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.
Abigail Jones, Lead Teaching Artist has been with Inside Broadway for over 15 years! She has studied locally with Arabella Hong Young, Broadway Dance Studios, HB Studios as well as with Master Classes in California, where she hails from. Spending over 25 years in the professional theater her favorite part is introducing children to the magic of live theater.
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.
Heather Edwards, Lead Musical Director, trained as a classical pianist and graduated from Berklee College of Music. She works as a pianist/songwriter/recording artist who has performed with many types of bands – from funk and rock to jazz and country. Heather writes and performs her own music as well as conducts, directs, and performs in musical theatre. She also enjoys teaching private piano lessons to children and working with children in musical theatre as pianist and Musical Director for Inside Broadway. She has released three CDs: “To Be Continued”, “Eclectic Energy” and “Go With The Flow”. She has also played a wide range of characters as an actress in television, film, and theatre. Heather is a member of AFM Local 802 and Actors Equity Association. http://heatheredwards.net/home/
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.
Annalisa is a Performer, Choreographer and Teaching Artist based in Brooklyn. She has been a teaching artist for a number of years through private programs, the public schools and summer camps specializing in musical theater, creative dance and drama. Annalisa is part of the artistic core of the new dance theater company, Current Harbor. She is on the artistic committee and co-producer for National Choreography Month. A graduate from Drew University with a major in Theater and a minor in dance, with an honors thesis on urban sociology told through dance theater. She also attended the New York Film Academy’s Musical Theater Conservatory after graduation. Annalisa has created and performed in new works at The 14th Street Y, The WorkShop Theatre, Joe’s Pub, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Playwrights Theatre of NJ, Windhover Performing Arts, New Perspectives Theatre, Stonington Opera House, Two Rivers Theatre, The Chain Theatre, The Tank, Under St. Marks, Mark Morris, The Actors Fund Arts Center and The Clurman Theater. She performs frequently with Superhero Clubhouse an award winning environment theater company and Writopia, a play festival celebrating playwrights ages 6-18 in a professional setting. Annalisa is thrilled to be part of the Inside Broadway team!
Tatiana Keegan is a 20-time ballroom dance champion and teacher who specializes in helping children express themselves through dance. In her native Russia, she taught in public schools and cultural centers for kids age six to twelve. After coming to the United States in 1995, she spent three years in the Dancing Classrooms program and private studio run by Pierre Dulaine, who inspired the films Mad Hot Ballroom and Take The Lead. For the last ten years, she has given private lessons to children ages twelve and up.As a dancer, Tatiana has won many of the most competitive International Latin championships, including the United States Ballroom Championship with Tony Dovolani of Dancing With The Stars and placed among the top dancers in the world at the Blackpool Dance Festival in England. After taking a break to marry and have a child, she made a comeback in 2009, reaching the World Professional Latin Championships in Germany with partner Werner Figar. Tatiana's inspiring comeback as a ballroom-dancing mom generated national media coverage in Woman’s Day and Fortune magazines and the Emmy-award winning Comcast series, “Seeking Solutions with Suzanne.” As a teacher she has also appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman and the AMC reality television series Into Character.Today, Tatiana performs show dances with partner Lukas Chockuba and teaches children, social dancers, seniors, same-sex couples, wedding couples, and top competitive dancers in a wide variety of styles, including International Latin (Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, and Jive) and Standard and American Smooth (Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango,Quickstep, and Viennese Waltz) as well as Swing, Salsa, and Merengue. She also teaches Hip Hop to elementary school students.
Hailing from Orlando, Florida, Maria Kent is a highly versatile performer who comes from a classically trained background. Beginning her journey into the world of dance at a very young age she performed with numerous ballet companies throughout the Sunshine state. Feeling the need to grow as a performer, Maria couldn't resist the urge of the Big Apple and moved there in 1999. After testing the waters and struggling through the daily audition grind, she nailed an audition to be a Las Vegas Showgirl and immediately moved to Las Vegas to perform in Donn Arden's Jubilee, fulfilling a lifelong dream! Having crossed that goal off her bucket list, she ended up in Osaka, Japan a year later, this time performing as a living statue while also training Japanese students for rhythmic gymnastic competitions. Maria is also known for her one of a kind costume designs and makeup styles. Maria has created makeup looks for various performance artists, traveling circus shows, editorials, commercials and so much more. Maria is constantly creating bigger and bolder costumes and remains on the cutting edge with her variety of creative and inspiring makeup looks. Maria is very excited to be apart of the makeup department for her first year with Inside Broadway, she looks forward to help each and every child in the program transform themselves into an extravagant character!
Joe Burby A proud graduate of Fredonia State and its multi-faceted Theater Arts program and a member of Actor’s Equity, Joe has worn many hats in the theater including producing traveling theater for young audiences, scenic painting, and directing at Pied Piper Children's Theater of New York; coming this December, “A Charlie Brown Christmas". He is designing and building sets for Repertory Company HS at Town Hall this year for "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" and "Fiddler on the Roof.” Joe is a member of The Workshop Theater Company where he lends his acting skills to the development of new writers and new plays, recently appearing there in “Mesquite, NV” by Gridley Stevens. Voice work includes Acoustigude tours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, and Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island National Parks. joeburby.com
As a young person growing up in rural New York State, the arts helped open doors of possibility for me that otherwise I might never have known, making me a more well-rounded person and I am honored to pass that knowledge on to the next generation.
Jessica is a Manhattan based Singer, Actor, and Teaching Artist. During her time in New York she has performed Off-Broadway, with Disney Cruise Lines, and has toured the United States and internationally. When not on the stage, Jessica stay busy with voice-over work, recording background vocals for bands, and has spent time as a teaching assistant with CO/Lab, a not-for-profit theater company and creative outlet for individuals with developmental disabilities. She is thrilled to begin her journey with Inside Broadway!
Vicki Oceguera is an Actor, Teaching Artist, and puppeteer originally from California. She attended UC Santa Barbara, where she Majored in Dramatic Art and Psychology, and Minored in Education. Vicki moved to New York to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where she honed her skills in Musical Theater. As an actor, Vicki has performed in multiple National Tours as well as many Off-Broadway and Regional productions. Specializing in Theater for Young Audiences, Vicki has worked with John Tartaglia on the National Tour of "Dinosaur Train Live" and with Mills Entertainment on the National Tour of "Clifford the Big Red Dog". She also performed in several New York City school tours about healthy eating, bullying, and healthy choices. Vicki's favorite part about performing children's theater is inspiring kids to have a greater appreciation of theater and motivating them to explore their creative side. Currently, she also works as an actor/educator with the city zoos performing for kids and leading workshops. She loves using theater to engage, embolden, and build the confidence of our youth. She is honored to be a part of Inside Broadway.
Emmanuel De Jesus
Emmanuel De Jesus from San Juan, Puerto Rico is a Dancer and Makeup Artist. As a Dancer he has performed and trained with the companies Ballet Concierto and Ballet Nacional de Puerto Rico. He has toured the world as a backup dancer for many major Latin recording artists. His professional dance credits include Bernardo in the West Side Story 50th anniversary International Tour, A Chorus Line, Chicago, as well as major ad campaigns for Hermes, Swarovski, Elle UK, Redken, Target, L'Oreal, Qdos UK, OLC Tokyo and NBC Latino. As a makeup artist he began his career doing makeup for dance companies and stage performances as well as working as a free lance artist for brands such as Laura Mercier. Currently he is a product specialist and artist for MAC cosmetics. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Natural Sciences with a major in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico.
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
Aaron F. Brateman
Aaron F. Brateman is an Actor, Director, and Teaching Artist. He is a graduate of NYU Tisch, where he studied at the Atlantic Acting School and Playwrights Horizons Theater School. As a performer, Aaron has been seen Off-Broadway, in a national tour, and at other theaters around the city. Over the last 10 years, he has directed 50 productions with kids of all ages, many of them at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. Aaron also teaches at the Atlantic Acting School, and works privately with his own students. He has a great love of improv, and when he is not teaching it, you can catch him performing a show somewhere in the city. Please check out http://www.aaronfbrateman.com for more info!
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.
Whitney Stone is a Brooklyn-based Director/Choreographer who has been an active member of the theater community in NYC and it’s surrounding boroughs for the last decade. She is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a member of the faculty at the Mark Morris Dance Center, and she earned her BFA in Theatre Arts Performance and a minor in Dance from Hofstra University. She recently made her Off-Broadway debut directing the premiere of Molasses in January, a new musical by Francine Pellegrino. She has been with the project since the initial workshops, and she returns to Molasses in the spring for a run at the Snapple Theater Center. Her other recent credits include Footloose (After Work Theater), Les Miserables (Locust Valley Jesters), and Something’s Afoot (Maggie’s Little Theater). As a choreographer, her credits include the world premiere of Nutcracker! The Musical (Westchester Sandbox Theatre), Saturday Night Fever (Theatre Three), Godspell (Jean’s Playhouse), and The Me Nobody Knows (Adelphi University).
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.
Brian Heveron-Smith is a Pianist, Drummer/Percussionist, Music Director, and Musical Comic who has performed all over Europe, Australia,Africa, North America, and in international waters with Carnival and Norwegian cruise lines. Originally from Rochester, NY, Brian holds a degree in percussion performance from the Eastman School of Music. Brian has music directed for Second City’s National Touring Company, Story Pirates, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and for many different arts summer camps and after-school programs over the years. As a composer, Brian’s soundtrack music and songs are featured on the hit web series Gayle. Brian is also an avid videographer and editor and currently works as a video technician at Opry City Stage.
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.
Jen Varbalow has been a Teaching Artist, Scenic Artist and Scenic Designer in NYC for over 20 years. She is currently a teaching artist with Inside Broadway, Roundabout Theatre Company, and Town Hall. Other teaching artist work includes residencies with the Apollo Theater, Vital Theatre Co., Children’s Aid Society, TADA!, and Queens Theatre in the Park, and the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Past credits include designs for New York Deaf Theater, NYMF, MultiStages, The Workshop Theater, Bryant Park, Drilling Company/Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, Resonance Ensemble, The Artful Conspirators, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Theatre Garden, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, DR2 Theatre, Queens Theatre in the Park. Jennifer has also worked as a designer on the animated Xmas windows at Macy’s Saks, Lord and Taylor, Warner Bros and Marshall Fields and for events for clients including Bloomberg and MTV.
She worked as a Scenic Artist at The Public Theater, Manhattan Theater Club and various scene shops.
Jennifer received her BFA from Rutgers University and her MFA from Brandeis.
Sean Lowery has been teaching music in the NYC and surrounding areas for 3 years now. He currently works at Sacred Heart Greenwich in Greenwich CT as the Musical and Orchestra Director, as well as conductor and teacher for the chorus. Sean received his bachelors in music performance and music education from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY. This is his first year with Inside Broadway, and he is very excited to share his passion for music and musical theatre.
Nina Paradiz is a New York City based Costume Designer. Recent credits include Summer Musical Theater Workshop - group 3 at Kaufman Music Center, Patience & Sarah at Player's Theater, and was the Production Designer at Northeastern Children's Theater Company. She has built costumes for New York City Children's theater and has wardrobe supervised multiple shows around the city.
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.
David is delighted to return to CASA as a Teaching Artist. David has been in NYC for the last 10 years performing and directing. David has spent the last 9 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
Brett Teresa is a California native who has spent the last fourteen years living and working in NYC. His theatrical work has varied from a professional actor, voice teacher, director/choreographer, music director, writer, teaching artist and beyond. Most recently, Brett produced and created shows for Hersheypark with RWS Entertainment Group as well as directed and vocal directed for Celebrity Cruises. Some of his favorite experiences working with young people include directing Once On This Island and Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Stagedoor Manor as well as working with Broadway Kids Auditions as a voice and acting coach for the past eight years. He is a graduate of The University of California Irvine as an ArtsBridge Scholar and a proud member of Actor´s Equity.
Tommy has been performing for over 15 years. He has appeared Off-Broadway, in multiple regional theaters around the country, national tours, voiceovers for commercials, and a sitcom pilot from the creators of Seinfeld. Some of his favorite roles include Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, Horton in Seussical, and Bobby Strong in Urinetown. He has a passion for sharing his love of theatre to young performers, and has been teaching and directing performing arts education programs for almost 10 years. He has been a teaching artist for many different theatre companies in New York City and has directed the the massive performing arts program at Camp Barney Medintz every summer since 2011, developing programming for over 1,200 kids every year. Some of his favorite directing/choreography credits include Shrek: the musical, Mary Poppins, The Music Man, and All in the Timing. He holds a BA in Musical Theatre and English from The University of Alabama.
Adam B. McDonald
Adam B. McDonald is an Actor, Singer, and Teaching Artist based in New York City. He was born and raised in Las Vegas and attended the resident performing arts high school. He holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (NYU). While at NYU, he attended the Playwrights Horizons Theater School and the Experimental Theater Wing. He most recently appeared in the cabaret, “Bound for Broadway.” As an actor, Adam has been in many musicals, such as Into the Woods and Memphis. He has gotten the opportunity to create original roles in musicals such as Waiting for Dave Franco: The Urban Outfitters Musical, The Musical Project (All the Junk…), and Noise (a musical by Cesar Alvarez). He has worked for the camp life of Interlochen Center for the Arts for two summers and taught master classes in acting and musical theatre in Las Vegas. Adam is thrilled to work for Inside Broadway and looks forward to helping kids achieve their dreams!
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.
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.
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
Originally from the woodlands of Maine, Jacob is an award-winning theatre director based in Manhattan, NY. His work has varied from directing and casting for Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, Opera, and TV/Film. Most recent credits include: The Great Look (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), Crazy For You (Stagedoor Manor), Dishwasher Dreams (Castillo Theatre), Doubt (Skyline Theatre), and the American remount of The Merchant Of Venice (Compagnia de’ Colombari). Jacob has trained with Act One Dance Company, The University of The Arts, The Society of American Fight Directors and is a proud graduate of the Temple University School of Drama, where he earned his degree in Directing. Awards Include: The Josephine Foundation Award - Best Director (nomination), The Josephine Foundation Award - Best Production (nomination), the UOA Artistic Director's Award, the Arts In Motion Theatre Scholarship, and the F.A. Drama Award.
Joshua is a native Californian that moved to New York City to attended the Circle in the Square Theatre School on Broadway. During his time there he studied musical theatre, drama and completed the teaching artist training program. Joshua has appeared as a performer and choreographer in theatre productions all over the United States and on the Disney Cruise line where he also served as a dance captain. He also holds a certification in behavioral therapy, assisting students with disabilities both in private therapy and in schools. Joshua is stoked to be starting the journey as a teaching artist for Inside Broadway!
Willem Oosthuysen is a New York based composer and music educator. His musicals include #MARS (NYFA; Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab), Prodigy (CCU; NYU), Two Bugs Are Better Than One (New York City’s Children’s Theater), Cinderella (Spotlight Youth Theater), To Have And To Hold (Prospect Theater Company; Barrington Stage), and short operas, A Visit to Baba Yaga and Tin Heart, Tinsel Rose (DSU). Willem is a music director at the Queens College Musical Theater Summer Camp, and a teaching artist with the Disney Theatrical Group, TADA!, and the New York Pops. Willem holds an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Advanced Workshop, and the Dramatist Guild.
Nate Sayatovich is a Director, Producer, Theatre Educator, and Arts Administrator based in New York City. He has spent the past decade working in regional theatre, off Broadway, professional youth theatre, and public schools. For four seasons Nate helped produce the community engagement and education programming at the Tony award winning Cleveland Play House; acting as a teaching artist, program manager, and advocate for the way that art can have a positive impact on the communities and people they serve. He has presented at the American Alliance for Theatre Educations National Conference and is a member of the Educational Theatre Association and TCG. He holds a B.S. in Theatre Education Multi Age Pre K-12 from Ashland University.
Paul is honored to be joining the Inside Broadway team. He's traveled the country in the national tours of The Broadway Revival of 'A Chorus Line' & 'The Backyardigans Live.' He's also performed at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Act Theatre, Can Can, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Arizona Broadway Theatre and many more. He's the proud co-founder of A Sensible Theatre Co. check out ASTC at sensibletheatre.co
Natalie Riegel is a Manhattan-based actor and teaching artist who is ecstatic to be working with Inside Broadway! Originally from Alabama, Natalie graduated from the University of Alabama with degrees in musical theatre and telecommunications & film. Performance-wise she has appeared off-Broadway, on national and international tours, and regionally across the country. Favorite roles include Ophelia/Gravedigger (Hamlet), Maybelle Aarons (Bridge to Terabithia), and Biddy (Great Expectations). Natalie believes that theatre is a tool for engaging empathy and bravery and loves instilling this in her students.
Courtney is a New York City-based Actress, Teaching Artist, and Acting/Monologue Coach. She is a member of Actors Equity and has worked with a variety of national Summer Stock, Regional, and Off-Broadway theatre companies. Courtney holds a BFA in Theatre from Adelphi University. Although her original focus was performing, Courtney has been able to share her love of theatre and the arts through teaching young performers and professionals. She developed her monologue/audition coaching company called Coaching With Coco to help actors find the joy in auditioning! She is very excited to begin her journey as a Teaching Artist with Inside Broadway.
Dominic Frigo is a freelance multi-instrumentalist in New York City. Born and raised in Chicago, he studied music composition, double bass, and piano at Roosevelt University. Having a rich variety of genres and instruments at his disposal, he has enjoyed a career as a performing and recording artist in Chicago and New York. As a singer/songwriter/composer, Dominic was bandleader for avante-garde pop/rock projects Two Aglets Jazzing and Kid, and is currently the MD for the new series Green Room 42 Sings.
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.
Shayne Lebron-Acevedo (Cellist) was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and is a NYC-based cellist and teaching artist. After partnering with the Department of Education for his Carnegie Hall solo performance debut in 2016, he has taught and performed as a teaching artist in various public schools throughout the five boroughs. Shayne earned a B.M. from CUNY Brooklyn (2012), where he studied with Dr. Frederick Zlotkin. He was then awarded a full-tuition Graduate Assistantship for his M.M. at Ball State University (2015) in Muncie, Indiana, where he studied with Dr. Peter Opie. Shayne maintains a performance schedule with several ensembles of varying styles, and also performs around the world on cruise ships with his wife Wallie as the viola/cello Classical Duo “Shayne & Wallie.”
Christopher Noffke (Choreographer) is an award winning Choreographer/Director/Teacher, Creative Consultant for NY Theatre Barn’s The Choreography Lab, subs at STEPS on Broadway and on staff with Man In Motion! Recent credits directing credits include “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 and Whtie Christmas and more), Secret Theatre, Kentucky Rep (Little Women, Yes, Virginia, Oliver, Santaland Diaries), The Navigator’s, 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) and Northern Lights Playhouse (My Fair Lady, My Way, Chicago, Honkey Tonk Angels), Pines Dinner Theatre (Altar Boyz)!
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.
Latresa Baker is a multi-hyphened artist experienced in acting, production, writing and editing. She is an active member of New York Women in Film & Television and a TV Producer at Manhattan Neighborhood Network. She Co-stars in the romantic comedy series "Date. Love. Repeat" on Amazon Prime. Her mission as an artists is to create compelling content that ignites inspiration and empowers her audiences and to share her passion for acting, expertise and learning experiences with the next generation. www.latresabaker.com
Bianca Teresi is a New York City based Actress, Singer, Writer, and Comedian. She Graduated with her BFA in Musical Theatre from University of the Arts in 2015, and since has worked in Regional theatre all over the country. She also has performed at The People’s Improv Theatre, Carolines, Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club and other Comedy Clubs all over New York City. Her last show she wrote Letter to Gina, was just featured in The Shrill Collectives, Shrillfest this summer at the Matthew Corozine Studio in Midtown, Manhattan. She also has been teaching voice lessons and running drama and writing groups for a number of years all over New York City and New Jersey! She is thrilled to be a part of this company and continue to inspire children and be inspired herself!
Noelani is a Hapa performer from Maui, Hawaii, now based in Manhattan. She is classically trained, and has been teaching dance and musical theater part time for about ten years! She graduated cum laude with three degrees from Santa Clara University: Musical Theatre, Dance, and Theatre Arts. She always tries to push her students to the next level and is glad to be back teaching children after taking a break to perform full time the last couple years. She is now the proud owner of Manhattan's five star children's entertainment company, Fantastic Dreams Entertainment, LLC, and is a proud member of AEA. If you'd like a sample of her theatrical work, you can find her reels and updates at noelanineal.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
Sam Revaz is a New York City-based pianist, composer, arranger, and instructor. A native of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, Sam began studying classical piano at the age of 6 before realizing his passion for improvising later in high school. In May 2019 Sam graduated from New York University with a BM in jazz piano performance. With almost a decade's worth of professional gigging experience between New York, D.C, and Paris, Sam's musical interests reflect a much broader scope outside of jazz and he is also currently involved in a number of rock, hip-hop, and R&B projects. Sam is beyond thrilled to extend his services as a music director for Inside Broadway and share his passion with the next generation of growing musicians. More info at http://samrevaz.squarespace.com