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Faculty

TALI ALLEN  - Director of Education and Outreach
Voice & Musical Theatre

Triple Threats & Triple Threat TEENS Director

Tali is thrilled to be the Director of Education!  She has worked in performing arts education for the past 12 years, and has taught creative drama, musical theatre, choir, general music, and private piano/voice on all academic levels. She has also directed, music directed, and accompanied an enumerable amount of award winning  professional and youth productions across the country. Tali was a teaching artist with Tennessee Performing Arts Center (Nashville, TN) and Metropolis Performing Arts Center (Chicago, IL), where she was also the Director of the Music School.

After relocating to St. Louis in 2009, Tali  founded her own performing arts studio which offered private lessons and youth musical theatre programs in various school districts and parks & recreation departments throughout the city. She taught music and drama within the Archdiocese of St. Louis, was a member of the Theatre & Voice Faculty at COCA, and was the Music Director for Spotlight Productions in the Rockwood School District. She also conducted a series of musical theatre professional development workshops for the teachers of the Archdiocese.

In her new position at STAGES, Tali will direct the Triple Threats program, teach private voice and direct/music direct several theatrical productions for the Academy and Outreach programs.

KATIE HAYES - Outreach Coordinator
Dance & Musical Theatre

Katie is very honored and excited to be the Manager of Outreach at STAGES Performing Arts Academy.  She started her career in southern California, dancing for Disneyland and cheering for the LA Rams while receiving her Associates Degree with an emphasis in Musical Theater from Cypress College and continuing to Long Beach State with a BFA in Dance.  She was chosen to continue her education in a specialized program encompassing all aspects of Musical Theater through the Disney Entertainment Arts Program/South Coast Rep, while performing on the Queen Mary and Spruce Goose.  She has appeared at venues such as the Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater, The Fireside Dinner Theater, Music Theater West, Downey Civic Light Opera, La Mirada Civic Light Opera and the El Capitan Theater.  She has performed as a Singer/Dancer through Anita Mann Productions, on Holland America and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.  She has also performed in Japan for Tokyo Disneyland, Sanrio Puroland and Huis Ten Bosch. 

After leaving Southern California she moved to New York City to continue pursuing her career where she studied under scholarship at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and CAP 21: Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.  Other experience includes the role of the "Company" waitress for a year on The Guiding Light, a national Tour of Blues Clues Live, the Live Premier of Moulin Rouge at the Ziegfield Theatre, and as the Teaching Artist/Choreographer for Camp Broadway in NYC. 

DOMINIC DOWDY-WINDSOR - Associate Director of Education & Outreach

Voice & Musical Theatre

Dominic Windsor is honored to join the STAGES Teaching Artist family. He has spent the past 10 years performing professionally both locally and nationwide. Four of those years were as the music director for the Alhambra Youth Theatre in Florida, as well as the Education Coordinator. He has many awards and merits to his career including State-Vice President for the collegiate order of Missouri Music Educators Association and a coveted Arts For Life Award in 2011 for Best Actor in a Musical. In addition to numerous stage productions, he was thrilled to be in the Original professional Cast of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  Dominic also took home a Jax Artist Award for Best Supporting Actor opposite Cindy Williams. A constant student, studied acting under Tod Booth, one of the nation's foremost directors and acting coaches. Having performed in over 30 stage productions and 2 national tours, he is glad to return to St. Louis. With the work that is done through STAGES Performing Arts Academy and the legendary quality of STAGES productions, there was nowhere else he could imagine himself.

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KARA BURLEY -  Dance

Kara Burley was born and raised in Oklahoma where she trained at a competitive studio where she competed in many competitions and nationals around the US. She was an All Region and All American dancer during her Dance Team days in high school. Kara attended Southeast Missouri State University where she received her BFA in Dance. Shortly after graduation, Kara moved to Los Angeles and was taking as many classes as she could and choreographing small projects on the side. Kara has been teaching dance and master classes for 11 years and choreographing dances for recitals and concert stages for 10 years. Recently, she has started her own contemporary dance company called Fuse Dance Collaboration where they are focusing on dance on film.

PAUL CEREGHINO -  Voice, Acting & Musical Theatre

Paul Cereghino is a performer, pianist and arts educator based in St. Louis.   Locally he has worked with Shakespeare Festival, Max & Louie, Young Liars, St. Louis Actors Studio, Metro Theater, Mustard Seed and others.  He also performs and accompanies his own solo cabarets.  He played his second concert at the Sheldon last spring.   He also works for Parkway North High School as their choir accompanist, and has music directed for numerous companies and schools.  Paul also composes music; his original work was featured in Young Liars' recent production of Titus Androgynous.  He is developing an original play with music that will be featured alongside the Rooming House Plays in the 2018 Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival. Paul has a BFA in Theater Arts from Boston University. 

PAULA STOFF DEAN - Voice & Musical Theatre

Paula has been teaching at STAGES since 2004. She studied tap, jazz, and ballet at Gerri Stretz Academy, Jazz at the Dance Studio in Kirksville MO and St. Louis Academy of Dance, and Tap with Julia Peterson in Kirksville MO and at St. Louis Academy of Dance. Paula received her BA in Music, MA in Music Education, and MA in Vocal Performance from Truman State University where she was the assistant director and choreographer for their premiere show choir and taught private lessons and voice class for the university. Paula has taught K-5 music and middle school choir and musical theatre as well as musical theatre at various dance studios and performing arts academies in the St. Louis area. Her students have appeared in Opera Theatre St. Louis, The MUNY, and Stages St. Louis. Paula continues to perform for various theatre companies in St. Louis including Six Flags St. Louis, The Non Prophet Theatre Company, Stray Dog Theatre, and Dramatic License Theatre.

TED DRURY - Acting

Ted Drury has been a teacher, actor, and director in St. Louis, Chicago, and Montana. He studied theater at Washington University in St. Louis and Secondary Education at University of St. Louis. He has spent four years as a Tour Actor/Director with the Missoula Children's Theater, directing and performing in over 130 musical theater performances of Rapunzel, King Arthurs's Quest, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, The Tortoise and the Hare, and Pinocchio for K-12 students in 22 states, three Canadian provinces, and one Canadian territory. Ted has also taught with Stagecoach Theater of Chicago and Mad Science of Chicago. Locally he has performed with St. Louis Shakespeare and New Line Theater and in Chicago he performed with American Eagle Productions and the improv/sketch comedy group The Stuntmen. Ted holds a Missouri State Teaching Certificate and completed his student teaching at Clayton High School, where he directed 9th and 10th graders in a production of The Comedy of Errors.

AMANDA EARLS - Acting

Originally from St. Louis, Amanda is not only thrilled to be in her home state for the first time doing what she loves, but also thrilled to join the STAGES team. Amanda, a graduate of The University of Northern Colorado, was last seen in Denver in "Mary Poppins" as Ms. Andrew. Other favorite credits include the National and International tour of "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" (Jeannie), vocal soloist for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra's "An Evening with Gershwin" conducted by the late Marvin Hamlisch, Yitzak in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch", Amy in "Company", and Linda in "The Wedding Singer" directed by Mandy Moore (LaLa Land and SYTYCD choreographer). Amanda also had the privilege of teaching acting, musical theater, and audition techniques at Denver School of the Arts as well as a musical theater judge for the Colorado State Thespian Convention. She looks forward to not only introducing students to the wonderful world of theater, but also helping each student realize that their goals and dreams are reachable and achievable.

LOIS ENDERS - Dance

Lois is thankful to be returning for a 9th season with STAGES where she has appeared in such roles as Kristine in A CHORUS LINE and Bonnie Jean in BRIGADOON. After graduating from Webster University, she danced aboard the Norwegian Cruise Lines and performed for 5 seasons as a Rockette in the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. Lois was the Assistant Dance Captain/Swing for the 1st National Tour of Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS. Lois has also performed regionally at Riverside Theatre and in numerous productions at The Muny where she was also the Assistant Choreographer for the 2010 production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Lois is a proud member of AEA and AGVA.

MARY FEDAK - Dance

Mary has been very active in St. Louis community theater for over 15 years as an actress, dancer and choreographer. She has been nominated for several acting/choreography awards for Arts for Life and won an award for best choreography for her work on FMT's production of Fiddler on the Roof . She actively performs/choreographs for the St. Louis Strutters, St. Louis Showstoppers, and the Missouri River Cloggers, which she also co-directs. She has choreographed for Spotlight Productions in the Rockwood School District for five years and has taught Economics for over thirty years at UMSL and Washington University. She is also a proud wife, mother of three and grandmother of twin grandchildren!

PATRICE FOSTER - Acting

Patrice Foster earned a BA in Theatre from Greensboro College and a MFA in Acting from the University of Arkansas. For the past three years she has been working as an Actor, Director and Educator in Chicago. Focusing on new play development and devised work. While at the University of Arkansas, she taught Theatre Lecture and Acting I courses. Patrice has directed and acted in more than 85 plays and musicals for professional, educational and community venues. She has worked with Barter Theatre, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Collaboraction, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Step Up Productions, The Den Theatre, Pride Films & Plays, Eclipse Theatre Company and Pegasus Theatre Chicago, to name a few. She is a member of Waltzing Mechanics, a Chicago based verbatim documentary theatre company. Patrice is also an Adjunct Instructor at Lindenwood University.

SAM GAITSCH - Dance & Musical Theatre

Sam Gaitsch received her MFA in Dance from Washington University in St. Louis in May of 2018. She received her B.A. degrees in Psychology and Dance with a minor in Visual Art, magna cum laude from WashU in 2015. She aims to be a choreographer-director, and has developed a strong passion for teaching (all ages) in her experiences thus far. In addition to teaching at STAGES, Sam is currently Adjunct Faculty at COCA and Saint Louis University, a resident choreographer, administrator, and educator with CKDC, and teaching artist with Springboard to Learning. She has performed and choreographed for CKDC and The Slaughter Project Dance Company. Her choreography for Stray Dog Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening was nominated for the “Outstanding Choreography” Award by the Theatre Circle in 2018. She has performed in works choreographed (or re-staged by) Christine O’Neal, David Marchant, Cecil Slaughter, Dawn Karlovsky, Jock Soto, Rodney Hamilton, Sylvia Waters and Elizabeth Roxas, Kameron Saunders, Arica Brown, Madison DeWitt, and Lynn M. Bobzin. She has also performed or served as assistant choreographer in drama productions directed by Andrea Urice, Jeffrey Matthews, and Henry Schvey. Originally from Nashville, TN, her dance training background includes ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, modern, hip-hop, and improvisation. She was accepted to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Professional Division Summer Intensive at 16 years old. In the MFA program she sharpened her performance acumen by studying acting under Annamaria Pileggi and Andrea Urice as well. Essentially, Gaitsch's goal as a choreographer is to bridge the gap between professional concert dance and theatre. Using embodied expression as a way to access our shared humanity, her choreography often uses humor as a tool for social commentary. Gaitsch brings her joy for dance and creative expression to her teaching practice, and is grateful to now be a part of the STAGES staff!

ROB GRUMICH - Acting

Rob is excited to return to STAGES Performing Arts Academy after previously serving as the founding Director of Education & Outreach at STAGES, a position he held for 10 years until 2013.  He currently serves as the Director of Drama at Chaminade College Prep where he teaches high school and middle school theatre along with directing three productions per year. In addition to his time at STAGES, Rob has also previously worked with COCA, Shakespeare St. Louis, Gateway Performing Arts and various schools throughout the St. Louis area. He holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Western Illinois University and is married to Molly and the proud father of Jimmy and Mimi.

MEG RODD GUNTHER - Musical Theatre & Dance

Meg is originally from New Jersey and received her Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theater Performance at Wagner College in New York, currently ranked one of the TOP TEN "Best College Theater" by the Princeton Review. In the past she was part of the Education Department of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, hosting tours, organizing the Student Matinees, and booking the Imaginary Theatre Company Touring Children's Theatre. Meg has been involved with theater companies all over St. Louis, most recently: HotCity Theatre, Stray Dog Theatre Co., and New Jewish Theatre. She was nominated for a Kevin Kline award with New Jewish Theatre in 2007 for Best Supporting Actress. She has also taught acting, improv and musical theatre classes at COCA. As a choreographer and director Meg is inspired by working with young adults and children for their eagerness to learn, and their willingness to try anything. She now focuses on working with schools' after-school musical theatre programs as a choreographer, and/or musical director in the Parkway School District, and at private schools in St. Louis. This is her first year with the Academy, and she could not be more excited to get to work with all these talented artists.

PAULA HELLER - Access the Arts

Paula, a St. Louis native, is excited to work with STAGES St. Louis. She has spent the last 25 years teaching theatre arts at Mehlville High School in south St. Louis county. She has directed over 70 plays with youth of all ages and abilities. She has worked with Theatre Unlimited and the Teen Theatre program at the Jewish Community Center. She is currently working with That Uppity Theatre Company’s DisAbility Project. She has begun working with the Prison Performing Arts organization in St. Louis. She is a past recipient of the BUSS Fellowship through the English Speaking Union of St. Louis, spending time at the Globe Theatre in London participating in Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance, a program for secondary teachers. She is working towards Drama Therapy certification through the North American Drama Therapy Association on which she proudly serves as Alternative Track  Representative on the association ‘s board. She believes strongly in the significant personal and community growth that empowers participants of Arts programs. 

LAUREN HUNSINGER - Musical Theatre

Lauren Hunsinger is thrilled to be a part of the teaching staff at STAGES Performing Arts Academy! Lauren grew up here in St. Louis but in 2001 moved to Nashville, TN to attend Belmont University where she received her Bachelor of Musical Theatre degree. For the past 3 years, Lauren has lived with her husband just outside of Philadelphia, PA were she performed for Sight & Sound Theatres. She has worked professionally in television and film while living in Los Angeles during 2009 where she also became an active member of AFTRA. Lauren is excited to be near family and working in the theatre community here in St. Louis!

ELLEN ISOM - Triple Threat TEENS & Dance

Ellen Isom has been a performing artist and arts educator for over twenty-five years. You may have seen her on stage at the Robert G. Reim theatre where she's performed in over 40 productions at STAGES. You may have seen her choreography in the St. Louis area at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Arrow Rock Lyceum, New Jewish Theatre, and STAGES. Currently an adjunct professor at Webster University and Fine Arts instructor at Visitation Academy, her career has taken her across the United States from glaciers in Alaska to the beaches of Florida and across the world from the fjords of Norway to the jungles of Bali.  Her students have ranged in age from 2 to 80.While her main focus is dance training (ballet, jazz , musical theatre and tap), Ellen strives to teach people how to be story-tellers through dance and how to use their bodies to connect their voices and their acting to their story.  All artists communicate their stories in a variety of ways and they need specific tools to help them. Training in dance/music/acting is the way to develop those tools, and helping students achieve that is Ellen's passion. She is honored to join Tali as co-director of Triple Threat Teens. 

JEREMY JACOBS - Musical Theatre

A Kansas City native, Jeremy Jacobs is a classically trained pianist, music director, singer, actor, and musical theatre enthusiast who is thrilled to be joining the STAGES team. He currently is a student at Webster University studying Music Direction for Musical Theatre, where he is a full-tuition Presidential Scholar. In Kansas, he played keys in pits or music directed shows like Heathers: the Musical, The Wizard of Oz, Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act, and the Midwest Premiere of School of Rock: the Musical. Previous stage performance credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Bye Bye Birdie (where he was nominated for the Starlight Blue Star Award for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role as Albert Peterson), Xanadu, All Shook Up, and Harvey. Jeremy’s passion lies in changing lives and influencing the world through the stories that theatre presents; instilling a passion and love for theatre in students is such a powerful endeavor that he cannot wait to continue to do with STAGES.

THOMAS JACOBSON - Dance

A native of Fargo, ND, Thomas Jacobson began performing at Trollwood Performing Arts School where he also took classes under professors from around the country in dance, acting, improvisation, physical theatre, and musical theatre. In 2009, Thomas joined Minnesota Dance Theatre’s trainee program along with a company position with the Breaking Boundaries Dance Company—both based in Minneapolis, MN. Thomas graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a Bachelors Degree in Dance and was awarded the Outstanding Graduating Senior Scholarship Award. While in college he had the privilege of training with Aszure Barton, Ben Wardell, Autumn Eckman, Jaclyn Walsh, and Larry Keigwin. He worked with Northwest Dance Project during their LAUNCH 10 program, training with Northwest Dance Project, Whim W’him Dance Company, and Lucas Crandall plus performing original works from Banning Bouldin and Yoshito Sakuraba. Thomas danced with Thodos Dance Chicago for two seasons and is currently on his first season with The Big Muddy Dance Company in St. Louis, MO.

EVANN JONES - Outreach

Evann De-Bose is a native of St. Louis, MO. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts from Stephens College. Evann is a teaching artist with STAGES St. Louis and COCA, a preschool music teacher at Eliot Chapel Nursery School, and a licensed Zumbini® Instructor. She previously taught and directed at TRYPS Theatre Institute in Columbia, MO.  Evann has performed at several venues including The Black Rep in St. Louis, MO and Okoboji Summer Theatre in Okoboji, IA. A few of her professional theater credits include "Glinda" in The Wiz, "Singing Mary" in Black Nativity, "Sophie" in Ruined, "Mrs. Potts" in Beauty and the Beast, "Marta" in Company, a "Dynamite" in Hairspray, and "Lucille" in Junie B. Jones: Top-Secret Personal Beeswax.

JULIE KRIECKHAUS - Access the Arts & Acting

Julie Krieckhaus is a native of St. Louis and received her BA in 1976 from Webster University where she completed the Theatre Conservatory program with an emphasis in directing Julie has been teaching and directing in the St. Louis area (and elsewhere) for over 20 years. She has been Director of Education for the Muny First Stage, Coordinator of Theatre Programs for CASA (St. Louis Conservatory and Schools for the Arts), and Director of the Creative Dramatics Workshop at Webster University. Her directing credits include THE UGLY DUCKLING and RIP VAN WINKLE for Theatre Project company, EAR YOUR HEART OUT, HOLD ME! and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM for CASA, several scenes for the Equity Actor's Showcase and two operas for young people; the St Louis premiere of Green Eggs and Ham and The Storyteller, produced by the St. Louis Symphony Children's Choir. Most recently Julie was the drama director at Crossroads School where she directed three Shakespeare productions, seven musicals and five full length straight plays as well as teaching theatre classes and tap. For the past 19 years she has had the privilege of teaching Music and Movement to developmentally disabled pre-schoolers and elementary age children at Good Shepherd School for Children.

SUSIE LAWRENCE - Acting, Dance, & Musical Theatre

Susie Lawrence is a St. Louis native who has always loved theatre. An alumni of Clayton High School, Susie performed abroad at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and participated in several summer programs, such as Missouri Fine Arts Academy. Susie went on to receive her BFA in Acting in 2013 from Millikin University, where she was a Presidential Scholar. She also studied abroad and performed with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, England. Susie has been working as a teaching artist since 2010, and has taught with COCA, the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, and the JCC Youth Theatre. Susie has also performed with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Ozark Actor’s Theatre, the Belleville Ballet, and Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis. In addition to teaching classes at STAGES, Susie serves as director for several Outreach productions at various St. Louis area schools. Susie is thrilled to share her love of acting and performing with the STAGES community, and her hometown, St. Louis.

ASHLEY MEYER - Dance

Ashley Meyer, originally from St. Louis, recently moved back after living in New York City for three and a half years. She has performed in over 10 shows at The MUNY. Some of her favorites were Pauline in West Side Story, Throughly Modern Millie, and 42nd Street. She has also performed traveling with Disney Cruise Line and dancing for the USAF Band in Washington D.C. She is proud to say she is the assistant choreographer for the MUNY Teens Touring Troupe and has an absolute passion for teaching kids/teens. She is thrilled to be on the teaching staff at STAGES St. Louis!

BAILEY PASHIA - Musical Theatre

Bailey is beyond thrilled to be back at STAGES after taking a short break to stay home with her now, three-year-old! She graduated from Western Illinois University where she earned her BFA in Musical Theatre. After working at various, professional theatre companies as an actor, she decided to follow her heart and start her career as a theatre arts educator. She started with STAGES five years ago as an intern and moved up in the ranks and now teaches in the Academy, as well as, in Outreach classes in the St. Louis Metro area. When Bailey isn’t teaching she is running her successful photography business, drinking plenty of iced coffee, or spending quality time with her family!

LIBBY SALVIA - Triple Threats & Dance

Libby Salvia’s extensive training in dance includes ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop. Libby has danced her way across many stages, including The Muny, where she performed in Anything Goes, South Pacific, Guys & Dolls and Evita, to name a few. Before coming to COCA, Libby was a member of the Touch Jazz Dance Company in Chicago and also established a Pilates program for the New City YMCA in Chicago. She has taught both dance and choreography in Chicago and St. Louis.


MARY BETH SCHULTE - Access the Arts

Mary Beth works with the Access the Arts classes and camps for students with learning and behavior challenges. She has seen the program grow from the initial summer camp session to weekly classes during the school year and performance camps in the summer. Working at STAGES combines her love of theatre with her background in special education.  Mary Beth graduated from Fontbonne College (now University) in 1981 with a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education, and has worked for the Department of Special Education for the Archdiocese of St. Louis in two capacities--full-time teaching and special religious education for 30+ years. She currently teaches at The Academy at St. Sabina, a Catholic elementary school in Florissant that serves students with a variety of challenges, and she is a consultant for the Religious Education Office of the Archdiocese, helping Parish Schools of Religion to include students with special needs. Mary Beth is proud to be a part of STAGES Performing Arts Academy, because its emphasis on the process of theatre education always produces a quality product.

NICOLAS VALDEZ - Musical Theatre & Voice

Nicolas Valdez is a classically trained singer and pianist with expertise in musical theater repertoire. In addition to teaching and performing, Nicolas works as a musical theater music director. He moved from California where he music directed Footloose, The Addams Family, Mary Poppins, Jekyll and Hyde, RENT (in which he was nominated for a Sacramento Elly Award for best music direction), 13! The Musical (also nominated for best music direction), Into the Woods, and piano conducted The Who's Tommy at The Harris Center. In the Midwest he has assistant music directed The Glorious Ones and The Drowsy Chaperone at Webster University and worked as a music director at the Clinton Area Showboat in Iowa doing Newsies, Footloose, The Bridges of Madison County, Madagascar, and 101 Dalmations. Just recently, he served as the pianist for the Arch City Theater Troupe's You Will Be Found fundraiser for JDRF at John Burroughs and will be music directing Anything Goes at New Line Theater in January 2017. He is on faculty at COCA as well as Music Director for Samuel United Church of Christ. In addition to his MD credits, he has performed behind Barry Manilow and accompanied masterclasses for Adam Pascal and Christine Brewer.

KEITH TYRONE WILLIAMS - Dance

Keith Tyrone Williams brings a very diverse experience to STAGES Performing Arts Academy. He has performed, directed, and choreographed throughout the United States and extensively in Europe. He is artistic director of Innervision Dance Theatre, which most recently premiered the inspirational work, The Ties That Bind, to sold out audiences. Some may remember him as “Horse” in The Full Monty at STAGES St. Louis for which he won the prestigious Kevin Kline Award. His choreographic work of “Sarafina”, a musical about South African apartheid, received rave reviews and garnered him another Kevin Kline Award for best choreography. He also appeared in Damn Yankees (Applegate) for which he won the Woodie King Jr. Award for best actor, was the recipient of the Katherine Dunham Award, and the NAACP Cultural Arts Award. Keith has appeared in many national, international, and Broadway productions, such as Legs Diamond, Once On This Island, Five Guys Named  Moe, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Starlight Express, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber, and is currently working on his dream production of The Ties That Bind, believing that it will one day be performed on the Broadway Stage. Keith is very proud to be among the few people certified by Katherine Dunham to teach the world renowned Dunham Technique, and served as co-writer and appeared in the historic documentary on Dunham Technique with the Library of Congress and performed in the Dunham Gala performance at Carnegie Hall. Keith has a BS in Theatre/Dance (Southern ILL University Edwardsville, MA Theatre/Directing (Lindenwood University) and completing his MFA (Directing). He has been a member of Actors Equity Professional Union for more than 30 years, and is excited about sharing his years of professional experience to the wonderful young artists at STAGES Performing Arts Academy.

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