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Ray Walker made his Broadway debut as "Marius" in the smash hit musical Les Miserables. Other Broadway credits include "Annas" in Jesus Christ Superstar, "Doody" in Grease! with Rosie O'Donnell and Brooke Shields and "Whizzer" in Falsettos. Ray appeared in the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Whistle Down the Wind directed by Hal Prince and sang with Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford at the London Palladium and on a North Amercian tour of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Ray received critical acclaim for his portrayal of "Freddie" in the off-Broadway revival of Chess. Other credits include understudying Donny Osmond in the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, co-starring with Melissa Manchester in The Music of the Night, appearances in The Radio City Music Hall Magnificent Christmas Spectacular and starring roles in numerous regional theatre productions. In concert, Ray has sung all over the world including a concert tour with Academy Award winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and in concert with the Bolshoi Symphony in Moscow. Ray began his career at North Carolina Theatre and throughout the years has thrilled audiences in NCT productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, Chess, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Children of Eden and Evita.
Mr. Hernandez comes to North Carolina Theatre Conservatory with more than 20 years of experience as a professional chore-ographer, actor, dancer and educator. He made his Broadway debut in the Tony award winning musical Jerome Robbins' Broadway. Other credits include Bob Fosses' Dancin', Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, the National Tour of Evita and The Gingerbread Lady starring Oscar winner Shelly Winters. As a choreographer, Tito has worked at Houston's Theatre Under the Stars, The Alley Theatre, Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre and Disneyland. Mr. Hernandez has had a long history with NCT, including choreographing productions of Evita, (starring Ray Walker and Lauren Kennedy), The King and I, (starring Lou Diamond Phillips) and NCT's Summer Theatre Arts School (STAS). He is choreographer of NCT's and BSS's co-production of Disney's High School Musical and the STAS 2007 production.
Ms. Juric was a soloist with the Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet. Under the direction of former New York City Ballet prima ballerina Maria Tallchief, she performed Balanchine repertoire with such notable dancers as Jacques d’Amboise, former NYCB principal, Academy- and Emmy-Award winner, and founder of the National Dance Institute; Hinton Battle, three-time Tony Award winner, the original star of Broadway’s Miss Saigon, and the original “Lion” in The Wiz; Ronald Perry, formerly of American Ballet Theatre and the Dance Theatre of Harlem; and Daniel Baudendistel of the Joffrey Ballet Company. “Miss Eileen” trained on full scholarships at the Joffrey Ballet School and the School of American Ballet (school of the New York City Ballet). She also had the great honor of studying with prominent New York teachers David Howard, Robert Joffrey, Finis Jhung, Maggie Black, Zena Rommett, and Lawrence Rhodes. After her performing career, Miss Eileen returned to the Joffrey Ballet School to pursue a teaching career and train, assist, and substitute teach in the children’s program. She was a faculty member of the Princeton Ballet School (official school of the American Repertory Ballet), and she toured throughout the country on the convention and competition circuit. For fifteen years she owned and operated her own studio, Basically Ballet, in New Jersey. Her students from this school have received scholarships to the famed Joffrey Ballet School; attended the North Carolina School of the Arts; ranked among the top four finalists on an Emmy-nominated dance reality TV show; trained at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles; served on the faculty of the Alvin Ailey School; and started their own companies. For the past several years Miss Eileen has been teaching in North Carolina, and she is enjoying her new-found home.
Administrator Before moving to Raleigh Jonathan was Artistic Director for Jonesborough Repertory Theatre, in Jonesborough, TN and prior to that Director of Education and Outreach for Opera Memphis. He received his BFA in Performance Theatre from University of Memphis. Between TN and NC he has directed over
25 productions in local area theatres as well as had multiple plays of his own produced and performed including both an original adaptation of A Christmas Carol and a comparison and contrast of Shakespeare's MacBeth to the Verdi Opera that toured Memphis High Schools.
Michael has recently relocated from NY to NC. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Crane School of Music in voice and choral singing. As a musician, he has played for the First National Tour of Disney's High School Musical, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Branson MO production) and many regional theater productions. Locally, Michael has played in the orchestra's for NCTC's Master STAS production of Tommy, and Hot Summer Nights concert Oh What A Night!
As an educator, Michael has been a teacher in the NY public school system as well as many years of after school and summer theatre programs. Michael comes to NCTC with over 10 years experience teaching piano and voice lessons. At the conservatory, he accompanies Live On Stage classes as well as the Lobby Singers.
Paul Paliyenko is a professional actor and director who has performed on various Triangle stages and on stage, screen and radio in Boston. Notable local stage performances include Theatre Raleigh-Hot Summer Nights' August: Osage County (Eric Woodall) and Barefoot in the Park (Richard Roland) and Burning Coal Theatre Company's To Kill a Mockingbird (Randall Curtis Rand), Way to Heaven/Camino al Cielo (Matthew Earnest) and David Edgar's The Prisoner’s Dilemma (Jerome Davis). Paul is also an award-winning freelance producer-director of hundreds of film, video and audio programs. He taught casting and auditioning workshops for the Boston SAG Conservatory as well as film production at Boston University and Emerson College. Paul trained with Michael Shurtleff (Acting) and Keith Johnstone (Improv).
Kimberly is thrilled to be a part of the NC Theatre Staff as Conservatory Administrator. She also works as the Wardrobe Supervisor for their main stage productions. Kimberly has been acting and singing since the age of 7. She was even part of the NCT Summer Theatre Arts School over a decade ago. She also performed in a few NCT productions such as: A Man of No Importance, Wizard of Oz, and High School Musical. Outside of NCT, Kimberly has appeared as Tracy Turnblad in the musical Hairspray in two different productions. She was also runner up for the role in the movie. More recently though, Kimberly took on the role of being a wife to her loving husband Michael.
A professional actress with over twenty-five years' experience in Theatre (Off-Broadway/National Tours/Regional Theatre) Film, and Television, Christine holds a BFA from Syracuse University and an MFA from the University of Illinois. She has taught acting and voice/speech at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois and Prairie State College. She has appeared in numerous North Carolina Theatre productions, including Elsa in The Sound of Music, Ms. Darbus in Disney’s High School Musical and Velma von Tussle in Hairspray. She has also served as Dialect coach for the North Carolina Theatre Kids on Broadway productions of A Man of No Importance and Whistle Down the Wind. She is an instructor at the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory and served as an adjudicator for the North Carolina Theatre Capital Awards recognizing excellence in Musical Theatre in area High Schools.
Tatiana Guy has been teaching musical theatre, drama and voice for over a decade.
She currently teaches music and drama at The Magellan Charter School and volunteers
as music and drama director with S.T.A.R (Special Theatre Arts of Raleigh). Tatiana is
no stranger to the NCT stage. Favorite productions include “Jesus Christ Superstar”,
“Fiddler On The Roof”, “The Secret Garden”, La Cage aux folles”, and “Wizard of Oz”.
Outside of the classroom, Tatiana works as a professional voice-over artist for radio,
television and film. For the past 15 years, She has lent her voice to numerous local,
regional and national commercials and can be heard as the voice of the mother in the
holiday animated film “An Elfʼs Story” based on the book “An Elf On The Shelf”.
As an actor, Lisa Jolley has performed on Broadway in Hairspray, at Yale Repertory Theater in The King Stag, and at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Sweeney Todd among others. Her television work includes Law & Order: SVU, Sex and the City, and Hope and Faith. Locally, she was last seen in NCT's Hairspray, The Producers, and Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy's The Great American Trailer Park Musical and Sylvia. This summer, she will also appear in HSN's Oh What a Night!
An improvisor for twenty years, she has been a cast member/team player with Amsterdam’s Boom Chicago, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Magnet Theater, Chicago City Limits, and the original cast of the long form Evente directed by Armando Diaz.
She has studied with Paul Sills, Armando Diaz, all four members of the Upright Citizens Brigade, Kevin Mullaney, Todd Stashwick, and Ali Farahnakian.
Lisa has taught improvisation in NYC, the Yale School of Drama, the Wharton School of Business, Camp Broadway, Broadway Theatre Project, as well as corporate workshops in the Netherlands. Lisa currently lives in Raleigh with her husband Mike and three year-old son George.
Bryan is currently the theater director at Heritage High School in Wake Forest. He has a degree from the prestigious University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH where he had the amazing privilege of studying voice with the late Andrew White as well as Tom Baresel. Bryan has over 15 years’ experience of private voice and piano instruction as well as over 30 directing and musical theater production credits both in North Carolina and Florida. He is a certified theater and music educator both in North Carolina and Florida and has run numerous, highly successful theatrical workshops and summer programs. Former students have appeared on multiple seasons of American Idol, can be seen on Broadway stages, and have had leading roles in both television shows and blockbuster movies. Bryan lives in Wake Forest with his wife Kristen and his 6 amazing children.
Page Purgar is a graduate of the New world School of the Arts in Miami as a musical theater major. Locally, she has worked as an actor with Deep Dish Theater, Theatre in the Park, Raleigh Little Theatre, Carrboro Arts Center, Little Green Pig, Burning Coal and Raleigh Ensemble Players. During her 4 year tenure as a board member at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, she produced, assistant directed and choreographed a number of teen and children's show for the theater.
Dana Marks is an actor, singer, teacher and director based in Durham, NC. She has an MFA in Acting from The American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. International credits: Phaedra 4.48, Rhinoceros (MXAT, Moscow); Macbeth (ETA Hoffmann Theatre, GER.); Piluve Del Siluvio (Italy). Other credits: Highway Ulysses (A.R.T.;Norton Award Winner), Children Of Herakles (A.R.T.); Rhinoceros (MXAT/A.R.T.), Savage In Limbo, House Of Yes, A Winter’s Tale (ART IATT).
She is also Managing Director of the award-winning Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, which she runs with her husband, actor/director, Jay O’Berski. Acting credits with LGP: CELEBRATION, HMLT, DONALD, ANARCHIST!, Sarah Kane’s 4.48 PSYCHOSIS, Ariel Dorfman’s PICASSO’S CLOSET, JANE EYRE, Virginia Woolf’s THE WAVES, GOIN’ A BUFFALO, FISTFUL OF LOVE, William T. Vollmann’s EUROPE CENTRAL, STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, IN THE DOGHOUSE: The Execution Of Dostoyevsky, THREE SISTERS. Dana also works with Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, NC and has been seen there in Cape Disappointment, Buddy Cop 2, Age of Arousal, an oak tree, The Fall to Earth, Back of the Throat. With Theatre Raleigh: God Of Carnage, Other Desert Cities, Turn Of The Screw. Her directing credits include: the upcoming AND THE ASS SAW THE ANGEL, IN ON IT, HARRIET JACOBS, THE ITALIAN ACTRESS, DOG FROM HELL, MY LOVELY SUICIDES, and FAITH HEALER.
Dana is also a private acting, movement, and dialect coach and teaches acting at Duke University. In her spare time, she skips across the globe performing with Curtis Eller’s American Circus.
Mary Kathryn Walston earned a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree in vocal performance and pedagogy from Meredith College. She has performed in musicals and operas and also as an oratorio soloist. For the past twenty years Ms. Walston has maintained a private voice studio, taught musical theatre classes, camps, and workshops, and served as musical director for shows in the Raleigh area.
Joshua Patton is a teacher and performing artist, with a background in theater, music, and dance. He graduated from Concordia University in 2011 with a BFA in Theater and Development, where his skills and qualities as a performer and director developed greatly. During, and after his time at Concordia University, Joshua pursued opportunities as an actor, teacher and animator of contemporary theatre and theatre as a catalyst for community development. In 2014, he completed his Masters of Arts in Teaching with Theatre K-12 licensure from Belmont University.
Sierra recently received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Meredith College, where she double majored in dance studies and psychology. While attending Meredith, she was the choreographer for two of Meredith's theatre productions and choreographed five different pieces within the dance department that were all chosen for Gala performances. One of her pieces was also performed in Destiny Dance Institute's Gala performance and will be re-staged for this year's ALL-Dance Festival this September. Before Meredith, Sierra trained with Nina Wheeler for fourteen years in many different styles of dance including tap, jazz, ballet and modern. Sierra's teaching experience includes being a teacher's assistant at Nina's School of Dance, teaching gymnastics and just recently she interned under Tito Hernandez at the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory in the Spring of 2015. You may have also seen Sierra at Releve Dancewear where she is a Sales Associate, Pointe Shoe Fitter and Closer. Sierra is extremely excited to return to NCT in the fall and invites anyone of any age to attend her class!
Bianca Casusöl is a writer and improviser who has performed on house teams at the Magnet Theater, including The Armando Diaz Experience as well as co-founding The Magnet's pre-eminent poetry-meets-improv show, KISS.PUNCH.POEM. A touring member of the acclaimed Story Pirates she has written and performed in improv and sketch shows throughout the tristate area and taught workshops in writing and improv. She has been fortunate enough to study with Alex Marino, Louis Kornfeld, Megan Gray, Mark Grenier, Rick Andrews, Russ Armstrong, Armando Diaz, Zach Ward, and Paula Pazderka. When she's not improvising or writing fake news for Reductress.com, she can be found tirelessly working toward her goal of turning into a British old lady detective named Hazel Plumpington, and using her improv skills to help solve crimes.
The North Carolina Theatre Conservatory also offers private lessons in the following areas. Please contact the teachers below for more information.
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