The Power of a Team
We have carefully selected a diverse group of expert coaches who are working artists. 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 to student ratios. Each coach brings an unwavering commitment to a customized approach, truly tailored to each student.
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 across disciplines.
Craig Wesley Divino
Allison Spratt Pearce
Julian Abelskamp is an actor and recent transplant from New York to
Los Angeles. He received his MFA from Columbia University, as well as certificates
in acting from the Atlantic Acting School and the Royal Central School of Speech
and Drama in London.
He most recently appeared as Toby Darling in The Inheritance at the Geffen
Playhouse. Before and during grad school, Julian spent several seasons at the
Williamstown Theatre Festival, where credits include Alien/Nation (dir. Michael
Arden), Taiga in the Berkshires, Faded: A Calypso, and A Legendary Romance (dir.
Lonny Price). Other credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Classical Theatre
of Harlem); Tomorrow Will Be Sunday (Chautauqua Theatre Company); and Voices
from a Pandemic (Chautauqua/Notch Theatre). Favorite shows from his time at
Columbia include Moscow x6 by Halley Feiffer, Measure for Measure, and Uncle
As a teacher, Julian returned to Columbia’s MFA program as adjunct faculty for the
Spring ’23 semester. He’s also worked with ASTEP (now Arts Ignite!) and completed
the Roundabout Theatre Company Teaching Artist Training Program.
Julian is a big believer in using the body to liberate the actor’s full potential and loves
passing on what he’s learned to fellow artists! www.julianabelskamp.com
Michelle is an actress, filmmaker, and teaching artist based in Brooklyn. She hails from Charleston, SC and is a proud summa cum laude graduate of the SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory. Broadway/Off-Broadway/International theater credits include: A Raisin in the Sun (Broadway); Hurricane Diane (NYTW); Richard III, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Public Theater); A Kid Like Jake (LCT3); As You Like It, The Tempest (BAM/Old Vic – The Bridge Project); Much Ado About Nothing (Theater for a New Audience); Measure for Measure (Epic Theatre Ensemble); The Changeling (Red Bull); Uncle Vanya (Pearl); The Sentinels (59e59); Start Up (German Theater Abroad). Regional credits: Top Girls (ACT); The Wanderers (Old Globe); Richard and Jane and Dick and Sally (Baltimore Center Stage); King Charles III (ACT, Seattle Rep, Shakespeare Theater); Twelfth Night (Chicago Shakespeare); Tartuffe (McCarter/ Yale Rep); Hamlet (Shakespeare Theater); Winter’s Tale, Cyrano de Bergerac (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). On screen, she has had recurring roles on “Power Book II: Ghost” (Starz) and “Luke Cage” (Netflix). She has had appearances on “Manifest”; “Claws”; “Homeland”; “Madam Secretary”. Film credits: “Ovum”; “Ambition’s Debt”; “Death of a Prince”; “Spinning Into Butter”. She wrote, directed, and produced the short film “The Snakes” that premiered at the Pan African Film Festival.
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. 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: Walker:Independence, Julia, The Watcher, New Amsterdam, Higher Loyalty, Prodigal Son.
Mary Cavett (she/her/hers) is a New York based actor, dancer and collaborator. She holds an MFA in Drama from The Juilliard School (Group 49), a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and a certificate in Shakespeare Performance from RADA. Theater work includes: ENDURE: A Run Woman Show, NYC/ Edinburgh Fringe (NYT Critic’s Pick); The Shape She Makes, American Repertory Theater; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth, and The Liar, Santa Cruz Shakespeare; Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Much Ado About Nothing (NYIT Award), Smith Street Stage; The City In The City In The City, a podcast play on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, et al. TV/Film: The Good Fight, PAN AM, Surrogate Valentine, Stage V, and various projects with filmmaker Derrick Belcham. Mary also danced for nine seasons with the Radio City Rockettes. Mary has taught acting, movement, clown and dance at The Performing Arts Project, The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Fiasco Theater Conservatory, PS 261, and as a private audition coach. She has served as a movement consultant for The Stella Adler Studio, Smith Street Stage, and Punchdrunk NYC. Her approach to acting is always channeled through the full expressiveness of the body.
*Aloha! Lea was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where she received a BFA in Musical Theatre/Acting. Additional training includes spending a summer at BADA to study Shakespeare in Oxford. Regional theatre highlights: 4,000 Miles(Westport Country Playhouse), Oleanna (Katonah Classic Stage), Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac, Rosalind in As You Like It, Into the Woods (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker (Judson Theatre Co.) TV/Film: “FBI” (CBS), “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS), “This is the Night” (Blumhouse, starring Naomi Watts). She has been a monologue coach with MTCA since 2018 and is honored to be part of this incredible team. In her free time she loves to surf, teach yoga to seniors, and continue to study acting. www.leadimarchi.com
Craig Wesley Divino
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. He is co-founder of Fault Line Theatre and manager of the Broadway Show League champion softball team The Downtowners. Craig has been coaching theatre and film auditions for over a decade, and has taught acting and stage combat at Cornell University, Barnard College, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and at Xavier University, where he has directed students in productions of From White Plains, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and, most recently, a film adaptation of Twelfth Night. He has worked as an actor on stage and film in New York and around the country. www.craigwesleydivino.com www.faultlinetheatre.org
Originally from Cleveland, OH, Gwendolyn got her BA from Vassar College in a multidisciplinary major called “Text and Performance,” and her MFA from Juilliard (Group 45). Favorite theater credits include the world premiere of Still by Jen Silverman, and Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. Between college and graduate school, she was an Acting Apprentice at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville where she was in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol, and Heist!, an immersive theater piece for the Humana Festival.
After graduating from Juilliard, Gwendolyn made her television debut in Emmy-nominated Genius as Young Elsa Einstein. This past year you might have seen her as Martha Gellhorn in The First Lady or Julia Swanstrom in The Endgame. Other TV credits include Sink Sank Sunk, Blue Bloods, FBI: Most Wanted, and Madam Secretary.
Gwendolyn absolutely loves coaching young artists with MTCA, and believes the essential nature of the performing arts is one where intergenerational dialogue strengthens the artistic point of view of both coach and student. She sees herself as the beneficiary of extraordinary guidance over the years, and relishes the opportunity to pass it on.
Kelly is an actor from Pittsburgh, PA. She received her BFA in Acting from Ithaca College in 2015 and has been living and working in New York City since. She is also a 2011 MTCA alumnus! She is honored to coach on this incredible team that was once instrumental in her own college audition process. She is a proud member of both AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Though trained in theatre, Kelly has transitioned into the TV/Film space and is currently represented by Firestrarter Entertainment. Most recently, she guest starred in S2E11 of CBS’s F.B.I. and worked alongside Peter Gallagher in The Water Turkey. Film credits include Enclosure (2019), Irene (2019), The Drowning Girl (2018), and Tumble Dry (2018).
Born and raised in Cambridge, MA, Eliza Fichter is an actor and educator. They hold a BFA in Acting from Boston University, an MEd in Arts Education from Harvard University, and a Classical Theatre certificate from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Eliza has taught theatre workshops across the country in museum galleries, public schools, performing arts centers, prisons, assisted living facilities, and military bases, and in addition to MTCA, has worked as a teaching artist with Olney Theater Center, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and New Repertory Theatre. Regional projects include BEDLAM/The Nora Theatre Company (The Crucible), Central Square Theater (The Revolutionists), Bristol Riverside Theatre (King Lear), Underground Railway Theater (Matchless & The Happy Prince), Chicago Shakespeare Project (Henry V), and Olney Theatre Center (Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, The Odyssey). Eliza is also a puppeteer and printmaker, and loves cooking and growing vegetables. www.elizafichter.com
Katie has been coaching with MTCA since 2013, and has been a Teaching Artist with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s Education Program since 2004. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, she received her BM in Musical Theatre from Catholic University, then attended the two year conservatory program in Acting at Circle In the Square Theatre School. She lives in NYC with her husband and fellow MTCA coach Ryan, and their daughter Zoë. As an actor, Katie has appeared in 10 seasons with HVSF, where favorite roles include Viola (Twelfth Night), Imogen (Cymbeline), Lucrece (The Liar), Rosaline (Love’s Labours Lost), and Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). She played Olivia (Twelfth Night), Lord Capulet and Lady Macbeth (Youth & Ambition), and Leena Breitwisch in the world premier of Breitwisch Farm with Esperance Theater Company, where she is also a co-founder. Off-Broadway: Bedlam. Other select theater: A.R.T., Virginia Stage, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Cape Playhouse, Half Moon Theater, Arc Stages, Portland Stage, Shadowland, Epic Theatre Ensemble. TV/Film: Succession, FBI: Most Wanted, The Blacklist, Law & Order: SVU, Boardwalk Empire, Lost Nation, I’ll Be Right There, Bedlam: The Series, and various commercials and voice overs. She feels incredibly fortunate to be a mom, artist and teacher.
Broadway: Bob/Marvin in Marvin’s Room at Roundabout, Valvert in Cyrano de Bergerac with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner. Off Broadway: To My Girls (World Premiere) dir. by Stephen Brackett (Second Stage), Kate Hamill’s Sense & Sensibility (Bedlam), Henry 6th in Rose Rage; Henry the 6th Pts. 1, 2, 3 (St. Clair Bayfield Award, Jeff Award, Drama League Nomination), Red Bull, The Public, The Atlantic, The Pearl, Theater for a New Audience, Project Shaw, The Drama League, and Ars Nova. International/Regional: Kate Hamill’s Emma (World Premiere, The Guthrie) Private Lives (Rep. Theater of St Louis), Two River, Syracuse Stage, Dorset Theater Festival, Bermuda Arts Festival, George is Dead (w/Marlo Thomas) written and directed by Elaine May at George St. Playhouse/Arizona Theater Company, Chicago Shakespeare, Long Wharf, Contemporary American Theater Festival, 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)
Born and raised on Jekyll Island, GA, Rhyn McLemore is a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and has been a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association for 20 years. Credits include: Off-Broadway: Dot, directed by Kenny Leon (The Billie Holiday Theatre); Sheldon Harnick’s A World to Win (York Theatre); Off-Off Broadway: Violet (title role) and The Crucible (Gallery Players); Atlanta credits: Ever After – Suzi Bass Award nominee for Best Supporting Actress (Alliance Theatre); The Bridges of Madison County and Split in Three (Aurora Theatre); Fun Home, Company, and Stupid F*cking Bird (Actors Express); The Cake (Horizon Theatre); Safety Net – world premiere (Theatrical Outfit); Other Regional: The Sound of Music (Sierra Repertory); The Spitfire Grill (Cape Fear Regional Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Our Town (The WV Public); The Crucible and The Comedy of Errors (NC Shakespeare Festival); Humbug (Premiere Stages); Beauty and the Beast and Grease (Beef and Boards); Ragtime and Hair (Weathervane Theatre). In addition to her performing career, Rhyn works with American Voices, a nonprofit organization that conducts cross-cultural engagement with audiences in over 110 nations worldwide.
Nick Mills has appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning play ‘The Humans’ as well as in ‘1984.’ Off- Broadway, he has worked as an actor at Roundabout Theatre Company, BAM, and The Public Theater. Regionally he has appeared at Center Theatre Group, Cleveland Playhouse, The Denver Center, and The Old Globe.
Nick’s television credits include Guest Star appearances on the Emmy Award winning shows ‘Succession’ and ‘Mr. Robot,’ as well as ‘The Good Fight,’ ‘Blacklist,’ ‘Person of Interest,’ & ‘Law and Order: SVU.’
As an educator, Nick has taught Acting with the Waterwell Drama Program at the Professional Performing Arts School, Rosie’s Theater Kids, and ACTeen. This Fall, he will be teaching second year acting at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts.
Most recently, Nick produced the short film “Dark Moon” for Sunnyside Films, featuring Tony Award winner Reed Birney and Marin Ireland.
Born in Pune, raised between Bombay and New Delhi – Keshav Moodliar is an actor based in New York City. He recently graduated with his MFA from The Juilliard School, the first South Asian man to do so. Last seen Off-Broadway in Queen, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure and Native Son. Film and TV credits include – Extrapolations (Apple TV), Chicken (Independent), SINK SANK SUNK (mini-series), In Defense of Civil Society (Independent), Untitled Paul Simms Pilot (FX).
Allison Spratt Pearce
Allison Spratt Pearce grew up all around the world, but hails from Washington D.C. Since graduating from Elon University with her BFA in Musical Theater, she has consistently worked in the performing arts field from Broadway to film. She also holds an M.F.A. in Drama from The Old Globe/USD in San Diego, CA. Allison has been a coach with the MTCA family for 11 years! She resides with her family in San Diego, CA. She is still very active on stage & on camera. Allison is also a director and speaker coach for Google and other corporations. For more info. on Allison, please visit: www.AllisonSprattPearce.com or follow her on Instagram @allisonsprattpearce & @pearcestudioscoaching.
Emily Shain is an actor, teacher 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), JACK (The Straights) ,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 where she recently led their acting program at the Florence, Italy campus. She has taught at Playwrights Horizons Theater School/ Tisch NYU, New Mexico State University Las Cruces, UCSD and the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actors Training Program. Emily is a proud partner with the Back Room Shakespeare Project.
Calvin received his MFA from The Juilliard School and his BA in Theatre from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he was awarded Most Outstanding Graduate in Theatre. He has taught and/or assisted at Lincoln Center Theater, The American Brass Quintet, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, StArt Osceola in Kissimmee, FL, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and The Stage School in Brooklyn. Off-Broadway: Fat Ham (The Public Theater) RegionalTheatre: Several plays at the Actor’s Theater of Louisville and the Clarence Brown Theater; On The Grounds of Belonging at the Long Wharf Theater, Macbeth at Shakespeare on the Sound. TV: Recurring roles on the Golden Globe winner, The Underground Railroad (Amazon) and The Deuce (HBO), and guest star on the critically acclaimed anthology series High Maintenance (HBO). Film: Paper Friends, Better Man (Best Actor in Short at Queens World Film Festival) RSVP, Surprise and others.
Joe has been thrilled to be coaching with MTCA since 2018! Select credits include: The White Chip at 59E59. Broadway: You Can’t Take It With You. The Public Theater: Socrates, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Off-Broadway/regional: Gym at Judson, Esperance Theater Company, Cherry Lane Theatre, Shakespeare & Co., Berkshire Playwrights Lab, 59E59 Theaters, Mabou Mines/LaMama, Studio 42, Huntington Theatre Company, Pioneer Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival. TV: “Chicago Med,” “Blue Bloods,” “Masters of Sex,” “Odyssey,” “Brooklyn Taxi,” “Law & Order: SVU.” Training: Ithaca College BFA, Yale School of Drama MFA.
Born and raised in Littleton, Colorado, Katie proudly graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with honors and a B.F.A in Acting. As an actor she has performed in NYC with the Public Theatre’s “Shakespeare in the Park” (All’s Well That Ends Well), Esperance Theatre Company’s world premier of Jeremy Kamps’ Breitwisch Farm, Irondale Ensemble’s 1599 Project, and has workshopped new plays with the Roundabout Theatre Co and the Public Theatre. Regionally, she has performed with the Pioneer Theatre Co, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Shakespeare on the Sound, Allentown Shakespeare, and the Kinetic Theatre Co. Katie began her teaching career as a dance instructor teaching tap, jazz, and musical theatre styles. Now, she focuses on acting, coaching monologues for MTCA and leading Shakespeare workshops for young artists. She is based in NYC and adores a tea and pastry.
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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 now lives in NYC and is a very proud MTCA Alumn! Most recently, Caitlin choreographed the Off-Broadway production of Seesaw at Theatre Row. She also served as resident choreographer for the College Light Opera Company’s 2020 digital season. At Penn State, Caitlin choreographed a concert version On the Town (directed by Tony nominated Susan H. Schulman) and The Light in the Piazza. Outside of college, Caitlin has had the pleasure of dance captaining for some of her favorite choreographers including: Mara Newberry Greer, MTCA coach Natalie Malotke, Al Blackstone, and Adam Cates. Some of Caitlin’s favorite performance credits include: Broadway: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Annie Who). Regional: 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. TV/Film: “The Worst People You Know” (Ep.1).
Candi Boyd is a New York City based performer who has been a working actor for 15 years! A proud AEA and SAG/AFTRA member, she spent the last 11 years as the Universal Swing (and assistant Dance Captain) for Jersey Boys International, Covering 7 different companies, including 8 years on Broadway, and is the face of the show… featured in all the commercials and billboards in Times Square! She also has extensive on-camera experience, as the recurring Angie Renyolds in “Quantico” on NBC, as well as roles in “Pose” (FX) and “Get Christie Love” (NBC). She can be seen in over 20 commercials, and is the voice you hear at the Singapore Zoo. She also directs and choreographs and spent summer 2019 developing the Off Broadway debut of Dogman:The Musical. She is a proud graduate of Point Park University with a BFA in Musical Theater and a minor in Dance and an even prouder mom of 2 teeny kiddos and wife of one not so teeny husband. She loves teaching, and loves giving her students all the inside info she’s collected over her years in this biz. www.candiboyd.com
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 is fresh off the National Tour of Hello, Dolly! starring Carolee Carmello. Regionally, throughout the country he has performed at theaters including Bucks County (Mamma Mia), 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.
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, contemporary, and currently lives in New York City. Most recently, Courtney toured internationally as a swing with Christopher Wheeldon’s An American In Paris, performing in Paris and across Asia. She has also performed regionally at The Muny, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Fulton Theatre, Gateway Playhouse, and Woodstock Playhouse. Some of her favorite roles include Babette in Beauty and the Beast, Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Jane Ashton in Brigadoon. Courtney has experience working as a dance captain and collaborating with a wide range of inspiring choreographers. Courtney also has 10+ 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 eager to share her knowledge as an active performing artist in this industry and looking forward to working with her future students. She is truly honored to be a part of MTCA!
Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Julia is a 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, Sacramento Music Circus, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Atlanta Theatre of the Stars, Cape Playhouse, Transcendence Theatre Company, American Pops Orchestra, Pennsylvania Centre Stage. TV: “Live From Lincoln Center: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch” (PBS), Billy Eichner’s “Billy on the Street” (FUSE). Pre-college, Julia received her training at Ann Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project (where she was a member of Dave Clemmons’ vocal ensemble), the Grand Rapids Ballet, Michigan’s only professional ballet company, and the Grand Rapids Academy of Performing Arts. Julia proudly teaches and choreographs in New York City and the surrounding area for several companies including AMDA (American Musical Dramatic Academy), Peridance, BKA (Broadway Kids Auditions) and BMA (Broadway Method Academy). www.juliafreyer.com / @juliafreyer.
Shiloh is a choreographer, educator and performer from Yosemite, CA. She earned her Theatre degree from USC, and then quickly began traveling the world! She has flown as the Little Mermaid over audiences in Tokyo, has lead a 200-person flashmob in Times Square, and has taught dance to children from the leprosy colonies in Southern India. Most recently, she made her Broadway debut in PARADISE SQUARE, for which she learned to Irish step dance! Other New York theatre credits includes (Love Life, Encores), Off-Broadway (Anthem, The Screwtape Letters), regionally (Berkeley Rep, Sacramento Music Circus, Riverside, Bay St Theatre, Transcendence Theatre Co), on tour (Camelot), and in opera (Santa Fe Opera). Shiloh has choreographed Cabaret, Spring Awakening, Aida, (Gallery Players, NYC) and Dance Nation (AADA). She had the joy of associate choreographing for Public Theatre’s Twelfth Night at the Delacorte, Chess at the Kennedy Center, the world premier of To Wong Foo the musical, and The New World at Bucks County Playhouse. She also is on the dance faculty at AMDA and NYU.
David is a New York City based performer, director and choreographer with over a decade of professional experience. His career began in 2009, when he played Mark on the National Tour of A Chorus Line under the direction of Tony Award Recipient, Baayork Lee. He went on to reprise the role at New York City Center, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Gateway Playhouse, and many more. Baayork then promoted David to her associate for the China Premier of A Chorus Line in 2019, training him to keep Michael Bennett’s legacy alive in re-staging the original. In 2022 David choreograph and directed his own company of A Chorus Line at Weathervane Theatre. David & Baayork continue to work together City Springs Theatre Company on performances including South Pacific and Cats.
David also serves as Mark Martino’s associate working on productions including: Newsies, Elf, & A Christmas Story (Arts Center of Costal Carolina); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Maltz Jupiter Theatre); Grease, Jersey Boys (The Fulton Theatre); & Chicago (Theatre Aspen).
David choreographed The Light in the Piazza directed by Tony Award Winner Victoria Clark at the Sheen Center. He has served as the resident choreographer at Quisisana Resort and Music Theatre Kansas City. Other Credits Include: Beauty and the Beast (National Tour), A Chorus Line (Japan Tour), Walt Disney World, and Universal Orlando.
He is a graduate of Pace University’s Musical Theatre Program with a Minor in Dance. He is thrilled to work with the MTCA students as they grow in skill, confidence, and join the next generation of musical theatre performers.
Cameron Anika Hill
Originally from New Jersey, Cameron is a Brooklyn based creative and a proud graduate of The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).
Most recently, she toured the nation with Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! directed by Daniel Fish. Cameron has also appeared on Broadway in Dear Evan Hansen, on the 1st national tour of Summer: the Donna Summer Musical, and regionally at theaters such as the MUNY, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Weston Theater Company, Music Theatre Wichita, Westchester Broadway Theater & more. On the screen she’s appeared on WeCrashed on AppleTV+, Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness on Netflix, and in Bernstein’s Mass on PBS Great Performances. She is delighted to have worked with and learned from some of her favorite choreographers like Sergio Truijillo, Camille A. Brown, Richard J. Hinds, Al Blackstone, Peggy Hickey, and more.
Cameron adores teaching and working with those up and coming in this industry and is thrilled to do so as a dance coach at MTCA. She can’t wait to dance with you! More info at www.CameronAnikaHill.com
Originally from New Jersey, L’ogan is a proud alumni of both MTCA and 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 Pittsburgh CLO, and an international production of Chicago. Full resume and updates can be found at www.loganjones.me.
Danielle is an actor, choreographer, and dance teacher based in Los Angeles. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in Dance and a minor in Theater. With 10+ years of choreographic experience across all genres, Danielle most recently worked as Guest Lecturer Teaching Artist for UCLA’s Pre-College Musical Theater Summer Institute, choreographing Pippin. A working actor in LA, Danielle can be seen in a number of films and commercials, her favorite credit being Dramarama, a coming-of-age feature film about drama kids going off to college (sound familiar?!), which is currently streaming on Hulu! Regional theater credits: West Side Story, Young Frankenstein, 42nd Street, Hello, Dolly!, and the Los Angeles cast of the Old Jews Telling Jokes. Danielle is a passionate and eclectic dance teacher, specializing in Musical Theater, Hip-Hop, House, Jazz, Jazz Funk, Tap, and Contemporary. She is happy to be joining the MTCA team as she relishes the opportunity to be a part of her students’ creative journeys!
Natalie Malotke is a director, choreographer, creative event producer and teaching artist living in New York City. Credits include: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Choreography Team on Broadway and National Tour), Bygone Love for China Broadway Entertainment, Candide at Carnegie Hall, and I Married an Angel at City Center all alongside Joshua Bergasse. Little Dancer at Lincoln Center with Susan Stroman, Really Rosie at City Center with Leigh Silverman, and the developmental lab of Monopoly: The Musical with Donna Feore. Regional directing and choreography credits at The Engeman (Rock of Ages, Kinky Boots & Once), Pittsburgh Music Theatre, Northern Stage, TexArts and Wagon Wheel. National tour of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!. Resident director and choreographer for Nickelodeon Experience Design events worldwide including American Dream and 27 branded experiences for the new Nickelodeon Resort in Riviera Maya. Industrial and corporate events for Hermès, Target, Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Robin Hood Foundation. TV: Choreography: SNL Season 47 with Jason Sudeikis and Billie Eilish; PBS, A Capitol Fourth. Faculty at Broadway Dance Center and AMDA.. University of Michigan grad. www.nataliemalotke.com // IG: @nataliemalotke
Katie Rose McLaughlin is a NYC-based choreographer originally from Minneapolis, MN. Trained in ballet under the direction of Bonnie Mathis, she 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 New York Times Critics’ Pick.
A choreographer and director for theater, opera, film, music videos and viral TikToks she has also had the great pleasure of being the Associate Choreographer for the Tony Award-winning Broadway show Hadestown at New York Theater Workshop, Edmonton, South Korea, and Broadway as well as being the Associate Director/Choreographer for the First National Tour. Katie Rose is the Artistic Director of Designated Movement Co., a dance theater company dedicated to blurring the lines between forms. She has recently been creating work as the co-Creative Director for the Drama League Award-winning Theater in Quarantine which received four NYT Critic’s Picks and featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.
Morgan is overjoyed to be jumping into another year as an MTCA coach! She made her Broadway debut in School of Rock as a Swing and Dance Captain with the company. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and a graduate of Florida State University’s BFA Music Theatre program.
Morgan is committed to making sure that all students find their ‘voice’ through movement. Colleges are looking for POTENTIAL in their prospective students. They want an artist who is ready and willing to LEARN. Morgan’s favorite part about coaching is helping her students find their confidence to dive into the college audition process with this mindset. How does movement and dance help students tell their story?
Morgan’s favorite performance credits include: Evita (Revival 1st National Tour), Shrek the Musical (1st National Tour), Elf the Musical (Madison Square Garden), Dear Edwina (Original Off Broadway Cast), Pirates of Penzance (choreography by Josh Bergasse), A Chorus Line (Maine State Music Theatre), as well as several benefit performances for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and Dancers’ Responding to AIDS. She so looks forward to working with YOU!
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LaQuet Sharnell Pringle began training in Dallas, Texas. They studied at NC School of the Arts as a Contemporary Dance major. Additionally, William Esper Studios with Master Meisner Acting teacher William Esper. They are a graduate of SUNY Empire State College with a BA in Theater and Dance History. Their professional credits include Broadway/National Tour: Mrs. Doubtfire The Musical, Beautiful The Carole King Musical, Lysistrata Jones, Memphis The Musical, The Lion King, Sweet Charity, Off-Broadway: The Life, Make Mine Manhattan, Ave Q, Regional Theater: Aida (Workshop), Flashdance, Candide, The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Princess-A New Musical, Chicago, Footloose, AIDA, Nights on Broadway III, Shrek- The Musical (NY Workshop), Jawbreaker The Musical, Caty Bridgewater A Musical, The Submission, Closer, The Dead Guy, Television/Film: I.F., Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, As the World Turns, Step Up 3D, Devoted, Sylvia Plath Project. Choreographically their work has been seen in Hair The Musical, The Addams Family, Mixtape The Musical, Texas Musical Theater Workshop, Bruce Wood Dance Project, Houston MET, Food Like Love (short film), and Sylvia Plath Project (short film). LaQuet has been a faculty member at AMDA Conservatory, NY Film Academy, and Texas State University. IG: @mrxlaquet & @gearedup_by_fya
Penny Wildman is a Director/ Choreographer/ Musician living in Los Angeles by way of New York City. She is a proud MTCA alumnus, thrilled to be returning full circle as a faculty member! 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.), A Christmas Carol at The Geffen, The Mystery of Edwin Drood at The Boston Conservatory, Little Miss Fix-It at PACE University, etc. Additionally, she has Directed/Choreographed projects for the likes of Zedd, RL Grime, Enrique Iglesias, Marian Hill, Weird Al, Todrick Hall, and beyond. As a musician (PENNYWILD), she has performed at globally renowned festivals such as Coachella, SXSW, Lightning in a Bottle, HARD Summer, etc and been featured in publications such as Billboard Dance, Amazon Music, LA Weekly, Bandsintown, Earmilk, Billboard Pride, and beyond. PennyWildMusic.com / @PennyWildMusic.
Josh Zacher is an NYC based dancer, actor, teacher, and choreographer. A proud native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he graduated high school as valedictorian, Josh holds a BFA in Drama (with Honors) from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a graduate of both the Broadway Dance Center Summer Professional Semester and the University of Michigan Summer Dance Institute. As a performer, Josh served as the Dance Captain on The Prom 1st national tour, played Larry in the national/international tour of A Chorus Line (direction by Tony Award Winner Baayork Lee) and appeared in the world premiere cast of The Elf on the Shelf musical. Josh has performed at The Kennedy Center, The Lyric Opera of Chicago (West Side Story), North Shore Music Theatre (The Music Man), Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, The Ordway, Kansas City Starlight, The REV Theatre Co. (Footloose), Theatre By The Sea (Newsies), The Sharon Playhouse (Les Miserables), and The Wagon Wheel Center for the Performing Arts. Josh is a guest faculty at Broadway Dance Center, a teaching artist for New York City Center, and a teaching/audition assistant at Ballet Tech in Manhattan.
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This award winning Philadelphia native has distinguished herself as a force of nature in the theatre and concert world. Allison Blackwell made her Broadway debut in the Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess alongside six-time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald and Tony Nominees Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier (2012 Tony Award Winner: Best Revival). The following year she played one of her musical “idols” Aretha Franklin in A Night With Janis Joplin. She next was seen in the Broadway company of Disney’s The Lion King. Recently, Allison Blackwell received rave reviews for her featured role as Violetta in the Broadway show Pretty Woman: The Musical at the Nederlander Theatre. Other shows include: Caroline, or Change (Moon, Washing Machine, Dottie Moffett), Les Miserables (Fantine), The Sound of Music (Sister Sophia), Nunsense (Sister Mary Hubert) and A Little Night Music (Mrs Segstrom). Ms. Blackwell was part of the Emmy Award winning production Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (PBS Live at Lincoln Center), Guys and Dolls at Carnegie Hall and Ragtime at David Geffen Hall. She has been a guest soloist with such orchestras as The New York Pops, The Boston Pops, The Philly Pops, and more. www.allisonblackwell.com
Joe has been a teacher with MTCA for nearly 10 years. He has been seen on Broadway in Frozen (Hans), Bandstand (Johnny Simpson), Cinderella (Prince Topher), Romeo and Juliet, Once. Regional: World premiere of Moulin Rouge at the Colonial Theater in Boston and Bandstand at Paper Mill Playhouse. Film: Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night” (Sundance World Premiere 2019), “Bandstand Live on Broadway”, “Romeo and Juliet”. His television credits include: “Pose”, “The Politician”, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,”, “FBI”, “NCIS: New Orleans”, “Chicago Fire”, “Elementary”, “Deception”,“The Carrie Diaries”, “All My Children”. Training: RADA , BFA University of Michigan. @joe_carrollmich
Josh Daniel (he/him) is a NY-based actor who just finished a years-long run in the Drama Desk Award-winning, Off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors at the Westside Theatre, having understudied Jeremy Jordan, Gideon Glick, Conrad Ricamora, Skylar Astin, Rob McClure, & Tony Award winner Matt Doyle in the principal role of Seymour Krelborn, as well as understudying Bryce Pinkham & two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle in the role of Orin, et. al. Before that, Josh had been seen in all North American companies of The Book of Mormon: the 1st National Tour, 2nd National Tour, and the Broadway company. TV/Film: The Other Two (Comedy Central). Regional highlights include the St. Louis MUNY, Music Theatre Wichita, Weston Playhouse, Clinton Theatre, Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, & more. Concert performances include the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Mississippi Philharmonic Orchestra, Birdland, Feinstein’s/54Below, The Cutting Room, Green Room 42, Don’t Tell Mama, Caveat, & more. Josh was honored to be a 2020 nominee for BroadwayWorld’s Best Vocalist for his work as a company member of the “An Evening With…” series, led by Blake Allen. Josh is a proud alumnus of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s BFA Musical Theatre program, graduating as the recipient of the Laurie Beechman Award for Vocal Excellence, and is represented by CGF Talent. More life!
Alex is thrilled to be working with the next generation of musical theatre performers at MTCA! Born and raised in Ohio, Alex earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. Alex was most recently seen on Broadway was Janice & Others in the Tony Award Winning musical Come From Away. Other credits include: Broadway: Les Misérables (Cosette). Off-Broadway: Johanna in the critically acclaimed revival of Sweeney Todd at The Barrow Street Theatre. 1st National Tour: Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt). Regional: Unmasked at Paper Mill Playhouse, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Kit) at The Denver Center, Footloose (Wendy Jo) at PCLO, Legally Blonde (Serena) and Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel) at Music Theatre Wichita.
Dan has most recently been 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, and the understudy for Tunny in American Idiot. He joined Actor’s Equity Association in 2011 as a swing in the production of My One And Only at Goodspeed 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 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. Ali is a veteran performer at the renowned Upright Citizens Brigade comedy theater, where she performs and coaches improv, sketch, musical improv, and more. You may recognize Ali from a variety of very silly commercials. Ali has appeared regionally (favorites include The Weston Playhouse, where Ali met best friend and fellow MTCA coach Josh Daniel), with the New York Musical Theater Festival, and Off-Broadway.
Dayna received her Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance at New York University: Steinhardt. There she learned 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. Credits include: 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’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.
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Scotsman Marcus Crawford Guy, grew up performing in T.I.E productions, pantomimes and earned his first professional credits with the BBC. He graduated the Dance School of Scotland with an Associate’s Diploma from the Trinity College of London and became the first Scotsman to attend The Juilliard School’s Drama Division. Marcus joined SAG/AFTRA following appearances on AMC’s “Turn: Washington’s Spies” & ABC’s reboot of “Get Christie Love”. Theatrically, Marcus has worked with the Yangtze Repertory Theatre and Pan Asian Rep off Broadway, and in the Little Orchestra Society’s production of Peter and the Wolf at BAM. Marcus’ short films “Sprinkles” and Making David Harper’s Actor Reel have enjoyed success in the festival circuit. As a Teaching Artist: Marcus facilitated programming with Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell’s not-for-profit, Artists Striving to End Poverty. He has hosted workshops in Southern India at Shanti Bhavan Children’s project and with youth experiencing homelessness and justice involvement. He also teaches Acting Classes to LGBTQIA+ Elders with National Queer Theatre and SAGE USA. Marcus is a guest artist and Irene Ryan selector at the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival.
Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Lee graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in musical theatre. She was most recently seen in the revival of A Man of No Importance directed by John Doyle at Classic Stage Company. She can be seen in Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go Bernadette opposite Cate Blanchett and Last Flag Flying opposite Bryan Cranston. TV: Gone (NBC). She has been writing and developing her solo play Jellybean, since college. She has performed the piece at Carnegie Mellon, the PIT, Theatre Row, The Fringe Festival and most recently at the Irondale Ensemble Project. Jellybean was most recently directed by Daniel Jenkins (Big River, Oslo). Some other favorite theatre: Assassins (Classic Stage Company), Into the Woods (Roundabout), Way of the World (Roundabout), Hi, My Name is Ben (Helen), Connecticut Christmas Carol (Martha), Show Boat (Magnolia), Company (Kathy), Merrily We Roll Along (Meg), Man of La Mancha (Antonia), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), Carousel (Julie), Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Jean) and Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou). Lee feels truly so lucky to be on this team. MTCA is simply the BEST!
Lysie is a founding member of the team, having coached her own college auditions with founder Ellen Lettrich and later becoming a song coach. She graduated Magna cum laude and with Distinction from Ithaca College where she earned a BFA in Musical Theatre. Elysia opened the First National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock, understudying Principal Rosalie Mullins. Lysie has performed at 54 Below, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club’s Creative Center, and in the Lincoln Center’s Songbook Series. Regional credits include The Ogunquit Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Feinstein’s At the Nikko, and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. She’s also enjoyed singing cherished scores with her hometown symphony, The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. Lysie has loved teaching ever since she was a TA at Ithaca College, and has continued with this passion ever since. She is a faculty member at SOCAPA (the School of Cinema and Performing Arts), where she created the Musical Theatre Acting Curriculum. She has been a Song Rep and Performance Coach with MTCA for over a decade and cherishes the opportunity to mentor young artists, introduce them to the musical theatre she loves, and help them to shine their own unique light.
Ramzi is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School’s Drama Division, where some of his favorite roles include: The Baker in Into The Woods, Peter in Red Speedo, and Mr. Bonaparte in Golden Boy. Since graduating, he could most recently be seen as Richard Dreyfuss in the new musical Bruce (Seattle Rep), Bob Cratchit in the San Francisco production of Broadway’s A Christmas Carol (Golden Gate Theatre), and Chef Rasmus Ray on NBC’s The Blacklist. Ramzi began performing at the age of ten, when he starred as Jason in the first national tour of Falsettos. Other regional credits include: Berkshire Theatre Festival, Goodspeed Opera House, McCarter Theatre, The O’Neill Center, Paper Mill Playhouse. In addition to his work in the theatre, Ramzi has also worked as a clinical research coordinator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Brandon Logan (he/they) is a New York City based Director, Professor, and Actor. Brandon earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he was awarded the Laurie Beechman Award for Vocal Excellence in Musical Theatre. Brandon is currently an Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Marymount Manhattan College where he teaches courses for both BFA Acting and BFA Musical Theatre students. Directing credits include MMC, Northwestern University, The American Music Theatre Project, Applause New York (Producing Artistic Director), The Triad Theatre and Unity Stage Company where he is a resident Director. Brandon has taught workshops, masterclasses and created curriculums for The University of Montevallo, BroadwayEvolved, The Broadway Collective, Amy Murphy Studio, Broadway Method Academy, Actors Training Center, and the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development. Stage credits include: The Doctor in The Book of Mormon (1st & 2nd National Tours), The St. Louis MUNY, Florida Studio Theatre, Arvada Center, The Marriott Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Signature Theatre, and he has appeared as a soloist with The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. AEA. @branbran.logan.
Originally from Missoula, Montana, Michael is a New York based actor and teacher. Michael made his Broadway debut as Etienne in the 2010 Tony Award Winning Revival of La Cage aux Folles where he understudied and performed the role of Jean-Michel alongside Kelsey Grammer and Tony winner Douglas Hodge. He went on to play the role of Jean-Michel in the production’s First National Tour starring George Hamilton and Christopher Seiber. Michael made his solo cabaret debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below and has performed at many other New York venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Birdland, and The Metropolitan Room. In 2018, Michael released “You Are Here,” a solo album adapted from his Feinstein’s/54 Below cabaret. Michael received a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan and has continued to study acting in NYC with Craig Carnelia, Scott Freeman, and Bob Krakower.
John–Michael is an Obie-winning actor with a BFA in Musical Theater from Pace University who recently achieved his Broadway debut in the Pulitzer and Tony-winning musical, A Strange Loop! After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, he won first place in the ESU National Shakespeare Competition, earning him an acting intensive at RADA in London. At NYC’s Barrow Street, he performed in the Pulitzer Prize winning play, The Flick, and played Tobias in Sweeney Todd. The NY Times lauded his “hauntingly simple performance” in the NY City Center Encores production of 1776. He’s also been seen Off-Broadway in This Ain’t No Disco, Big River, Brooklynite & Jasper In Deadland. His film debut was alongside Alec Baldwin in “Blind,” and he’s guest starred in “The Other Two,” “Chicago PD” & “NCIS: New Orleans.” Regionally, he played Dickon in CTG’s The Secret Garden, originated the role of Toby in Bliss at the 5th Avenue, starred in Second City’s production of The Art of Falling and was deemed a “fleet and winning phenom on stage” in the Guthrie’s Choir Boy. He’s a Vivace Award winning composer/librettist and wrote additional music for Second Stage’s We’re Gonna Die.
Samantha Massell is a New York based actress and singer who has appeared on Broadway, on television, in movies, in the cabaret scene, and in a variety of commercials. She was last seen on Broadway as Hodel in the acclaimed revival of Fiddler on the Roof. On the small screen, Samantha has recurred on Dynasty, Mr. Mercedes, and Chicago Fire, and has guest starred on NCIS: New Orleans, The Good Fight, and Elementary. Samantha has originated starring roles in many world premiere musicals including Rosalind Franklin in Double Helix at Bay Street Theater, Rebecca in the lauded reviSal of Rags at The Goodspeed Opera (Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Actress), Karla in The Flamingo Kid at Hartford Stage, and Florika in Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame at La Jolla Playhouse and Paper Mill Playhouse. A native New Yorker, Samantha made her Broadway debut at age 12 in Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme. BFA, University of Michigan, Phi Beta Kappa. @smassellsings www.samanthamassell.com
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Tracy first performed in regional theatres across Canada such as The Belfry, The Segal, and Theatre Calgary, as well as the Charlottetown, Stratford, and Shaw Festivals. She’s appeared on and off-Broadway, in both big Disney shows, and originating roles in new plays. An avid traveler, she loves when work takes her elsewhere, including Alon Nashmon’s Charlotte, which she toured to Eastern Europe and Israel in 2019. Other favorite credits include the U.S. National Tour of Fun Home, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Lost in Yonkers at the Weston Playhouse, Angels in America at the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, and Three Sisters and Into the Woods at the Atlantic Theatre Festival She runs her own teaching studio, and is passionate about the development of artists and new works. She is a two-time Dora nominee, for Eclipse’s Kiss of the Spider Woman, and for Musical Stage Company/CanStage/Yonge St. Theatricals production of Britta Johnson’s Life After, for which she won the award.
Betsy has been working in musical theater in New York City for over 20 years. In the Broadway community, she is known as a chameleon, appearing in the original casts of numerous Broadway productions, including High Fidelity, The Little Mermaid, A Little Night Music, Les Miserables, The King and I, and currently, Kimberly Akimbo. She graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College and continued her education with composer and song coach Craig Carnelia. She was featured in his book The Reason to Sing. Betsy has worked closely with Stephen Sondheim, Alan Menken, PigPen Theatre Company, Bartlett Sher, Jeanine Tesori, and has a 20 year history with composer Michael John LaChiusa, appearing in 5 of his original musicals. As an “out of the box” musical theater actor, she has found a home in the daring and vibrant downtown theater scene, originating roles in First Daughter Suite at The Public, Found at the Atlantic Theater, and Pirelli/Beggar Woman in Barrow Street Theatre’s production of Sweeney Todd, for which she was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award.
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Anne is currently playing Mrs. Strakosh in Funny Girl on Broadway. Broadway credits include: It Shoulda Been You as Aunt Sheila/Mimsy .Baruska in the Broadway musical Once at A.R.T., NYTW, and The Jacobs, The Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of Sunday In The Park with George playing Nurse, Mrs. and Harriet, Matron “Mama” Morton in Chicago, Emma Goldman in Assassins, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Flannery) and Ragtime. Off-Broadway: Singstreet (NYTW) Joe Iconis’s Broadway Bounty Hunter, Sun Down Yellow Moon (Ars Nova /Woman’s Project) 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 Love. Anne’s regional credits include Sandra in Singstreet at The Huntington Theater, Mrs. Fezziwig in The McCarter Theater’s A Christmas Carol, 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, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and The Asolo Theatre Recordings: Sing Street, It Shoulda Been You, Once, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Assassins, Road Show, Ragtime, Out of Context-The Songs of Michael Patrick Walker. Anne’s film and television credits include You Must Be Joking, Baby Mama, King of California, “Fleishman Is In Trouble”, “Little America”, “Elementary”, “The Good Wife”, “Dirt,” “Law & Order” (Trial by Jury, Special Victims Unit, and Criminal Intent), “Veronica Mars”, “What I Like About You”, and “Bull”. She has also been on Three Tony Award telecasts, Letterman, America’s Got Talent, The Today Show, and The Rosie O’Donnell Show. Anne can be seen on the web series Submissions Only. (submissionsonly.com)
Anne is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory and a recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award. http://www.annelnathan.com
Randy Redd (Florida State University – Music & Theatre) appeared in the original Broadway productions of Parade, Ring Of Fire, and Million Dollar Quartet. Other credits include Smoke On The Mountain, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s BY Jeeves, Terrence McNally’s Some Men, The Burnt Part Boys, Randy Newman’s Faust, Pump Boys & Dinettes, Alain Boublil’s Manhattan Parisienne, Max Vernon’s The View Upstairs, Florida Georgia Line’s May We All, and numerous concert appearances with longtime collaborator, Tony Award winner, Rachel Bay Jones. Film/TV credits include: Beautiful Creatures, The Last Five Years, After the Storm, Kinsey, From Broadway with Love, The Wright Verdicts, and The Tony Awards. Writing credits include: Mississippi Sugar, American Tune, Sons Of Levi, What’s That Smell?, Elkin Dab, Touché, Dan Mills’ Fiction In Photographs, You Be You, a children’s television series, and a new musical project with Tony Award winner, Levi Kreis. Recordings: Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes with Jason Robert Brown, The Burnt Part Boys, Ring of Fire, Lucky Stiff, Parade, The View UpStairs, NEO, House of Love, Songs from a Failed Play, and ShowFolk with Rachel Bay Jones. He has enjoyed teaching and coaching at CAP21, NYU, and Broadway Workshop.
Jon-Michael is an actor, musician, and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BFA in Acting/Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was awarded the Adelyne Roth Levine Award for Acting. He cherishes the opportunity to perform in a variety of different kinds of plays, musicals, and new works. Favorite roles include James Baldwin in Jimmy and Lorraine (Pillsbury Theatre), Edward Adu in My Heart is the Drum (Village Theatre, Gregory Award: Outstanding Actor), Abe Cramer in Theo (Two River Theater), Woman in Marry Me A Little (New Ohio Theatre) Jesse Howard in This Bitter Earth (Penumbra Theatre), Padre in Man of La Mancha (Theatre Latté Da), Thomas Edison in Nikola Tesla Drops The Beat (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Doctor in Book of Mormon (National Tour), Cordelia in King Lear (Exit Pursued By Bear), Matt in The Fantasticks (Cincinnati Playhouse), Paul in When We Last Flew (Lucille Lortel). He loves finding and using what excites his students, asking questions, and breathing. Jon-Michael.com
Will Reynolds is a writer, performer, teaching artist, and the recipient of the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theater Writing with collaborator Eric Price. Acting credits include: Daddy Long Legs (Off-Broadway, directed by John Caird), Passion at Classic Stage Company (directed by John Doyle, cast album on PS Classics), and the North American Tour of Mamma Mia! Film: “Emma” (streamingmusicals.com), “The Good Shepard” (directed by Robert De Niro.) Will’s musicals include The Violet Hour (based on the play by Richard Greenberg), Radioactive, Around The World, The Greenwood Tree, and his song cycle Poems & Moon Songs. He can be heard on Season Two of “Central Park” on Apple TV+, on Audra McDonald’s album Go Back Home, as well on the Broadway Records benefit album Artists In Residence with “When I See You Again,” sung by Laura Osnes. His sheet music can be found online at Music Notes and New Musical Theatre (NMT). Will grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently on faculty at Pace University as well as Hussian College in LA, and is co-founder of the musical theatre online learning platform This MT Space. www.willreynoldsonline.com | @willcreynolds
A.J. is a graduate of The University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre department. A.J. takes 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. 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.
Carrie Lyn Brandon
Carrie Lyn Brandon
Carrie Lyn Brandon is a voice teacher, actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and audition coach, based out of New York City and originally from The San Francisco Bay Area. She is a proud graduate of Penn State University’s Musical Theatre BFA Program, where she studied the Bel Canto/ Can Belto curriculum with renowned Musical Theatre vocal pedagogy leader Mary Saunders-Barton. Carrie received her certificate in vocal pedagogy from The Institute for Vocal Advancement, and is always excited to participate yearly in vocal pedagogy and Musical Theatre conferences to continue her education and stay current in the field.
As an actor, Carrie has most notably toured with the National Tours of Once the Musical (Girl Cover) and A Charlie Brown Christmas (Patty). Carrie has performed in regional theaters all over the country, including playing leading roles at North Carolina Theatre, Sharon Playhouse, Florida Studio Theatre, Lake Dillon Theatre Company and The Oregon Cabaret Theatre, and more. In addition to this, she has performed on cruise ships, sung with symphonies, recorded CD’s, headlined singer-songwriter shows, and sung with jazz, rock and folk bands. She plays guitar, mandolin, piano, accordion, ukulele, autoharp, and more! Carrie loves working with students to find and strengthen their authentic voice. Carrie is a member of Actors Equity and the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance (MTEA). www.coachingbycarrie.com
Mackenzie Bykowski is an NYC based teaching artist, originally from the suburbs of southwestern Connecticut. He holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from NYU as well as an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy and a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Business from NYU. Mackenzie specializes in working with voices in recovery from vocal injuries and serves as a referral vocal technician for the NYU Voice Center. After having experienced a vocal injury while preparing for the role of Tony in West Side Story, Mackenzie became fascinated by the intricate workings of the functional unit for singing. His curiosity led him to pursue an independent study on the development of a business approach to vocalist health in which he identified the influence a vocal instructor has on a singer’s rehabilitation. Because a singer’s relationship with their voice is deeply tied to their sense of identity, it is essential for their vocal instructor to have the ability to empathize and guide them to discovering their most balanced sound. Mackenzie’s private clients have been featured in National Tours as well as on the Radio City Music Hall stage. To learn more, visit his website: mackenziebykowski.com
Natalie Gray is a passionate teaching artist, soprano, pianist, and composer/arranger. She holds a Master of Arts in Music & Music Education with a Vocal Pedagogy specialization from Columbia University. Natalie’s career as a musical theatre, jazz, and singer-songwriter soloist took her to prominent New York venues, including Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center, Rockwood Music Hall, Birdland, the Metropolitan Room, and the Hard Rock Cafe. Past stage performance credits include: The Zimmer Girls (Zena) at The Actor’s Temple in NYC; Tess, a new rock opera (Nancy) at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity in NYC; Don Giovanni (Zerlina) and Cabaret (Fräulein Kost) at Adams Playhouse. Currently, Natalie is on Voice Faculty for Molloy University’s CAP 21 Musical Theatre Program. She also serves as the Director of Vocal Technique Across Genres, part of Every Voice Choirs, a not-for-profit organization for singers in the developing communities of NYC. She holds her own voice, piano, and songwriting studio, teaching students around the world. Most recently, Natalie recorded and released a brand new singer-songwriter EP of original music titled ‘Wings,’ under Grammy nominated producer Paul Moak in Nashville. This is now available on all streaming platforms. Please visit www.nataliegraymusic.com for more information.
Alexa Green, best known for her turn as Glinda in the LA/SF company of Wicked. She appeared 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 been featured with 16-time Grammy Award-winning record producer and songwriter David Foster, Carole King at Avery Fisher Hall, and with Aaron Tveit on his Live Nation concert tour. She received critical acclaim for her sold-out solo show, A Shining Hour, at Feinstein’s 54 Below and debut solo album, So Good, released on Broadway Records (BroadwayWorld 2016 winner for Best New Solo Recording). Alexa holds an MA in Music and Music Education with a specialization in vocal pedagogy from Columbia University, Teachers College, and a BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Alexa is an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Molloy College/CAP 21, Co-Head/Professor of Musical Theatre at Five Towns College, and owns her own private practice, Alexa Green VOICE in NYC. Alexa serves as the Vocal Supervisor for recording artists/music industry professionals at Hollow Spirit Studios and is the Vocal Supervisor of the new Broadway-aimed Joni Mitchell musical in development.
Tyler Jones is an actor and voice teacher, specializing in singing voice training for professional singers of Musical Theatre and contemporary music styles. His students include Tony nominees, TV stars, professional singer-songwriters, and dedicated future-professionals who hope to make it on Broadway. Tyler received his BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Michigan, and has further training in methodologies such as Estill Voicework, Fitzmaurice, and Speech Level Singing. He has earned the title of “Distinguished VoiceProfessional” from NYSTA’s Professional Development Program. Tyler has a special interest in vocal health, and working with singers who have experienced voice injury. He recently participated in a Laryngology Observership at NYC’s premiere voice clinic for Broadway performers, Sean Parker Institute For The Voice. Tyler is a proud associate teacher at Mike Ruckles Voice Studio, and is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and NYSTA. As an actor, Tyler has appeared in THE BOOK OF MORMON, and most recently, alongside Anne Hathaway on Apple TV’s “We Crashed.” Other theatre: Leading roles at TUTS; Broadway at Sacramento Music Circus; Long Wharf; Maltz-Jupiter; Connecticut Repertory, among others. Other TV: “Boardwalk Empire,” “Little America.” His favorite job is “Dad” to his *insane* dog, Sadie. www.tylerjonesvoicestudio.com
Amy Linden is incredibly passionate about working with the amazing students of MTCA! Originally from Cleveland OH, Amy is an NYC area-based Voice Teacher and actress specializing in Musical Theatre and Contemporary styles. She is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and is scheduled to earn her Master’s Degree in Music Education (M.A.T.) from CUNY Lehman College in ‘23-24. She is a Certified Voice Teacher via New York Vocal Coaching and has attended the Shenandoah University CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute, as well as guest lectured for the MT students of SUNY New Paltz and the Frank Sinatra HS for the Arts. Amy is also a member of Actors’ Equity Association. As an actress, Amy appeared most notably on the national tour of The Bridges of Madison County by Jason Robert Brown. She is highly sought after by composers for her wide vocal range and advanced musicianship; Amy has performed in countless labs, workshops and concerts and recorded dozens of professional demos. Most recently, Amy appeared Off Broadway in the new musical The Magnificent Seven by Gordon Leary and Julia Meinwald (original cast album now available everywhere for streaming!)
Zach Miller is a professional actor and voice teacher currently living in Jersey City. He holds a B.F.A. in musical theatre from Penn State University. There, he also studied voice pedagogy with a focus in Bel Canto/Can Belto, a cross-training technique for singing in musical theatre.
Zach appeared in the national tour of Anything Goes and completed a long run as the vocal captain and lead vocalist with Celebrity Cruises. He has worked at regional theatres including Pittsburgh CLO, Music Theatre of Wichita, West Virginia Public Theatre and The Connecticut Repertory Theatre. He is a member of the performing groups “The FlyBoys” and “NYC3,” where he tours the country, on land and sea, singing a wide variety of pop/rock music with a twist. Zach is a proud member of AEA, NATS, and The Voice Foundation.
Zach is currently on the voice faculty at Molloy University/CAP21 and has previously taught voice at Cornerstone Music Studios and Lincroft Music Studios. 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. He looks to encourage his students to develop their own fully energized, balanced, and supported sound. www.zachmillervoicestudio.com
Jenna Pastuszek (she/her) is a professional actor, singer, voice over artist, educator, and voice teacher. Jenna has appeared in theatres across America, including in her one-woman concerts, GET HAPPY! and ME, MYSELF & BARBRA. Select theatre credits include Paper Mill Playhouse, Bucks County Playhouse, NYC’s Theatre Row, New Ohio Theatre, The Player’s Theatre, NYMF, Delaware Theatre Co., Walnut Street Theatre, CCAE Escondido, Media Theatre, Theatre SilCo., Hollywood’s Bourbon Room, Surflight, The Eagle Theatre. She is a voiceover artist, voicing brands like Pandora Radio, Starbucks Cafe, KIND Bar, Target, and more. Alongside MTCA VT Coach Tim Russell, she is the Co-Founder of Innovative Voice Studio, where they train Broadway performers and work with leaders across industries through Innovative Performance. Currently on voice faculty at USC’s School of Dramatic Arts. Previous faculty positions include The University of the Arts, New York University, and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Pastuszek received her Masters in Teaching in Elementary Education and a BA in History/minor in French from The University of Virginia and her Masters in Vocal Performance in Musical Theatre and Advanced Certificate of Vocal Pedagogy from NYU Steinhardt. She is an Estill Voice International Master Trainer and a graduate of Seth Godin’s altMBA. www.jennap.com. @
Curtis Reynolds is a music director, singing actor, and voice teacher currently based in Omaha, Nebraska, where he serves as Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Creighton University. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Vocal Pedagogy from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee where he graduated as part of the inaugural class. He also holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance (Musical Theatre) from New York University. Curtis just finished teaching in the first year of the new Musical Theatre degree program at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He is passionate about empowering singing artists to find their most efficient and authentic voices. Some favorite professional credits as a music director and actor include: Spamilton: An American Parody (First National Tour), Murder For Two (Clinton Showboat Theatre and Farmers Alley Theatre), Chicago (Cabrillo Stage), and Evita (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina). While based in New York City for the better part of a decade, Curtis loved developing new works and music directing concerts at Lincoln Center, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Don’t Tell Mama, The New York Theatre Workshop, and The WorkShop Theater. To learn more about his work, please visit his website at: www.curtisjreynolds.com.
Mary is a dynamic performer and voice teacher originally from the rural American southwest, praised for their “striking” performances (OperaWire) and “elegant interpretation” (BroadwayWorld) in opera, musicals, concerts, and plays across the US and Europe, including at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Teatro Argentina and Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome, and the Alte Münze in Berlin, and performances with City Lyric Opera, Opera Fayetteville, Rome Chamber Music Festival, Moab Music Festival, Ars Musica, and the Brooklyn Telemann Chamber Society. Roles include Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, The Queen of Hearts in the US premiere of The Garden of Alice, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, and Emperor Nero in L’incoronazione di Poppea. Not limited to classical music, they have been featured in Broadway Premieres and Wall-to-Wall Stephen Schwartz with Symphony Space, the Lifetime Achievement Gala for Hal Prince, and performed as everything from a Hot Box Dancer in Guys and Dolls to Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macduff in Macbeth.
They have maintained a private voice studio since 2014. Their students span genres from pop to classical to rock, from hobbyists to working professionals, and have released albums, headlined regional musicals, and begun teaching studios of their own. www.mary-rice.com
Tim is a performer and educator, currently living in New York City. He holds a Master’s Degree in Music for Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy (NYU Steinhardt). He also received a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UConn — but later bailed on his aerospace job to pursue the arts in the Big Apple! In 2015, he co-founded Innovative Voice Studio with business partner in crime Jenna Pastuszek. Tim is currently on the voice faculty at Cap 21/Molloy College and the Professional Conservatory of Musical Theater (PCMT) at the New York Film Academy. He also is a vocal tech coach at MTCA. Other guest and adjunct teaching credits include American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York University, Applause Performing Arts School and Wickham Vocal Studios (NYC). Tim sings all over the country and abroad with The Flyboys, a four part harmony group, specializing in contemporary big band swing. They performed multiple concerts with the iconic Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Select regional credits include: Rent (Ivoryton Playhouse), Life Could Be a Dream (Mountain Playhouse), The Producers (Woodstock Playhouse), South Pacific (Engeman Theatre), My Way (Riverside Center Theatre). Int’l: Scooby-Doo Live!, Disney Cruise Line.
Meg Supina is a performer and teacher who was born and raised in State College, PA. Meg graduated 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. In 2020, Meg became a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher and loves integrating yoga into voice lessons. In the past year, Meg has advanced her knowledge of vocal pedagogy through the Westminster Choir College Vocal Pedagogy Institute and the NATS-NYC Mentorship program. Meg has taught with Artistree Performing Arts, Belle Arti Center for the Arts, and Highbridge Voices. Meg is a member of NATS and Opera America.
Meg is enjoying a performance career spanning musical theatre and opera. Meg competed as a Semi Finalist in the Lotte Lenya Competition in 2020. Recent performances include Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at GLOW Lyric Theatre and Louise in Prospect Theatre Company’s The Hello Girls. Regionally, Meg has also appeared with the John W. Engeman Theater, FUSE Productions, OperaDelaware, and Poor Richard’s Opera
Katie Travis is an award winning singer/actor best known for playing Christine Daae in The Phantom of The Opera throughout North America. Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera Regional: Cosette in Les Miserables at The MUNY, Fireside Theater, Liederkrantz Opera Theater. Katie has performed with the Saginaw, Midland, El Paso and Mt Rainier Symphonies. In the fall of 2022, Katie did a 37 city tour of Japan as a soloist with the Orchestra Japan in their “Disney On Classic” show. She is a winner of the Lys Symonette award in the Lotte Lenya Competition.
In addition to her private voice studio in NYC, Katie has taught as an adjunct professor of voice for the Musical Theater program at Montclair State University and is currently on faculty at the Penn State School of Theater. Katie holds a BM in Vocal Performance from Central Michigan University, an MFA in Musical Theater Voice Pedagogy from Penn State University and a certificate in Vocology from Lamar University.
As an educator, she has presented a “Yoga For Singers” class at the One Body, One Voice Conference and in 2022 she presented her research at the MTEA conference.
Katie is a proud co-founder of SPARK Artistic Mentorship Program, a free training and mentorship program for students in Mid-Michigan.
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 oldest child is a recent MTCA alum. 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.
Cristin was born and raised in Southern California. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University where she received a BBA in Marketing. A lifelong dancer in many disciplines, she then crossed over into musical theater and eventually choreography. She has had the pleasure of choreographing for a youth musical theater company for years and enjoys teaching and working with her teen students (favorite shows include The Music Man and Shrek!). When her oldest child chose MTCA to guide her through the college audition process, Cristin eagerly followed along and learned an immeasurable amount of information along the way. After surviving the process with her daughter (and enjoying it!), she decided to pursue college advising as a way to pay it forward. She completed extensive training with MTCA College Advisor Amy Breslow and attended the Independent Educational Consultants Association Summer Training Institute. The lessons she learned, combined with her experiences as a performer and instructor of young people, give her a distinctive understanding of every stage of the college audition process. As a mom to two teenagers, she can also relate to the delicate balance that must exist in guiding the process while also providing support and encouragement as students discover their own unique voices.
Lea Sevola is an actor/singer/dancer from Randolph, NJ. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ithaca College with a BFA in Musical Theatre, and she is a proud MTCA alumna! In New York City she has worked alongside Broadway’s Mauricio Martinez in the workshop of Jaime Lozano’s new musical, Present Perfect. Lea’s acting career has also taken her across the country on the national tour of Legally Blonde, to various regional theatres, and to four Middle Eastern countries playing Wonder Woman in a Justice League show. Lea also prides herself on being a dedicated academic. While at Ithaca, she achieved Dean’s List for 8 semesters and earned the Dean’s Award for graduating at the top of all Fine and Performing Arts students. As a support career, Lea tutors middle and high schoolers in the humanities and in college preparation. She is also an expert on the SAT/ACT standardized tests and has guided students through the college application process for several years. As an SAT/ACT & essay prep coach for MTCA, she strives to make these supplemental aspects of her students’ applications just as strong as the artistic ones!
Erika is a proud graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC. She has performed in theaters all over the country, and deeply understands the physical, emotional and mental requirements of the entertainment industry. She has merged her experience as an actor with her passion for health and wellness, and is a Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach to performers of all ages. Erika works specifically with the MTCA students to better understand performance anxiety, energy and nutrition, healthy communities, and the busy life of an auditioning student. Erika helps them feel calm and strong in mind and body throughout the college audition process, and gives them the tools they need for the exciting chapters thereafter. She has clients on Broadway, in film & TV, and in various schools around the country. She’s here to help every MTCA student live and perform at their best!
Natasha received her BA from Barnard, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and her MFA from Juilliard. While at Juilliard, Natasha received the Laura Pels Award, the Bill Irwin Scholarship, and the prestigious Goldman Fellowship for her teaching work. In the writing sphere, Natasha worked as a writing fellow at both Barnard and Juilliard; as well as working as a copywriter and grant writer. As an actor, Natasha has appeared at New York theaters including HERE Art Space, MCC, The Civilians, The Lark, and New York Performance Space (formerly PS 122). Regional credits include New York Stage and Film, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Geva Theater, Merrimack Repertory Theater, The White Heron, The Cape Playhouse, Boston Court, and the Gulfshore Playhouse. TV: Ground Floor (TBS); and Betas (Prime). Film: Odyssea (Slamdance) and Farah Goes Bang (TriBeCa). Upcoming: Space Cadet (Prime). Natasha also worked as a producer and on-set acting coach for the film The Unknown Country which premiered at SXSW in 2022. As a director and teaching artist, Natasha has worked at Juilliard, PlayMakers Rep, The Vineyard, Shakespeare at the Manor, Bellarmine Jefferson High-School, and with community programs like 52nd St. Project and Hunts Point Alliance for Children.