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Instructors

Instructors

The Hopkinton Center for the Arts offers quality fine art, music, and dance education for all ages and skill levels.

Instructor Bios:

Art

Sarah Alexander

Sarah Alexander (Fine Arts Academy) is a painting instructor and fine artist who exhibits nationally. She works primarily in Mixed Media, and uses watercolor on unconventional surfaces such as canvas or Aquabord with torn handmade paper collage. She also paints in oils, oil bars, and acrylics. She has been featured recently in Incite, The Best of Mixed Media (2013) and Incite Color Passions, The Best of Mixed Media (2013).  www.wanderingmindstudio.com

Cheska Komissar

Cheska has been teaching children and adults for the past 30 years in a variety of capacities. She most recently comes to us after 14 years at the Danforth where she taught ceramics to all ages and also specialized in parent/child programming. She has also been a music teacher, a flute instructor, a caterer, an author, an inclusion specialist, a pre-school teacher, a song leader, a foreign language instructor, a grant-writer, a mom, and someone who finds creativity in every endeavor.

Lynne Damianos

Lynne Damianos specializes in photography of the built environment, artwork/products and people for business. She earned her BS in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her personal photography includes NatureScapes and BuildingScapes, which have been exhibited throughout New England.
 
An active educator, Lynne presents a wide variety of photography
seminars to professionals, students and companies. She has published two of her own books, The Bancroft Building and The Saxonville Mills, and now helps other authors get published.
 
She is a board member of Amazing Things Arts Center and the Friends of Saxonville. For more information, visit DamianosPhotography.com and DamianosPublishing.com.

Richard Denzer

Milford, MA resident Richard Denzer (Watercolor Painting from Photographs) has been painting with watercolor for more than 35 years. His love for Andrew Wyeth-like landscapes and highly-detailed architectural subjects led him in the early 1990s to establish a part-time business, Curb Appeal Portraits, creating commissioned house portraits for local realtors and home-owners. Over the years, he has shown his work regionally and been a member of area Watercolor Societies. He has taught watercolor at the Franklin Art Center and continues to do so for the Dover Sherborn Community Education Department. Check out Richard’s work at www.curbappealportraits.com

Janet Schwartz

 work currently includes a cross-section of subjects that explore different media (mostly pastels, oils, and charcoal), varied palettes, the variation of light on nature and architecture, and artistic style (realism, impressionism and abstraction). She explains, “despite my need to explore diverse themes, she am consistently drawn to bold images, dramatic light, contrast and deep perspective. My work depicts my strong interest in painting rainy, blurry, realistic and impressionistic subjects.”

“I trained as an art teacher. But it wasn’t until four years ago, that I had the time to return to art, this time with passion and conviction. I currently split my time working in corporate training, teaching an art workshop for aspiring artists, Release Your Inner Artist, while producing and showing art throughout New England.” You can view her work at www.janetschwartzart.com.

Heather Heverling

Heather Heverling has been an avid sewer and quilter for over forty years.  A Hopkinton resident, she raised two grown children and now has more time to devote to her favorite hobby.  She is also a certified floral designer, who had her own home-based floral business. Heather was a Girl Scout leader for six years, and more recently she mentored a Framingham High School student through the Mazie Mentoring Program, which is now part of Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Hana Reilly

Hana has worked as a potter and educator for 15 years, teaching ceramics to adults and children at the Potter's Shop and School in Needham, Southborough Art Center and the Danforth Art Museum School in Framingham. She has sold her work in South End Holiday Market and other shows, Lacoste Gallery, Danforth Museum and the annual Primarily Potters showcase in Hopkinton. She is a graduate of the School of Arts and Crafts in Prague, the Czech Republic.

Laurie Leavitt

 

Laurie Leavitt is a fine artist, teacher and Holliston resident who has worked in a variety of media through the years, including oil painting, watercolor, and collage. She has most recently been concentrating on woodcut printmaking, drawing inspiration from nature and continuing her theme of trees and the landscape. In addition, Laurie is a licensed art teacher holding a Masters in Education with a concentration in art. She has taught art and exhibited extensively in the Boston area and her artwork is held in private and corporate collections. She also accepts work on commission. You can view her work at www.LaurieLeavitt.com. 

Maya Wainhaus

Film and Media Teacher 

Bio Coming soon...

Lee Ball

Lee is an oil painter born in Raleigh, North Carolina. She studied Architecture at North Carolina State University School of Design and received a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture. Following that, she earned a BFA from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, concentrating in Painting and Sculpture, along with a teaching certificate. With this education background, she taught secondary Visual Art for twelve years in North Carolina in the Wake County School System, specializing in Art I, Sculpture and Ceramics and Printmaking.

Lee’s work has been juried into regional and national shows including the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh Fine Art Society, Visual Art Exchange, Hopkinton Center for the Arts, and Cambridge Art Association. Much of her work is inspired by her interest in theatre, museums, and travel. She now lives in Franklin, Massachusetts.

Sarah Moorehead

Knitting Teacher 

Bio coming soon...

Paula DeSimone

Paula DeSimone, artist, author and educator is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work is held in prestigious Hospital and Corporate Collections including Children's Hospital Boston, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, UMass Memorial, East Boston Medical Center.  DeSimone's colorful and multi-layered works, paintings and monotypes have been selected into major International and National Exhibitions including Boston Printmakers 2015 North American Biennial.
DeSimone has taught at major Museums  including The Museum of Fine Arts Boston for over thirty years as well as RISD, CE. She is a member of the Cambridge Art Association and The Monotype Guild of NE and is represented by L'Attitude Gallery, Boston.  
Visit Paula's Website. pauladesimonefineart.com

Catherine Howe

Catherine Howe is a pastel artist from Hopkinton. After earning a BFA in Art Education from Indiana University, Catherine worked as a fashion illustrator, graphic designer, and was then art director for American Trans Air Airlines and for American Art Clay Company.

She is a member of the Pastel Society of America as well as the New Hampshire Pastel Society and shows and sells her work at galleries in New England.

Catherine is available for private art lessons.

Celeste Falcone

Celeste Falcone has twenty five years experience teaching  art and working as a school library media specialist in the public schools.  She loves art and story.  She works with clay and teaches children's classes at Community Kiln in Framingham.  Her ceramic work is marked by an interest in organic, floral surface design, and her work has been recently included in several shows, including No School, at the Julie Heller Gallery.  She earned a BFA from the University of Texas in art education, and contributed lessons to the K-6 text, Art Works.  After earning a Masters from Ohio State University in Instructional Design and Technology she has worked as a school library media specialist.  Celeste loves to have fun and learn with her students.

Carly Audet

Carly Audet grew up in northern Vermont. She has always loved working with clay, from coil and pinch pots in grade school, to learning to throw, develop glazes, and fire a kiln in college. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a piece of her functional pottery that is loved and well-used. She works at Hopkins Elementary School as a 4th grade learning specialist.

Music

Mark Dicampo

Mark is a Boston area musician and director, and life-long music enthusiast.  Having studied classical voice at New England Conservatory and Boston Conservatory, he now works mostly in musical theater and jazz.  In addition to his private voice studio, he has directed musicals and workshops for many local theater companies and also works as a writer/arranger for original concerts and musical revues.  His passion for song also finds an outlet in his own work as a vocalist.  A dedicated interpreter of the American Songbook, he has performed standards in concert as a guest soloist with the Claflin Hill Orchestra summer concert series and as a tenor for Boston Musical Theater, with whom he recorded the album “Blues in the Night: The Songs of Johnny Mercer.”  Roles include Camille in The Merry Widow, Jason in Bare: A Pop Opera, Joseph inJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors.  He also won first place in the 2010 National Association of Teachers of Singing musical theater vocal competition.

Rebecca Knapp

Rebecca graduated from Stetson University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music Education specializing in instrumental music. She currently teaches strings and general music in Milford Public Schools. She studied cello under the tutelage of David Bjella as well as Tom May. In her undergraduate career Rebecca was awarded the William E. Duckwitz Talent Scholarship as well as the Olivia T. Rosa Music Scholarship. Among those awards she was named Outstanding Performer by the 2009 Naples Bach Festival and also the 2009 winner of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra’s concerto competition.

Currently Rebecca performs in orchestra pits and other ensembles. Rebecca holds the Massachusetts Teaching Certification for Music, grades Kindergarten through 12th. She is a member of the American String Teacher’s Association as well as the New England chapter of the National Orff Association. Rebecca approaches string pedagogy from a passionate standpoint. Her goal as an educator is to inspire and foster the love and the appreciation of music. When she is not teaching music, Rebecca resides in Franklin with her fiancé and two miniature dachshunds.

Alyssa Rae Surette

Alyssa is thrilled to be on the teaching staff at HCA.  With an extreme passion for the performing arts she has been performing, teaching, directing, and choreographing all over MA and RI for the past several years. Alyssa is a Boston-based actor working the past five years for companies such as New Repertory Theatre and Reagle Music Theatre. Credits include Me and My Girl, Singing in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof and many more. She is also no stranger to the New York stage as her credits include performances at Alvin Ailey and Carnegie Hall. Alyssa received her BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory and attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts majoring in theater as a high schooler. In addition to private voice and acting, Alyssa teaches Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, and Storybook Theater here at HCA.

Jack Byrne

Jack Byrne is a vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in Boston, MA. Jack holds a Bachelor’s in Music from UMass Amherst, and a Master’s in Voice Performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College. Jack is well versed in playing a wide variety of styles from Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Metal, Classical, and Jazz. He has performed as a guitarist on tour with Indie/Pop band, “The Narrative,” and has been performing and recording his own music for about 15 years.

Jack teaches lessons in Voice, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, and Mandolin. His teaching philosophy is that you are the artist, and he is simply nudging you along to find your own voice. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a more seasoned player, it is Jack’s mission to help each of his students find the confidence to achieve their artistic goals through fun and upbeat lessons.

Robb Millet

Robb offers guitar, (acoustic, Electric, slide, etc) Bass Guitar, and Mandolin lessons. He started his guitar/bass-playing career in 1965 at the age of 10, (5th Grade), and has been performing as a solo artist and in bands in and about the Boston/Metrowest area since 1971. During 1978 through 1982, as a member of the Hot Dates, he wrote and recorded several songs included on the Singles and eponymous vinyl LP “Hot Dates” released in 1981, which went on to receive varied amounts of local airplay on WBCN, WERS, WAAF and several college stations – These days, the album can be found in its entirety on YouTube. In the early 90s, with “The United Snakes”, Robb (as the bassist for that band) wrote and recorded several of the songs released on the CD “Lighten Up! This Ain’t Brain Surgery” to local critical acclaim. Since 1995, Robb has been the front man/protagonist/ringleader of the Spock Goes Mental floating pick-up band. Over the course of his career as a guitarist/bassist/songwriter/musician, Robb has played in many bands of varied genres, including Rock & Roll, Metal, Punk, New Wave, Fusion, Blues, Folk, Jazz and Avant Garde. He is fluent in many styles, from Drop-C Thud to Folk fingerstyle, slap-and-pop bass, and Mandolin improv.

Robb tailors the lessons to the student’s interest and ability, from traditional sight-reading and scales, to improvisation techniques, and even song writing. Students are encouraged to bring in music they like, to work towards as a goal. Overall emphasis is on the enjoyment of making music with the instrument. As Robb likes to say, “Guitar is supposed to be fun.”

Nicole DeMaio

Nicole is a Boston based composer, performer and educator with degrees in Music Education from Montclair State University and in Composition from The Boston Conservatory. Her compositions have won many contests and have been performed throughout the country. As a performer, Nicole is an established woodwind doubler, having performed in orchestras for more than 50 different productions throughout her career. She can be found performing with the Dudley Orchestra in Harvard and Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble, where she also works as the Artistic Director. Nicole currently teaches at Boston College High School in the Arrupe Division and the Brookline Adult and Community Education Center, and serves as the current Operations Manager for the Boston Civic Symphony.

“My teaching philosophy is that every student should be treated equally, weather they are studying music as a hobby or a career. My overall goal for each student is to help them develop the fundamentals they need to tackle music of any genre or for any ensemble, and to move at a pace that they find comfortable yet engaging.”

Melissa Ennulat

Melissa is a graduate of UMass Amherst with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.  She began teaching voice lessons at UMass where she also studied Vocal Pedagogy or the study of the art and science of voice instruction.  There she learned key teaching techniques that incorporate breathing, placement, posture, diction, among many others, to produce healthy singing.  Currently, she is working as a vocal instructor as well as teaching musical theater classes to young children. In her time at UMass she performed as a soloist in George Crumb’s The River of Life with the UMass Percussion Ensemble. She is also an avid Musical Theater performer and in the summer of 2012 she was a member of the College Light Opera Company. Recent roles include Greta Fiorentino (Street Scene), Hope (Urinetown), Fiona (Brigadoon), Eve (Children of Eden), Lucy (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown), Rosemary (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) and Fraulein Kost (Cabaret).

Richard Romiti

Richard Romiti earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Boston University’s College of Music and a Doctor of Music degree (in music theory and composition) from the University of Toronto. He has received grants, awards and fellowships in music composition from organizations that include the National Endowment for the Arts/American Music Center, Eastman School of Music (Eastman-Hanson Composition Prize), Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (two grants in composition), the University of Toronto and the Pittsburgh Flute Club.

He has musical works published by Southern Music Co. and Oregon Catholic Press.He served as Director of Music at St. John the Evangelist Church (Hopkinton, MA) from 1991-2015 and has taught music at many levels and at several schools and colleges, including Providence College, Rhode Island College, the University of Rhode Island and the University of Toronto. He has also served as Artist-in-Residence with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, teaching music theory and composition at No. Smithfield (RI) High School. He has been a piano instructor at HCA/ESL Theater and director of the Treblemakers vocal ensemble since 2009.

Betty Wycoff

have been teaching music for 45 years. My musical journey began when I studied violin in the third grade. By the time I was twelve I was studying with a teacher from the Boston Symphony. When I was 16, I started studying classical piano. I graduated Boston University School of fine arts with a double major in strings and musical education grades k-12. I was the director of elementary music in Stowe, Morrisville, and Elmore Vermont from 1968-1973. I then returned to Hopkinton to raise my family, teach general music in many surrounding towns, became the church organist for the Woodville Baptist Church for 25 years and also played violin in the Hopkinton Chamber Orchestra. I also played fiddle with the Vermont Fiddlers of Massachusetts for over twenty years.

My students are exposed to every avenue; classical, improvisation, composition, technical skills, sight reading, theory, and new pop music. Music is an art and I hope all my students will enjoy music as part of their adult lives.

Victoria Bartolomeo

Soprano Victoria Bartolomeo holds a Master of Music (M.M.) in Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania.

 

Ms. Bartolomeo's partial roles include: Ilia (Idomeneo), Blanche (Dialogues of the Carmelites), and the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte).  In April of 2014, Victoria participated as a chorus member in MetroWest Opera's production of Hansel & Gretel.  In October of the same year, Ms. Bartolomeo gave the modern-day premiere of vocal selections by Boston-based composer Salvatore Arnò (1884-1963).  In September of 2017, she performed the role of Dodo in The Merry Widow with Worcester Schubertiade.  Additionally, during the holiday season, Ms. Bartolomeo returns to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Acton, Massachusetts, to perform in their Lessons & Carols Service.

 

Along with being an active vocalist, Victoria performs as a pianist.  She could be seen most recently performing with the Westford Historical Society during a fundraising event titled An Evening at the Abbott Estate, in June of 2017.  Ms. Bartolomeo performed selections by Schumann, Mendelssohn, Donaudy, and Andrew Lloyd Webber on the home’s antique Steinway piano.

 

For the past seven years, Victoria has been teaching voice and piano lessons in the Greater Boston area.  During voice lessons, she guides students in improving their breath management skills, resonance, diction, range, and vocal timbre.  During piano lessons, Victoria focuses on note reading, rhythmic accuracy, and nuances such as dynamics and articulation, in order to build the strongest musical foundation for her students.

Rachel MacKenzie

Rachel, a Milford MA native, is a New York based actress, singer, and pianist. Rachel holds degrees in Piano, Voice, and Anthropology from UMass Amherst, a Masters in Music in Vocal Performance for Musical Theater and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from NYU where she served on the adjunct voice faculty for the past three years. Past shows at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts include Heathers, I Heart Cabaret, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 1776, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Baby, and We Tell The Story. Recent credits: A My Name Will Always Be Alice, Grand Hotel, Talking City, and Hairspray. Rachel has sung backup for many series and artists including Robin de Jesus, The Broadway Loves series, The Broadway Princess Party at 54 Below, and Grammy-nominated Chandrika Tandon’s newest Soul Chants album. Rachel also enjoys teaching voice and specializes in working with performers recovering from vocal injury. www.rachelannemackenzie.com

Judean LaSalle Feldman

has taught strings and piano privately and for a number of school systems since 1979. Ms. Feldman plays the violin in numerous orchestras and ensembles including the Worcester Symphony Orchestra, Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, and the MetroWest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton

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Michelle is the Director of Apple Country Music Together as of January 2016, and has been a Music Together® Teacher since 2003. Michelle has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and has discovered that being a visual artist greatly informs her Music Together® teaching. Michelle was personally selected by Tom Foote and Ken Guilmartin to pilot the new drumming program, Rhythm Kids®, featuring the African djembe. She has studied voice, piano, flute, piccolo and hand drumming, and quite brilliantly snapped her piccolo in half while branching out into percussion at a high school football game. Some of her happiest memories include being danced around the kitchen and sung to by her father. Michelle has been a member of many choirs, bands, and musical ensembles, and directed the children's choir at her church for several years. Michelle's love of music introduced her to Music Together® as a parent in 2002, which inspired her to become a registered teacher in 2003. In July 2010 she was awarded the Music Together® Certification I designation by the program's co-founder Dr. Lili Levinowitz. Michelle's favorite aspect of teaching Music Together® is nurturing the emotional connections between people through group music making. Michelle's goal as director is to bring the concept of making Music Together® to as many people - young and old - as possible. To achieve this, she has incorporated the Generations and Rhythm Kids® programs into Apple Country and has the goal of offering more Babies classes in the area. Michelle is the lucky mother of three wonderful children, wife to her soul mate, and is attempting to teach herself the ukulele, guitar, bodhran, accordian and kalimba. Michelle is passionate about world music and aspires to infuse a broad range of world music experiences and joy into her classes.

Jodi Stevens

Jodi Stevens is a professional bassist and educator. She teaches at two locations in Massachusetts and various instruments including bass guitar, saxophone, clarinet, guitar, piano, drums and co-directs a youth choir.

Mrs. Stevens is uent in many styles including jazz, blues, soul, rock and pop. She has played bass guitar with various musicians as well as various styles of bands including; e Mike Tarara Band, Bobby Gadoury,
Dale Freeman, Dale LePage, Voices of Metrowest, Shanna Jackman and 8misbehavin’.

She was 1 of 10 featured performers at Brandeis University’s “Alive By Her Own Hand” woman’s music festival in 2011 where she was selected to perform her original composition titled “Simpatico”.

Her original song “34268” is used as the theme song for the independent lm “Quest For e Indie Tube”. Another song was used in the soundtrack for “ e Great College Radio Hoax”.

She is endorsed by HARTKE bass amplifiers.

With 20 years teaching experience, Mrs. Stevens has been given so, many opportunities to meet learners of all ages, abilities and learning styles and constantly draws on this to o er her students the best possible learning experience. She always consider’s her students goals and musical interests and tailor their lessons to their specific needs.

Dance

Alyssa Rae Surette

Alyssa is thrilled to be on the teaching staff at HCA.  With an extreme passion for the performing arts she has been performing, teaching, directing, and choreographing all over MA and RI for the past several years. Alyssa is a Boston-based actor working the past five years for companies such as New Repertory Theatre and Reagle Music Theatre. Credits include Me and My Girl, Singing in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof and many more. She is also no stranger to the New York stage as her credits include performances at Alvin Ailey and Carnegie Hall. Alyssa received her BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory and attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts majoring in theater as a high schooler. In addition to private voice and acting, Alyssa teaches Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, and Storybook Theater here at HCA.

Maureen Lawler

Maureen began her dance training in Massachusetts and New York city. She continued her studies and performances until she opened up her own dance studio in 1998 where she taught dance to students ages 3 though adult. After 13 amazing years as a Studio owner she sold her business in 2011. She continues to teach dance at various studios and now has more time to create group and solo performance pieces for her students to perform at festivals and dance competitions.  

Jessica Pittsley John Rogers

Jessica Pittsley has been dancing for over 20 years. Trained in tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and musical theater, Jessica has danced competitively across New England. While pursuing her Bachelors Degree at Emmanuel College, Jessica was a dancer and choreographer for the Colleges Of the Fenway Dance Project under the direction of Kristen Duffy Young. Jessica's choreography has been featured in a number of Enter Stage Left shows at the HCA, including Legally Blonde, Throughly Modern Millie, and Heathers The Musical. While she is not teaching and choreographing at the HCA, Jessica works as a Clinical Social Worker in Worcester, MA. 

Theater

Alyssa Rae Surette

Alyssa is thrilled to be on the teaching staff at HCA.  With an extreme passion for the performing arts she has been performing, teaching, directing, and choreographing all over MA and RI for the past several years. Alyssa is a Boston-based actor working the past five years for companies such as New Repertory Theatre and Reagle Music Theatre. Credits include Me and My Girl, Singing in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof and many more. She is also no stranger to the New York stage as her credits include performances at Alvin Ailey and Carnegie Hall. Alyssa received her BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory and attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts majoring in theater as a high schooler. In addition to private voice and acting, Alyssa teaches Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, and Storybook Theater here at HCA.

Melissa Ennulat

Melissa is a graduate of UMass Amherst with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.  She began teaching voice lessons at UMass where she also studied Vocal Pedagogy or the study of the art and science of voice instruction.  There she learned key teaching techniques that incorporate breathing, placement, posture, diction, among many others, to produce healthy singing.  Currently, she is working as a vocal instructor as well as teaching musical theater classes to young children. In her time at UMass she performed as a soloist in George Crumb’s The River of Life with the UMass Percussion Ensemble. She is also an avid Musical Theater performer and in the summer of 2012 she was a member of the College Light Opera Company. Recent roles include Greta Fiorentino (Street Scene), Hope (Urinetown), Fiona (Brigadoon), Eve (Children of Eden), Lucy (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown), Rosemary (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) and Fraulein Kost (Cabaret).

Mark Schiappucci

Mark Schiappucci is a graduate of the New England Conservatory, where he studied classical vocal performance under William Cotten. As an active singer in the Boston area, Mark has been seen on stage performing choral works, art song repertoire, opera, and musical theater. In addition to performing, he is passionate about teaching, and fostering healthy vocal practices and an appreciation for music in young singers. Roles include: The Baker (Into the Woods), Mr. Cladwell (Urinetown), Frosch (Die Fledermaus) Anthony (Sweeney Todd), and Cliff Bradshaw (Cabaret).

Mary Scarlata-Rowe

(Magic Treehouse, The Little Mermaid) is one of the founding members of Enter Stage Left Theater.  She has been performing since age 6 and teaching/directing for the last 25 years.  As a member of Enter Stage Left she has performed and directed over 30 shows.  Mary is also a co-founder of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists, has several recordings and jingles to her name. Recently her focus has been to expand her theatrical offering to those with special needs and the aging population.

Julia Bartoletti

Theater and Dance Teacher

Bio coming soon...

Jessica Pittsley John Rogers

Jessica Pittsley has been dancing for over 20 years. Trained in tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and musical theater, Jessica has danced competitively across New England. While pursuing her Bachelors Degree at Emmanuel College, Jessica was a dancer and choreographer for the Colleges Of the Fenway Dance Project under the direction of Kristen Duffy Young. Jessica's choreography has been featured in a number of Enter Stage Left shows at the HCA, including Legally Blonde, Throughly Modern Millie, and Heathers The Musical. While she is not teaching and choreographing at the HCA, Jessica works as a Clinical Social Worker in Worcester, MA. 

Tamosin Johnson-Hellegers

Theater Teacher

Bio coming soon...

Writing

Kate Westhaver

(Creative Writing, College Essay) is a poet, essay writer, and teacher. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon, was the recipient of a Margery David Boyden Wilderness Writing award, and has spent time writing at the Vermont Studio Center and Providence Fine Arts Work Center.

She has over 12 years of experience teaching literature and creative writing at independent high schools and colleges. Her work has been published in Red Rock Review, US 1 Worksheets, and MiPoesias.

Barbara Varanka

(Creative Writing, Memoir) holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Bear ReviewThe Jet Fuel Review, and Booth. She is currently working on a creative non-fiction book about her parents’ immigration to America.

Yoga

Kandace Matzker

It was a common running injury that introduced Kandace Matzker (Vinyasa) to yoga. With a background in exercise, becoming a yoga instructor seemed like an organic progression. Kandace has a degree in kinesiology (the study of human movement), spent the years following college working in a hospital doing injury rehab and teaching many different exercise classes (spinning, kickboxing, stretching, conditioning, chair aerobics for arthritis) as well as personal training. These days Kadance can be found enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends or teaching yoga at REI.

“Yoga has the ability to create transformation. It provides necessary time to align, reflect and find inner strength. Like many, I was first attracted to the physical aspects of yoga but I soon found the rhythmic movement connected to breath soothed my mind and spirit. My goal is to bring all of this to my students in each and every class I’m blessed to guide. I encourage you to let your yoga practice be a journey of self-discovery and your inner teacher be your guide.”

Mary Starr Green

(Teen Yoga & Meditation: Chill Skills) is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practitioner. Her teaching is informed by meditation, visual arts and a passion for sharing self-care and wellness tools with people of all ages.

Anh Thomas-Wolfe

Vinyasa Yoga

Bio coming soon...