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Puppet Activities

PUPPET PLAYGROUND

Andrea Dotto

  • Original Broadway Cast of Bandstand
  • Nominated for Best Female Dancer in a Broadway Show
  • Dotto performed on the 71st Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall

 

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PUPPET PLAYGROUND

Brendan Malafronte

  • Toured internationally with John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean!
  • Professor of puppetry at PACE School of Performing Arts.
  • Actor and puppeteer onboard the Disney Magic.
 

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PUPPET PLAYGROUND

Leah Marie Hofmann

  • Performed on Broadway in War Horse, Big Fish, and Something Rotten!
  • Featured in a clue on an episode of Jeopardy, highlighting her work as a puppeteer in War Horse.
  • Creates original Etch A Sketch Artwork for magazines, museums, and various promotional platforms.

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PUPPET PLAYGROUND

Nadia Vynnytsky

  • “Campbell” in Bring It On Broadway National Tour
  • “Serena” in Legally Blonde National Tour
  • Other National Tours: SHREK, Catch Me If You Can, “Katherine” in Newsies at Pioneer Theatre Company
PUPPET PLAYGROUND

Vince Broelmann

  • Attended Puppeteer training workshops with Sesame Workshop, the organization that produces Sesame Street around the globe
  • Former Cast member at Walt Disney World
  • Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications from Ball State University and studied Puppet Arts at University of Connecticut

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Educational Game Shows

Trivia Games

Casey Shane

  • Host of MasterChef Junior Live!
  • Hosted for the Got Talent Brand, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, and more
  • Worked with kids for over 15 years as a caretaker and coach

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Trivia Games

Christina Carlucci

  • A performer with the USO
  • NYU double major in Drama and Child Psychology
  • Created programs for children with Autism at Langone Medical Center
  • Belle for Disney Cruise Line

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Trivia Games

Devon Diffenderfer

  • Graduate of The North Carolina School Of The Arts (BFA)
  • Background in Substitute Teaching (Elementary/Middle school)
  • Great cook

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Trivia Games

Gabe Brown

  • Upcoming* Lead in Broadway production of Blue at the Apollo Theater
  • LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award winner
  • Over 9 years of experience as a private sitter and tutor in NYC and Los Angeles
Trivia Games

Harrison Bryan

  • Helen Hayes Award Nominated Actor (Christopher Boone in “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”)
  • Experience in Youth Performing Arts Programs (Clowning / Puppetry /Playwriting / Theatre Arts)

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Trivia Games

Jeremy Hallam

  • 3 time Gold Medalist for Australia at the 2013 World Dwarf Games
  • Worked as a performer in various roles at the Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka, Japan from 2011-2019. Roles included debuting two brand new, never before seen characters for their “Sesame Street” and “One Piece” live theatre shows.
  • Co-hosted the annual QuizzaMe tournament in Australia in front of thousands of guests

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Trivia Games

Miguel Alejandro Faña

  • Graduate of the University of Tenn. MFA Acting Program
  • Conversant in Spanish 
  • Former US Army Service Member

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Trivia Games

Rachel Berkman

  • Lead singer of two band’s based in NY
  • Wrapped up a film recently and is looking forward to her cabaret at Don’t Tell Mama’s
  • Works as a Teaching Artist and has experience teaching children with disabilities

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Adventure Games

BREAKOUT ADVENTURES

David Couter

  • A playwright whose work has been performed in five countries.
  • Ryder in PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure US/Canada Tour.
  • BFA in Theatre from the University of Memphis.

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BREAKOUT ADVENTURES

Chris Hanford

  • Creator of VBC’s Breakout Adventures
  • Teaching kids dance for over 10 years.
  • Recent Tony Manero on Royal Caribbean ships!
  • Performing since he was 3
BREAKOUT ADVENTURES

Lizzie Kehoe

  • BFA in Drama and English Literature from NYU Tisch
  • Conversant in French
  • Upcoming: Regan in King Lear at Tampa Rep

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BREAKOUT ADVENTURES

Gracie Lee Brown

  • MFA in acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.
  • Performs her one-woman cabaret show “Say Goodnight, Gracie” all over NYC including Don’t Tell Mama, The Bitter End, and The Duplex. 
  • Fluent in Spanish (and Whale!)

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BREAKOUT ADVENTURES

Sean Widener

  • Has toured the US with Wizard of Oz the Musical and Cirque Dreams
  • Performed on the Seven Seas with both Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Favorite Uncle to two eccentric nieces and two delightful nephews

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BREAKOUT ADVENTURES

Brandon Zelman

  • Improviser at UCB Theatre
  • Performer/Director at Story Pirates
  • BA in Theatre at Fordham University

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BREAKOUT ADVENTURES

Shanda Brown

  • Acting Conservatory participant at the Barrow Group
  • Former Lead Kindergarten Teacher
  • Certifications: General Education, Special Education, and TEFL

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BREAKOUT ADVENTURES

Miguel Alejandro Faña

  • Graduate of the University of Tenn. MFA Acting Program
  • Conversant in Spanish 
  • Former US Army Service Member

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Dance Activities

DANCE

Melissa Perry

  • Holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and BA in Dance
  • Performed professionally in regional theatres throughout the northeast
  • Has extensive teaching experience of preschool/elementary school-age children in the performing arts

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DANCE

Taylor Tarantino

  • Dancer for the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • 18+ years of training in hip-hop, jazz, tap, etc.
  • 5+ years experience as a children’s dance instructor.
  • Dance training from San Diego State University and a BA in Communication.

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DANCE

Luiza Karnas

  • MFA in Dance – SUNY Brockport 
  • BA in Dance Education – UFRGS (Brazil) 
  • Native Portuguese Speaker and conversational in Spanish 
  • Over 10 years of experience as a Dance Instructor/Teacher
 

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DANCE

Paige Sabo

  • National Tour of An American In Paris
  • BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona
  • Experience with Dance, Gymnastics & Movement for Children

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DANCE

Amanda Dunsdon

  • Thing 2 on National Children’s Tour of “The Cat in the Hat”
  • Certifications: Musical Theatre and Dance
  • Child Care provider for over 10 years

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DANCE

Elizabeth Cowperthwaite

  • Dancer in J Chen Project Dance Company
  • BFA Dance and BA Psychology

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DANCE

Megan Fulmer

  • Dance Captain for The Bodyguard the Musical First National Tour starring Deborah Cox
  • Dancer for Straight Outta Oz First National tour
  • Netflix documentary Behind the Curtain starring Todrick Hall

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DANCE

Christina Carlucci

  • A performer with the USO
  • NYU double major in Drama and Child Psychology
  • Created programs for children with Autism at Langone Medical Center
  • Belle for Disney Cruise Line

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Music Activities

MUSIC

Jack Gerhard

  • Lead in ONCE the Musical’s 3rd National Tour.
  • Plays Guitar, Violin, Harmonica, and Ukulele.
  • Speaks Spanish.

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MUSIC

Nathaniel Beliveau

  • Most recent Children’s Vocal Supervisor and Associate Music Director on the National Tour of Finding Neverland
  • Pianist/Guest Entertainer and Music Director with RoyalCaribbean Cruise Lines
  • Over 10 years specializing working with young performers from ages 4-18yrs on pre-professional theater training

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MUSIC

Bailey Hovermale

  • Advanced pianist (16+ years), as well as singer and percussionist
  • Taught a virtual acting workshop for middle schoolers and music directed children’s workshop productions in Hagerstown, Maryland
  •  B.A. in Musical Theatre, Minor in Music (SUNY Cortland, Summa Cum Laude)

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MUSIC

Lana Gallo

  • Nemo and Squirt in Disney’s “Finding Nemo the Musical”
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music History & Theatre
  • Sensory-friendly performance trained

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MUSIC

Rebecca Soelberg

  • Private Vocal instructor for over 4 years
  • Bachelors of Music, emphasis in Vocal Performance
  • Favorite roles: Wardrobe (Beauty and the Beast), Narrator (Joseph…Dreamcoat), and Sister Mary Robert (Sister Act)

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MUSIC

Levin Valayil

  • ‘Mowgli’ in US/Canadian tour of “Jungle Book”
  • Specializes in working with children of all ability levels
  • Certifications in Music Therapy

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Art Activities

ART STUDIO

Kaileah Hankerson

  • Specializes in Children’s Theatre.
  • Miss Elaina in National Tour of Daniel Tigers Neighborhood Live.
  • Poppy’s Party Pal at Feld Entertainment’s Trolls the Experience.
  • Rafiki in Lion King Jr 

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ART STUDIO

Samantha Eyler Jemmott

  • Artistic Director of Opia Arts
  • BA in Musical Theatre with minors in Graphic Design and Dance

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ART STUDIO

Nathaniel Beliveau

  • Most recent Children’s Vocal Supervisor and Associate Music Director on the National Tour of Finding Neverland
  • Pianist/Guest Entertainer and Music Director with RoyalCaribbean Cruise Lines
  • Over 10 years specializing working with young performers from ages 4-18yrs on pre-professional theater training

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ART STUDIO

Whitney Wegman-Wood

  • MFA Acting from the University of Virginia
  • 10+ years of experience teaching
  • San Diego Film Award Recipient

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ART STUDIO

Levin Valayil

  • ‘Mowgli’ in US/Canadian tour of “Jungle Book”
  • Specializes in working with children of all ability levels
  • Certifications in Music Therapy

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Individual Session

INDIVIDUAL SESSION

Hannah Weaver

  • Rapunzel for Disney Cruise Line
  • ArtsPower Touring Theatre & VStar Entertainment Group
  • BA in Psychology & Theatre from Lafayette College

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INDIVIDUAL SESSION

Rachel Berkman

  • Lead singer of two band’s based in NY
  • Wrapped up a film recently and is looking forward to her cabaret at Don’t Tell Mama’s
  • Works as a Teaching Artist and has experience teaching children with disabilities

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INDIVIDUAL SESSION

Rebecca Keeshin

  • Original Winnie Foster in the world premiere TYA production of Miller and Tysen’s TUCK EVERLASTING
  • Starred in Heisler and Goldrich’s new Christmas musical “Auntie Claus”
  • BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University

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INDIVIDUAL SESSION

Ariel Kurtz

  • Favorite roles including Agnes in Gypsy and Ensemble in Tar and Feather (Williamstown Theatre Festival)
  • Learning Disabled Individual/Passionate about Disability Advocacy
  • Bus Counselor at Usdan, Camp Counselor at A Class Act NY and Teaching Artist for Broadway Bound Kids and Artists Striving To End Poverty

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INDIVIDUAL SESSION

Emily McCready

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, minors in Music and Spanish
  • Fluent in Spanish (some ASL)
  • Experience working with children and adults with a broad range of abilities and medical diagnoses

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INDIVIDUAL SESSION

Tyler Symone

  • Appeared in 2 Joseph Jefferson Awarded Musicals
  • BFA in Musical Theatre Performance
  • Background in providing support to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities

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Specialty Activities

SPECIALTY STUDIOS

Evan Presto

INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED MAGICIAN & BALLOON ARTIST
  • Award-winning magician/mentalist & balloon artisan
  • Frequently hired as a magic consultant; choreographing magic routines for Regional and off-Broadway productions
  • Evan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Boston University

SPECIALTY STUDIOS

David Cain

JUGGLER/ MAGICIAN/ COMEDIAN
  • World Champion Juggler
  • Multiple Guinness World Record Holder
  • Author of 18 books about Juggling or Magic
  • Performer of over 15,000 professional shows
  • Composer for five Broadway-style musicals
  • B.A. in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati

SPECIALTY STUDIOS

Erin Mellini

SNAKES-N-SCALES
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Behavior & Biology from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Aquarist and Educator for North Carolina Aquarium in Fort Fisher
  • Currently Owner & Instructor of Snakes & Scales, LLC Animal Rescue in NJ
  • 12 years teaching & entertaining experience from ages 1-100!

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