant Voice Coaches for the Broadway musical Matilda from Dec. 2012 until Jan. 2014 where she had the great joy of working with, among other members of the wonderful cast, MTCA alumnus Clay Thomson! After working on its off-Broadway run in 2014, Ellen was Vocal Coach for Hand to God on Broadway from Feb. 2015-Jan. 2016. Currently, Ellen serves as vocal health advisor for the Broadway production of The Crucible. Ellen brings her knowledge of the vocal demands an 8-show week to MTCA students to foster strong vocal health habits before they enter the rigorous collegiate training environment.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Leo is a Carnegie Mellon graduate with a BFA in Acting/Musical Theatre.
Leo’s proudest performing accomplishment to date is starring as the Emcee in Cabaret. First, at Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) w/Leslie Kritzer, where he went on to win Best Actor in the Houston Theatre Excellence Awards, and then reviving the role at The Arvada Center, in Denver, CO.
Recently, Leo stood by for Brooks Ashmanskas in Shuffle Along on Broadway and took over the role for the last two weeks of the run. The show starred Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Josh Henry, and Brandon Victor Dixon. Directed by George C. Wolfe and Choreographed by Savion Glover. He made his Broadway debut in Jesus Christ Superstar. Off Broadway: Jasper in Deadland by Ryan Scott Oliver and Hunter Foster, Finks (Bobby Gerard) at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, IONESCOPADE: The works of Eugene Ionesco at The York Theatre, and P.J. Dunbar in the premiere musical Wanda’s World at The 45th Street Theatre (directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett).
Leo’s played Riff in West Side Story in a multitude of productions including: London’s West End (dir/choreo: Joey McKneely); The 50th Anniversary US Tour; Houston TUTS (dir/choreo: by Jerome Robbins assistant, Alan Johnson); Barrington Stage; North Carolina Theatre; The Recording Academy Honors, and the opening number of GYPSY OF THE YEAR with original Broadway stars Chita Rivera, Carol Lawrence, Mickey Calin, and Ken Le Roy (honoring the original 1957 Broadway company, choreographed by Joshua Bergasse; “Smash”).
Tours: Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street in Moscow, Russia; Disney’s On The Record; and Casper The Musical, starring Chita Rivera.
NYC Readings/Workshops include: Diner (music/lyrics: Sheryl Crow; dir Kathleen Marshall), The Honeymooners (dir Jerry Mitchell), Harmony (music/lyrics: Barry Manilow), and Yank (The York). The New York Music Theatre Festival (NYMF): Fingers and Toes, Going Down Swingin’, But I’m A Cheerleader, and The Taxi Cabaret.
Regionally: Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher at the Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City, UT and at the Victoria Theatre in Dayton, Ohio. Bert in Mary Poppins at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, Jamie MacRea in Matthew Lopez’s world premiere play, Somewhere, starring Priscilla Lopez (The Old Globe and Theatreworks in Palo Alto, CA), Mark in Rent (Weston Playhouse); Will Parker in Oklahoma!, starring Shirley Jones (Pittsburgh CLO and Casa Mañana); Jimmy Smith in Thoroughly Modern Millie(The Arvada Center); Ren in Footloose (Pittsburgh Musical Theater); Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street, starring Beth Leavel (The MUNY); and Tulsa in Gypsy, starring Patti LuPone, music directed by Paul Gemignani, and directed by Lonny Price (Chicago Ravinia Festival).
Voice overs: Signed with Innovative Artists, Leo’s currently the voice for Siemens Technology. National Voice overs: Sharp, Foster Grants (starring Brooke Shields), JC Penney, V8, Avis, and GoGurt. Demos for Smoker’s Health, Visa, Macy’s, Dannon, Eukanuba, Liberty Mutual, Mercedes-Benz, and Fortiva. Industrials for Goldman Sachs, Dropbox, and Ralph Lauren.
In addition to acting, and coaching for MTCA, Leo career coaches for professional actors. Current clients are working with Leo on getting an agent, accessing their goals, learning how to infuse positive energy into their careers, and utilizing their tools to book them the jobs they really want.
More information at www.leoashevens.com
Originally from Wexford, PA–Charlie is a proud graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
As an actor, he has performed for the NY Public Theatre’s “Shakespeare in the Park” (All’s Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure), the Pearl Theatre Company (Richard II), the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (King Lear, The Three Musketeers, Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost), Middlebury Actor’s Workshop (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina (The Unexpected Guest), The Shakespeare Theatre of DC (Richard II, Henry V, As You Like It, and Mrs. Warren’s Profession), and the Chautauqua Theatre Company (Much Ado About Nothing, Vaidehi, and Ah, Wilderness!).
As a teacher, Charlie has been working with MTCA for over 8 years. Aside from his teaching with MTCA, he has served as the Apprentice Coordinator for Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s in-season Apprentice Program, where he helped design curriculum and taught classes in Acting, Auditioning, Voice and Speech, and Shakespearean Text/Acting to up-and-coming actors in the HVSF company, while providing mentorship and guidance for their professional development. He also spent some time as a Teaching Artist for HVSF’s High School Education Program, teaching Shakespeare/Acting to English classes in the NY area.
While at Carnegie Mellon, he worked as a TA of Acting, Voice, and Speech and at CMU’s Pre-College program as an assistant teacher of both Audition Technique and Voice & Speech. In shorter stints, he has led classes and workshops at Queensborough Community College in Auditioning and Acting, and at the City University of New York in Professional Actor Development, among others.
Hailing from Pittsburgh, Lindsay is so excited about being part of the MTCA team after her game changing experience working with them in high school. Favorite regional/NYC credits: The Light in the Piazza (Clara), Next to Normal (Natalie), The Spitfire Grill (Percy), Floyd Collins (Nellie), and Dear Albert Einstein (Judy). BM in Music Theatre from Baldwin Wallace.
Shawn Hickey is a graduate of the Ball State University BFA Musical Theatre program and an MTCA alumna. In her senior year of high school, she applied to 20 colleges and universities with a 100% academic acceptance rate while maintaining her status as a National Honor Society member and AP student. Shawn guided her entire admission process, submitting all application materials and scheduling all of her auditions on her own. She received a 4-year academic Presidential Scholarship as well as a 4-year Merit scholarship to Ball State University. In her time at Ball State, she worked in the Department of Theatre and Dance office alongside the Recruitment Coordinator and Department Chair. It was during this time that she discovered her love for the audition and application process from the other side of the table. She received the Ball State University Employee of the Year Award for her work in this position during her junior year. (This award is given annually to the Ball State employee designated best among all adult and student university staff.) After graduation, Shawn began working as an academic student advisor and educational staff member for Broadway Artists Alliance.
Shawn is self-proclaimed school research and organizational nerd and is thrilled to be able to combine her knowledge of the college audition process with her love of organization to help MTCA students and families navigate this process in a sane, organized, and dare we say fun way.
Ali was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. She is a proud graduate of The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program.
As an actor, Ali was most recently seen in the world premiere of Nick Gandiello’s THE WEDGE HORSE Off- Broadway with Fault Line Theatre. She is proud to have made her Broadway debut in Larry David’s Fish in the Dark. Ali made her off-broadway debut in The Awesome 80’s Prom. She has been seen in several shows at The Guthrie including the regional premier of Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation, and Adam Rapp’s one-woman show The Edge Of Our Bodies. Other Guthrie credits include: A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Great Gatsby, What May Fall, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Master Butchers Singing Club, and A Christmas Carol. She has done over a dozen productions at the Tony Award winning Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis. Ali has had the good fortune of playing some dream roles all over the country, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at Southwest Shakespeare being one of the highlights. She has worked at other wonderful regional theaters including Baltimore Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Arizona Theater Company, Park Square Theater, and The Director’s Studio. Ali has done workshops and readings with MCC, Labyrinth, The Playwrights Center, Second Stage, The Pearl, Fault Line Theatre, and others.
Ali is also a voice-over artist and can be heard in commercials for Target, Disney, and plenty of PSA’s.
As a teacher, Ali has taught theater, music, and visual art to impoverished children all over the world through ASTEP (Artist’s Striving To End Poverty). This work has taken her around the states, to Africa, and to South America. Ali has served as responder, teacher, and judge at the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival. She Specializes in teaching and creating workshops to use art for good in the world and to promote social change. Ali is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches currently at The Harlem Yoga Studio.
Drew is the son of a chemist and accountant Drew hails from Sarasota, FL. He studied dance while performing as a company member of the Asolo Rep Theater for 5 seasons. He moved to NYC in 2006 to attend the Juilliard School where he received the “John Houseman Award” which is given each year to the student who shows most excellence in classical work.
Upon graduating he spent the next two years performing in Arthur Laurents’ final company of West Side Story. Other Broadway credits include Doctor Zhivago directed by Des MacAnuff and you can currently see Drew in the revival of Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close at the Palace Theater through June.
Drew works regularly in regional theaters across the US including: Dallas Theater Center, Shakespeare Theater of DC, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, The MUNY in St. Louis, the Hollywood Bowl in LA, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, The Old Globe in Sand Diego and more.
As a director he recently directed the world premiere of What We Wanted at the Clurman Theater on 42nd street. He has directed at Juilliard, Chautuaqua Theater Company, Bucks County Playhouse, and is the Artistic Director of Shakespeare at the Manor which has brought Shakespeare’s plays to Shelter Island, NY. for the past 4 summers.
Drew will be directing the 2nd year students at Juilliard this fall in their Shakespeare Project.
Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Katie received her Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from Catholic University in Washington DC. She then went on to attend the two year conservatory program in acting at Circle In the Square Theatre School in New York.
As an actor, Katie is a co-founder, development director and company member of the NYC-based Esperance Theater Company, where she played Olivia in their inaugural production of Twelfth Night this past December. She has appeared in 10 seasons with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, where favorite roles include Viola (Twelfth Night), Imogen (Cymbeline), Lucrece (The Liar), Rosaline (Love’s Labours Lost), and Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Arc Stages (Love/Sick); Portland Stage (A Christmas Carol); Middlebury Actors Workshop (Cat on A Hot Tin Roof); Shadowland (Clybourne Park, Love/Sick); Epic Theatre Ensemble (Othello); Flux Theatre Ensemble (Life Is A Dream); Core Theatre Comp (Wonder of the World); and the NY Fringe (A Tiger in Central Park). TV/Film: Boardwalk Empire, Guiding Light, College Humor, The Circuit, and various commercials and voice overs.
Katie is also a teaching artist and coach for young acting professionals. She has been a Teaching Artist with HVSF’s Education Program since 2004, working with both students and teachers . She has lead workshops at West Point Military Academy, The Masters School, Blythedale Children’s Hospital, and the Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program, among dozens of local area middle and high schools. She has also lead Teacher Resource Workshops, where she teaches English teachers how to present Shakespeare to their students from an actor’s perspective. Katie has lead workshops at HVSF and New Paltz University in career and image counseling, helping to prepare college students and young professionals for the rigors of a career in the acting industry.
Jesse Jensen is an actor and writer from the San Francisco Bay area. He holds a MFA in Acting from the Old Globe/University of San Diego. He also holds a BA Degree in Film Production with a Theater minor from Loyola Marymount LA.
As an actor, his theater credits include: Dogs of War, Plastic Rose (Edinburgh Festival), Richard III, As You Like It, Inherit the Wind, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, The Winters Tale, Amadeus, and Death of a Salesman (The Old Globe, San Diego CA), Brahman/I (The La Jolla Playhouse), The Heiress (Long Beach Playhouse), West Side Story (MTLA), and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Kingsmen Shakespeare Co.) Jesse has appeared on television in CSI, Cane, Cold Case, Person of Interest, and in the feature film Wasted. As a writer his works include: [Plays] The Untold Story of John Wilkes Booth, Kill Television; [Short films] Lea, The Clown, Tuesday, Parallax Tracks; [Fiction] Jake. He is also an original founder and member of the Los Angeles based art collective The Bagavagabonds where he has curated such art programs as the 5for50 Film Exercise, the Front Porch Players, and the BV Art Explosion.
Growing up with a father in the military, Allison lived in many places around the world. Since graduating from Elon University with her BFA in Musical Theater, she has consistently worked in the performing arts field from Broadway to film. To broaden her education and experience in dramatic, classical, and Shakespearean acting, Allison auditioned for and was accepted into the prestigious drama program at The Old Globe/USD in San Diego, CA, where she received her MFA. She and her husband fell in love with southern California and now reside in San Diego with their daughter.
Allison was in the original Broadway casts of Good Vibrations, Cry Baby and Curtains (original recording and Tony’s). Off Broadway: originated the role of Miss B. in Enter Laughing (original recording); toured nationally and internationally as Sandy in Grease and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Allison proudly originated the following roles: In The World Premieres: Janice in Come From Away, Victoria in Sideways (The La Jolla Playhouse), Jane in Emma (The Old Globe), Evelyn in The Girl In The Frame (Goodspeed and Manhattan Theatre Company). Selected regional credits include: Eliza Doolittle* in My Fair Lady (Capital Repertory & Cygnet), Maria* in The Sound of Music, Betty in White Christmas (SDMT), Phoebe in As You Like It, Katerina in Amadeus, Ceres in Tempest, Viola in Twelfth Night (The Old Globe).*Nominated for a Craig Noel Award for best actress
Currently she is playing Luise in Gypsy through Sept. 4th. For tickets please visit: www.cygnettheatre.com. Followed by Betty in White Christmas through Dec. 8th. For tickets please visit: www.sdmt.org
Allison has been in numerous national commercials including the 2009-11 Lee Rider Jeans Campaign with Stacey London. Allison currently can be seen in the AAA commercial running in the tri-state area. She has also been in the films The Smurfs and He Got Game. On television she has been a host on HSN, and the NBC pilot, NY-70.
Allison is a professor of theatre at the University of San Diego and Grossmont College. She has been teaching around the world and privately for more than 15 years.
Originally from Racine Wisconsin, Ryan received his BA in Theater from the University of Wisconsin Madison, where he was awarded the Smith and Butt prize for artistic achievement. He then attended The Yale School of Drama, where he received his MFA.
As an actor Ryan most recently worked Off Broadway in Bedlam’s production of Dead Dog Park at 59E59th. Other Off-Broadway credits include the world premiere of Whorl Inside a Loop (w/ Sherie Rene Scott) at Second Stage; The Killer (w/Michael Shannon), Antony and Cleopatra (w/Laila Robins), both directed by Darko Tresnjak, King Lear (w/Michael Pennington, dir. Arin Arbus), and Hamlet (w/ Christian Camargo, dir. David Esbjornson) at Theater for a New Audience. As an actor, he is most proud of returning to his home state of Wisconsin to perform the lead role in Yellowman at The Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and with his eight seasons with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Regionally, he has also worked at The Old Globe, Yale Repertory Theater, and others.
Additionally, Ryan is a director and teaching artist. He is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Esperance Theater Company (esperancetheatercompany.org), and has also directed for The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, TinyRhino, NYU’s Atlantic Acting School, and NYU’s MFA Playwriting Program. As a teacher, he has worked with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Manhattanville College, The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Vassar College’s Powerhouse Apprentice Training Program, The National Shakespeare Company and others, teaching classes in Acting, Text, Shakespeare, Stage Combat, Movement, Games, and Improvisation.
Born and raised in Miami, FL, Alejandro is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he received the Michel St. Denis Prize for outstanding achievement. New York performance credits include the world premiere of Ghetto Babylon (National Latino Playwrights Award) at 59E59, the premiere of Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas’ Bird in the Hand at Theater for the New City, King Lear opposite Billy Porter, the title role in Romeo and Juliet for The Acting Company, etc. Regionally, he’s performed at The Kennedy Center, the Guthrie Theatre, Denver Center Theater Company and the Humana Festival, among several others. His film and TV credits include Nurse Jackie (Showtime), Dates from Hell (Discovery ID), and the feature film Emoticon 😉, which won the Cast Collaboration award at the annual Genart Film Festival in NYC.
Alejandro is the co-founder of the interdisciplinary performance collective Shook Ones, and he develops programming for Artists Striving to End Poverty, a nonprofit that connects artists with underserved kids around the world (astep.org).
Lee Aaron Rosen has worked with teenagers as a coach, director, teacher and mentor for over a decade with New York’s 52nd Street Project. As an actor, Lee has worked with some of the most prominent directors in the American theater, including George C. Wolfe, David Esbjornson and Doug Hughes. His Broadway credits include The Big Knife and The Normal Heart (which received the 2011 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play). He has also appeared as “Cliff Bradshaw” in the national tour of the Tony award-winning production of Cabaret. Off-Broadway credits include Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink (Roundabout Theatre Company), Gabriel (Atlantic Theater Company), and The Lady From Dubuque (Signature Theatre); regionally, he has appeared at the Old Globe, the Huntington Theatre, the Westport Country Playhouse, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Bucks County Playhouse, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ford’s Theatre, Centerstage, and the Barrington Stage Company. On television, Lee has appeared in “Limitless,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “The Big C,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Person of Interest,” “Damages,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Guiding Light.” Film credits include Saving Private Ryan, Company K, Sidewalk Traffic, and the documentary Doctors of the Dark Side. He is also featured in the award-winning web series 80/20. In addition, his voice can be heard in several Rockstar Games titles, as well as in the PBS documentary series Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle. Lee received his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.
Originally from Jekyll Island, GA, Rhyn is a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama (BFA, Musical Theatre). Off-Broadway: Sheldon Harnick’s A World to Win (The York Theater). Other NY credits: title role inViolet (The Gallery Players); the world premiere of Bridgeboy (The Active Theater); Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible (The Gallery Players). Favorite regional credits include: Mash in Stupid F***ing Bird (Actors Express); Sarah in Company (Actors Express); Percy Talbott in The Spitfire Grill (Cape Fear Regional Theater); Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and Emily in Our Town (WV Public Theater); Abigail Williams in The Crucible and the Courtesan in The Comedy of Errors (NC Shakespeare Festival); Mother in Ragtime and Jeanie in Hair (Weathervane Theater); Belle in Beauty and The Beast and Rizzo in Grease (Beef and Boards); Luisa in The Fantasticks (The Spoleto Festival).
Rachel is a New York City based director and teaching artist. Most recently, Rachel served as Assistant Director to Rachel Chavkin on the Broadway premiere of Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. This past summer, Rachel served as Resident Director, for Front Porch Theatricals of Pittsburgh PA, where she directed both The Spitfire Grill and Floyd Collins. Rachel was Assistant Director to Andy Blankenbeuhler at Papermill Playouse, for the world premiere of The Bandstand, scheduled for its Broadway debut this spring.
Other highlights from Rachel’s work as Director and Assistant Director include: Henry & Mudge (TheatreworksUSA), Fiddler on the Roof, Hairspray, Yo, Vikings! (Upper Darby Summer Stage, PA), Natasha and Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 (American Repertory Theater; dir. Rachel Chavkin), Preludes (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater; dir. Rachel Chavkin), Outside Mullingar (City Theatre in Pittsburgh; dir. Tracy Brigden) and Smart Blonde (City Theatre in Pittsburgh; dir. Peter Flynn). Rachel has developed and directed new works and workshops including: the world premiere of Kerrigan and Lowdermilk’s Tales from the Bad Years (loft 172, Brooklyn) and The World’s Fair, in conjunction with NYU’s MFA Musical Theater Writing program. Rachel is an SDC Associate and MTC Fellow.
Rachel is also a dedicated teaching artist. Rachel has taught master classes in Devising, Musical Theater and Directing with Point Park University and University of the Arts. In New York, Rachel is excited to be working with Bound For Broadway Kids this spring as a Production Advisor with the Broadway Jr. Musical Theater program in conjunction with the Shubert Foundation. Regionally, she has had the great fortune to direct and teach students for the past ten years with Upper Darby Summer Stage, one of the leading educational arts organizations on the East Coast. Rachel served as an Education Apprentice with Imagination Stage, Bethesda MD, in 2009. While in the D.C. area, Rachel worked as a teaching artist with Young Playwrights of D.C. and Arts Stream, an organization specializing in access education in the dramatic arts for students with disabilities.
Rachel received her BFA in Musical Theater from Point Park University and her MFA in Directing from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.
Growing up in Los Angeles in a theatrical household, Amanda began her performance education early. Since graduating from California State University, Long Beach with her BA in Theatre Performance, she has worked as a professional actress, deviser, dancer, and writer in both theatre and film mediums. As one of six chosen collaborators, Amanda received a full scholarship to UC Davis, where she received her MFA in Acting. She is a trained comedy improvisor and also has conservatory training from The Actors Center (NYC) and Harvard/ART.
Amanda was in original productions of The Dogs of War and Plastic Rose (2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival). She also wrote and starred in an original one-woman show called La Gyp, and was awarded a grant to co-write and perform in an experimental theatre piece entitled Wigs. Other theatre credits: Rose of Sharon in The Grapes of Wrath (UC Davis), Kitty in Anna Karenina and Thea in Hedda Gabler (Chrysalis Stage), Veronica in Chicago and Consuelo in West Side Story (Musical Theatre Los Angeles), and Rosannah in Brilliant Traces (Front Porch Players). TV and film work include: Mad Men (AMC), and Lea, Phantom of the Press, and The Clown, all produced by the LA-based art collective Bagavagabonds.
Amanda has been coaching and teaching Acting at the college level for over two years.
For more info, visit www.amandavitiello.com
Originally from Pittsburgh, Adria attended Penn State University, where she got her B.F.A. in musical theater. After moving to NYC and then tooling around the country doing a couple of national tours, she made her way to New Haven, CT where she got her M.F.A. in acting from the Yale School of Drama. On the stages of YSD, Adria played roles such as Natalya in A Month In The Country, The Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Ingrid in Peer Gynt, and Marfa and Natasha in a brand new adaptation of Chekov shorts called Rubles. At the Yale Cabaret, Adria had the opportunity to perform as Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors and Gail in the musical The Do-Over. She also had the extreme pleasure of originating the role of Olga in The Three Sisters Or A Dormouse’s Tale, a new musical. Additionally, she performed in and understudied the role of Natasha in Rough Crossing at the Yale Repertory Theater.
In New York City, Adria has worked at Manhattan Theatre Club in Broadway’s The Columnist, Lincoln Center in Blood And Gifts, and at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in Interviewing Miss Davis. Regionally, she has worked at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Milady in The Three Musketeers), Flat Rock Playhouse (Maggie in Cat on a Hot TIn Roof), Kansas City Rep (Cherie in Bus Stop), Alabama Shakespeare Company (Lydia in The Flag Maker Of Market Street), and Arkansas Rep (Caroline Cushing in Frost/Nixon).
Originally from Littleton, CO, Katie graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Acting.
Since graduation, Katie has performed with the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park (All’s Well That Ends Well), New Jersey Shakespeare (Henry VIII), Shakespeare on the Sound (As You Like It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona), Harbor Lights Theatre (Steel Magnolias), and Allentown Shakespeare (Twelfth Night). She has also workshopped new plays with both the Public Theatre and Roundabout Theatre. Katie is a founding member of the theatre collective Exit, Pursued by a Bear (Restoration Comedy, These Seven Sicknesses).
In New York, Katie has been coaching for college auditions for several years. In Colorado, she helped run the acting and dance program for the Encore Performing Arts Academy for children and teens. There, she taught several classes and workshops including scene study, text work, monologues, ballet, jazz and tap.
Originally from San Diego, CA, she trained and worked professionally as a contemporary and modern dancer before transitioning into musical theatre. She graduated summa cum laude from Illinois Wesleyan University with a BFA in Music Theatre before moving to New York to pursue her performance career. After performing at regional theaters across the country, she returned to San Diego to continue her career as a performer, choreographer, and teaching artist.
Regional Credits: A Doll’s House (The Old Globe), Dainty June in Gypsy, April in Company, Parade, Cabaret, Man of La Mancha, My Fair Lady (Cygnet Theatre – Resident Artist), Jenny Hill in Big Fish, Gingy in Shrek, Catch Me If You Can, Spamalot, Music Man, Mary Poppins (Moonlight Stage Productions), Andi Lee in 42nd Street, Rita in White Christmas, Chicago, Ragtime, Singin’ in the Rain (San Diego Musical Theatre), Clara in Passion (ion theatre company). She received a San Diego Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Louise in ion theatre’s production of Gypsy. Her work as a choreographer has been seen at Cygnet Theatre (A Christmas Carol) and Grossmont College (Lucky Stiff, Cinderella, 80 Days), where she works with high school and college students as part of the Summer Conservatory Program.
She is currently working toward her MFA in Musical Theatre at San Diego State University, focusing on musical theatre dance history and choreography. For more information: www.katiewhalley.com
Darren Biggart is a New York based performer, teacher, and producer. He earned his BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan, and has performed in NYC (City Center Encores! Off-Center) on tour (ELF), Off-Broadway (Prospect Theatre Co, NYMF, Lincoln Center) and at regional theaters throughout the country (Madison Square Garden, Kennedy Center, MUNY, PCLO, Northern Stage).
Darren is the creative director for the non-profit A Broader Way, which was founded by Idina Menzel. (www.abroaderway.org) Additionally, since its inception in 2013, Darren has been an associate producer for the Encores! Off-Center series at New York City Center in Manhattan.
As a teacher and choreographer, Darren has worked at Plymouth State University (NH), Broadway Dance Center (NYC), Steps (NYC), The Studio New Canaan (CT), and of course, MTCA!
Candi is the Universal Swing for five different companies of Jersey Boys, including Broadway, Las Vegas, National tours #1 and #2, and South Africa, where she covers 52 characters in each company!
She is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, where she started dancing at age 3 and acting and singing at age 11. She attended Point Park University where she graduated in 3 years with a BFA in Musical Theater and a Minor in Dance with a Jazz Concentration. On the day of her graduation she was hired by Norwegian Cruise Lines as a Lead Female singer. She worked for Norwegian for two years and performed all over the world, from Iceland to Russia to Finland to Portugal to the Caribbean.
Her favorite professional performance credits include: Jersey Boys (Broadway, Mary Delgado), Annie (Northern Stage, Lily St. Regis), The Happy Embalmer (NYMF, Mrs. McChrystal), Jesus Christ Superstar (Kansas City Starlight), and Contact (Pittsburgh Playhouse).
She has appeared in many commercials including spots for Optimum Cable, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Wild Turkey, 1-800-OK-CABLE, The Warner Bra, Iyogi.com, Taxi Shoes, UPMC, Ray Catena, and Manfredi Chevrolet.
She has performed at Superbowl XLVIII, on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, at The Plaza Hotel, The St. Regis Hotel, 54 Below and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Kurt is a native of Denver, Colorado and has appeared on Broadway as Don Kerr in the recent revival of A Chorus Line (directed by original company members Bob Avian and Baayork Lee). Kurt holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati/CCM. He has also been seen in the first national tour of 42nd Street (revival) and was in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. (directed by Walter Bobbie/choreographed by Randy Skinner) at the Ordway Center in St. Paul, MN. Off-Broadway, he has played principal roles in All Is Love (New York Musical Theatre Festival), A Naughty Knight (Duke Theatre/ Jewish Rep), and Jones and Schmidt’s Roadside (York Theatre). He also appeared in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. Regionally, he has been seen as Skimbleshanks in Cats (Sacramento Music Circus, dir. Richard Stafford), Action in West Side Story (Houston TUTS, dir. Alan Johnson), Bobby in A Chorus Line (Geva Theatre / Ogunquit Playhouse), Billy Boy Bill in Urinetown (Geva Theatre), The Music Man (dir. Molly Smith / Arena Stage), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To The Forum, Very Good Eddie (Goodspeed Opera House), Hot Mikado (Ford’s Theatre, Washington DC), as well as numerous performances at the St. Louis MUNY, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Cape Playhouse, Atlanta’s Theatre Of The Stars and over 10 productions with the Sacramento Music Circus. Kurt was also the associate choreographer/ director for A Chorus Line at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA.
Kurt recently directed and choreographed the children’s musical, PISTACHIO: The Brooklyn Girl Made from Trash, for the outreach program at the Brooklyn Arts Council. In addition, he will be choreographing Evita and Daughter Of The Regiment for Opera North in Lebanon, NH for the summer of 2016.
Kurt is the Co-Owner/ Co-Founder of Broadway Kids Auditions (BKA) here in NYC, focused coaching and workshop for pre-professional kids ages 8-14. www.broadwaykidsauditions.com
Stephanie Fittro moved to New York to study at Alvin Ailey, as a student in the Certificate Program, now a part of Fordham University. Her ballet, modern and theatre dance background include: The Boston Ballet School, The National School of Gdansk (Poland), Toronto Dance Theatre, The Limon Institute, The Ailey School, Steps On Broadway, and Broadway Dance Center. Other training: Shakespeare and Company (Acting, Clown, Renaissance Dance). She has been honored to study with master teachers such as S&C Resident Choreographer Susan Dibble and Limon teacher Jim May (Peridance). Her mentors in theatre dance worked closely with Jerome Robbins (West Side Story original cast) Bob Fosse (National Tour of Dancin’) and Agnes DeMille (Oklahoma! Broadway revival, Brigadoon). Stephanie’s character dance teacher, the late great James Jamieson, was Agnes DeMille’s beloved sword dancer, dance captain, and advisor on Scottish Highland dancing in the original production of Brigadoon. Her professional performing credits include: Carousel (National Tour), The Merry Widow at The Metropolitan Opera with Placido Domingo, Hairspray (National tour), Legally Blonde (Broadway), three tours of West Side Story under the direction of Alan Johnson, and performances at Irish Rep, City Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The New York Musical Theatre Festival, Movement Research at the Judson, Smoke Jazz Club, Stephanie was a featured performer in the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Cirque du Soleil (televised on NBC). Stephanie is also Artistic Advisor of The Yip Harburg Foundation (lyricist of “Over the Rainbow”).
Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Julia is a proud graduate of Penn State University’s Musical Theatre Program where she was on the Dean’s List throughout and received the Penn State Presidential Scholarship for Musical Theatre.
National tour: A Chorus Line (Judy) with Michael Bennett’s original choreography set by Baayork Lee. Regional favorites: Paper Mill Playhouse in A Chorus Line (Judy) directed by Mitzi Hamilton, Sacramento Music Circus in A Chorus Line (Judy) directed by Stafford Arima, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (The Producers, Curtains), Atlanta Theatre of the Stars (The Producers), Astoria Performing Arts Center (Allegro), Pennsylvania Centre Stage (The Apple Tree, She Loves Me, Pop!). Workshops in NYC: Radio City Spring Spectacular (choreographed by Warren Carlyle) and Bubble Boy the Musical. TV: “Live From Lincoln Center: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch” (PBS), Billy Eichner’s “Billy on the Street” (FUSE), “I’m Hip” (Ana Gasteyer’s music video) and webisodes for collegehumor.com. Julia is also a featured dancer with the American Pops Orchestra in Washington DC.
Pre-college, Julia received her training at Ann Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project (where she was a member of Dave Clemmons’ elite vocal ensemble), the Grand Rapids Ballet (Michigan’s premiere professional ballet company) and the Grand Rapids Academy of Performing Arts (where she was a member of their Senior Company in jazz, tap and musical theatre styles).
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Originally from Louisville, KY, Mara attended the Youth Performing Arts High
School and then received her BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of
Michigan. She now works as a performer and choreographer all across the
country. Most recently, Mara choreographed A Christmas Story, the Musical at
Paper Mill Playhouse and the Seattle 5th Avenue Theatre. Following that she went
back to her alma mater and choreographed their spring production of Guys and
Dolls. She has also choreographed Shrek, the Musical for North Shore Music
Theatre, Oliver! for Plymouth State University, Fiddler On The Roof for the Burns
Park Players, and the 2015 Lucille Lortel Awards in NYC. This summer, Mara
will be working for Sacramento Music Circus choreographing their production of
Legally Blonde. As a performer, Mara was see on Broadway as the dance captain
for A Christmas Story, the Musical and also set the Madison Square Garden
National Tour. Other credits include On Your Toes (New York City Center
Encores), Shrek, the Musical (1 st National Tour), Honeymoon In Vegas (Paper
Mill Playhouse), Grease, Beauty and the Beast, Full Monty, Oklahoma!, Spamalot,
Singin’ In The Rain, Cats, and Footloose (all at the Pittsburgh CLO), Bye, Bye,
Birdie and Les Miserables (North Shore Music Theatre), Hello, Dolly! (Cape
Playhouse), You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up! (Regent Theatre), Marvelous
Wonderettes (Saint Vincent Summer Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Pittsburgh Public
Theatre), and 42nd Street (Maine State Music Theatre). Mara also went to London
to assistant choreographer Josh Prince in mounting the West End production of
Shrek, the Musical. She has taught for University of Michigan, MPulse Summer
Program, Broadway Dance Center, Proctors Summer Dance Program, US
Performing Arts Camp, Beyond the Stars, and the Mosaic Youth Theatre. Mara is
a proud member of AEA and SDC.
Originally from Fairfax Station, Virginia, Josh brings eight years of teaching and choreography experience to MTCA.
A recent graduate of NYU Tisch’s New Studio On Broadway with a BFA in Drama, a minor in Business of Entertainment and Media Technologies, and as one of four recipients of the Outstanding Achievement in Studio award, Josh made his faux-Broadway debut alongside the cast of Dames At Sea after winning their first tap contest. He’ll be on Broadway again as a part of the 2016 Broadway Rising Stars Concert at Town Hall.
Other tap performances include: Wolf Trap, DC Tap Festival, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, National Cherry Blossom Festival, and many, many musicals. Select Performance: Crazy For You (Bobby Child, d. Dell Howlett), Kiss Me Kate (Bill/Lucentio, d. Kyle Fabel), 1776 (Richard Henry Lee, d. Kent Gash), Saturday Night (Gene, d. Brian Hill). He has also choreographed for himself and others in all credits listed above.
Originally from Tucson, AZ, Julianne is a proud graduate of Elon University with a BFA in Music Theatre, minor in dance. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and conducted her Undergraduate Honors Thesis in Music Theatre Choreography with a focus on Dream Ballets. Julianne recently made her New York debut as Adele Rice in A Man Of No Importance (Gallery Players). National Tour: Hodel in Fiddler On The Roof. Regional Credits: A Chorus Line and Oklahoma! (Berkshire Theatre Festival), All Shook Up (Artpark), The Who’s Tommy (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), Chava in Fiddler On The Roof (Sacramento Music Circus), Polly in Crazy For You and DeLee in Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Central Piedmont Theatre), 42nd Street (New Bedford Festival Theatre). Elon Credits: Lois/Bianca in Kiss Me Kate, Annabella, u/s Claudia in Nine, and the college premier of The Phantom Of The Opera. Choreography/Musical Staging: Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins (Elon University), i.d. (a new musical by Elon alumni Christopher Staskel and Dan Gibson), various reviews, cabarets, and BC/EFA benefit concerts. Assistant Choreography: The Secret Garden (The Astoria Performing Arts Center) and Cabaret (Elon University).
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Natalie is a director, choreographer, independent producer, and teaching artist living in New York City. Natalie was awarded the SDC Charles Abbott Fellowship to work with Artistic Director, Karen Azenberg at Pioneer Theatre Company for Sweet Charity and recently returned to assist onFiddler On the Roof. She also assisted Susan Stroman on the NYC Workshop of Little Dancer after serving as the SDC Observer on The Dancer Project at Lincoln Center Theatre. Regional artistic work includes productions at Paper Mill Playhouse, TexARTS, Wagon Wheel Theatre, Bailiwick Chicago, NYMF and Fringe Festivals. Natalie has served as the resident Director/Choreographer for Nickelodeon on board Norwegian Cruise Line and she has created shows for Story Land theme park. She teaches at Broadway Dance Center, Step One International, Plymouth State University and judges for dance competitions nationwide. She sits on the artistic advisory board for the Encore’s Off-Center series at City Center and has worked as a producer at N+N Productions, and also at Clear Talent Group in the dance, commercial and choreography departments. Natalie holds a degree from the University of Michigan. So proud to be part of the MTCA family!!
Cara is most recently toured with Billy Elliot. She has played Gertie Cummings (understudy Aunt Eller) in the new Arena Stage’s inaugural production of Oklahoma! and Courtney/Elle’s Mom/Whitney in Legally Blonde on Broadway and in the national tour. Regionally, Cara has worked at Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsaw, Indiana where she performed in Cabaret (Texas), Anything Goes (Virtue), and Big: The Musical (Ensemble, dance captain). She was also Dance Captain and played Chorusaurus in the 2010 NY Fringe Festival hit Jurrasic Parq: The Broadway Musical.
Cara began dancing at the age of 4 in a tap class at the local rec center in Dallas, Texas. At the age of 8, she began extensive ballet and jazz training at the Academy of Dance Arts, joining their junior jazz company and their ballet company, The Dallas Repertoire Ballet. Throughout her junior high and high school dance career, Cara played many roles in The Dallas Repertoire Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker, including Spanish Chocolate, Arabian Coffee and Chinese Tea. She has also competed on the national level with Tremaine Dance Competition, West Coast Dance Explosion, New York City Dance Alliance and Starlight Dance Competition where she was 1st Runner Up Teen National Outstanding Dancer of the Year. In her training, Cara has attended many summer intensives and has worked with many top instructors and choreographers including Joe Lanteri, Anne Reinking, Merrill Ashley, Suzi Taylor, Dan Karaty, Liz Imperio, Jacques dAmboise, Dee Caspary, and Mia Michaels.
Cara is a graduate of The University of Michigan Musical Theatre program.
Michael is currently making his Broadway debut in Wicked. A Pittsburgh native and recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, he made his television debut as Rolf in NBC’s live telecast of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood, and can be heard on the cast recording. His stage credits include university productions and productions at Pittsburgh CLO, and he played Lancelot opposite Robert Sean Leanord in Camelot. Film: Cheerleader. Follow @michaelcampayno.
Broadway credits: Prince Topher in Cinderella; Balthasar and understudy for Orlando Bloom’s Romeo in Romeo and Juliet; Once. Regional credits include Avenue Q (Princeton/Rod), The Full Monty (Malcolm), Evita, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Beauty and the Beast (Gaston) at Mason Street Warehouse in Saugatuck, Michigan under the direction of Kurt Stamm, and Chess (Anatoly) and Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson) at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. At Michigan: Brigadoon (Tommy), The Full Monty (Jerry), Ragtime (Younger Brother).
Training: Graduate of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre program and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Shakespeare in Performance program.
Alex is thrilled to be a part of the MTCA team! She is currently making her Broadway debut as Cosette in Les Miserables. National tour: Hope Harcourt in Kathleen Marshall’s Tony Award winning revival of Anything Goes. Regional credits include Legally Blonde (Serena), Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel), and Honk (Queenie) at Music Theatre of Wichita, and Tarzan (Jane), State Fair (Margy Frake), and Lend Me a Tenor (Maggie) at Wagon Wheel Theatre. Alex graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan.
Lysie graduated Magna cum laude and with Distinction from Ithaca College, where she earned a BFA in Musical Theatre. Since moving to New York, she’s had principal roles in several readings of new musicals helmed by veteran Broadway directors and musical directors. She has also sung at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club’s Creative Center, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, and in Lincoln Center’s Songbook Series.
Regional credits include Dead Mum in Billy Elliot (Ogunquit Playhouse), Marty in Grease (Summer Theatre of New Canaan), and The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse).
Lysie is very passionate about teaching. In addition to coaching at MTCA, she has been a faculty member at SOCAPA (the School of Cinema and Performing Arts), where she helped create the acting curriculum.
She is an honorable mention winner for The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts Awards and a proud MTCA alumna!
Broadway credits: Allegiance, a new musical starring Lea Salonga & George Takei, which premiered at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in Fall 2012. Godspell, Flower Drum Song (2002 revival), Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures (2005 Revival), and the final company of Rent. He originated the role of Boq in the Chicago company of Wicked. Selected other credits: Lucent in The Taming of the Shrew (The Shakespeare Theater, DC), Song in M. Butterfly (Philadelphia Theater Company), Angel in Rent at The Hollywood Bowl (directed by Neil Patrick Harris), Godspell (Paper Mill), Bernstein: Mass (Baltimore Symphony/Kennedy Center/Carnegie Hall), Give It Up! a.k.a. Lysistrata Jones (Dallas Theater Center), Barnaby in Hello Dolly! (The Muny), Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar (Sacramento Music Circus), Thuy in Miss Saigon (PCLO) and Lun Tha in The King & I with Lou Diamond Philips (North Carolina Theater). Recordings: Many original Broadway cast recordings, as well as two solo albums on the Yellow Sound Label – I’ll Cover You (2012) and Songs for You (2016). Film /TV: Glee (Wes, Dalton Academy Warblers), Odd Mom Out (Bravo), Deadbeat (Hulu), Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Rent: Filmed Live On Broadway. BFA: Carnegie Mellon University.
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Originally from Missoula, Montana, Michael received a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan.
Michael made his Broadway debut understudying the role of Jean-Michele in the 2010 Tony Award Winning Revival of La Cage Aux Folles. He then went on to play Jean-Michele on the First National Tour.
Regionally, Michael has appeared in Les Misérables (Jean Prouvaire) at The Muny as well as Oklahoma (Slim) and White Christmas (Mike) at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.
In New York, Michael has been seen in Like You Like It (Phil) at the Gallery Players and has been a part of numerous readings, workshops and recordings. He has also made multiple concert appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Birdland, and The Metropolitan Room. He made his television debut on “The Guiding Light.”
Since graduating from Michigan, Michael has continued to study acting with Craig Carnelia, Scott Freeman, and Bob Krakower.
Mitch graduated from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama with a degree in Musical Theater. He is also a proud MTCA alum! He has appeared regionally in Diner (Signature Theatre, D.C,), Ring of Fire (Pittsburgh CLO) and Cabaret (freeFall Theatre, Florida). At Carnegie Mellon ,he was a member of the team that created Gertrude Stein SAINTS!, winning Best Musical at the 2013 New York Fringe Festival and completing a successful run at the Abrons Art Center in NYC in June of 2014. Other roles include Ed in You Can’t Take It with You and Oscar in The Wild Party. Mitch has also choreographed or assisted on productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, Urinetown! The Musical, Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, Once on This Island, The Wild Party and various dance concerts.
Anne recently was seen in Taming Of The Shrew at The Delacorte (The Public Theater) Broadway shows include: It Shoulda Been You as Aunt Sheila/Mimsy .Baruska in the Broadway musical Once at A.R.T., NYTW, and The Jacobs, The Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of Sunday In The Park with George playing Nurse, Mrs. and Harriet, Matron “Mama” Morton in Chicago, Emma Goldman in Assassins, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Flannery) and Ragtime. Off-Broadway: Wings at 2ST; Marthe in the Encores! production of Music In The Air; Aunt Eva in Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show at The Public Theater; and Swingtime Canteen. She has toured with the national companies of Chicago (Carbonell Award), Les Miserables and Aspects of Love. Anne’s regional credits include Lucienne in A Flea In Her Ear, at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, She has played Charlotte in Falsettos at both George Street Playhouse and The Huntington Theatre Company. Other regional credits include productions at La Jolla Playhouse, Barrington Stage Company and Asolo Theatre Company. Recordings: It Shoulda Been You Once, Ragtime, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Assassins, Road Show, Out Of Context- The Songs of Michael Patrick Walker.
Anne’s film and television credits include You Must Be Joking, Baby Mama, King of California, The Good Wife, Dirt, Law & Order (Trial by Jury, Special Victims Unit, and Criminal Intent), Veronica Mars, What I Like About You, and Bull. She has also been on Three Tony Award telecasts, Letterman, America’s Got Talent, The Today Show, and The Rosie O’Donnell Show. Anne can be seen on the web series Submissions Only. (submissionsonly.com)
Anne is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory and a recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Chris is currently starring as Gaylord Ravenal in the West End production of Showboat. He recently played the male lead role of Chris in the West End production of Miss Saigon. In New York, he most recently understudied the roles of Gerry Goffin and others in Beautiful-The Carole King Musical on Broadway. He made his Broadway debut at the age of 20, covering the lead role of The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins. Other Broadway credits include The Glorious Ones at Lincoln Center, Mamma Mia! (Sky), and Lestat. He played the role of Fiyero in the national tour of Wicked. Chris also covered the role of Fiyero and performed in the ensemble of the first national tour of Wicked.
Regionally, Chris has played Marius in Les Miserables (Marriott Lincolnshire and Music Theatre of Wichita), Tony in West Side Story (Barrington Stage). John Robert in Ace (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis/Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees (Music Theatre of Wichita), Younger Brother in Ragtime (MTW), Chad in All Shook Up (MTW), Tom Marlowe in Good News (MTW), the Courier in 1776 (Ford’s Theatre) and Ted Hinton in the La Jolla Playhouse production of Frank Wildhorn’s Bonnie and Clyde.
Chris received his BFA from the University of Michigan Musical Theatre program.
Jon-Michael has called Seattle, Delaware, and Texas home, but his roots are firmly planted in the latter. He holds a BFA in Acting/Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was awarded the Adelyne Roth Levine Award for Acting.
Favorite credits include: Book of Mormon National Tour; Hairspray (Seaweed) at Drury Lane; King Lear (Cordelia) with EPBB; when last we flew (Paul) at Fringe Encores, GLAAD Award – Best Off-Off Broadway Play; Fantasticks (Matt) at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; and various play and musical workshops at Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, New Dramatists, National Black Theater, & The Movement Theatre Company.
Will has worked around the country as both an actor and a composer. New York acting credits include: Sondheim’s Passion (Classic Stage Co.), Tony Kusher’s The Illusion (Off B’way, Signature Theater), Seth Rudetsky’s Disaster! at The Box, A Wonderful Life (George Bailey) at the Engeman. Tour: Mamma Mia! Selected regional: Emma (Frank Churchill) and A Room With A View (Cecil Vyse) at The Old Globe, Big River (Huck) at Goodspeed, Ordinary Days (Jason) at the Adirondack Theater Festival. Film: The Good Shepherd (dir. Robert De Niro.). Will has worked on the developmental workshops of several exciting new projects including Beauty (music by Regina Spektor), Finding Neverland (dir. Rob Ashford), I Dream (dir. Daniel Goldstein), Empire, and Bliss (Public Theater.)
As a writer, Will is the composer and creator of The Greenwood Tree, seen in concert at NYMF in 2009 and as the closing event of the 2010 “Page to Stage Festival” at the Kennedy Center (a reading co-produced by Signature Theater and Folger Shakespeare, DC.) Most recently, Will provided music for Bliss, a play by Jerome Parker (Public Theater Emerging Playwrights). With lyricist/book writer Eric Price: The Sixth Borough (workshopped at Lyric Theater of Oklahoma City as well as Indiana University’s “Premier Musicals”), On The Contrary! (a commission by The Music Theater Company, Chicago) and their children’s musical commission – Around The World, most recently seen at the Utah Festival Opera.
Will wrote the songs for Daniel Goldstein’s (dir. Godspell) ukulele-infused production of The Servant of Two Masters at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, and was a member of the cast as well. He also wrote the music for American Bard Theater Company’s production of Much Ado About Nothing (Flamboyan Theater, NYC).
Will has been honored as the guest composer for both the New York and Chicago iterations of the “Monday Nights New Voices” concert series, and is a proud alum of ASCAP’s prestigious Johnny Mercer Songwriter Project, under the auspices of Craig Carnelia and Andrew Lippa. In 2010 Will was selected for the National Alliance For Musical Theater’s (NAMT) Songwriter’s Showcase. Dream Light Theater Company produced an evening of Will’s songs as part of their “Bright Lights” concert series at the Triad, NYC, and his work has been heard as part of the Songbook concert series at the Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library, also at the celebrated “New Voices” concerts at Symphony Space, NYC. The musical theater department of Roosevelt University in Chicago presented an evening of his songs this April, and a concert version of The Greenwood Tree at Chicago’s Auditorium Theater.
Carnegie Mellon graduate. For more info, visit: www.willreynoldsonline.com
Rob Rokicki is an award-winning songwriter, performer and music director in NYC. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Actor’s Equity, the American Federation of Musicians, and an alum of the Tony Award-winning BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing workshop.
As a writer, Rob wrote the music and lyrics for the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway adaptation of the popular Percy Jackson novel, THE LIGHTNING THIEF, for Theatreworks USA (book by Joe Tracz). Rob’s musical, LOVE, NY (co-written with Mike Ruby) won the 2009 American Harmony Award and was presented at New World Stages (NY), Curtain Call (CT), and Oklahoma University. Rob has had work featured in the York’s NEO series, at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova & at universities internationally. Also with Ruby: RELATIVITY (Theatre Row, selected for The Pitch at Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival), 20 TO LIFE (American University), STRANGE TAILS (West Village Musical Theatre Festival; Best Musical, Best Lyrics, Best Score, Best Book; ANT fest). Composer/lyricist for MARTHA & ME (NY Fringe) and SAMSON’S FIRE (The Cell Theater), GINGERBREAD HOUSE (New York Film Academy). Broadway performers have sung his songs throughout New York, benefits across the country.
As an actor, Rob has performed in national tours, including the EVITA 25th Anniversary Tour directed by Hal Prince and MISS SAIGON. Rob was featured in the televised concert of SOUTH PACIFIC at Carnegie Hall and has many Off-Broadway and New York workshop credits. Regional credits include Gaston in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (received a Carbonell Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor); Trevor Graydon in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE and many others. Theaters include: The Fulton Opera, North Shore Music Theatre, Music Theatre of Wichita, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, West Virginia Public Theatre, North Carolina Theatre, The Actors’ Playhouse in Florida and the Mountain Playhouse in Pennsylvania.
As a music director, Rob music directed the New York premiere of DEPARTURE LOUNGE (directed by Christopher Gattelli) at The Public Theater; Joe Iconis’ REWRITE (also arranged for Samuel French) at The Goodspeed Opera; HAIRSPRAY, at the John W. Engeman Theater, THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, at TriArts at Sharon Playhouse and others.
Rob teaches music theory and the pop/rock workshop at Cap21 and is the Finale music guru for the nationally recognized children’s theatre publishing giant, iTheatrics. Rob is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in English and a BFA in Musical Theatre. He recently released his first studio album featuring many Broadway friends available on itunes. www.robertrockiki.com
A New York native, Justin is himself an alum of the MTCA program. He is so thrilled to coach and give each student the time, care and attention he got when he went through the program. Self-professed MT nerd since he was a tiny tot, Justin earned his BA at Northwestern University where he studied Musical Theatre and Dance. Regional and University credits include Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), Rent (Mark), Cabaret (Emcee), West Side Story (Riff), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker).
Justin is currently traveling the country with the First National Tour of Nice Work If You Can Get It and continuing to coach at the same time.
A.J. (BFA, AEA, SAG-AFTRA) is a graduate of The University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre department. He has appeared on Broadway in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star (Drama Desk nom.) and opposite Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge in La Cage Aux Folles. He has worked on many musicals and straight plays, both original works and revivals, in New York and around the country, including productions at The Public, Second Stage, Soho Rep, Cherry Lane, The Irish Rep, The Kennedy Center, The Old Globe, Center Theatre Group, Theatre Under The Stars, and Long Wharf. A.J. likes to take a detail driven approach to discovering the story of a song. Prospective students should like the questions “what if?” and “why?”, and should be ready to make some bold ridiculous choices just for fun.
Marcus Stevens is a proud graduate of Point Park University and is a New York-based actor, teacher, playwright and director.
He most recently performed Off-Broadway as Mandy Patinkin, Matthew Broderick and many others in Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking and Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging! He can also be heard on the original cast recordings for both of these shows. Marcus has had the opportunity to work at many great regional theaters including The Walnut Street Theatre, The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, The Pittsburgh Public Theater, Sacramento Music Circus and The Kennedy Center. Favorite roles include Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Sparky in Forever Plaid, Jamie in The Last Five Years, and the title role in Floyd Collins.
As a teacher, Marcus served on the musical theater faculty of Point Park University for three years before moving to New York, and has coached and directed students at Philadelphia’s renowned Upper Darby Summer Stage for the past 15 years. Marcus has also done workshops and masterclasses for students at ZAC Performing Arts Center (ZAC-PAC) and Young People’s Theater Workshop.
Marcus is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theater Workshop, ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild, and is the recipient of the 2005 Richard Rodgers Award for his musical, Red (written with composer Brian Lowdermilk). He participated in the 2011 Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project held at Northwestern University. New York Theater Barn produced a showcase of his lyrics, and his musicals have been produced in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Fresno and New York. His musical Yo, Vikings! (written with composer Sam Willmott) was recently published by Samuel French, Inc.
For more information, check out www.marcus-stevens.com.
Joel Waggoner is an award-winning composer with an M.F.A from the NYU Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. He is currently on the faculty of Pace University’s Musical Theatre Program. Joel was a 2012 Dramatist Guild Fellow and has shared his work with many esteemed dramatists including Stephen Sondheim, Lynn Ahrens, and Stephen Flaherty and Tom Kitt. His work has been showcased at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Barrington Stage, Goodspeed Opera House, Merkin Recital Hall, and many other venues. Joel’s bluegrass/rock musical Carolina Breeze received a workshop in June of 2012. Joel received the ASCAP Max Dreyfus Award for promise as a musical theater composer in 2009.
An an actor, Joel appeared as a Violinst/Storyteller in the award-winning musical Southern Comfort at CAP21. Other roles include Gianni Schicci, Al DeLuca in A Chorus Line, Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, and Muzio, a baritone and gypsy violinist, in the world premiere of the new opera Triumphant Love by Dr. Alan Schmitz.
In 2006-07, Joel traveled to Costa Rica as a part of the “Promising Young Artists of the 21st Century” series performing broadway music and presenting master classes and concerts.
Joel received his B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa with a double major in Vocal Performance and Violin.
For more info visit www.joelwaggoner.com
Vocal Technique Teachers
Chelsea graduated with a BFA from the University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre program. Favorite credits include Kiss Me, Kate and Singin’ in the Rain at the St. Louis MUNY, Joseph…Dreamcoat, and House of the Lord, a new musical at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Since beginning her teaching career in 2008, Chelsea loves helping her students find their own unique voice, and build a foundation in healthy technique that will support them in their chosen genre. Chelsea is an Advanced Level Certified Instructor and member of the Institute for Vocal Advancement, an international organization dedicated to the education and integrity of voice teachers around the globe. As an Advanced Level teacher, she trains and mentors other teachers all over the world, and also offers her services as a musical theatre expert through IVA’s elective course program. Her students have been featured in a national Coca-Cola commercial, sung the national anthem at Red Bull Stadium, competed in NBC’s The Voice, regularly audition for Broadway and professional shows, and are pursuing independent musical careers.
Amanda Flynn is a professional actress, singer, musical theatre educator, and voice teacher. As a performer, she was an original cast member of the LA company of Wicked understudying the role of Glinda. She was also part of the Las Vegas company of Mamma Mia as an understudy for Sophie, and the Laurey understudy in the national tour of the last Broadway revival of Oklahoma. Regional credits include Diana Devereaux in Of Thee I Sing at Bard Summerscape, Betty Blake in Will Rogers Follies at Stage Door Theatre, Urleen in Footloose at Carousel Dinner Theatre, A Christmas Carol at The McCarter Theatre, and Ragtime at The Fulton Opera House. Also numerous concerts, readings, workshops, and recordings throughout NYC including the album “I’m Ready: The Song of Rob Rokicki,” available on iTunes.
As an educator, Amanda is currently on faculty at CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory and Art House Astoria. She also recently finished teaching voice at NYU’s Steinhardt School. She has taught voice and musical theatre performance at The Studio New Canaan and Front and Center for the Performing Arts, and has an active private studio with students performing on Broadway, Off Broadway, national tours, and regional theatre. After studying voice at Baylor University, Amanda began performing professionally before finishing her BS in Liberal Arts at The New School. Amanda holds a MM in Vocal Performance with a Musical Theatre concentration as well as an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from NYU. She was the winner of the 2013 Janet Pranschke Professional Development Scholarship presented by NYSTA and completed the Mount Sinai Vocology Mentorship at the Eugen Grabscheid Voice Center in 2013 as well.
She is a member of NATS, NYSTA, AEA, and The Voice Foundation. www.amandaflynn.com
Tyley is an actor, singer, recording artist and voice coach. He got his first “break” in his native Canada when he was cast by Pete Townshend to play the title role in The Who’s Tommy (Dora Award for Outstanding Performance in a Musical). He’s been active on stage ever since: Chris in Miss Saigon (Broadway), Lord Cannan in Finding Neverland (A.R.T. and Broadway), Tony in West Side Story (The Stratford Festival), Franklin in Merrily We Roll Along (The Shaw Festival), Simon in The Wedding Banquet (US and Asia), Jamie in The Last Five Years (Dora Nomination – CanStage).
He has been a guest soloist with a number of leading orchestras in Canada and the United States, and has released six albums: Treading Water and the self-titled Tyley Ross; La Donna, East Village Opera Company, and Olde School (Grammy nominated for Best Classical Crossover Album) all as the lead singer of Universal Records’ The East Village Opera Company. Tyley toured worldwide with EVOC and appeared on many national and international television broadcasts including the Miss USA Pageant (NBC), and two PBS specials: EVOC live in Saint Louis and the multi-disciplinary Remember Me (his collaboration with Parsons Dance Company and AnnMarie Milazzo which also toured worldwide). His most recent recording project Aria Electronica ReDux (also with AnnMarie Milazzo) was released last year.
Tyley has a Masters in Voice Studies from London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from NYU and a Certificate in Vocology from the University of Iowa. He has worked at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts since 2010 as an adjunct singing instructor, and has taught voice across the US as well as in Mexico, Canada, South Korea and the UK. On Broadway, he has coached voice on Matilda, Finding Neverland, and Waitress.
Peter Thoresen is an award winning voice teacher, performer and music director. His students appear regularly in national tours and productions on and off Broadway, and record regularly for the Columbia and Broadway Records labels. They have performed at the Tony Awards and at numerous venues from Manhattan to New Zealand. Active as a music director, Peter collaborates regularly with his students and other performers in Manhattan and regionally throughout the United States. Recent credits as music director include engagements with Lake Dillon Theatre Company (Lake Dillon, CO) and Columbia University in NYC. He recently returned from Turkmenistan, where he worked as a teaching artist with American Voices, and will perform and serve as music director for the YES Academy ASEAN in Jakarta in 2016, coaching and performing scenes from Hamilton and Legally Blonde.
In demand as a performer, Broadwayworld.com has described Peter’s singing as ‘spellbinding’ and his recent New York performances in Heartbreak Express (world premiere) and The Fairy Queen were critically acclaimed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Opera Magazine, Opera News, and the New York Observer. Select solo engagements include performances with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the American Opera Theater, Monterey Symphony and Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. He serves as a coach for a variety organizations in New York, including the Manhattan Girls Chorus and American Symphony Orchestra. Peter is the founder of a thriving private voice studio in Manhattan (Peter Thoresen Vocal Studios), and also serves on the faculty of Broadway Kids Auditions (BKA).
Peter holds a doctor of music degree from Indiana University, a master of music degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor of music degree from Illinois Wesleyan University. He previously served as a visiting faculty member at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and his articles are regularly featured in trade magazines including Classical Singer Magazine.
Peter grew up in Chicago where he performed regularly as a child actor in over 500 performances of musicals and operas. During that time, he met and worked with fellow MTCA coach Will Reynolds (as orphans in Oliver!), and is thrilled to work with him and the other fabulous artists on the MTCA faculty.
Jared Trudeau is the second-ever graduate of the MFA in Voice Pedagogy for Musical Theatre program at Penn State. Jared grew up in rural Woodstock, CT and travelled to Tufts University for his undergraduate studies, intent on becoming a doctor. During his sophomore year, he realized that he did not want to be a physician and that he had to help people through music. He performed lead roles in operas and musicals, in addition to musically directing many productions. All the while, he was teaching voice lessons. He ultimately graduated summa cum laude with degrees in Music and Psychology, being the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award for the Department of Music as well as the Sal Soraci Prize for Excellence in Psychology. During his senior year, he wrote Belting Beauties and Soaring Sopranos: Voice Pedagogy to Address the Wide-Ranging Needs of Women in Musical Theatre, for which he received Highest Thesis Honors. While doing his research, he met Mary Saunders-Barton from Penn State, who would become his graduate mentor.
Following Tufts, Jared enrolled in the MFA Voice Pedagogy for Musical Theatre program at Penn State. Over the next three years, he immersed himself in classes in vocal pedagogy, acting, voice & speech, dance, and somatics, resulting in his holistic approach to teaching voice. During his studies, it was a running joke that Jared was doing all of the coursework for a mini-BFA within his terminal MFA degree. Jared also performed lead roles in both opera and musical theatre productions including Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando), Little Women the opera (John Brooke), Avenue Q (Rod), Bernstein’s Mass (Rock Singer/Celebrant cover), and Poems and Moon Songs– which was composed by fellow MTCA coach Will Reynolds.
Jared has been a guest lecturer and clinician in Pennsylvania, New York, and all over New England. He has presented research on cross-training the singing voice and the integration of spoken and singing voice technique at several academic conferences. In addition to MTCA, Jared maintains a private studio and is on the voice faculty at CAP21. His students have been accepted to BFA and BM programs and performed all over the country in regional, national tour, and Broadway productions.
Christy Turnbow has an MFA in Musical Theater Voice Teaching from Penn State University. She is the first graduate of this program, which is the only voice teaching program in the country that focuses specifically on Musical Theater singing.
She was adjunct faculty at Brigham Young University. While working on her MFA at Penn State she taught acting majors and assisted with the freshman musical theater voice class. She has been teaching in her private studio for more than a decade.
Christy is also highly involved in educating other voice teachers about mix/belt singing. In the past year she has teamed with Mary Saunders-Barton to give presentations at the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance in St. Louis, at the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia and, at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Brisbane, Australia. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Christy also has more than a decade of performing experience. She played Marian Paroo on the National Tour of the Susan Stroman revival of The Music Man. She has also been seen as Marguerite in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Christine in Phantom, Fiona in Brigadoon, and Guenevere in Camelot. Recently, her performance experiences at Penn State have ranged from Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte to Maria in Love’s Labour’s Lost to a multimedia cabaret exploring the definition of a diva.
Christy has a Bachelor of Music from Brigham Young University in Vocal Performance. She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah where she joined a church children’s choir when she was six and has been singing ever since.
Chris studied Vocal Music Education at Ball State University and has been teaching voice in NYC for ten years. He is an adjunct voice teacher for the Musical Theatre BFA program at Pace University and maintains a busy private voice studio in Manhattan. On Broadway, Chris is the Children’s Vocal Coach for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit new musical, School of Rock and is also the Ensemble Music Supervisor for Cirque du Soleil’s new musical, Paramour. He has an endless fascination with vocal technique and function and has extensively studied Vocology and the Estill Voice Method under Tom Burke, Robert Sussuma, Joan Lader, and others. After college, Chris had a year-long Artistic Fellowship at the Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, PA and studied acting at the Jen Waldman Studio. His students can be currently be seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in National Tours, and tons of film/TV. Chris is an avid New York Jets fan and loves living in Astoria with his beautiful wife, their two crazy cats, and soon-to-be-born baby boy. His teaching motto is “Know Your Voice, Love Your Voice.”
MTCA Founder and Director Ellen Lettrich brings a unique educational background to the world of theatre college advising. Ellen has been “two-pronged” for her whole life: a passionate singer-actress who also loves and excels in academia. She attended Villanova on a full academic Presidential scholarship, beginning as a nursing major and graduating in 1991 Summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a dual degree in Honors and History from Villanova University. While at Villanova, she founded Villanova Student Musical Theatre, a student-run group which is still going strong. Ellen then attended UCLA for graduate work in history, where she was one of 12 people in the entire UCLA graduate student population to receive a Chancellor’s Fellowship. After leaving UCLA, she returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh and got a post-baccalaureate secondary teaching certificate. At this time, she also began her work in educational theatre as a teacher and director and continued to perform. In 1995, she finished her teaching certificate program and began 7 years of full-time high school teaching. During that span did she graduate work at the University of Akron School of Theatre and the NYU Steinhardt School of Education. In 2003, her continued love of both medicine and singing drew her to begin full-time graduate work at Duquesne University in Speech-Language Pathology with a focus in Voice Pathology. During this time, her individual college coaching services began to form into what is now MTCA. Ellen earned her M.S. in 2007 and now works as a Voice and Speech Pathologist at Weill Cornell’s Parker Institute for the Voice in addition to serving as Director of MTCA. Ellen’s passion for vocal health led to MTCA’s focus on developing and maintaining healthy singing and dance technique during the college audition process.
Ellen is a self-described “school nerd”. She continues to love academics and educational design and created MTCA’s philosophy that all students can find a higher education fit that allows them to pursue their passions, whether those passions are clearly defined or not. Her varied educational experiences both as student and teacher gives her the perspective to help families formulate school lists that fit as many of the student’s educational criteria as possible, no matter how diverse those criteria are.
Lee graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars program, where he studied with acclaimed authors including Chaim Potok and two-time National Book Award nominee Stephen Dixon; he went on to earn his MFA from New York University’s Graduate Acting Program. His original writing has been produced by London’s Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, as well as by New York’s 52nd Street Project, where he has taught, coached, and mentored teenagers for over a decade. Lee also teaches at the postgraduate level, in the interdisciplinary MFA Visual Narrative program at New York’s School of Visual Arts.