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 has been with Inside Broadway for over 10 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 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/
Patrick G. McGee is a teaching artist and a professional actor originally from Rochester, NY. He has his B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Niagara University where he graduated with honors and is currently working towards is M.S. Ed in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York. As a professional actor, he has worked in NYC, toured the US, and worked in many regional houses. Recently, his work in the film, Small Talk, has won several awards at many film festivals. As a teaching artist, he has worked with The Play Group Theatre, Manhattan Children's Theatre, and Brooklyn Acting Lab. He has directed The Jungle Book Kids and Willy Wonka Kids for Kidstage in Rochester, NY and also served as the head of the high school summer acting program for The Aquinas Institute Summer Theatre Intensive. It is his goal to create a fun, creative, and safe environment that is learner centered where everyone has the chance to learn and grow together! Check out http://www.patrickgmcgee.com/ for more information and updates!
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!
Jason E. Bernard
Jason E. Bernard - is a native of The Bronx, New York. At the age of 17 he made his Broadway Debut in the Tony Award winning musical "Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk". A few short years later he returned to Broadway in a featured role in "Riverdance On Broadway". Jason would continue performing with "Riverdance" Internationally for 10 years. The Spike Lee directed film "Bamboozled" would mark Jason's feature film debut where he was featured as the character J. Bunny. Jason is dedicated to teaching students of all ages and helping each student find his voice.
JACEY POWERS is an Off-Broadway actress and graduate of CAP21 at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She began teaching at age 16 and hasn’t stopped since. She has directed and choreographed more than two dozen children’s shows ranging from Seussical to Macbeth She has taught workshops for Annie On Broadway through PBS, and for Student’s Live! A division of NAMCO. She was the summer artistic director of the John Engeman School of Performing Arts and has taught at various programs throughout New York including TVI Studios, Applause, and the New York Public School System. Jacey is a member of Actor’s Equity. You can find out more about her at http://www.jaceypowers.com/
Nicole is a singer, costume designer, cake decorator, and all around creative chameleon. Performing highlights include BC/EFA’s 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre as well as The Wizard andI Chorus for Stephen Schwartz and the NY Pops and Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with MasterVoices, both at Carnegie Hall. Other favorites: SVU, My Fair Lady, Titanic, Beehive, The Last 5 Years, and The Yuletide Carolers. Nicole has also performed around the world on Regent, Princess, and Celebrity cruise lines. Nicole spent two years sewing theatrical and mascot costumes for Costume Specialists in Columbus, Oh, and has costumed many educational and regional productions. She also enjoys creating delicious baked goods for her home bakery Nicole’s Flour Garden. http://www.nicolecorris.com/
Sean is an experienced pianist, musical director, and arranger. He has traveled the world as a pianist and bandleader for various cruise lines. While earning a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, Sean performed with the Capital University Big Band at internationally acclaimed jazz festivals including Montreux, North Sea, and Umbria. Sean’s current influences include Ahmad Jamal, Art Tatum, Erroll Garner, and Red Garland. He is currently working through all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas.
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!
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!
Andrew J. Hanley is a New York City-based composer and lyricist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His works include Paris Girls (with Anderson John Heinz), Look (with Jessica Bedford), and The First Six,and contributions to the New York Neo-Futurists’ The Great American Drama. Andrew’s music has been heard in concerts and performances at Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, LA’s A Little New Music, Musical Theatre Factory, and NYMF, and more. He is a member of the writers group at Musical Theatre Factory, a resident company of Playwrights Horizons and has worked as a music assistant and copyist for Powerhouse Theater, New York Stage and Film, Disney Theatrical, Ambassador Theatre Group, and more.
Rodrigo Nogueira is a Brazilian playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, and director. He has written feature films distributed by Mira Vista (Disney’s Latin American division), Universal, and Sony Pictures.He wrote the book of the largest-ever theatrical production of a Brazilian musical, Rock in Rio: The Musical. In television, he was on the writing team responsible for the Brazilian version of the worldwide hit Ugly Betty.In the last 10 years, Rodrigo has written fifteen dramatic plays, four musicals, three films, two telenovelas and one TV show. He has won the Shell Award and APTR (Theatrical Producers Association of Rio de Janeiro) as best playwright, two of the most prestigious theater awards in Brazil.Rodrigo has directed five shows, three concerts and published two books. Last year, he wrote and directed the opening act for the “Rock in Rio” festival in Lisbon. This musical theater concert was performed daily for a crowd of 50,000 viewers, opening the main stage for artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Queen + Adam Lambert, and Maroon 5.Recently, he has moved to New York where he has been working on several projects including Life: The Musical, The Movie of Your Life, and One Night in New York!
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.
ASHLEY BROOKE MONROE is a New York-based theatre director and teaching artist. She has developed new plays and musicals with New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep, The Flea, Musical Theater Factory, New YorkTheatre Barn, The Culture Project, IRT and Special Sauce Company. As an assistant director she has worked on Broadway for the Tony-winning best musical Fun Home, The Glass Menagerie featuring Sally Field and Joe Mantello, and Indecent. Originally from Austin,TX, Ashley holds a BFA in Dramaturgy from the University of Oklahoma. She works as a program facilitator for the arts education non-profit ASTEP and has taught acting at Shanti Bhavan in India and the Allen-Stevenson School in New York City.
Catherine Braxton is a native New Yorker and performing artist who wears many hats. She has taught with Trinity Repertory Company, Greenway Arts Alliance, and many more since receiving her B.A. in Theater & Dance Studies/Africana Studies from Brown University/Wheaton College. Catherine is the Founder and Artistic Director of Speak Theater Company which is based out of New York and focuses on creating new works that tell stories of the lives and histories of people of color. Most recently, she finished an Education Internship with Trinity Repertory Company and was lucky enough to perform with the Brown/Trinity MFA Acting Program.
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!
Andrew Morrisey is an actor and teaching artist based in New York. He is originally from the east coast of Canada and holds a musical theatre degree from Sheridan College. Andrew has also attended the International Cabaret Conference at Yale University and Circle in the Square Theatre School. As an actor Andrew has been in many musicals, plays and cabarets throughout Canada and United States. His most recent solo cabaret was directed by Tony Award winner, Faith Prince. Currently he teaches singing and piano lessons at Front and Center in Springfield, NJ, at Giuliano's School of Music in Stamford, CT, and privately throughout Manhattan. For the past decade he has created and led a popular musical theatre Summer day camp in his hometown. Andrew is thrilled to be working with Inside Broadway and looks forward to the journey ahead!
Jake Bridges is a proud native of Birmingham, AL who now calls Brooklyn home. Jake has performed all over the country and internationally in the national tours of South Pacific, Beauty and the Beast,and aboard Disney Cruise Lines. Regional stops include North Shore Music Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Theatre By the Sea, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Red Mountain Theatre Company and the Barnstormers Theatre. He is thrilled to be joining the Inside Broadway family and has just recently embarked on the journey as an arts education instructor. He grew up engrossed in the arts as a child and cannot wait to impart his knowledge on the next generation of superstars!
Jessica Giannone is an actress, teaching artist, and NY Times recommended baker (PieBirds). She holds a M.A. in Professional Acting from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (UK) and B.F.A. in Performing Arts and Vocal Performance from The Savannah College of Art and Design. She is also a graduate of the Improv and Musical Improv programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Jessica has happily been teaching in NYC for over 7 years and is excited to be part of Inside Broadway! She’s taught with PS87 After school, Kids Creative, Joffrey Ballet School Musical Theatre Intensive, Stages on the Sound, and more.Programs included making films and creating musicals with kindergarteners to staging full productions with young professionals. Recently, she played Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, for which she was nominated for a Falstaff Award alongside Judi Dench. While in England, Jessica performed in Jez Butterworth's The River at The Tobacco Factory and Glasgow Citizens Theatre's production of The Libertine at the historic Bristol Old Vic. Previously, Jessica performed and workshopped at The Williamstown Theatre Festival and was part of the 1st NYC Revival of Michael John LaChiusa's Marie Christine. http://www.jessicagiannone.com
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.
Joan Cargill recently returned to Inside Broadway after a 16 year break! Arabella Hong Young was her long time vocal coach, as well as studying with renowned on camera coach Tim Phillips and Susan Batson. The most special moments in this work are watching the children transform from expressing themselves onstage.
Jacob is the Artistic Director of The Viewpoints Collective (NYC) as well as Merchants Hall Productions (VT). Recent productions directed by Jacob with MH include SPRING AWAKENING, EXIT THE KING, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, PIRATES OF PENZANCE. NYC and Regional credits include creating/developing THE FOUR SEASONS by Charles L. Mee, THE BAD YEARS (developmental workshop, immersive musical by Kerrigan & Lowdermilk), MY LIFE AMONG THE SERIAL KILLERS, an immersive thriller (TVC), BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME (Bordeaux Theatre, NYC), THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE and RENT (Weston Playhouse AMD), HAIR (Inn One Theatrics). Jacob works under the Viewpoints premise developed by Bogart, Landau, and Overlie.All of his work aims to come from the basis of classic theatre origin, storytelling. Working to share, inspire, collaborate and learn with the team/audiences he works with, using a mixture of mediums that heighten each specific project. Jacob is a passionate teacher, collaborator, and creator. He loves splitting his time between NYC and his home territory in VT.
Nora Fox is a performing/recording artist, multi-instrumentalist,writer and choreographer whose work has brought her to West Africa,Europe, South America, Broadway, and regionally throughout the country. Fox’s writing was recently selected and produced by NYU’s Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue directed by Anna Deavere Smith. She wrote for and performed in BARS Medley 2 filmed at the Public Theater with Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs, and has performed and lead masterclasses in Belarus's International Festival of Dance, Brown University, and for Grammy-winning Mark O’Connor’s string camp. Fox has shared the stage with Jon Batiste, Laura Benanti, and David Dorfman, and holds a BA in Literary Arts from Brown University. She is passionate about teaching all ages in groups and privately and is thrilled to work with Inside Broadway!
Amelia Jo Parish
Amelia Jo Parish is an actor, teaching artist and creative collaborator based out of Queens, NY. A native of the Ozarks, she studied Musical Theatre for two years at The Webster Conservatory in St. Louis. A proud member of Actors Equity Association, her performance resume includes appearances at The Muny, The Paramount Theatre, The St Louis Repertory Theatre and The Goodspeed Operahouse. She also serves as Literary Manager for the Chicago based musical theatre company, Firebrand Theatre. Amelia Jo is immensely proud to join the Inside Broadway team!
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.
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 atone of his next shows with Inside Broadway.
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.
Brittany is a New York City based artist dedicated to bringing awareness and finding peace through personal and spiritual connection. Hailing from Pittsburgh and a 2015 graduate of Point Park University with a BFA in Musical Theater. Having trained with Pittsburgh Musical Theater's Richard E. Rauh Conservatory and Pre- College Program from ages six to eighteen, she has had the privilege of traveling around the city performing in conservatory and main stage productions, singing competitions,and corporate event bands. Since moving to New York, she has established a well known presence in the music and cabaret scene appearing in venues ranging from 54 Below to The Cutting Room to the The Prince George Ballroom to The Laurie Beechman. Brittany has been directing, choreographing, and teaching private voice to youngins for the past 5 years. Her life has also brought her the gifts of leading meditation around NYC, and becoming the VP of Fundraising for the Green Hope Orphanage in Tanzania.
Andrew Haile Austin
Andrew Haile Austin is a composer, pianist and conductor living in NYC. As a composer, Andrew has participated three times in the Golden Fleece Opera Company’s Square One Series in New York, had songs performed by the New York Festival of Song, and has had several of his operatic works presented in New York, Virginia and in Baltimore, MD. In 2015/16, he was named composer-in-residence for the Tidewater Opera Initiative in Norfolk, VA who presented his new opera The Snow Maiden of Appalachia. As a music director, he has conducted over 100 productions across the country, most recently at Virginia Music Theatre, John Engeman Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, and Gateway Playhouse. Andrew holds a doctorate in composition from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Kevin Puts. www.andrewhaileaustin.com