Meet the Artists

Learn all about our amazing teaching artists.

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.

Jamie Askey

Jamie Askey

Jamie Askey is a NYC-based performer, teacher, and choreographer with a BS in Biology. Her favorite performing credits include HBO’s Gilded Age, Cinderella, Mamma Mia, and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars at Sea. She has enjoyed choreographing musicals nationally such as Annie, Seussical the Musical, and Bye Bye Birdie. Jamie has taught and judged international competitions for dance and loves to focus on technique in order to provide a safe and healthy future for the dancer.

Amy Bateman

Amy Bateman

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

Sean Bell

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

Rachel Berkman

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, etc, 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

Jessie Bittner

Jessie Bittner

Jessie Bittner (she/her) is a singer, actor, multi-instrumentalist, educator, and songwriter based in NYC, originally from Appleton, WI. She began studying violin at age four, gradually expanded her studies to include piano, French horn, and ultimately focussed on voice and acting. Jessie is a proud alumni of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she studied Vocal Performance and Musical Theatre with Jane Dutton and Ray Fellman.

She considers herself a multi-hyphenate artist with experience in theatre, opera, choral work, music directing, and training in a variety of instruments. Some recent performance credits include The Light in the Piazza (Margaret), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Spring Awakening (Anna/Frau Bergmann), and The Magic Flute (Second Lady). She was also a recent finalist of the American Pops Orchestra’s Next Generation Vocal Competition at Lincoln Center. In addition to writing her own music, Jessie plays fiddle and sings backing vocals in a folk-rock band, frequenting venues in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. Jessie is creating avenues to intersect her art with her advocacy for mental health awareness and body neutrality. She offers private voice, violin, and piano lessons, working one-on-one with students to provide accessible arts education. Jessie is beyond grateful to be a part of the Inside Broadway team!

jessiebittner.com

Justin Braun

Justin Braun

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

Chris Browne Valenzuela

Chris Browne Valenzuela

Chris Browne Valenzuela is a Chilean actor and educator based in New York City. A Circle in the Square Theatre School alumni, he has been especially active in developmental theater, acting in dozens of projects in Will Frears' Mercury Store. He has also starred in countless productions across the city, including Angélica Herrera's Saguaros at JACK and Justin Cimino´s Arpilleras at Secret Theater. Chris is also a theater educator and currently teaches Mask Work at The Circle in the Square Theatre School and The Terry Knickerbocker Studio.

Chris Carver

Chris Carver

Chris Carver is new to New York City, having recently moved here from Los Angeles. While in LA, Chris was considered one of the top children's acting coaches and worked with companies such as Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. Many of the kids you see working on shows today were coached by Chris. Chris also served as Artistic Director of MASQ Entertainment where he directed over 50 award-winning productions throughout the west coast. Chris was named "Los Angeles' Best Director of the Decade" by Broadway World in 2020 for his work in the theater. Chris is also an accomplished actor, the LA Times named Chris one of the top ten young actors to watch for his work in the play Baby with the Bathwater. Credits include: Our Town... But Wilder (Off Broadway Premiere). LA favs: The Lost Plays of Tennessee Williams (LA Weekly Award), Women Over the Influence (w/ Julie Arenal), The Dying Gaul (LA Stage Scene Award), The Magic Hour (w/ Ed Asner), Baby with the Bathwater (ADA Award), and Falling Upward (Ray Bradbury Prod.). East Coast: original casts of Psycho the Musical and The Legend of Lydia. Regional: The Heidi Chronicles, A Chorus Line, Gypsy, and Greater Tuna (Best Actor- GTL); TV/Film: Parents Just Don't Understand, The Majestic, Surviving Gilligan's Island, and American Dreams. DIRECTOR- Fav's include AfterGLOW (Best Dir of the Decade- BWW), Psycho the Musical (7 BWW Awards), Hair (w/ Julie Arenal), Xanadu (The Strawberry Bowl), Footloose (The Strawberry Bowl), The Women, Stage Door, and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (World Premiere). christopherglynncarver.com

Becky Caryk

Becky Caryk

Becky (she/they) is a NYC-based performer, educator, and choreographer who grew up in Western New York. Following in her big sister's footsteps, Becky started dancing when she was 3 and enjoyed competing and training in many styles through high school. She earned her BS in Health and Exercise Science at Syracuse University while actively performing and choreographing with multiple clubs on campus. Since then, she has continued educating and choreographing dancers home in Western NY and is thrilled to be able to continue since her move to NYC. Becky loves all things dance and performance and can't wait to continue to share her knowledge with the next generation.

Daisy Chase

Daisy Chase

Daisy Chase (they/them/theirs) is an NYC-based actor, director, singer, model, teaching artist, and editor. They‘ve been involved in the arts since a young child and have been performing professionally since the age of 16. They’ve amassed over 30 stage and screen credits, including the East Coast regional premiere of The Tall Girls (Lurlene Lonestead), A Chorus Line (Cassie) and Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), to name a few. They are also an openly autistic performer and teacher, and are very passionate about accessibility and making art both teachable and enjoyable to students and performers of all neurotypes, disabilities, and identities.

Rachel Collinsworth

Rachel Collinsworth

Rachel Collinsworth (she/her) is an educator and theatrical professional from Westerville, Ohio. Rachel is a graduate of the University of Dayton and holds a B.S.E. in Adolescent to Young Adult Education with a specialization in urban teaching and a B.A. in English. She studied Theatre as a minor while attending UD and is an advocate for giving students the opportunity to experience the arts as a foundational piece of their education. Since graduating in 2020, Rachel has had the privilege of expanding her skills in a range of positions from teaching to venue management to arts administration. New York has offered her a glimpse beyond the Midwest, the city’s dedication and culture and good food namely. She has worked in many capacities as a theatrical professional, but Rachel is focusing her goals toward talent management and casting in the future. 

David Couter

David Couter

David Couter’s writing has been performed at the Edinburgh, New York, and Sharjah Fringe Festivals, as well as in London, Seattle, and Seoul, South Korea. As an actor, some of his favorite credits include Peter in Comfort (Lincoln Center), Lucius/Demetrius in Titus Andronicus (Rose Playhouse London), and Chadwick/Walter on the Broadway tour of Elf the Musical. He holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Memphis.

www.davidcouter.com

Tori Crow

Tori Crow

Tori Crow is proud to be a part of Inside Broadway! A versatile theatre artist, Tori has experience in writing, composition, acting, singing, dancing, and circus arts, and is the associate producer for New York Theatre Barn's Choreography Lab. She can be found on stage and off as part of the companies of Love Creek Productions and Heights Players in Brooklyn. Before moving to NYC, she worked in theaters throughout Seattle, including four years as an intern at SecondStory Repertory learning about set design, stage management, and theatre administration. Tori is a proud graduate of AMDA NY.

toricrow.com

Alia Cuadros-Contreras

Alia Cuadros-Contreras

Alia Cuadros-Contreras (she/they) is an actor, singer, dancer, writer, and teaching artist! She graduated from New York University with a B.F.A. in Drama and a minor in Child and Adolescent Psychology. Most recently, they were seen in the Off-Broadway musicals The Trouble with Dead Boyfriends and SCOUTS. Offstage, she loves to spend her time helping children discover and express themselves through theater. They believe that arts education is vital and creates more compassionate, emotionally intelligent people.

Diana DiMarzio

Diana DiMarzio

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 Durr

Danny Durr

Danny Durr is a NYC-based actor, choreographer, and director. Danny graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in Music Education, Theatre, and Dance. Danny has worked for Norwegian Cruise Line as a Resident choreographer for such shows as Showdown, Acoustic Sessions, and Debonair. Danny has also worked as a choreographer for Baruch College Department of Fine & Performing Arts here in New York City. Danny has worked at such theatres as Missoula’s Children’s Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Broadway Palm Theatre, The Post Playhouse, Millbrook Playhouse, The Wick, Stage Door Theatre, The Mac Haydn, Fort Peck Theatre and The Cumberland Theatre. Danny choreographed the 2021 and 2022 National Tour of A Christmas Carol with Perserverance Productions and is currently performing Off-Broadway in Saw: The Musical.

www.dannydurr.com

Instagram: @dannyjdurr

 

 

Taurean Everett

Taurean Everett

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.

Desmond Fernandez

Desmond Fernandez

Actor, voiceover artist, director, and a hilarious story-teller, Desmond is very excited to begin his new journey with the team at Inside Broadway! Desmond earned his B.F.A. in Acting at Otterbein University. Now, as he navigates his artistic career in New York, he is thrilled to be able to share the joyful education of theatre with diverse groups. As a firm believer of full circle moments, all those hours of singing and dancing to “Let it Go” with his little nephews really paid off!

For more on Desmond, visit www.desmondfernandez.com

Madison Finney

Madison Finney

Madison Finney is a New York City-based teaching artist and performer. Her artistic philosophy centers individuality, collaboration, and process-driven creativity. She has her BFA in Musical Theatre from Pace University and holds a Consent Forward Artist certification through IDC Professionals. She has taught and choreographed for organizations across the country including Manhattan Youth, Lafayette Society for Performing Arts, and Village Theatre KIDSTAGE. Recent performance credits include: Megan in the limited Off-Broadway run of SCIENCE: A New Play (Theatre for the New City), Sheila in A Chorus Line (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Val in A Chorus Line (The Cape Playhouse), and Annie in Chicago (Trentino Music Festival in Trentino, Italy).

Laura Galindo

Laura Galindo

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.

Brandon Garegnani

Brandon Garegnani

Brandon Garegnani is a NYC-based actor, writer, and teaching artist. He holds an MFA in Acting from UNC, Chapel Hill (NC) and a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. As an actor, Brandon has worked at The Actors Theatre of Louisville, PlayMakers Repertory Co, Little Theatre of the Rockies, New York Shakespeare Exchange and played David Geffen in The Lennon Report (2016). Since moving to NYC, he has pioneered his own work, most recently writing and performing in Scribbles, the award-winning web series. In addition to Inside Broadway, he also works as a teaching artist with SAY (The Stuttering Association for the Young) and Stages on the Sound, coaching playwriting, filmmaking, stop motion animation, and Shakespeare performance. He is happiest making messes, dreaming up stories and exploring the human condition.

Learn more at www.brandongaregnani.com

Haley Hannah

Haley Hannah

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.

www.haleyhannah.com

Instagram: @haleyhannah25

Ariana Haylock

Ariana Haylock

Ariana has always been an avid supporter of the arts. Originally from Norfolk, VA, she graduated with her BFA in Acting from Western Carolina University and has most recently studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. In addition to acting, she’s also a director, filmmaker, teacher, and uses movement as a tool for storytelling.

David Holbert

David Holbert

David Holbert is a New York-based actor and freelance teaching artist from Cleveland, Ohio! David graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 2019 with Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre. Recent credits include: Broadway: The Lion King; Nat. Tours: The Color Purple; Regional: Babes in Arms, Mamma Mia!, Hunchback of Notre Dame, In the Heights, Hair; TV/Film: The Good Cop, The Good Fight. davidholbert.com

 

Abdu Hytrek

Abdu Hytrek

Abdu Hytrek is thrilled to be back teaching with Inside Broadway. Past theater credits include National Queer Theater’s Criminal Queerness Festival (Lincoln Center), Borders (York Theater), By Association (MPAACT Theater) Animals Out of Paper (Theater Wit) and The Realm (Other Theater Company). Film/TV: FBI Most Wanted (CBS/Paramount+), Let Liv (Tribeca Film Fest), As You Like It (Apocalyptic Artists).

Hannah Kulawiak

Hannah Kulawiak

Hannah Kulawiak (she/her) is an NYC-based actor, singer, musician, and teaching artist originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She is a recent graduate of Indiana University’s BFA Musical Theatre program where she discovered a love for teaching and directing. Hannah has performed as a featured vocalist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, performed at Lincoln Center as a finalist in the American Pops Orchestra’s NextGen Competition, and was named one of the Emerging Talent Award recipients for the Kurt Weill Foundation's 2023 Lotte Lenya Competition. Her favorite roles include Clara (The Light in the Piazza), The Witch (Into the Woods), Margaret White (Carrie), and Helen Bechdel (Fun Home). Offstage and out of the classroom you can find Hannah binge-watching a new TV series, doing a puzzle, scrolling through Yelp in search of gluten free restaurants, bullet journaling, or curled up in a blanket embroidering like an old woman. Hannah is a proud advocate for accessible arts education and is thrilled to join the Inside Broadway team! 

hannahkulawiak.com

Jasmin Malave

Jasmin Malave

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 McDaniel

David McDaniel

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

Braddon Mehrten

Braddon Mehrten

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.

Jacob Minter

Jacob Minter

Jacob Minter is an award-winning Composer/Musician/Singer/Actor originally from Vermont. An alumnus of Ithaca College's School of Music (B.M. Composition; 2015), Jacob has worked as an actor and music director regionally in New England (Young Singers' Chorus of Vermont, Commons Group, Lost Nation Theater, Palace Theatre) and New York (Kitchen Theatre), and working as a teaching artist in the NY Metro area since 2016.

Other credits include Composer, Piano/Conductor & Music Director for the Off-Broadway award-winning Gaybraham Lincoln: The Musical (Thespis Festival 2016; Best Score), and scoring the shorts A Christmas Moose (Minneapolis Film Fest 2015; Best Animated Short) and The Art Of Adjustment (Desert Rocks Film Fest 2016; Best Short) as well as other stage and film works. Most recently, Jacob won grants for several artist's residencies in Europe, collaborating with and serving schools and municipal arts programs in Iceland (Nordanbal 2017), Finland (RaumArs 2018), and Slovakia/Hungary (BridgeGuard 2019).

Jake is thrilled to be with Inside Broadway and happy to be back to teaching!

Adriana Nocco

Adriana Nocco

Adriana Nocco is a 2019 graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School (Musical Theatre Track), and a 2016 graduate of Bryn Mawr College (B.A. in English, minor in Theatre). She has also completed training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (London). In the spring of 2023, Adriana made her Off-Broadway debut as a leading role in Waiting in the Wings: The Musical at Theatre at St. Clements. Other recent stage credits: Fairly Odd Attempts at Fulfilling Wishes (invited reading, the Chain Theatre), Medea (Theater for the New City), and The Polar Express Train Ride (Whippany NJ-Warner Bros.). Recent film/voiceover: Johnson & Johnson Carvykti medical explainer film (lead actor/voiceover narrator). Adriana has also performed at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Don’t Tell Mama, 53 Above, and the Triad, and has an extensive background in theatre, musical theatre, cabaret, and concert performance alike. 

In addition to being a well-seasoned performer, Adriana is a writer, producer, and director. Adriana has directed two musical productions, and is the Director of Operations of an independent film and theatre company called First Fire Studios, LLC, through which she writes and produces original work (www.firstfirestudios.org). She is currently shooting a short film series she co-wrote with her First Fire collaborators. Among her many virtual pandemic projects, a highlight was spending quarantine time co-creating/writing/starring in a musical theatre webshow called “Tunesday: A Virtual Cabaret” (@tunes_day on Instagram). She is also a published writer whose work, such as “No One Wants A Pit Musician’s Autograph,” has been cited in novels, gone viral on the Internet, and been reposted/circulated by celebrities such as Lea Salonga.

Christopher Noffke

Christopher Noffke

Christopher Noffke is an award winning choreographer/director/performer/educator.  He subs at STEPS on Broadway and is on staff with Man In Motion NYC! Recent directing and/or choreography credits include Guys and Dolls and Grumpy Old Men (Plaza Theatricals, ), Death Of A Shoe Salesman (Hudson Guild Theatre/NYTF), And Then There Were None and Assassins (Associate Dir/The Secret Theatre), and a NYC Reading of Dan Furman’s The Proust Virus.  He was named Best Director for It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play and Best Choreographer for Gypsy and The Wedding Singer by DCMetroTheatreArts in 2014 and 2015.  He has directed for Riverside Center for the Performing Arts (The Wedding Singer, Chicago, Footloose, Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Hello Dolly starring Sally Struthers, Full Monty, Dreamgirls, White Christmas, and more), Secret Theatre, Kentucky Rep (Little Women, Yes, Virginia, Oliver, Santaland Diaries), The Navigators, Naples Dinner Theatre, (Chicago, Dames At Sea, Cabaret, Pirates Of Penzance, Victor/Victoria, Funny Girl, Tommy, Bye Bye Birdie) Priscilla Beach Theatre (Dames At Sea), Northern Lights Playhouse (My Fair Lady, My Way, Chicago, Honkey Tonk Angels), and Pines Dinner Theatre (Altar Boyz)!

Jay Paranada

Jay Paranada

Jay Paranada is a multi-disciplinary artist born and raised in Seattle, WA. He was most recently seen in the First Broadway National Tour of Aladdin as Iago. Other notable credits include Baker in Into The Woods, The Engineer in Miss Saigon, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls. He has worked extensively in the development of new musicals, including Daniel Green/Lezlie Wade’s The Gifted Prince (dir. Darren Lee, ad. Alan Muraoka), Huey Lewis and the News’ Heart of Rock and Roll (dir. Gordon Greenberg), Henry Kreiger/Willie Real’s Ninja (dir. Bill Condon) and labs with Prospect Theater Company, New York Musical Theatre Festival, BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, NYU Grad Writing and Musical Theatre Factory. 

He is a conservatory graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University. He’s the proud father to his 6 year old daughter Lily and husband to Scott. He is honored to be returning as a teaching artist for Inside Broadway and believes in the power of arts education to move lives.

www.jayparanada.com

Instagram: @jayparanada

Joseph Perez-Caputo

Joseph Perez-Caputo

Joseph Perez-Caputo is a stage and film actor, writer, and martial artist, who has written screenplays for independent films and was hand chosen to write a screenplay for a United States Marine about his Vietnam service. He recently returned from London where he studied in West End On-Demand’s West End Academy Intensive, a three week West End Musical Theatre audition and performance preparation boot camp.


Joseph graduated from the University of Bridgeport in 2016 Magna Cum Laude with Bachelor’s degrees in Criminology and Martial Arts Studies, and is a cross-trained martial artist and physical performer. As a child, Joseph began his martial arts journey with Shotokan Karate through the Naugatuck YMCA, Boxing through Joe Triano’s Golden Gloves program, and Hamzy Ketsu-ka under Sensei Troy Bond Sr. of Bond’s School of Self-Defense.


Through U.B., Joe gained two years of Haidong Kumdo fencing training under Master Albrand Jo of HMK Kumdo of NJ, two years Tai Chi ‘Chuan under Sifu Zegibe and Sifu Schwindt MD of the NYC based CK Chu Tai Chi school, and three years of Judo training under Coach Chris Angle of Classical Judo Institute in Stamford CT, all while also cross-training in school workshops and open mats for Muay Thai, Xingyiquan, Wing Tzun, and Taekwondo, as well as Master Chris LaCava’s Hapkido seminars. Joseph attained a SAFD certification for Unarmed Combat through the school of Neutral Chaos Combat, currently trains with Jared Kirby and the New York Combat for Stage and Screen.


Today, Joseph teaches Chowakai Karatedo-Harmony by Karate, as an apprentice to John P. Mirrione. Joseph is a 1L Evening Division student at New York Law School, with a long-term intention of studying entertainment law. His goal is to de-romanticize the “starving artist” and help change policies, systems, and contracts to ensure New York City becomes a more equitable, accessible, and financially safe environment to be a working artist.

Joseph is also the founder and Proprietor of First Fire Studios, LLC, which seeks to platform storytellers of all crafts, embrace original and revitalizing content, and empower artists by putting them in the driver’s seat of their own careers, financially and creatively. First Fire’s mission is to gather together communities and tell representative stories with a social impact and financial reinvestment into the communities and topical issues in which the stories are inspired by or subject of.

Melodye Redding

Melodye Redding

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. 

Elizabeth Robbins

Elizabeth Robbins

Elizabeth Robbins (she/her/hers) is an NYC-based actor, writer, stage manager, and teaching artist. Originally from Madison, WI, she has worked with educational theater programs across Wisconsin and NYC to inspire empathy, creativity, and collaboration in the next generation of artists. Teaching credits include work with the Children's Theater of Madison, Creative Muse, Skyline Theatre Company, and the Imogen Foundation. As a performer, she specializes in revitalizing classic works for contemporary audiences, and developing new work for children and adults alike. She is also the co-founder of Inkblot Theater Co., whose productions of her radio adaptations of Anne of Green Gables and Little Women can be heard on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. BFA NYU Tisch.

Logan Rowland

Logan Rowland

Logan Rowland (he/him) is a singer/actor/musician/dancer from Pittsburgh, PA. He started acting at the age of 9, and landed his first Broadway gig at the age of 12 in The Addams Family (U/S Pugsley). Since then, he has done many Off-Broadway productions such as Little Miss Sunshine (Dwyane Hoover) and regional productions like Treasure Island (Jim Hawkins). After graduating with a BFA in Musical Theatre, he has continued to audition, explore a passion in music, and for teaching the next generation of talented artists.

@logan_rowland

www.loganrowland.com

Rachel Sabo-Hedges

Rachel Sabo-Hedges

Rachel (she/her they/them) is an actor and director with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Carolina University. She has a deep and innate love for storytelling and has only expanded that love through Inside Broadway! Rachel has found passion in lifting up new voices and since being in New York has been a part of many new works and new development projects (Morbin' Time: Parody Musical, Ships: The Musical Trilogy, Forget I Said Anything). Rachel also enjoys trying new foods, running, and tap dancing!

@rachelksabohedges

rachelsabohedges.com

Alex Schecter

Alex Schecter

Alex Schecter is a singer, actor, writer, and teacher originally from Long Island, NY! He is a proud graduate of Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Musical Arts. At 8 years old, Alex discovered a love for music and theatre in an elementary school play. Having developed his love for the performing arts at an early age through education, Alex believes training in and being exposed to the arts are essential for growing minds. He has significant experience teaching, directing, and music directing all ages, and has worked throughout NYC and Long Island. Outside of teaching, Alex has performed with Inside Broadway in their production of My Town as George M. Cohan! Additional recent credits include the world premiere of The Picher Project (Dixon Place), The Office! A Musical Parody (Off-Broadway), Anne Frank (Off-Broadway), and Brothers Wright (New York Theater Festival). Recent television/film credits include roles in Y2K (A24 Films), Final Moments (Oxygen/NBC), and Dead of Winter (ID Discovery).

For more, visit www.alexdschecter.com

 

Michael Schloegl

Michael Schloegl

Michael Schloegl is a New York City based artist.  He is one of the founding members of Vital Theatre Company in NYC.  He works regionally and internationally as a director-choreographer (Footloose, Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Bring it On!, Legally Blonde, Nunsense 2).  Michael has performed throughout the United States and Europe in shows such as; West Side Story, Oklahoma, The Will Rogers Follies, and A Chorus Line.  He is also a costume designer, playwright, and children's book author/illustrator for, The Chrismouse Series.  With his production company, Already Cast Productions, he has toured throughout the East Coast with his interactive educational show, History Time Henry.  As a theatre and dance educator, Michael has taught a wide spectrum of performers from professional to elementary students.

Bernard Scudder

Bernard Scudder

Bernard Scudder (he/they) is a native New Yorker and NYC-based actor. Bernard trained as a Musical Theatre major at the Professional Performing Arts School and is a graduate from SUNY Purchase’s Theatre and Performance program with a minor in History. Credits include Love Among Dreamers (the inaugural show of Broadway For All’s production lab “The House"), The Former Kings of Clutch City (“Best Play” Winner at Downtown Urban Arts Festival), Trunk Show (award-winning short), What To Send Up When It Goes Down at SUNY Purchase (Driver, Man, Five) ,and The Rundown with Robin Thede on BET.  Last year, he made his debut at NEC in the Our Voices, Our Times One Act Festival at the Cherry Lane Theater. Bernard also is an alumni and active member of the Tony Award-winning non-profit Broadway for All, which strives to bring accessible theater training to children across all backgrounds for free! Bernard is beyond thrilled for this opportunity as a teaching artist at Inside Broadway. The core of Bernard’s artistic and educational work is inclusion and diversity. Bernard always strives to provide a multi-faceted perspective and any material that is being taught! Bernard is happy to be a member of this team!

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Instagram: @bernard_scudder 

Erin Spears Ledford

Erin Spears Ledford

Erin Spears Ledford is a New York City-based director, performer, and teaching artist. Erin began her career as an actor/singer/dancer performing in tours and regional theatres across the United States. Her favorite credits include: Mrs. Sowerberry/Nancy u/s in the National Tour of Oliver!, Ilona in She Loves Me, Vicki in The Full Monty, and Rosie in Mamma Mia. As a resident artist at The Mac-Haydn Theatre in Hudson, NY, Erin has directed Footloose, Kiss Me Kate, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wedding Singer, and many more. She recently created the Mac’s inaugural After-School Master Class Program. Erin has worked in NYC arts education for over 10 years with companies such as Inside Broadway, Camp Broadway, Student’s Live and Passdoor. Her work as a teaching artist enables Erin to combine her years of performance experience with her passion for arts education. She now teaches hundreds of NYC students a year across all 5 boroughs, inspiring the next generation of performers and theatre lovers. She believes in utilizing the arts as a tool for personal growth in young people that can be applied to any goals they hope to accomplish in life.

Vanessa Spica

Vanessa Spica

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

 

Kevin Taylor

Kevin Taylor

Kevin is a proud Non-Binary performer and teaching artists (They/Them pronouns) based in NYC. Originally from Mesquite, TX, they hold a Bachelor of Music in musical theatre and a minor in directing from Oklahoma City University. Before graduating college, they were the after-school coordinator for theatre arts in six Oklahoma City public schools. New York Credits include Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway (Lunt-Fontane Theatre), Stonewall: The Opera (World Premiere with New York City Opera), Bruise and Thorn (2022 New York Time’s Critic Pick), and have danced with Broadway Bares directed by Jerry Mitchell for the past three years. Kevin is also a passionate vogue dancer being trained by Ballroom Icons such as Cesar Valentino, Luz Yamaoto, and Omari Oricci. They also made history as being one of the first non-binary brides featured on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress. When not performing they spend their time volunteering and cultivating the LGBTQIA+ youth in NYC.  Kevin’s mission is to always provide a safe space for all students to come in exactly as they are. They strive to allow the potential of one’s true self and talent to always shine through.

Sydnee Savannah Williams

Sydnee Savannah Williams

Originally from Boise, Idaho, Sydnee Savannah Williams grew up absolutely enthralled with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. She went on to graduate from Baldwin Wallace University with a BFA in Classical Acting. While at university she attended The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland on scholarship and is currently in her two-year acting technique study at William Esper Studio.

Now in the city pursuing her dream as an actor, model, and teacher, Sydnee is ecstatic to share her knowledge with the youth of NYC. 

Andrew Winans

Andrew Winans

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.