Marian Murphy Powell is an accomplished singer and theatrical artist who brings a versatile background to her work on stage and into the teaching studio. A veteran of national Broadway tours and regional theatre productions, her favorite roles include: Cosette in Les Misérables, Christine in Phantom, Mother in Bright Lights, Big City, Marian in The Music Man, Fleur in Esmeralda (world premiere), Mary Jane Wilkes in Big River and Fiona in Brigadoon.
S. Mark Aliapoulios, baritone holds a BM in Music Education Summa Cum Laude (University of Miami) and an MM in Vocal Performance With Honors and Distinction (New England Conservatory). He has recently been promoted to full Professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University where he serves as Chair of Vocal Studies. He joined the NEMC Faculty in 2009 directing the Chamber Choir until 2014 when he joined the Musical Theatre Program.
PAUL STAROBA is currently the Associate Conductor of Company starring Katrina Lenk and Patti Lupone on Broadway. Other conducting credits include: Broadway: A Christmas Carol, My Fair Lady, War Paint, A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder, Next to Normal, A Little Night Music, and Grey Gardens.
Christine Cirker is an Off-Broadway director and producer, focusing primarily on new work in NYC. She currently serves as Producing Director of F.A.B. Women@TBG, the women’s development group at The Barrow Group in New York City. Most recently she produced F.A.B. Summer Plays by Women Festival (The Barrow Group), where she directed Bara Swain’s The Wonder of You and Charlotte Ortiz Colavin’s Take Flight.
Christian Smythe hails from Astoria, Queens, NYC and is currently in his 20th year at Talent Unlimited High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan where he teaches musicianship, voice, and acts as music director and accompanist, most recently for last season’s production of The Wiz.
Jody Reynard has been dancing non-stop for almost 30 years!! He has taught musical theatre/Broadway dance master classes at dance studios and educational institutions around the country. He attended the Cobb Center Excellence for in the Performing Arts outside of Atlanta, GA and graduated with a dance major. He then earned a BA in Theatre with Music minor from Kennesaw State University (where he also helped to establish the first dance ensemble, Wings) all while performing with The Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern, The Atlanta Opera and Georgia Ballet.
Stephen Agosto serves as Senior Director of Artistic Engagement at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award. He is a member of the artistic team that shepherded such new musicals as The Honeymooners, The Sting (starring Harry Connick Jr.), Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Half Time (directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell). He served as Associate Director for Beauty and the Beast and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (both with dir. Mark Hoebee) and A Christmas Story (dir. Brandon Ivie) on Paper Mill’s main stage.
Frances Mercanti-Anthony is an actress, writer, director, teacher, and activist originally from Haddonfield, New Jersey. She has a BA in Theatre Performance from Fordham University, and is a graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade Training Program.Frances earned her Actors Equity card in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Mr. Marmalade in 2005.