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).
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.
Wendy Bobbitt Cavett is currently Music Director for Broadway’s Come From Away. Other Broadway and Off- Broadway credits include: Hamilton, Mamma Mia!, The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Year with Frog and Toad, The Most Happy Fella, and A Tale of Two Cities. National and International credits include: The Who’s Tommy, Mamma Mia!, and A Chorus Line. Musicals in development: SuperYou, a female superhero fantasy, and BLooM!, set in a world where “flowers reign supreme”.
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.
Marty Austin Lamar’s life has been filled with music since he was a child. Classically trained on piano, Marty was reared in the church and spent his formative years accompanying, leading, and participating in choirs led by his parents and a host of amazing family members, teachers, coaches and mentors.
Jade Lambert-Smith is a theatre practitioner who is intentional about creating opportunities for artists in underrepresented communities. She is the founder of PG Entertainment, a family-focused production company committed to developing innovative and inspiring arts experiences for today’s modern family.
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.
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.
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.
For the past twenty five years, Janelle Anne Robinson has enjoyed an ongoing professional career on the operatic and musical theater stage. Her performances span several countries including France, Canada and Japan as well as most of the continental United States. Recently, Janelle received the 2014 Connecticut Critic’s Choice award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Bloody Mary in STONC’s South Pacific. Other awards include The Richard Tucker Study Grant and the MacAllister Award.
Peruvian-American tenor Christopher Sierra is recognized for his artistic sensitivity and versatility in repertoire ranging from classical, musical theatre, to contemporary commercial music. He has performed with Opera Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera, Opera New Jersey, Spoleto Festival USA, Princeton Festival Opera, Long Island Opera, and New York Lyric Opera Theatre, to name a few, and has made international solo debuts in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, and India.
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.
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.
Jessica Walck currently holds the position of Associate Artistic Director and acting Director of Education at The Naples Players in Naples, FL. As an educator, Jessica has led several acting intensives for students of all ages. In addition to teaching acting she has also led classes in playwriting, stage combat, improv, musical theatre and movement.