Meet The Artists
Inside Broadway teaching artists work in New York City public school classrooms implementing our residency programs. Their theatrical expertise and experience encompass the worlds of Broadway and Off Broadway in the fields of Theater, Dance and Music as well as Scenic and Costume Design. Our artists share their knowledge through in-depth, curriculum based residencies that meet the New York City Department of Education’s Theater Blueprint as well as the New York State Standards for the Arts.
Amy Bateman has performed on the national tours of Kanye West, Michael Bublé, and at the Newport Jazz Festival as a member of Marc Ribot's Young Philadelphians. She has toured the United States several times, toured China, and is a member of several orchestras in New York City. She began her professional career when she was 11 years old as concertmaster for the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Sean Bell is a New York based actor. He prides himself on a multidisciplinary approach to his work, which includes on-camera, straight theatre, musical theatre, dance, and vocal performance. He has been a teaching artist at dance studios and colleges across the country, serving both on faculty and as a guest, teaching musical theater performance, acting, and dance. He is a concert performer as well. Originally from New Jersey, Sean has been a NYC resident since 2006 and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA.
Rachel Berkman is an NYC-based singer, actor, and Teaching artist originally from Middletown, NY. Rachel is a graduate of The University Of The Arts and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre. Rachel has a great love for working with children. She has worked for multiple teaching artist organizations where she realized how imaginative and creative those little artists can be. She has done shows with her bands in NYC at Venues like Groove, The Red Lion..ect as well as done many shows in The Hudson Valley and Philadelphia area where she did a Cher review. She was also in the newly released films Kings and Love you Right. She most recently released her debut single called By My Side. You can find her song on all streaming platforms. For more info about Rachel visit https://www.rachelberkman.com
Brad Bradley has a BFA from the University of Southern California, has taught theatre all over the country and choreographed a number with 100 kids for the Macy’s Day Parade (2018). Broadway credits include Billy Elliot, the original casts of Spamalot, Annie Get Your, Thou Shalt Not, People in the Picture, Steel Pier and A Christmas Carol. Brad starred as Patsy 1st National Tour of Spamalot. NYC and Off-Broadway-I am Harvey Milk, Chita: A Legendary Celebration, Ernest in Love. Recent regional theatre highlights include; Mr. Wormwood in the regional premiere of “Matilda”, Aaron in the Stephen Schwartz supervised production of “Prince of Egypt”, Igor in Young Frankenstein and Bert in Mary Poppins. At age 12, Brad was a back up dancer for Michael Jackson in the Pepsi commercial. His podcast Broadways Backbone is available on Soundcloud and iTunes. www.bradbradleyofficial.com IG-Brad2ley
Justin Braun is a NYC-based director originally from Los Angeles, CA. Justin is a graduate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy’s (LA) musical theatre conservatory and holds an MFA in directing from the University of Memphis. He has toured the country with Missoula Children’s Theatre as a director, working with different schools and theatres in fifteen states. Justin recently directed the Memphis premiere of Be More Chill on the University of Memphis’ Mainstage. In 2017, Justin had the honor to work with Harold Prince and Susan Stroman as their creative team intern on the Broadway musical Prince of Broadway, a retrospective of Harold Prince’s career. www.justinbraundirector.com
David Couter is a theatre artist who believes in the raw power of master storytelling. He is originally from Chattanooga, TN and received his BFA in Theatre from the University of Memphis. As a performer, he has worked in London and all across the US and Canada. His writing has been performed in Dubai, Edinburgh, Memphis, New York City, Seattle and Seoul. When not performing David can be found reading, exploring the outdoors and spending time with friends and family. www.davidcouter.com
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Diana DiMarzio has appeared on theatrical and concert hall
stages around the world. She was last seen on Broadway in the Tony Nominated musical The Visit
starring Chita Rivera and the late Roger Rees. She also starred on Broadway as the Beggar Woman in
the critically acclaimed Tony Award winning revival of Sweeney Todd opposite Patti LuPone. She can be
heard on both Broadway cast recordings. She recently reprised her role as Beggar Woman at the
Michigan Opera and in Munich, Germany (cast recording). She has toured extensively in many National
Tours, has performed regionally at Williamstown Theater Festival, The McCarter, Ahmanson and ACT
and has sung with multiple symphony orchestras. She has a passion for teaching and is enthusiastic
about passing on her knowledge of music and theater through Inside Broadway.
Danny is a singer/dancer/actor/choreographer. He moved from Cumberland, MD to NYC
to further pursue his career as a performer and teaching artist. While in Maryland, he studied
Dance at Frostburg State University. Upon graduating, he was appointed Artistic Director of
the YDance program at the Riverside YMCA. Danny served as the instructor for Beginner---
Advanced Dance classes, as well instructing group fitness classes and dance classes for people
with disabilities. He has also served as an instructor/choreographer for Life Fitness, Allegany
College of Maryland, The Cumberland Theatre, and Brenda’s Body Shop.
Since moving to New York, Danny has taught dance at Josie's International School of
Dance, Perfect Fit, and TMPL. He was also a company member of Awaken Dance Theatre
created by Rebekka Nodhturft. A company that aims to make bold statements on social and
political issues through dance.
Danny has directed/choreographed at such theatres like Arizona Broadway Theatre,
Broadway Palm, The Post Playhouse, Millbrook Playhouse, The Wick, Stage Door Theatre, The
Mac Haydn, The Cumberland Theatre and several others.
Danny is exciting to be a Teaching Artist for Inside Broadway, which brings the magic and
profession of Broadway to public school students throughout New York. This November, Danny
will also be choreographing the 2021 National Tour of A Christmas Carol.
Taurean is returning for his second year with Inside Broadway! "It is up to me to be the change I would like to see, and Inside Broadway is the perfect platform not only to give back, but to give something special to the students that they can carry with them the rest of their lives." His Broadway credits include Mamma Mia! (Broadhurst Theatre), Miss Saigon (Broadway Theatre), and The Cher Show (Neil Simon Theatre). His national tours and regional credits and concerts include Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (first national tour); Thoroughly Modern Millie Concert (The Actors Fund/Minskoff Theatre); Guys and Dolls Concert (Carnegie Hall); and Audrey 2 (in drag) in Little Shop of Horrors (Berkshire Theatre), just to name a few. He has also been seen on the red carpet of the 2019 Met Gala accompanying Billy Porter, as well as a fashion model on Season 18 of Bravo’s Project Runway.
Laura Galindo is a Musician, Actor, Writer based in NYC who last May graduated from NYU with a BFA in Drama. This past summer, she made her professional debut with her band at Ars Nova’s ANT FEST with her musical Annie Aspen’s Musical Space Spectacular! She is a Victory Theatre LabWorks resident for the 2019-2020 season. Her band plays around NYC at an assortment of venues and her EP Tastes Like Dreams is available on all platforms.
Producer, engineer, and award-winning composer and vocalist, Christopher has been making and recording music and audio since the days of reel-to-reel and cassette. He earned a B.S. in Media Production from Florida State University and is an alum of the Recording, Radio, and Film Connection.Christopher serves as an Adjunct Instructor at the Institute of Audio Research in New York City. A formally trained vocalist, Christopher also plays guitar and bass.
Corey Grant is an Actor, Singer, Dancer, Poet, Public Speaker who uses the arts as a platform to invoke change within our local communities. As a graduate from SUNY Buffalo State with his Bachelor of Arts in theater, Corey has performed in multiple productions such as Guys and Dolls, The Color Purple, Les miserables, Ruined, Romeo and Juliet, A Raisin in The Sun, Once on This Island, The Savage Queen and many more. In addition, Corey has appeared on Television/Film in shows such as "The Good Wife", The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Nickelodean and many Independent Films. These amazing opportunities have inspired to create and perform his very own One man Show entitled, "The Journey to Freedom" which he aspires to one day perform on Broadway as well his dream role of Mufasa in The Lion King. Although, Corey has a deep passion for the arts, he also holds our upcoming generations very near and dear to his heart. This shows in his work and commitment as a Youth Leader for the World Changers Youth Experience where he creates conversation amongst young people; empowering them to dream beyond their "reality." Corey is extremely excited to return home to the Inside Broadway family as he enters his first year as a Teaching Artist from being one of our very first students in the Broadway Boot Camp.
Haley Hannah is thrilled to be joining the team at Inside Broadway! She has performed on Broadway in Bring It On: The Musical, which was nominated for 2 Tony Awards, and was directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler. National tours include A Bronx Tale (Assistant Dance Captain, U/S Rosina), Flashdance the Musical (U/S Alex), and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Swing); all choreographed by Tony award winning choreographer Sergio Trujillo. Regional favorites include Jesus Christ Superstar (Lyric Opera Chicago), the role of Annette in Saturday Night Fever (Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Cutman: A Boxing Musical (Goodspeed Opera House), A Christmas Story (Fulton Theatre), and playing the role of Virginia in Ben, Virginia, and Me: A Liberace Musical (Acorn Theatre, NYC). Haley had the opportunity to back up sing for both Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers on ABC and has also appeared as a back-up dancer for Akon and Lonely Island on Comedy Central and MTV. Her teaching, master class and judging credits include Joffrey Musical Theatre Summer Intensives, Broadway Connection, Beyond the Stars, and Power of Dance. @haleyhannah25. www.haleyhannah.com
Roberta Inscho-Cox (she/hers) is a director, choreographer and intimacy choreographer. She holds her MFA in Directing from University of Memphis where she directed The Spitfire Grill, I and You by Lauren Gunderson and A Feminine Ending by Sarah Treem. Originally from California, she worked at Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT) as an Outreach Director for their School Play in a Box program for 7+ years, and directed some of their Mainstage musicals such as Annie, James and the Giant Peach, and Once Upon A Mattress, to name a few. You can check out Roberta's virtual episodic production of Troilus and Cressida on IGTV @atwasmedia.
Jasmin has over a decade in NYC, but originally comes all the way from sunny Arizona! Her artistic credits run the gamut from acting, voice-over, tech, costuming, and choreography for 50+ shows. Trained at the Atlantic Acting School, she is also an active member of The Story Pirates where they celebrate the words and ideas of children through improv, sketch comedy, and a podcast. Over the last 4 years she has had the privilege of teaching various arts programs at schools all over NYC, and is THRILLED to be making her debut with Inside Broadway! More at JasminMalave.com
David is delighted to return to CASA as a Teaching Artist and Program Liasion. David has been in NYC for the last 12 years performing and directing. David has spent the last 11 summers directing musicals at Belvoir Terrace, an all girls Arts sleep-away camp located in the Berkshires, where he is also the head of the Theatre Department. David has been directing youth theatre since receiving his BFA in Musical Theatre from the Hartt School in 2006. David has toured the country performing for children in Harry the Dirty Dog and Foodplay. He made his Off-Broadway Debut in the limited Holiday run of Dear Edwina. For more info about Belvoir visit www.belvoirterrace.com
Adam B. McDonald
Adam Boggs McDonald is an actor, singer, and dancer based in NYC. Born and raised in Las Vegas, he attended the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. He graduated with a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2018. As a performer, Adam’s life mission is to create original roles in musicals that celebrate Black Excellence, Racial Equity, and Equality for the LGBTQIA+ community. His latest works included SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE, PAINTED ALICE, WELCOME TO AMERICA, and A SYMPHONY FOR PORTLAND. Adam is thrilled to continue his work for Inside Broadway and bring his passion for the arts to young artists!
Braddon is proud to be a 4th generation Californian; now transplanted to New York City for the past 30+ years, he is definitely a New Yorker. With a BFA from the United States International University in San Diego California, Braddon has had an extensive and varied career in both the theatre and academic life. Touring Europe & the United States as an actor in countless productions: West Side Story to My Fair Lady, Cabaret to Oklahoma, to his work with Inside Broadway in the inner city schools of New York City, he just never stops. As the artistic director of Simply Elementary Inc. he brought his own personal focus on helping kids find their inner strength and overcoming the obstacles of their lives. As a teaching artist for Inside Broadway, Braddon is thrilled to be able to bridge the worlds of theatre and academics to help children and even children at heart live up to their promising potential.
Danielle was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and has been training in dance for 16 years. She found her love for dance at Performer's Edge Dance Academy located in the Bronx, NY. Later, she trained at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Broadway Dance Center where she received a certificate of excellence under the training program, Peridance, Unique Soulz under director Megz Alfonso, and multiple California studios with The Hollywood Summer Tour run by Menina Fortunato. With this training, she is experienced in Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Musical Theater, Lyrical, Tap, West-African, Ballet, Horton, and Graham.
Danielle’s professional credits include: 2015 NYFW's iconic "Target Style in Vogue", featured dancer in music videos for artists like: Boa Kwon, Natalie Eve Lyons, J. Grace, Frankie J., Danielle Cohn and Lexee Smith, A Westchester Knicks Dancer at the Westchester County Center for 2016-2018 basketball seasons, MTV’s TRL, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade choreographed by NappyTabs, The Forever Freestyle 12 performing with C-Bank, and dancer for Gina Gunz at SOBs. Today, Danielle is a member of hip-hop company Rhythm City Entertainment under Director, Alonzo Williams.
Maranda Folmer Quinones
Maranda began her ballroom career 24 years ago teaching children for Arthur Murray’s in Longwood, FL. Not long after that, she was fortunate enough to dance the Viennese Waltz, among 20 other couples, in the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics. She then went on to earn her ballroom certifications with the ISTD, (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance) which is recognized worldwide. While still living in Florida, she taught for Stetson University’s Royal Ballet Company, The World Dance Arts Foundation, founded by Andrew and Ana Smart, Starlight Ballroom, Paradise Ballroom and started her own “Out” dancing program for same sex singles and couples. In 2005, she moved to New York and began teaching at Paul Pellicoro’s DanceSport. During her 8 years at DS, she became Studio Manager, head of the teacher training department and choreographer for both professional shows as well as pro-am. In 2009, Maranda and her then partner Franklin Ayala won 1st place in the Triple Threat Category (Hustle, Salsa, Swing) at IHSC and the New York Hustle and Salsa Congress. That same year, Maranda and Werner Figar performed together at the IHSC’s professional show. In 2012, Maranda then began her new journey with Dance With Me Studios, co-owned by Dancing with Stars Maks & Val Chmerkovskiy and Tony Dovolani. Over her 6 years there, she managed DWM Ridgefield, DWM Fort Lee and DWM Midtown which was Top Studio in the company during her tenor. She became Social Dance Director and travelling resident coach for all 11 locations across the country. In 2014 she was chosen as a core dancer in the show SWAY: A Dance Trilogy staring Dancing with the Stars Tony Dovolani, brothers Maks & Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd and American actress Zendaya.
Melodye is a believer that dance can improve your mood, revitalize your day, boost your self-confidence and therefore change your life! From a young age Melodye has been involved in both performing and teaching dance. Some performing highlights for her in the last few years include being a member of ALMA NYC and performing in GYPSY of the Year with the cast of Come From Away. When it comes to teaching she has enjoyed training and teaching multiple genres including Musical Theater, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Ballet and more to dancers of all ages. Her choreography and classes are a reflection of her passion to help everyone find freedom, strength, expression, and community through dance! She is super excited to be a part of the Inside Broadway family and is truly looking forward to investing in and working with their amazing programs, schools, and students.
Torrey Nicholas Rodriguez has had a repoire with Inside Broadway for over 8 years. Graduating from Mercy College with a B.A in History, Torrey has worked with students ranging from 6 to over 65 with Inside Broadway . With several years of experience working with multiple theatre programs: (Salesian High School - Director) ( Local Celebrity Theatre - Director) (City Island Theatre Group - Director).Torrey has worked on many different musicals locally and with students ranging from High School to Kindergarten. When he is not working with Inside Broadway, Torrey spends the other half of his year working with Irvin Simon Photographers, a leading organization in school portraits. Torrey is excited to be working with Inside Broadway this year, and hopes to see you at one of his next shows with Inside Broadway.
Erin Spears Ledford
Erin is thrilled to begin her third year as a Teaching Artist with Inside Broadway. As a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, Erin began her career performing in theaters throughout the United States. On the National Tour of Oliver Erin performed the role of Mrs. Sowerberry and went on as the Understudy to Nancy. Her favorite regional credits include Anita in West Side Story, Meg Brockie in Brigadoon, and Bomballurina in Cats. Erin played herself in the Japanese nationally televised reality show Broadway Dreams in collaboration with Japanese pop sensation AKB48. One of her favorite appearances was in The Muse Machine Alumni Concert at The Players Club in NYC, hosted by Susan Blackwell. Erin has combined her years of performance experience with her passion for performing arts education in order to inspire the next generation. As a teaching artist with Inside Broadway, Erin strives to enrich the future of her students by using theater to teach self-confidence, teamwork, patience, and creativity.
Vanessa is an Actor, Singer, Teaching Artist, and voice teacher born and raised in NY. Vanessa has performed in new works, readings, and concerts with Prospect Theatre Company, The Second Act Series at 54 Below, Astoria Performing Arts Center, New York City Children's Theatre, The National Arts Club, and Rockwood Music Hall. Her favorite regional credits include Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, and Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank. Recently, she toured the country with Camp Broadway working as both a teaching artist and performer. She has worked with New York City Children's Theatre as both a teaching artist and performer as well. Vanessa has trained extensively in classical voice, holds a B.A. in Theatre from Queens College, and has studied intensively at Broadway Dance Center and HBStudio. She is extremely devoted to working with children in the realm of musical theatre, and is especially passionate about creating a safe and fun environment for children to discover and hone their love for music and theatre. She is absolutely thrilled to be working with Inside Broadway! http://www.vanessaspica.com
Britton Williams, MA, RDT, LCAT, is a registered drama therapist, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, and psychoanalytic candidate. She currently works in private practice in New York City and in acute care with adults and adolescents at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Britton has published and presented on: the impact of assumptions,biases, and stereotypes on individuals, relationships and communities; creative and embodied approaches to self-assessment; and developing a relational-role theory framework and protocol. Additional practice and research interests include: ethics, client-centered care, de-escalation tools, and self-care.
Andrew Winans, a New York City-based choreographer and creative, recently made his Off-Broadway choreography debut with Mike and Mindy’s Weekend Jam at The Players Theatre! Graduate of The Boston Conservatory with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and The School at Jacob’s Pillow. He currently serves as Resident Choreographer at Norwegian Creative Studios on multiple shows. Proud theatre faculty member at Broadway Dance Center.
Andrew worked as Assistant Director on the A Chorus Line premier in China, at Shanghai Culture Square. In addition, he has assisted TONY winners Bob Avian and Baayork Lee on numerous other companies and events - including New York City Center, U.S. National Tour, Japan Tour, The Apollo Theatre Gala, The Public Theatre Gala, and the upcoming International Tour. Andrew re-staged A Chorus Line at Algonquin Arts Theatre, nominated for BWW's NJ Regional Awards’ Best Production.
Original creative and associate work has been seen at Feinstein’s/ 54 BELOW, The Green Room 42, New York Theatre Barn, Capital Productions, National Asian Artists Project, New Bedford Festival Theatre, Theatre Workshop Nantucket, Algonquin Arts, CAP21, The Boston Conservatory, and numerous other workshops and concerts.