The MTCA Coaching Team

The Power of a Team

We have carefully selected a uniquely diverse group of expert coaches. As our student base grows, we continue to add new teaching artists to maintain the personalization of instruction that is notably enhanced with small instructor:student ratios. 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.

Leo Ash Evens
Charlie Murphy

Ellen M. Lettrich

Head of Operations
Ellen Frost

Events Coordinator
Amy Linden

Director’s Assistants
Meghan Cordier
Jessica Riloff

Monologue Coaches
Michelle Beck
Anthony Bowden
Ali Dachis
Lea DiMarchi
Craig Divino
Gwen Ellis
Kelly Fairbrother
Katie Hartke
Carl Howell
Courtney Jamison
Jesse Jensen
Carman Lacivita
Nick Mills
Allison Spratt Pearce
Ryan Quinn
Alejandro Rodriguez
Lee Aaron Rosen
Aaron Rossini
Rhyn McLemore Saver
Emily Shain
Rachel M. Stevens
Joe Tapper
Adria Vitlar
Katie Wieland

Dance Coaches
Katie Whalley Banville
Caitlin Belcik
Darren Biggart
Alec Cohen
Ixchel Cuellar
Kurt Domoney
Andrea Dotto
Courtney Echols
Julia Freyer
Shiloh Goodin
Mara Greer
David Grindrod
Lauren Haughton
Joshua Israel
Logan Jones
Candi Boyd-Katila
Natalie Malotke
Cara Massey Pruyn
KatieRose McLaughlin
Morgan Rose
Ian Saunders
Penny Wildman

Song Coaches
Ellen Lettrich
Etai benson
Michael Campayno
Joe Carroll
Josh Daniel
Kurt Domoney
Alex Finke
Dan Gleason
Ali Gordon
Dayna Grayber
Marcus Crawford Guy
Lee Harrington
Celia Hottenstein
Elysia Jordan
Telly Leung
Michael Lowney
John-Michael Lyles
Samantha Massell
Tracy Michailidis
Anne L. Nathan
Elizabeth Nestlerode
Chris Peluso
Noah Plomgren
Jon-Michael Reese
Will Reynolds
Rob Rokicki
Justin Schuman
A.J. Shively

Vocal Technique Teachers
Stephanie Bare
Mackenzie Bykowski
Amanda Flynn
Alexa Green
Ana Guigui
Joey Harrell
Amy Linden
Zach Miller
Jenna Pastuszek
Tim Russell
Meg Supina
Peter Thoresen
Jared Trudeau
Christy Turnbow
Joel Waggoner

Vocal Health/Medical Voice Therapy
Ellen Lettrich

College Advising
Amy Breslow

College Essay Tutor
Lee Aaron Rosen



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.

Earlier this year, Leo completed a year and a half long run with School of Rock on Broadway. 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.

Last year, Leo was seen again as Bobby Gerard in FINKS in the West Coast premiere at TheatreWorks, Palo Alto. Other Regional Credits: 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 Garnier and National Voice overs: Siemens Technology, Prego, 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 Follow Leo on Instagram @leoashevens and on Facebook as “Co-Director Leo”!

Charlie Murphy BFA, AEA

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!). Along with MTCA coaches Ryan Quinn and Katie Hartke, Charlie co-founded and is the Managing Director of Esperance Theater Company — a company that produces classical-based work here in NYC (

As a teacher, Charlie has been working with MTCA for over 10 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, including multiple residencies at the Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program.

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.


Ellen Lettrich MS, BA, SLP-CCC

Ellen has been a vocal coach for 27 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.

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 and as a Voice and Speech Pathologist with Weill Cornell’s Parker Institute for the Voice in NYC from May 2010-Oct. 2016. She now maintains a private voice therapy practice and continues to work collaboratively with laryngologists in NYC and nationwide. Her patients have included 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. She also served as vocal health advisor for the 2016 Broadway production of The Crucible and the 2017 off-Broadway production of Yen. 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.

Ellen hails originally from the Pittsburgh area and is passionate member of the Steeler Nation! In spite of her vocal health expertise, she cannot promise to use healthy voicing during Steeler games.

Head of Operations

Ellen Frost

Ellen was born and raised in Louisville, KY and attended the Youth Performing Arts High School as a Vocal major and Musical Theater minor. She was accepted into the Kentucky Governor’s School of the Arts program studying Musical Theater and received her BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Northern Kentucky University in 2011.

After college, Ellen worked for RWS as a performer in Buffalo, NY, and in Pennsylvania as a singer/improv comedian at the Renaissance Faire. In 2013 she moved to NYC with her husband, and quickly found a new passion in the business world. She worked her way from the ground up on the sales team of Jenny Yoo Collection, an NYC bridal designer, and worked there for 6 years. She received her MBA from Southern New Hampshire University in 2020 and is ecstatic to be melding both of her passions of Theater and Business as she takes on the adventure of being the Head of Operations and joining the MCTA team!

Director’s Assistants

Meghan Cordier BM, EMC

Originally from Skillman, NJ, Meghan is a proud Alumni of both MTCA and Baldwin Wallace University where she received a BM in Music Theater.

This Jersey girl grew up in a household of soccer players in a small suburb outside of Princeton, NJ. Once Meghan caught the theater bug, she quickly traded her cleats for some LaDucas and hit the stage. Her parents realized they knew everything about the college process for athletes and nothing about the college audition process. Enter MTCA!

Meghan has since trained at several programs around the world, such as, Interlochen Center for the Arts, British American Drama Academy, and The Growing Studio! Some of her favorite performance credits include Bebe (A Chorus Line, Baldwin Wallace University), Penny (Hairspray, Weathervane Playhouse), and Ali (Mamma Mia, Weathervane Theater)

Jessica Riloff BFA, AEA

Jessica Riloff is no stranger to MTCA! Having trained with Leo and the MTCA team in the Class of 2012, Jessica went on to Elon University where she received her BFA in Music Theatre and minor in Dance. Now an actor living in New York City, she is happy to be back assisting the MTCA family!

A proud member of AEA, Jessica has appeared both in NY and regionally since graduating. Off-Broadway: Fiorello! (Dance Captain/Swing, Classic Stage Company). Regional: Dames at Sea (Ruby, Montgomery Theater), Café Puttanesca (The Duchess, Act II Playhouse), I Ought to Be In Pictures (Libby Tucker, Act II Playhouse), Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Bobbi Michele, Montgomery Theater), Beauty and the Beast (Ogunquit Playhouse). Upcoming: Crimes of the Heart (Meg, Montgomery Theater).

Monologue Coaches

Michelle Beck BFA, AEA, SAG-AFTRA

Michelle hails from Charleston, SC. She is a proud summa cum laude graduate of the SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory as well as the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities High School Acting Conservatory program where she was an AP student, National Honor Society member, and a National Merit scholar.

As an actor, Michelle has worked on Broadway in the Tony-award winning production of A Raisin in the Sun with Denzel Washington as well as off-Broadway in Richard III and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Public Theater); A Kid Like Jake (LCT3); Much Ado About Nothing (Theater for a New Audience); Measure for Measure (Epic Theatre Ensemble); Uncle Vanya (Pearl Theater); The Changeling (Red Bull Theater). She also performed in As You Like It and The Tempest as a company member of the transatlantic Bridge Project, directed by Sam Mendes with a company of British and American actors and designers. The company performed at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in NYC before an international tour, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris, Madrid, Germany, Amsterdam, Aviles, and concluding with a run at The Old Vic Theater in London.

Regionally, she has performed in The Wanderers (Old Globe Theater); King Charles III (ACT, Seattle Rep, Shakespeare Theatre); Tartuffe (McCarter/ Yale Rep); Hamlet (Shakespeare Theatre); Proof (TheatreWorks Palo Alto – BATCC nomination); Winter’s Tale, Cyrano de Bergerac (Oregon Shakespeare Festival).

On screen, she has a recurring role on Marvel’s Luke Cage and can also be seen on Homeland; Claws; Madam Secretary. Film credits include the award-winning sci-fi film Ovum; American Black Film Festival’s Best Narrative Ambition’s Debt; Sam & Julia; Death of a Prince; Spinning Into Butter.

Michelle is also a playwright and member of the Dorset Theater Festival’s Women Artists Writing Group. Her play Gutting is currently in development with Dorset Theater Festival. She has also written several screenplays, including The Snakes and Sam & Julia with Randy Harrison. She is currently working on a novel.

As a teacher, Michelle has worked with Epic Theater Ensemble, a professional theater company generating original content focused on social justice issues with students from Title 1 schools. She has mentored in the Epic Next Summer Intensive as well as assisted on the Chelsea Remix program, where the students develop Shakespeare adaptations. Her students have gone on to win and become finalists for the ESU National Shakespeare Competition. She has taught workshops for the Shakespeare Theater in Voice and Text. She also coaches professional actors’ auditions through her business An Actor Tapes.

She runs the community volunteer organization Brooklyn Neighbors and has been to every continent.

Anthony Bowden MFA, BFA, AEA

Originally from Florida, Anthony is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he was the recipient of the 2019 John Houseman Prize for excellence in classical theatre. While at Juilliard he helped create ArtES, an educational outreach program in El Salvador where he spent a summer teaching acting to high school students. In New York he’s taught for Broadway Weekends, a summer camp style musical theatre course for adults, and for The Educational Theatre of New York.

After Graduating in May, Anthony joined The Acting Company and performed in their repertory season off-broadway at The Duke On 42nd Street. Before entering his final year of school he played Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Chicago’s Drury Lane Theatre. He’s also worked regionally at Signature Theatre and Long Wharf. Anthony’s recorded over 15 titles with Audible. TV: New Amsterdam.

Ali Dachis BFA, AEA

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.


Aloha! Lea was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She’s a proud graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where she received a BFA in Musical Theatre/Acting. Additional training includes time at BADA (British Academy of Dramatic Arts) to study Shakespeare in Oxford.

As an actor, Lea has played Rosalind in As You Like it, Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac, Cinderella in Into the Woods, Missy in the Marvelous Wonderettes, Edith in Blithe Spirit (Texas Shakespeare Festival), and Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker (Judson Theatre Co.). TV: Hawaii Five-0 (CBS). Film: The Night III Opened (Blumhouse, Starring Naomi Watts) set to be released in 2019. 

Lea has experienced the artistic and academic challenges of applying for both competitive conservatory and liberal arts institutions. She strives to help younger students feel empowered and prepared for any type of future they choose to pursue. She is a proud monologue nerd. 

Craig Divino MFA, BA, AEA

Craig is an actor, musician and fight choreographer. Now based in New York City, he was raised in the United Kingdom. He received his undergraduate education in English Literature and Theatre Arts at Cornell University, and his Master of Fine Arts in Acting at the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Programs. Craig teaches acting and stage fighting in New York City and around the country and is visiting faculty at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he teaches acting and has directed students in productions of From White Plains and Hamlet.

Fault Line Theatre: The Oregon Trail, Doctor Faustus, Frogs, From White Plains, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Breathing Time, At the Table. As Producer: The Faire, The Wedge Horse, From the Same Cloth. NYC: Happy Birthday, Wanda June (Wheelhouse Theater); Destiny and The Little Man (Nightcap Riot); The Goodbye Room (Happy Few Theatre Co.), As You Like It, Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare at the Manor); Two Noble Kinsmen (Guerrilla Shakespeare Project); The Tragedy of Cardenio (Braintrust Theatricals); Romeo and Hamlet (GayFest). Regional: Pride and Prejudice (Hangar Theatre); Hound of the Baskervilles, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (Arrow Rock Lyceum); A Christmas Carol (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park ’11-’17); Richard III (Tennessee Shakespeare Co); From White Plains (Kitchen Theater); Amadeus (Chautauqua/Virginia Arts Festival); In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) (SpeakEasy Stage Co); Noises Off, The Winter’s Tale, Rx, Arcadia (Chautauqua Theatre Co); A Christmas Carol (Trinity Rep). Film/TV: ‘The Automatic Hate’, ‘Girlfriend’ (Twelve34 Films); ‘American Genius’ (NatGeo).

Gwendolyn Ellis BFA, MFA, AEA, SAG-AFTRA

Originally from Cleveland, OH, Gwendolyn got her BFA from Vassar College in a self-designed major called “Text and Performance,” and her MFA from Juilliard (Group 45). Some favorite school credits include the world premiere of Still by Jen Silverman, and Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. In between college and graduate school, she was an Apprentice at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville where she was in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and an immersive theater piece called Heist! as part of the Humana Festival. She then acted regionally in classics like A Streetcar Named Desire at Gulfshore Playhouse.

After graduating, Gwendolyn made her television debut in Emmy-nominated Genius as Young Elsa Einstein. She’s also in a webseries called Sink Sank Sunk starring Laura Linney and Will Seefried that had its world premiere at the Bentonville Film Festival. She has been coaching self-tapes for the past several years, with actors whose experience levels range from beginner to exceptionally accomplished.

Kelly Fairbrother BFA, AEA, SAG-AFTRA

Kelly is a Pittsburgh native who received her BFA in Acting from Ithaca College, and she is also an MTCA alumna! She is jazzed to be a part of this incredible company that, she feels, is entirely responsible for her success in college admittance. Kelly got her start in the third grade when she joined an after-school theatre company called Act One Theatre School (because the most popular girl in the whole third grade class was doing it and Kelly really wanted to be friends with her…she had really pretty hair). On the first day of Act One, Kelly fell head over heels for performing and never looked back. Recent theatre credits include: Orphans and Outsiders (American Theatre for Actors), Aphrodisiac (Loft227), One Nation, One Mission, One Promise (The Player’s Theatre), Three Christs (Dixon Place), and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ithaca Shakespeare Company). Recent film credits include: Isabella, The Water Turkey, Father & Son, and Bits and Pieces.

Katie Hartke BM, AEA

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 ParkLove/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.

Carl Howell BFA, AEA

Carl Howell was born and raised in southern New Jersey and earned his BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch, where he trained at the Atlantic Acting School.  

As an actor, his work includes the 1st National Tour of Peter and the Starcatcher (directed by Alex Timbers and the late Roger Rees); and in New York, Twelfth Night (The Pearl), Sleepless City (Pipeline Theatre Co), and The Land Whale Murders (Shelby Company).  Regionally, he has appeared at Syracuse Stage (Deathtrap), Repertory Theatre of St.Louis (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and two seasons with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, (Cymbeline, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Twelfth Night, and the title role in Romeo and Juliet).  

He has been seen and heard in staged readings of new and classic plays with The Acting Company (R.U.R., dir. Dana Ivey) and the Atlantic Theater Co (The Man Monster Mary Jones, dir. Lileana Blain-Cruz.)

As a current faculty member at the Atlantic Acting School, he has been very lucky to teach in the NYU and Part-Time programs.  He has also been a Teaching Artist with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and conducted student workshops in cities around the country while on tour with Peter and the Starcatcher.   

He has twice been selected for workshops with Kevin Spacey, at The Old Vic in London and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. 

Carl is so excited to join the MTCA team of Monologue Coaches, and absolutely cannot wait to work with his students on their pieces and meet the next generation of great theatre-makers.  Bring it on – let’s make something special!     

You can find him online at

Courtney Jamison MFA, BFA, BA

Courtney Jamison was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She participated in her first show with the non-profit School of The Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC) at the age of 11. During her experiences with SPARC, she served as a performer, stage-manager, assistant director, and intern. This well-rounded experience fostered a love of the theater, community involvement, activism, and mentorship through the arts. Courtney attended James Madison University where she studied Musical Theatre and was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honors Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Fraternity, and The JMU Overtones Co-Ed A Cappella Group. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Honors Program at JMU, she competed as Miss Arlington 2015 and was the first runner up to Miss Virginia 2015. She was also a recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Medal Award. A graduate of The Yale School of Drama MFA Acting Program, some of her credits include: Slave Play, If Pretty Hurts…, Some Bodies Travel, The Three Sisters, Passion, and The Winter’s Tale. Other theatre credits Include: School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play (MCC Theater); Assassins (Yale Repertory Theatre); Dreamgirls and The Color Purple (Virginia Repertory Theatre). Television/Film Credits: Paper Friends (BET HER) and Alternatino with Arturo Castro (Comedy Central).  She enjoys photography, traveling, cooking delicious Vegan meals and staying active. Courtney recently co-created and starred in the short film, Slave Cry, which began its festival run at the Richmond International Film Festival in April 2019. She believes deeply in the power of art as a form of activism to challenge the status quo, change minds, open hearts, spread empathy, and give all of us more insight in to our own humanity.

Jesse Jensen MFA, BA, AEA, SAG-AFTRA

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.

Carman Lacivita MFA, BFA, AEA, SAG-AFTRA

Carman has an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and a BFA from Texas Christian University. He has been seen on the hit CBS drama Blue Bloods, on Broadway as Bob and Marvin in Marvin’s Room at The American Airlines Theatre with the Roundabout Theatre Company, and as Colonel Brandon in Bedlam Theatre Company’s acclaimed off-Broadway production of Sense & Sensibility. He recently played Bingley and Mary in Kate Hamill’s Pride and Prejudice at The Dorset Theatre Festival. Carman can also be seen as Malcolm in Macbeth, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and as Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet in The New Book Press Inc.’s digital movie book series available in iTunes.

Other credits:
Broadway: Valvert in Cyrano de Bergerac opposite Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner directed by David Leveaux. Off-Broadway: Henry 6th in Rose Rage; Henry the 6th Pts. 1, 2, 3 (St. Clair Bayfield Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Shakespeare in NYC, Jeff Award, Drama League Nomination), dir. by Edward Hall, The Witch of Edmonton, Lorenzaccio, and The Tempest with Red Bull Theater, Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab, The Public Theater, The Atlantic, The Pearl, Theater for a New Audience, Primary Stages, The Mint, Project Shaw, The Drama League, and Ars Nova. INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL: Dorset Theater Festival, Bermuda Arts Festival, George is Dead (w/Marlo Thomas) written and directed by Elaine May at The George St. Playhouse/Arizona Theater Company, Chicago Shakespeare, Long Wharf, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Crossroads, Stage West, Ft. Worth, Dallas, and Kentucky Shakespeare Festivals. TV/FILM: Blue Bloods (CBS), Golden Boy (CBS), Royal Pains (USA), The Chica Show (NBC), Modern Love (pilot), Marino’s (pilot), Cyrano de Bergerac (PBS Great Performances).

Carman is a founding member and Artistic Associate of Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth Texas, where he has performed in productions including The Understudy, Burn This, Three Days of Rain, Leonce and Lena, Icarus, Fully Committed, & Lonely Planet. Carman is also an Artistic Associate and founding member of The Coop. In addition to performing Carman is a Teaching Artist, Acting Coach, Fight Choreographer, and Tennis Pro.


Originally from Bloomington, IN, Nick received his MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting Program, and his BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville. 

As a performer, he has appeared on Broadway in 1984 and The Humans, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2016. His Off-Broadway credits include The Humans and The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, both at Roundabout Theatre Company, as well as Macbeth with the Mobile Shakespeare Unit at The Public Theater. Regionally, he appeared in The Humans in Los Angeles at The Ahmanson Theatre, Lombardi at Cleveland Play House, Back Back Back at The Old Globe, and was part of the original cast of The Legend of Georgia McBride at the Denver Center. On television, Nick has been seen on Succession, The Blacklist, Mr. Robot, The Good Fight, Law and Order: SVU, Person of Interest, and Show Me a Hero. 

As a teacher, Nick has worked with Rosie’s Theater Kids, PPAS / Waterwell Drama Program, and was a substitute teacher in the New York Public School System. He has done extensive volunteer work with The 52nd Street Project, as well as Rehabilitation Through the Arts. 

He lives in the Upper West Side with his wife, Ashley, and their two children, Ava & Marlowe.

Allison Spratt Pearce MFA, BFA, AEA, SAG-AFTRA

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, Judy in 9 to 5 (SDMT), Phoebe in As You Like It, Katerina in Amadeus, Ceres in Tempest, Viola in Twelfth Night (The Old Globe), Emily in Disgraced (SD Rep), Allison won the Craig Noel Award for her role of Louise in Gypsy (Cygnet).*Nominated for a Craig Noel Award for best actress. She is a consistent working actress very active in commercial, print and theatre work.

Allison is a professor of Theatre and Music Theatre at the University of San Diego and Grossmont College. She has been teaching around the world and privately for more than 17 years.

Ryan Quinn MFA, BA, AEA

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 (, 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.

Alejandro Rodriguez BFA, AEA, SAG-AFTRA

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 (

Lee Aaron Rosen MFA, AEA, BA, SAG-AFTRA

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.

Aaron Rossini MFA, BFA, AEA

Aaron Rossini is an actor, director, producer and teacher based in New York and raised in Pittsburgh. He is a founder and artistic director at Fault Line Theatre ( ​​He received his B.F.A. in Acting from Miami University of Ohio and completed his M.F.A. at the Brown University/Trinity Rep Graduate Program. In addition to his work at Fault Line Theatre, Aaron is a freelance producer and Associate Director of Volunteer Outreach at Artists Striving to End Poverty.

Fault Line Theatre: The Oregon Trail, The Wedge Horse, At the Table (Time Out New York Critics’ Pick), Breathing Time (world premiere play by “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon), The Faire, Doctor Faustus, Frogs (2012 NYIT Award nominee for BEst Director and Best Remount), From the Same Cloth, From White Plains (2012 NYIT Award nominee for Best New Play, New York Times and Time Out New York Critics’ Pick), Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. New York: Guerrilla Shakespeare Project, Funny Sheesh Productions, Sanguine Theater Company, Hip to Hip Theatre, Target Margin Theatre, Fringe NYC, Planet Connections, Emerging Artists Theater, Young Playwrights, Inc. Regional: Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Trinity Rep, Kitchen Theatre Company, White Heron Theatre Co., The Gamm Theatre, Purple Rose Theatre Company, Michigan Shakespeare Festival, The Boar’s Head Theatre, The Mosh Pit Theatre

Rhyn McLemore Saver BFA, AEA

Born and raised on 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 in Violet (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) and Sarah in Company (Actors Express); Marian/Chiara in The Bridges of Madison County (Aurora Theatre – Southeastern regional premiere); 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). Currently: Nell Parsons Cobb in Split in Three (Aurora Theater). Upcoming: Fascinating Rhythm with Transcendence Theatre Company in Sonoma, CA. 

Emily Shain MFA, BFA, AEA

Emily Shain is an actor, educator and producer originally from Berkeley, California. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program and her Master of Fine Arts in Acting at the University of California San Diego. 

As an actor, Emily has performed with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (As You Like It), San Diego Rep (Actually), La Jolla Playhouse (Indecent), Guthrie Theater (What May Fall), Dog and Pony Theatre Co (The Twins Would Like To Say), Park Square Theatre (Becky’s New Car), Penobscot Theatre Company (Papermaker), Ubuntu Theater Project (Waiting for Lefty), the side project (Cherry Smoke), Eclipse Theatre (Beyond the Horizon), amongst others. She can be seen in the webseries Keep Me Posted and Easy Abby as well as in various commercials, voiceovers and industrials.

As an educator, Emily is currently on faculty at the New York Film Academy and teaches the upper-level students at Playwrights Horizons Theater School. She has taught at New Mexico State University Las Cruces, UCSD and the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actors Training Program.

Emily is a partner with the Back Room Shakespeare Project and has produced over 30 events for BRSP in three cities: New York, Chicago and Santa Cruz, CA. She is a co-founder of the communications coaching company Performing Prose.

Rachel M. Stevens MFA, BFA

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.


Broadway: You Can’t Take It With You Off-Broadway/Regional: Henry V – Public Theater, Midsummer Night’s Dream – Delacorte Theater, Passover-Cherry Lane, Diaspora-Gym at Judson, Red Velvet – Shakespeare & Co., Breitwisch Farm – Esperance Theatre, Mother of the Maid – Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Witnessed By The World – 59 E 59, Imagining the Imaginary Invalid– Mabou Mines, Billy Witch – Studio 42, How Shakespeare Won the West -Huntington Theatre, A Few Good Men & Of Mice and Men – Pioneer Theatre, Richard II – Yale Repertory, The Jammer – The Edinburgh International Fringe Festival (Winner of Fringe First Award). The Hangar Theatre, Northern Stage, The Kitchen, The Shakespeare Theatre. Readings at The Public Theater and The Lark. TV: Chicago Med, Blue Bloods, Masters, of Sex, Odyssey, Brooklyn Taxi, Law & Order SVU. Training: Ithaca College BFA, Yale School of Drama, MFA.

Adria Vitlar MFA, BFA, AEA

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).

Katie Wieland BFA, EMC

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.

Dance Coaches

Katie Whalley Banville BFA, EMC

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.  

Performance credits: Escape to Margaritaville, Freaky Friday (La Jolla Playhouse), A Doll’s House (The Old Globe), Dainty June in Gypsy, 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 (Moonlight Stage Productions), Andi Lee in 42nd Street, White Christmas, Chicago, Ragtime, Singin’ in the Rain (San Diego Musical Theatre), Passion, Gypsy (ion theatre company). Choreography credits: A Christmas Carol (Cygnet Theatre), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Backyard Renaissance), and Lucky Stiff, Cinderella, 80 Days at Grossmont College, 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:

Caitlin Belcik BFA, AEA

Originally from Edmond, OK, Caitlin graduated from Penn State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Certificate from the Smeal College of Business. She is also a very proud MTCA Alumn!

As a child, Caitlin performed on Broadway in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. While performing in NYC, she studied dance all over the city, training in ballet, jazz, musical theatre, tap, and pointe. After her time in NYC, she went back to Oklahoma and enjoyed spending time at the dance studio where she competed for 8 years. Caitlin won many awards and scholarships to further her training in tap by attending workshops with some of the best rhythm tappers across the country as well as assisting dance conventions. 

At Penn State, Caitlin choreographed a concert version On the Town (directed by Susan H. Schulman), The Light in the Piazza, and had pieces in six dance concerts. Outside of college, Caitlin has had the pleasure of dance captaining for some of her favorite choreographers including: Mara Newberry Greer, Natalie Malotke, Al Blackstone, and Adam Cates. 

Some of Caitlin’s favorite performance credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl, Dance Captain), Hairspray (Brenda, Dance Captain), and Thoroughly Modern Millie(Lucille, Dance Captain) at Music Theatre Wichita. Freaky Friday (Gretchen) and Sweet Charity (ensemble) at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma.

Darren Biggart BFA, AEA

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. ( 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 Boyd BFA, AEA

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,, 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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Alec Cohen BFA, AEA

Alec is a New Jersey native, an MTCA alum, a University of Cincinnati (CCM) BFA Musical Theatre graduate and now a proud MTCA dance coach! He has performed regionally throughout the country at theaters including Maine State Music Theatre (Music Man, Seven Brides…, Footloose, Young Frankenstein), Music Theatre Wichita (Caleb, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers/ Davey, Newsies), Gateway Playhouse (A Christmas Story), The Fulton Theatre (42nd Street), and Musical Theatre West (Nice Work…) amongst others. Other favorite credits include Jimmy (110 in the Shade), Mike (A Chorus Line) and Xander (Lysistrata Jones).

Growing up, Alec studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and musical theatre at Broadway Dance Center, TADA! Youth Theater, and French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. He has experience teaching at several studios across the country and is thrilled to be sharing his love of dance and theatre with MTCA students. More information can be found at

Ixchel Cuellar BFA, AEA

Ixchel Cuellar is thrilled to be joining the MTCA team! Ixchel is originally from San Francisco and attended San Francisco School of the Arts where she was a dance major and trained extensively in all styles of dance. She then attended Penn State University where she received a BFA in Musical Theatre.

Just weeks before graduation, Ixchel received a call that she would be making her Broadway debut in Finding Neverland! This began her professional career in NYC. Other professional credits include; Finding Neverland (Broadway & National Tour), eight shows at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, three shows at Sacramento Music Circus, and In the Heights (Fulton Theatre). She is currently a vacation swing in Mean Girls on Broadway!

Ixchel is extremely familiar with the exciting and demanding college audition process through her own experience and helping teach the dance portion of Penn State’s audition. She is excited at the opportunity to coach, mentor, and guide the next generation of Broadway hopefuls through the incredible MTCA program!

Kurt Domoney BFA, AEA

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 ForumVery 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.

Andrea Dotto BFA, AEA

Syracuse native Andrea Dotto is truly thrilled to join the MTCA team! Dotto is a proud graduate of Montclair State University’s Musical Theatre Program with a concentration in dance. MSU fostered her love for the craft and instilled in her the fundamentals of a successful career.

She made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning musical Bandstand (alongside fellow MTCA coach Joe Carroll), where she earned a Chita Rivera Award Nomination for Best Female Dancer in a Broadway Show. Before Broadway, Dotto preformed with Bandstand at Lincoln Center’s Clare Tow Theater and at Papermill Playhouse. Before this, Andrea toured with Joseph! (directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler). Favorite credits include: Polly in Crazy For You (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre), Kathy in Singin’ In the Rain (Palace Theatre), Maggie in A Chorus Line (Westchester Broadway) Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre) and Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly (Fireside Theatre). Film and TV credits include: Bandstand (Fathom Events), 71st Annual Tony Awards, and Good Morning America.

Andrea has been teaching dance for many years, from masterclasses to music camps.It has brought her consistent joy to team up with young artists and unlock their potential! Most recently, she was a mentor for Vanguard Theatre’s Broadway Buddy Program. Andrea looks forward to meeting the next generation of the ever-growing, ever-passionate theater community!

Courtney Echols BFA, AEA

Courtney is originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, a proud graduate of Penn State University’s Musical Theatre Program, and an MTCA alum! Courtney grew up studying all styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, modern, and contemporary. She has competed nationally all over the country, and was named Regional Teen Outstanding Dancer of Arizona before going to college to study musical theatre.

Recent performing credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Enchantress, u/s Babette, Ensemble) at Fulton Theatre, Beauty and the Beast (Enchantress, Ensemble) at The Muny, West Side Story (Rosalia), Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Laker Girl), and The Three Musketeers at Woodstock Playhouse, Titanic (Mrs. Damico), Guys and Dolls (Featured Havana Dancer, Hot Box Dancer), Working (Female Swing), and All Night Strut (Female Swing) at Pennsylvania Centre Stage. Courtney has a lot of experience working as a dance captain and collaborating with a range of inspiring choreographers. Courtney also has 8 years of pointe experience and has performed in numerous ballets in Arizona. One of her favorite ballet credits includes Nightmare Karen in The Red Shoes.

Courtney is so excited to be joining the MTCA dance team!

Julia Freyer BFA, AEA

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), Cape Playhouse (Gypsy), 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 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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Shiloh Goodin BA, AEA, SDC

Originally from Mariposa, CA, Shiloh graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with her BA in Theatre. Though the town she began her training in was very small, she has since lived in NYC, LA and Tokyo and has performed around the country and world.

As a performer, Shiloh began her career in musical theatre at Sacramento Music Circus in Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. She has since enjoyed her time with regional productions such as Hairspray, Gypsy, My Fair Lady (Sacramento), South Pacific (Riverside), Guys and Dolls (Musical Theatre West), Dead End (CTG), Anything Goes (Maltz Jupiter) and others. She also traveled the country with the national tour of Camelot. Though she loves the storytelling aspect of musical theatre, she also pursued other dance avenues, dancing with a modern company when she first moved to NYC, in commercials, choreography showcases, and art installations. Other highlights of her performance career include performing as the Little Mermaid flying 40 feet over audiences in Tokyo, leading a 200-person flashmob in Times Square, and dancing in Rigoletto at the Santa Fe Opera. Her recent shows have included two off-Broadway shows (The Anthem and The Screwtape Letters), and the world premier of the new Maltby/Shire musical in Toronto (Sousatzka).

As a choreographer, Shiloh has had the pleasure of associating for amazing mentors such as Lorin Latarro, Josh Bergasse, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, and DJ Salisbury. Most recently she assisted on the production of Chess at the Kennedy Center. She also had the pleasure of working hand in hand with Douglas Carter Beane on his world premier of the musical version of To Wong Foo, presented at AADA. Shiloh loves to associate because she gets to work one on one with the cast as well as witness the immense creative effort on the part of the director and designers that it takes to put up a show. Shiloh also has been creating her own work, most recently seen at New York Theatre Barn. She is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Shiloh has been teaching on and off for years, starting at musical theatre camps, working with private clients and teaching for a dance fitness company. She loves working with young professionals and pre-professionals — she currently is on the dance faculty at AMDA. She has been a private dance coach for years, and also coaches couples for their weddings. Shiloh is thrilled to be working with MTCA – she remembers her own college decision process and how important it was to her to start her professional journey in a place that felt right.

Mara Greer BFA, AEA

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. This summer, Mara will be choreographing Shrek, the Musical at Tuacahn, Thoroughly Modern Millie at Music Theatre Wichita, 9 to 5 at Sacramento Music Circus, and Big Fish at Front Porch Theatricals. This holiday season, she will be choreographing A Christmas Story, the Musical at The Fulton Theatre. Other recent choreography credits include Legally Blonde (Sacramento Music Circus), The Toxic Avenger (Pittsburgh CLO), and A Christmas Story, the Musical at Paper Mill Playhouse/Seattle 5th Avenue Theatre. Mara also got to return to her alma mater and choreograph their recent productions of Guys & Dolls and The Drowsy Chaperone. Other choreography credits include 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. As a performer,  Mara was seen 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 (1st National Tour), Honeymoon In Vegas (Paper Mill Playhouse), Grease, Beauty and the Beast, Full Monty, Oklahoma!, Spamalot, Singin’ In The Rain, Cats, Aida, Damn Yankees, 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 & 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 the 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.

David Grindrod BFA, AEA

David Grindrod is originally from Annapolis, Maryland, but now lives in New York City. He was the associate choreographer to Tony Award Recipient, Baayork Lee for the China Premiere of A Chorus Line as well as playing Mark at New York City Center and on the National Tour. David choreographed Light in the Piazza along side Tony Winner, Victoria Clark at the Sheen Center. He is the resident choreographer at Quisisana Resort (The Drowsy Chaperone, Cabaret, PolkaDots, & A Year with Frog and Toad) and Music Theatre Kansas City (Pajama Game, Bells are Ringing, Fame, My Favorite Year, Hair, & James and the Giant Peach). Other credits include: Beauty and the Beast (National Tour), Newsies (Westchester Broadway, Costal Carolina), A Chorus Line (Japan Tour, Gateway Playhouse, Westchester Broadway, Weston Playhouse), South Pacific (City Springs), A Christmas Carol (Ford’s Theater) Transcendence Theatre Company, Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. A proud alumni of Pace University’s Musical Theatre Program. Currently, David is choreographing for the National Asian Artist Project’s fall concert. He is thrilled to be joining the wonderful MTCA team!

Lauren Haughton BFA, MFA, AEA, SAG-AFTRA

Lauren Haughton has produced, directed, and choreographed shows for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS across the country with the Broadway National Tours of Hamilton, Wicked, Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, and The Book of Mormon, and featuring stars such as Jennifer Holliday. Director/Choreographer: PDA at the La Jolla Playhouse (Associate Director), She Loves Me at San Diego Musical Theatre
(Choreographer), The Magic Hummingbird at San Diego State University (Director/Choreographer), Peter/Wendy and Rose and the Rime at Northwestern University (Director), Pickwick’s Haunted Christmas at Ripley Grier, NYC (Assistant Director), Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Diversionary Theatre (Assistant Director), Crazy for You at San Diego Musical Theatre (Assistant Choreographer), and James and the Giant Peach (Assistant Direct/Choreographer). She serves as the choreographer for the Broadway in San Diego Awards, which is a part of and a pre-qualifying for the Jimmy Awards.

Lauren has served on faculty at San Diego State University and the Northwestern University National High School Institute Cherub Program as a director, choreographer, and Musical Theatre Dance professor. She has taught master classes at the University of Michigan, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, Baldwin Wallace University, Syracuse University, and Temple University. Lauren appeared on Broadway in Wicked as a swing and Nessarose understudy and Off-Broadway in Fools in Love. She helped develop Turn of the Century with Tommy Tune at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Sammy at The Old Globe in San Diego, Hans Christian Anderson with Maury Yeston at Maine State Music Theatre, and ‘Til Death Do Us Part at San Diego State University. She appeared in Annie on Encore! (Disney+) directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge and choreographed by Melinda Sullivan. Lauren has a fellowship with La Jolla Playhouse on Fly and an observership with The Old Globe and Graciela Daniele on The Gardens of Anuncia. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University and an MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University.

Joshua Israel BFA, AEA

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 was on Broadway again as a part of the 2016 Broadway Rising Stars Concert at Town Hall. He is currently performing in Mary Poppins at Paper Mill Playhouse.

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.

L’ogan J’ones BFA, AEA

Originally from New Jersey, L’ogan is a proud alumni of both MTCA and The University of Michigan. While at Michigan L’ogan received a BFA in Musical Theater with a minor in Global Theater and Ethnic Studies. L’ogan made his Broadway debut in Spongebob Squarepants the Broadway Musical as an Electric Skate/Ensemble after also being part of the shows Pre-Broadway run in Chicago. Most recently he was seen off Broadway at the Signature Theater playing the role of Max in Clueless the Musical. He has also performed at several regional theaters such as The St. Louis MUNY where he received his equity card in Joseph… and later returned to play Sonny Latierri in Grease. L’ogan has continued to work closely with U of M professor Linda Goodrich assisting her on productions of Mary Poppins, at both TUTS in Houston and Pittsburg CLO, and an international production of Chicago. Full resume and updates can be found at 

Natalie Malotke BTA

Natalie Malotke is so thrilled to be part of the MTCA family for many years now!! NY credits include: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, (Choreography Assistant to Joshua Bergasse (SDCF),  Little Dancer, NYC Workshop with Susan Stroman, and Assistant Director on Really Rosie at City Center (dir. Leigh Silverman). Regional Creative and Associate work at Paper Mill Playhouse, Music Theatre Wichita, Pioneer Theatre Company, TexARTS, Wagon Wheel Theatre, and Plymouth State University.TV: PBS’ “A Capitol Fourth “(Assistant Choreographer).  Industrial creative projects for Target and The Robin Hood Foundation. Natalie has served as the Resident Director/Choreographer for Nickelodeon on board NCL, is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, and is on the Artist Board of Off-Center at City Center. Past experience as a casting associate and talent agent at Clear Talent Group. Proud graduate: The University of Michigan.

Cara Massey BFA, AEA

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.

KatieRose McLaughlin

Katie Rose McLaughlin is a NYC-based choreographer originally from Minneapolis, MN. Trained in ballet under the direction of Bonnie Mathis, she also attended the Joffrey/New School BFA program on full scholarship prior to kicking off her love affair with theater by training at a renowned clown school in Switzerland. She has performed with the Tony-Award winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune and as Esmeralda in several iterations of Redmoon Theater’s Hunchback including runs in Washington D.C. and at the New Victory Theater in NY (where it received a NYTimes Critics Pick).

Notable credits from her wide-ranging choreographic career in theater include Bear Slayer (Ars Nova), The Black Crook (Abrons Arts Center), Parade (Yale Drama), HAMLETMACHINE (LaMama), Tragedy in Spades (University Settlement), and working with David Neumann as Associate Choreographer on Hadestown directed by Tony-nominated director Rachel Chavkin (Edmonton, Citadel & New York Theater Workshop).

In 2013, she co-founded and became the artistic director of Designated Movement Co., a dance/theater company interested in blurring the lines between forms. As a creator, she has been granted an artist-in-residence as part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space (2017) to further develop CLARA NOT CLARA, DMC’s contemporary and totally new take on The Nutcracker, which was also developed in 2014 at The Knockdown Center in Queens in a production that featured Kaitlyn Gilliland and the legendary Valda Setterfield. Upstream Residency at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center (2017), and was a featured choreographer at Broadway Dance Lab (2017), in addition to residencies at Barn Arts Collective (in 2015 & 2016) and LMCC’s SPARC program (2013).

Her commissions include Target Margin Theater 2016 lab, where she created an all-female dance version of Act III of Iceman Cometh, which was met with wide acclaim and was later renamed HOPE’S EXIT and produced in 2016 as part of the Exponential Festival. Full production history at

Morgan Rose BFA, AEA

Morgan Rose is thrilled to be joining the MTCA family! She recently made her Broadway debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s newest hit, School of Rock the Musical! Prior to making her debut, Morgan toured with Evita (Revival 1st National Tour) and Shrek the Musical (1st National Tour). Other favorite performing credits include Dear Edwina (Original Off-Broadway Cast), Pirates of Penzance (Barrington Stage Company), The Fig Leaves are Falling (Unsung Musicals), A Chorus Line (Maine State Music Theatre), George M! (Theatre by the Sea), and Funny Girl (Westchester Broadway). She has been seen on the Macys’ Thanksgiving Day Parade dancing with the “Spangles Dance Company,” as well as in multiple events benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Dancers Responding to AIDS.

Morgan is a former faculty member for Broadway Dance Center’s Children Teen Program. She can currently be found teaching for many organizations around NYC, including Broadway Classroom, Camp Broadway, Broadway Workshop, and every so often back at her old stomping ground of Broadway Dance Center. While touring across the country, she reached many students through Broadway Connection and served as an adjudicator and teacher for the Junior Theatre Festival. In addition to teaching her own material, Morgan assists numerous choreographers in the city, including Broadway’s Joshua Bergasse, Richard J. Hinds, and Al Blackstone.

She is a graduate of Florida State University’s BFA Music Theatre program and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Ian Saunders BFA, AEA

Ian Saunders was born and raised in Michigan where he found his love for dance at the age of 5. He is a proud MTCA alum. While there, he was trained in Jazz, Tap, contemporary, Ballet, hip-hop, various forms of modern and world dances, partnering, and musical theatre. It wasn’t until a high school trip to NYC, after seeing Mary Poppins on Broadway, that he knew he wanted to do Musical Theatre.

Ian trained at Texas State University in San Marcos. He has worked steadily across the country at well-known regional theatres including The Marriot Theatre and The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, The Goodspeed Opera House and Connecticut Reperatory in Connecticut, Kansas City Starlight Theatre, The Fireside Theatre in Wisconsin, Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine, and The John W. Engeman Theater in Northport. He also was in the First National Tour of Bullets Over Broadway and is currently teaching dance in Long Island and New Jersey.

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Penny Wildman

Penny Wildman is a Choreographer/ Producer/ DJ living in Los Angeles by way of New York City. She is also a proud MTCA alum! In 2015, Penny appeared on London’s prestigious West End in the iconic Broadway musical West Side Story and toured with the production throughout the US and Europe, playing the role of “Anybodys”. Choreography credits include Ryan Murphy’s FEUD: Bette & Joan (on FX), ANNIE at The Hollywood Bowl (Assoc.), Merrily We Roll Along at The Wallis Theatre (Assoc.), The Mystery of Edwin Drood at The Boston Conservatory, etc.

Additionally, she has choreographed for the likes of Enrique Iglesias, Marian Hill, Weird Al, Todrick Hall, and beyond. As a DJ, she has performed at globally renowned festivals such as Coachella, SXSW, Lightning in a Bottle, HARD Summer, etc. In 2018, Penny invented a MIDI Controller powered by your feet as part of a larger initiative to seamlessly marry Choreography with Music Production. The prototype was featured on Billboard Magazine amongst many other esteemed music publications. She digitally releases original dance concept videos under the series #PennyWildWednesdays. @PennyWildMusic

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Etai Benson BFA, AEA

Etai is a New York-based, Israeli-American actor. He recently originated the role of Papi in the Tony Award winning musical The Band’s Visit on Broadway. Broadway and National Tour: Wicked (Boq); An American in Paris (Adam). TV: God Friended Me. Regional: The Fortress of Solitude (world premiere, Dallas Theatre Center), A Room with a View (world premiere, The Old Globe), Next to Normal (Weston Playhouse), My Name is Asher Lev (GableStage) and many more. Workshops/readings include: Little Miss Sunshine (dir. James Lapine), The Band’s Visit (dir. Hal Prince), The Devil Wears Prada (dir. Anna Shapiro). Etai trained at the University of Michigan (BFA Musical Theatre) and the legendary Moscow Art Theatre. He is a Grammy Award Winner as Principal Soloist on The Band’s Visit Original Broadway Cast Album. @etaibenson

Michael Campayno BFA, AEA, SAG-AFTRA

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.

Joe Carroll BFA, AEA

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.

Josh Daniel BFA, AEA

Josh is so thrilled to be working with the next generation of musical theatre talent at MTCA! Josh is a NY-based actor who’s been seen in all North American companies of The Book of Mormon: 1st national tour, 2nd national, and the Broadway company. When not ringing fake doorbells, Josh improvises at the Upright Citizens Brigade, is a community organizer in uptown Manhattan, and does countless concerts across the city at 54Below, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Cutting Room, Don’t Tell Mama, as well as many other venues. Regional work includes the St. Louis MUNY, Weston Playhouse, Tulane Summer Lyric, and Music Theatre Wichita. Josh was born & raised in New Orleans, LA, is a proud alumnus of CCM Musical Theatre, and is repped by the amazing guys over at CGF Talent. More life!

Alex Finke BFA, AEA

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.

Dan Gleason BFA, AEA

Dan can currently be seen in the Broadway production of Wicked as a member of the ensemble and the understudy for the role of Fiyero. Touring credits include the understudy for Fiyero in Wicked, the understudy for Tunny in American Idiot, and the understudy for Chris in Miss Saigon.

He joined Actor’s Equity Association in 2011 as a swing in the production of My One And Only at Godspeed Opera House, and has also performed regionally at Kansas City Starlight Theatre, Pennsylvania Centre Stage and Mount Gretna Theatre.

Dan is a proud graduate of Penn State University, holding his BFA in Musical Theatre. He is a native of Franklin, Massachusetts and a massive fan of everything Boston sports!

Ali Gordon BFA, AEA

Ali Gordon was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in Musical Theatre (BFA) and English (BA), both with Highest Honors. While at school, Ali had the distinction of writing the first ever student musical to be produced as a University Production. Her script won the Dennis McIntyre Award for Distinction in Undergraduate Playwriting. Since then, Ali has appeared regionally (favorites include The Weston Playhouse, where Ali met best friend and fellow MTCA coach Josh Daniel), NYMF (Crossing Swords) and Off-Broadway (Hell’s Belles). Most recently, Ali has embraced her love of comedy, and can be seen performing at UCB on various house teams and running shows! Ali also co-penned The Party’s Over which enjoyed two sold-out runs at Manhattan Repertory Theatre.

Dayna Grayber MM, BS, AEA

Dayna received her Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance at New York University: Steinhardt. There she learned various audition and performance techniques and how to communicate those techniques to singers of all ages and types. Every “voice” is unique and she uses different “language” to reach every singer’s optimum potential.  

Dayna’s students have appeared on Broadway, National Tours, Papermill Playhouse, Madison Square Garden and other venues in the NYC area. Dayna is deeply inspired by young talent and has dedicated much of her time to mentoring emerging artists of all ages.

Prior to her work as a coach, Dayna made her professional debut in the National Tour of Mel Brooks’ The Producers. Other favorite credits include:  National Tours: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Forgotten Nursery; Off-B’way: Perfect Wedding, The Pajama Game. She has appeared in numerous venues across NYC, including Lincoln Center, The York Theater, Town Hall and more. Her favorite performance venue, however, was The White House in 2013 where she performed for Presidential Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett and Congresswoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. 

Dayna is currently a teaching artist at The Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ.  There she has worn many hats including director, voice instructor, company manager, casting coordinator, and assistant director. While at MPAC, Dayna received her certification as a musical theater teacher with The Miracle Project, an organization that provides individuals with autism and other disabilities with the tools to build communication, social skills, community, and greater self-esteem through inclusive theater and expressive arts programs. 

Dayna’s warm, yet assertive approach to voice and acting training uses a healthy balance of contemporary acting and singing techniques and focuses on allowing artists to use their work to send their message to the world.

Marcus Crawford Guy BFA, SAG-AFTRA

Marcus is a native Scotsman – the first ever to train with the Drama Division at The Juilliard School (Class of 2014) and a proud graduate of Scotland’s premiere Musical Theatre Course at the Dance School of Scotland. Most recently, Marcus appeared on AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies. This followed a successful run of Grammy Award nominated composer + playwright Angel Lam’s Lost in Shanghai with Pan Asian Rep. Notable performances in the city include, Peter & the Wolf with the Little Orchestra Society at BAM, Bill Irwin’s He Built This Place with Theatre-for-One at the Pershing Square Signature Center & Talya Chalef’s PORT CITIES, NY, the first installment in an international, multimedia collaboration. At the 2014 West Village Musical Theatre Festival, Marcus won Best Actor for his performance in Wicked-Frozen!, which went on to play 2 sold out runs at the People’s Improv Theatre. Marcus also creates his own work and this fall his short film Making David Harper’s Actor Reel will begin its festival run, while the screen pilot is developed.

As a teaching artist Marcus has traveled the world – from rural East Africa, to Southern India, to a long-standing relationship with a Central Florida School District where he provides creative guidance to young artists. An active ASTEP volunteer, Marcus believes firmly that it is the performer’s duty to reach beyond the theatre to engage and empower new audiences. He is the 2014 recipient of the Joseph W. Polisi Artist as Citizen Award for outstanding artistic service and contributes annually to the Teaching Artists’ Guild publication.

Marcus has a passion for all things Musical Theatre and in 2010 scored in the Top 10 worldwide in his Associates Diploma in Musical Theatre Performance adjudicated and awarded by the Trinity College of London. One thing is for sure – there will always be a song and dance man inside him! He is thrilled to be a part of the MTCA family and looks forward to sharing his passion for the craft with aspiring students beginning their own professional journeys.

Lee Harrington BFA, AEA, SAG-AFTRA

Lee is so excited to join the MTCA team and meet all of you generous, inspiring and talented young artists! Originally from Arkansas, Lee graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in musical theatre.

She is currently filming Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette. She can be seen in Linklater’s upcoming feature, Last Flag Flying, which is opening the New York Film Festival this fall. She also can be seen in NBC’s upcoming series Gone, opposite Chris Noth.

Two summers ago she wrote and performed her one-woman play Jellybean, at the Fringe and United Solo Festival, where she was directed by the wonderful Daniel Jenkins (Big River, Oslo).

Off Broadway: Into the Woods (Roundabout). Regional: Show Boat (Magnolia), Company (Kathy), Merrily We Roll Along (Meg), Man of La Mancha (Antonia), Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou), I Love You, You’re Perfect, You’re Change (Woman 1), Fiddler On the Roof (Hodel), Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Jean), Carousel (Julie). Workshops: Merrily We Roll Along (Roundabout).

Celia Hottenstein BFA, AEA

Celia is originally from Kingston, Pennsylvania. She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory and is also a proud MTCA alumna! She is currently on Broadway in Wicked (Ensemble, u/s Glinda). 

Tour: The Phantom of the Opera (Christine Daaé alternate). Off-Broadway: Desperate Measures, York Theater Company, New World Stages. Regional: Goodspeed Opera House, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Virginia Stage Company.

Celia is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. www | Instagram: @celiahottenstein

Elysia Jordan BFA, AEA

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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Michael Lowney BFA, AEA

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.

John-Michael Lyles BFA, AEA

John-Michael is honored to be arriving full circle with the MTCA team! He is an MTCA alum and a Pace MT graduate. He has appeared in Off-Broadway shows including Sweeney Todd (Tobias, Barrow Street), The Flick (Barrow Street), Brooklynite (Vineyard), Jasper in Deadland (Prospect), Big River (City Center Encores!), & 1776 (City Center Encores!). TV & Film credits include “NCIS: New Orleans”, “The OA”, & Blind. Regional credits include The Art of Falling (Second City/Hubbard Street) & Choir Boy (Guthrie). Recordings: Jasper in Deadland.

Samantha Massell BFA, AEA, SAG-AFTRA

Samantha Massell was last seen on Broadway starring as Hodel in the acclaimed revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Most recently, she originated the lead role of Karla in the world premiere of Scott Frankel and Robert Freedman’s The Flamingo Kid and recreated the starring role of Rebecca in the lauded revisal of Stephen Schwartz and Charles Strouse’s Rags at the Goodspeed Opera House. Prior to that, Samantha originated the role of Florika in the world premieres of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame at La Jolla Playhouse and Paper Mill Playhouse and is featured on the fan-favorite recording. She is also featured on the 2016 OBCR of Fiddler on the Roof. A native New Yorker, Samantha made her Broadway debut at age 12 in Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme. On camera, Samantha has guest starred on The Good Fight, Chicago Fire, Mr. Mercedes, Elementary, and NCIS: New Orleans, has appeared in an extensive amount of national commercials, and had lead roles in the movies Zug, Beatbox, and How to be a Man.. You can also hear her on the Fiddler on the Roof revival cast recording. She has also starred at the historic St. Louis MUNY as Jasmine in Aladdin, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, and Ursula in Bye Bye Birdie. Samantha has done a considerable amount of readings and concerts in New York, including the 92Y Lyrics and Lyricists series and a sold out run of her own debut solo show at 54 Below. She also appeared in the New York City Center Encores! productions of Little Me and It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman. Samantha is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Michigan, where she double majored in Musical Theatre and English and was an 8-term Angell scholar (straight As). For more info, check out

Tracy Michailidis

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Tracy received her degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, where she was awarded the Lorne Greene Award in Excellence.

She made her professional debut in Canada’s longest-running musical playing Anne Shirley in the Charlottetown Festival’s production Anne of Green Gables. Most recently, she was on tour with the U.S. National Tour of Fun Home (u/s Alison and Helen), and won a Dora Award (Toronto’s version of the Tonys) for her performance in Life After (Canadian Stage Company/Musical Stage Company/ Yonge Street Theatricals). She was in both the U.S. National Tour and the Broadway productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, both understudying and performing the role of Belle. She has performed in U.S. regional theatres such as the Weston Playhouse in Vermont (The Other Place, Lost in Yonkers, The Mikado, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). New York credits include Ethel Rosenberg in Ethel Sings at the Beckett Theatre and the NYMF show Forest Boy at The Pearl Theatre.

Tracy has played leading roles across Canada, including two seasons at the Stratford Festival (Hodel in Susan H. Schulman’s acclaimed production of Fiddler on the Roof with Brent Carver), a season at the Shaw Festival (Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood), four seasons at the Charlottetown Festival (including the title role in the world premiere of the Marek Norman/ Richard Ouzounian musical Emily), the Atlantic Theatre Festival (Natasha in Three Sisters, Cinderella in Into the Woods),The Segal Centre in Montreal (Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls), Winnipeg Jewish Theatre (Harper Pitt in Angels in America), Lost in Yonkers, and Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad (Theatre Northwest), The Secret Garden (Globe Theatre), Mary’s Wedding, Proof, and Collected Stories (Magnus Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (Grand Theatre), Queen Milli of Galt, (Theatre Aquarius), Anything That Moves (Belfry Theatre), The Ugly One, The Marvelous Wonderettes and Suds! (Thousand Islands Playhouse), and Apple (Prairie Theatre Exchange).

Tracy’s credits in Toronto include The Light in the Piazza (Acting Up Stage), which she also was a part of at Theatre Calgary, where she was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for her portrayal of Franca. Also in Toronto: Jenny in Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, Leah in The Immigrant (Harold Green Jewish Theatre) Lucille in Parade (Studio 180/Acting Up Stage), The Handmaiden in The Princess and the Handmaiden (LKTYP), Woman 1 in Songs for a New World (Colour and Light Productions) and Bea in Unity (1918) (Theatre Passe Muraille).

In concert, she has played Luisa in Nine (Podium Productions), Marta in Company (Reprise Concerts), Anne in A Little Night Music (PAL cabaret, Stratford Festival). She is the founder of Musical Works in Concert, an initiative that develops and presents new Canadian musical theatre, and has presented 25 new musicals. She has also been running her own private coaching studio in Toronto for the last ten years, and has taught at both The Graham Academy (Corner Brook, Newfoundland), The Performing Arts Project (in Winston-Salem), and at various schools and universities in Toronto.

She is passionate about the development of new works and young artists, and has been grateful to and for this life always, though ever more so after first hearing of Sondheim’s ‘Being Alive.’

Anne L. Nathan BFA, AEA, SAG-AFTRA

Anne recently was seen in Sundown Yellow Moon, an Ars Nova/WP Production.  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 AssassinsThoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Flannery) and Ragtime. Off-Broadway: Taming Of The Shrew at The Delacorte (The Public Theater) 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 LoveAnne’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 OnceRagtimeThoroughly Modern MillieAssassinsRoad ShowOut Of Context- The Songs of Michael Patrick Walker.

Anne’s film and television credits include You Must Be JokingBaby MamaKing of CaliforniaThe Good WifeDirtLaw & Order (Trial by Jury, Special Victims Unit, and Criminal Intent)Veronica MarsWhat 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. (

Anne is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory and a recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Elizabeth Nestlerode BFA, AEA

Originally from Seattle, WA, Elizabeth is an actor-musician, director, music director, and teaching artist with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Miami. In addition to teaching private lessons, she has taught for organizations locally, nationally, and internationally such as ArteCentro Paiz in Guatemala City, Guatemala, University of Miami, Cape Playhouse, Bucks County Student Theatre Festival, Adirondack Lakes Summer Theater Festival, ArtsWest Theater, Village Theatre KIDSTAGE, Madrona Children’s Theater, and First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn among others. Elizabeth spent four summers teaching at The American School In Switzerland where she wrote and directed three world-premiere musicals, which were each performed by a cast of children from around the world. @elnestle

As a performer, she appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman. Onstage, she worked with Hunter Foster as Diane Cohen and the music captain for the Off-Broadway musical The Other Josh Cohen, as Vi Petty and Associate Music Director for his production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Bucks County Playhouse and in three industry readings of Clue, as well as a reading of the new musical One Hit Wonder. She has played Girl in four regional productions of Once, most recently at Cape Playhouse. She has also worked with Tommy Tune in the world premiere production of 54 Forever, Brian Yorkey in Aida and The Who’s Tommy at Village Theatre in Seattle, WA and Linda Hartzell in High School Musical at the Seattle Children’s Theater. She appeared as Betty Lanza in the world premiere workshop of Lanza! directed by Charles Messina and produced by Phil Ramone, and as Kitty Bennett/Georgiana Darcy in Pride and Prejudice directed by Mark Lamos. Other roles: Gypsy (Louise), Violet (Violet), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), …Spelling Bee (Olive), Big Love (Lydia).

Chris Peluso BFA, AEA

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.

Noah Plomgren BFA

Noah is so excited to be on the MTCA team. Originally from Southern
California, Noah received his BFA in acting/musical theatre from Carnegie
Mellon University. Since CMU, he has performed in two national tours:
Finding Neverland (Lord Cannan) and Hair (Claude) both directed by Tony
winner Diane Paulus. Regional credits include: Cabaret (Ernst, Ogunquit
Playhouse) From Here to Eternity and Treasure Island (Finger Lakes MTF),
Guys and Dolls (Benny Southstreet, Goodspeed), Noises Off (Garry,
Pittsburgh Public), The Circus in Winter (Elephant Jack, Goodspeed), Lend
Me A Tenor (Max, Bay Street Theater), Tigers Be Still (Zack, City Theater
Company), Titanic (Charles Clarke, Westchester Broadway Theater) Website:

Jon-Michael Reese BFA, AEA

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: My Heart is the Drum (Edward Adu, Gregory Award: Outstanding Actor); Man of la Mancha (Padre) at Theatre Latte Da; Camelot at Westport Country Playhouse; 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 Reynolds BFA, AEA

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:

Rob Rokicki BFA, AEA, AFM

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.

Justin Schuman, BA, AEA

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. Shively BFA, AEA

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.

Joel Waggoner MFA, BM, AEA

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.

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Vocal Technique Teachers

Stephanie Bare NCVS-Certified Vocologist

Stephanie Bare is an award-winning vocal coach, singer, songwriter, and author based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is proud to be a National Center for Voice and Speech trained Vocologist, bringing specialized, science-based voice habilitation training to her private voice clients. Additionally, Stephanie is a current Board Member of Vocology in Practice, a global network of elite voice professionals. In 2017 she created 365 Days of Voice, a daily voice blog that became a growing community of singers, actors and voice users of all kinds that happily geek out about voice together.

Her clients have been seen and heard on stages around the world in local community productions, Broadway musicals, national tours, major motion pictures, the MTV Video Music Awards, and the Grammy Award. Music direction credits include: Artaban, the Other Wise Man (world premiere), Big Fish, White Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone, and dozens of other productions. When she’s not teaching, Stephanie can be found painting, writing silly songs for kids, running with her cockapoo puppies, traveling, and playing hip-hop on her ukulele.

Mackenzie Bykowski MM, BM

Mackenzie Bykowski is a voice teacher from Norwalk, Connecticut. He holds a Bachelors of Music with a concentration in Music Business from NYU Steinhardt. He has also earned his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from NYU Steinhardt. After having taught non-major voice students as an adjunct faculty member at NYU, Mackenzie opened his private vocal studio and has taught students that are featured in National Tours as well as on the Radio City Music Hall stage. Mackenzie has training and experience in working with singers that have experienced a vocal injury and are in recovery from having been diagnosed with a vocal pathology. Mackenzie currently serves as a Private Vocal Instructor to students earning their Bachelors of Fine Arts in CAP21 at Molloy College. To learn more, visit his website,

Amanda Flynn MM, BS, AEA

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.

Alexa Green BFA, AEA

Alexa Green has become one of the most sought-after new voices and rising vocal stars of this generation. She is best known for her turn as Glinda in the Los Angeles and San Francisco companies of the hit Broadway musical Wicked. After playing to sold-out audiences for nearly two years, she went on to appear alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Patti LuPone in the international cinematic release of Stephen Sondheim’s Company with The New York Philharmonic live from Lincoln Center.

Alexa has toured both nationally and internationally as a singer and actor and is an alumnus of Stagedoor Manor, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp, and The Broadway Theatre Project. Alexa attended Holy Trinity High School on Long Island, New York, known for its impressive magnet theatre program, and went on to attend the prestigious University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, graduating magna cum laude with a BFA in Musical Theatre.

Alexa’s passion is the singing and speaking voice as well as the development of new musical theatre. She appeared as a guest star with The South Shore Symphony and The Symphony of Southern New Jersey, among others, and has been featured in the acclaimed concert series Broadway Sings with Carole King at Avery Fisher Hall and most recently with Aaron Tveit at Irving Plaza in NYC and on his concert tour. Alexa has toured the world as a guest artist aboard various cruise lines and throughout Asia. She received critical acclaim for her sold-out solo show, A Shining Hour, at Feinstein’s 54 Below. With much anticipation, Broadway Records recently released Alexa’s debut solo album, So Good. So Good was recently nominated among Broadway legends Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth and Barbra Streisand and came out on top, winning Best New Solo Recording at the 2016 Broadwayworld Awards.
Alexa is a current Master’s student in music and music education with a specialization in vocal pedagogy and the applied studio at Columbia University Teachers College. She owns her own private voice practice in NYC and is in residence working with singers, actors and speakers both at the college and professional level. As an educator, Alexa chooses to focus on a student-centered approach to learning, celebrating the diversity of her students and employing a variety of methodologies within her studio. Alexa is passionate about vocal health and longevity and with a background in musical theatre and contemporary commercial music (CCM) styles, Alexa creates a multidisciplinary approach for the professional voice user in singing, acting, voice and speech, and vocal production. Alexa hopes to pursue her Doctorate and continue contributing to the field of pedagogy through her research and performance as a teaching artist and musician.

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Ana completed her DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) degree in Vocal Arts at USC’s Thornton School of Music in August of 2013 and has been an ongoing Associate Professor of Voice at the Berklee College of Music in Boston since 2014.

Ana teaches several courses at Berklee, including “Writing, Developing, and Performing A One-Person Show,” a course she devised for Berklee. Summer Berklee initiatives include directing Musical Theater Chorus students and providing the opportunity to collaborate and perform with a live Musical Theater Orchestra.

She is a co-founder of Opera On Tap L.A., which brings opera into alternative venues. She is also the creator, founder, and national artistic director of Opera On Tap Latino, whose mission is to perform, preserve, revive, and potentially create new classical Spanish language vocal repertoire in alternative venues.

Ana recorded and toured around the world as a long-standing keyboardist/vocalist for Christopher Cross, and freelanced with Ben Folds, Chip Taylor, Jon Secada, Deborah Gibson, AMERICA, Stephen Bishop, Andrew Gold, Bo Bice, and Juan Gabriel. Ana is an independent artist and her original CD, Love Is On The Line, was produced by Andrew Gold (“Lonely Boy”, “Thank You For Being a Friend”), and is distributed internationally by BFM Digital. Ana is an active singer with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (Boston Symphony) in Boston. Ana’s singing performances and professional acting credits in film, television, and theater can be viewed at

Joey Harrell BM, MM

Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Joey Harrell is a professional educator, performer, and researcher. He received a BM in Vocal Performance from Peabody Conservatory, a MM in Vocal Pedagogy from The Boston Conservatory, and is currently a proud Ph.D Candidate in Musical Theatre Voice Pedagogy at Penn State University. At Penn State, his teaching duties include studio lessons for actors, group voice classes, and vocal pedagogy. As a practitioner and researcher, his research focuses on speech-based singing for voice building and habilitation as well as studio-centered case study and experimental research.

Joey has been a guest lecturer and clinician in Florida, Indiana and throughout the northeast. Has has presented research on functional anatomy for breathing, cross-training the musical theatre performer, and understanding registration in musical theatre at several academic conferences. Outside of academia, Joey continues to perform in musical theatre and concert venues. He was most recently featured in the IPL Yuletide Celebration! with the Indianapolis Symphony, Children of Eden (Ensemble) at the John F. Kennedy Center, Oklahoma! At Quisisana Resort, and The Last Five Years (Jamie). In addition to teaching for MTCA, Joey maintains a private voice studio via Skype, allowing him to work with students all over the country. His students have been accepted into top BFA musical theatre programs and performed throughout the country in regional, national tour and Broadway productions.

Amy Linden BSOF, AEA

Amy Linden holds a Bachelor of Science of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a major in Voice and an outside field of study in Theatre. While at IU, Amy appeared on the mainstage all four years in shows such as Bat Boy (Meredith Parker), Falsettos (Trina) and Pal Joey (Melba Snyder). Amy was also a member and soloist with the IU Singing Hoosiers and the IU Broadway Cabaret. While at IU, Amy was recognized multiple times by the National Society of Arts and Letters for excellence in Musical Theatre. Most recently, Amy received her certification in Voice Teaching and Vocal Pedagogy upon completion of the New York Vocal Coaching 40-hour course under the tutelage of Justin Stoney.

After graduation, Amy arrived in New York City. Amy quickly became sought after by young composers for her wide vocal range and advanced musicianship. Amy has performed in countless presentations, labs, workshops and concerts and recorded dozens of professional demos for students and graduates of the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writers Program and the BMI Workshop. Recently, Amy was featured on the demo recording of the in-progress musical The Magnificent Seven about the 1996 Olympic women’s gymnastics team, written by Gordon Leary and Julia Meinwald. Amy has been seen onstage in NYC at nearly every cabaret venue, including 54 Below, Ars Nova and Joe’s Pub.

Amy traveled the country on the first national tour of The Bridges of Madison County, written by Jason Robert Brown and directed by Bartlett Sher. Amy is currently working on a yet-to-be-disclosed TV project as a series creator, writer and star. More info and media at

Zach Miller BFA, AEA

Zach Miller is a professional actor and voice teacher from the suburbs of central New Jersey. He holds a B.F.A. in musical theatre from Penn State University, where he was able to fully immerse himself in vocal pedagogy classes and independent studies with the esteemed musical theatre and classical faculty. Zach is a proud alumnus of the MTCA program. He is extremely grateful for the direction and mentorship he received years ago and is overjoyed to provide this feedback now as a teacher.

Zach has appeared in the national tour of Anything Goes as the Tenor Quartet soloist and a featured dancer. He has worked at regional theatres including Pittsburgh CLO, Music Theatre of Wichita, West Virginia Public Theatre and The Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Zach also did a run as a lead vocalist with Celebrity Cruises Productions touring Bermuda, Canada, and the Western Caribbean.Zach is also co-founder of the Penn State a cappella group, “The Statesmen,” who have been featured on both BOCA (Best of College A Capella) and Voices Only. They have won multiple national recording awards and have had major success at the ICCA’s (International Collegiate Competition of A Cappella). Zach is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

In addition to MTCA, Zach teaches voice, acting, and piano at Cornerstone Music Studios and Lincroft Music Studios in New Jersey. His students have been accepted to High School performing arts programs and B.F.A. programs in addition to working in regional, national touring, and Broadway productions. It brings Zach great pride to help shape and motivate his students, particularly those looking to further their education in the arts. He looks to encourage his students to follow their instincts and develop their own fully energized, open, and supported sound.

Jenna Pastuszek MM, MT, AEA

Jenna Pastuszek, originally from Philadelphia, PA, is a professional actor, singer, voice over artist, musical theatre educator, and voice teacher. She received her first Masters in Teaching in Elementary Education from the University of Virginia (along with a BA in History and minor in French). Her second Masters is in Vocal Performance, with a concentration in Musical Theatre. She also has an Advanced Certificate of Vocal Pedagogy, both of which are from NYU Steinhardt. She’s studied at Circle in the Square Theatre School and Upright Citizen’s Brigade’s Improv program as well.

She is currently on the Musical Theatre vocal staff at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia after having previously taught at NYU. She works with The American Musical Theatre Academy, The Stage Theatre School, and Young People’s Theatre Workshop. She has an active private studio, Innovative Voice Studio, with students performing on Broadway, Off Broadway, in national tours, and in regional theatre. She is currently completing her Rock the Audition teacher training with Sheri Sanders. Jenna is an active member of NATS, The Voice Foundation, Opera America, MTEA, and NYSTA.

As a performer, Jenna is proud to say she has performed everywhere in the US from Maine to Florida, and from Boston to Breckenridge. Regional credits include the title role in Evita at Stage Door Theatre (for which she was nominated for a Carbonell Award for Best Actress in a Musical), Diner (directed by Kathleen Marshall) at Delaware Theatre Company, Because of Winn Dixie (directed by Marcia Milgrom-Dodge) at Delaware Theatre Company, Daisy Hilton in Side Show at The Media Theatre, Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Brenda Strong in Catch Me if You Can at The Eagle Theatre, Bad Jews at The Walnut Street Theatre, The Incredible Fox Sisters at The New Ohio Theatre, Next Thing You Know at Sharon Playhouse, and Doria in Smile! with Musicals Tonight! at Theatre Row in NYC, among others. Up next, she’ll be playing Cathy in The Last Five Years at The Eagle Theatre. Also numerous concerts, readings, workshops, and recordings in NYC and Philadelphia.

She is a successful voice over artist having done national TV and radio commercials, audiobooks, blind captioning television narration, corporate training videos, and numerous educational video series. She is a proud member of the voiceover roster at Pandora Radio and has well over one hundred ads running throughout the country.

Tim Russell MM, AEA, BS

Tim hails from a small town on the shoreline of CT and is now a NY-based actor, singer, musician and teacher. He is proud graduate of NYU Steinhardt, where he earned his Master’s in Musical Theater and Vocal Pedagogy. Prior to that, he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at UConn, then decided he would make more money singing and dancing.

As an educator, he has worked as an adjunct faculty member at NYU and is currently on the voice faculty at the New York Film Academy within the Musical Theater department. He also teaches vocal production at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Because busy is where it’s at, Tim also maintains a private studio in NYC called Innovative Voice Studio (alongside his partner in crime and fellow MTCA coach Jenna Pastuszek).

As a performer, Tim has played on stages all over the states, and internationally as far as Cairo, Egypt. Most recently, he was on a US tour with The Flyboys, a four part harmony group where vintage meets modern, with a unique big band twist. While on tour, he performed with both the Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey orchestras. Favorite regional credits include Mark in Rent at the Ivoryton Playhouse, Eugene in Grease at the Engeman, Skip in Life Could Be a Dream at the Mountain Playhouse and Dallas in Sweet Smell of Success at TheatreZone. In addition to performing on land, Tim had sailed the high seas with Disney and Norwegian Cruiselines, performing as a mainstage entertainer.

He is also the lead singer of the NYC based funk-rock band The Ninth. They recently released an EP called “The Answer”, now on Spotify.

Tim is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and is repped by Take 3 Talent. For more info, visit | Instagram: @truss405

Meg Supina MM, BM, NATS

Meg Supina is dedicated to helping her students find a sense of freedom so that they may share their uniqueness with the world. Born and raised in State College, PA, Meg graduated magna cum laude from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. While there, she began teaching students through the Community Music School. Meg went on to receive her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Delaware. She was a graduate assistant, teaching a studio of undergraduate music majors and minors assisting them in preparation of opera roles, recitals, and auditions. Since then, Meg has taught privately in Pennsylvania and New York. Currently, she teacher with Belle Arti Center for the Arts and Highbridge Voices. Meg is a member of NATS.

Meg is enjoying a performance career spanning musical theatre and opera. Most recently, Meg performed Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at GLOW Lyrics Theatre. This spring, Meg was excited to use her clarinet skills to appear as a Louise in a concert performance of Prospect Theatre Company’s The Hello Girls. Meg made her Off-Broadway debut in Lili Marlene. Regionally, Meg has also appeared with the John W. Engerman Theater, FUSE Productions, OperaDelaware, and Poor Richard’s Opera.

Peter Thoresen DM, MM, BM

Peter Thoresen is an award winning voice teacher, performer and music director. He is internationally in demand as a voice teacher, choral conductor and music director, and his students appear regularly on Broadway and off-Broadway and in national tours in shows including Wicked, Matilda, Something Rotten, Kinky BootsLes MizEvita, Flashdance, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Liberty: A Monumental New Musical, among many others. His students appear in film and on network and premium television (Orange is the New Black, Broad City) and record regularly for the Columbia and Broadway Record labels. Peter’s students include Tony Award nominees and have performed at the Tony Awards and at venues from Manhattan (Feinstein’s/54 Below, Joe’s Pub, etc.) to New Zealand. Peter is a voice professor at Pace University (PPAMT), and owns a thriving private voice studio in Manhattan: Peter Thoresen Vocal Studios. He is also on the faculties of Broadway Kids Auditions (BKA) in NYC, and the YES Academy ASEAN in various southeast Asian countries. 

Active as a music director, Peter collaborates regularly with his students and other performers in Manhattan, regionally throughout the United States, and in a number of Asian countries including Indonesia and Turkmenistan. Recent international engagements include cultural diplomacy missions through the U.S. State Department/participating U.S. Embassies in Turkmenistan and Jakarta, where he made his international debut, serving as music director, voice teacher/teaching artist, and cultural entrepreneurship specialist through American Voices, and the YES Academy ASEAN Broadway program. This past season, Peter made his conducting debut in Ashgabat, where he also sang and introduced audiences to repertoire of Cole Porter.
In demand as a performer, 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. A frequent guest soloist and recitalist, Peter performs diverse song literature, ranging from the Great American Songbook and Broadway, to music of Purcell, Lee Hoiby, and Jake Heggie. Peter grew up in Chicago, where he was a child actor and performed in over 500 performances of musicals and operas with Chicago’s major companies. He made his professional operatic role debut opposite Plácido Domingo and Mirella Freni in 8th grade and was hooked. This grew into a love of performance that has ultimately led to solo engagements with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the American Opera Theater, Monterey Symphony and Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and ultimately a doctoral degree in voice. He serves as a coach for a variety organizations in New York, including the Manhattan Girls Chorus and American Symphony Orchestra. 
In 2016, Peter was awarded a National Independent Teaching Award from the National Association of Teacher of Singing (NATS), and he holds a doctor of music degree from Indiana University; a master of music degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor of music from Illinois Wesleyan University. 
Peter is a frequent music entrepreneurship presenter and guest lecturer, engaging with students/performers on critical matters of career development, and has been asked to speak at venues ranging from Lincoln Center and NYU to the Jakarta Institute of the Arts, in addition to a number of Universities throughout the United States. An avid writer, Peter’s articles are regularly featured in trade magazines including Classical Singer Magazine. Peter loves guiding students to moments of self discovery, and working to pay forward the inspiration, skill and love his voice teachers lavished on him. 
For more information, visit @DrPetesTweets

Jared Trudeau MFA, BA

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 MFA, BM, AEA

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.

College Advising

Amy Breslow MSW, BA

Amy was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. After completing her undergraduate degree (BA Psychology) at The University of Pittsburgh, Amy went on to receive her Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Pennsylvania. She has been working with students and their families for over 25 years in a variety of settings. Amy started her private counseling practice 20 years ago and in the last 5 years she has seen a growing need for assistance in the area of college advising.  

Amy is committed to the belief that each individual has a unique set of talents, abilities and interests that can be enriched and developed with the proper guidance. She enjoys working with students to try to make the college application and audition scheduling process more fun and interesting, and less stressful, confusing, and anxiety-provoking.

Amy resides in South Jersey with her husband and two children. Her son Jack is a recent MTCA alumnus. Being a college audition parent survivor combined with her social work/counseling background provides Amy with a unique perspective allowing her to offer comprehensive guidance to students and their families through the college process.

Essay Tutor

Lee Aaron Rosen MFA, BA, AEA, SAG-AFTRA

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.