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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.
Sherry Lee studied Musical Theatre and earned a BA degree in Dance from Point Park University in her hometown of Pittsburgh. As a performer, Sherry has been a member of Actors Equity for 20 years and has appeared in the National Tour of Evita and the European Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. Locally, Sherry has appeared in NCT's production of Evita and recently in Hot Summer Night's Marvelous Wonderettes.
As an educator, Sherry has been an Adjunct Professor in Dance and Theatre at Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College and Cornerstone University . Sherry comes to NCTC with several years of teaching piano and voice lessons. Sherry was proud to assist good friend, Tito Hernandez in Hot Summer Nights' production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical as well as NCTC's Master STAS productions of Fame and All Shook Up. This October, Sherry Lee will assistant direct and choreograph NCT's production of Evita.
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).
I teach because I love sharing the joy of movement. I believe passionately that the best way to feel better and improve our lives is through empowered and supported movement. My teaching style combines classical Pilates repertory with a contemporary understanding of anatomy, biomechanics, and an individual’s needs.
In order to give my client the best possible session for his/her body, I incorporate other movement studies into my teaching. These include: modern dance, yoga, Gyrokinesis, the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, and the Klein
Kimberly is thrilled to be a part of the NC Theatre Staff as part-time 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 musical Hairspray in two different productions. She was also runner up for the role in the movie. But her most exciting credit is yet to come. In December Kimberly will be taking on the biggest role of her life as wife.
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”.
Ian Finley is a theatre educator and playwright, most recently serving as the North Carolina Piedmont Laureate in the field of dramatic writing.
Finley originally hails from Utah, where he studied at the University of Utah, and premiered YOU CAN SAY THAT AGAIN: A TRIO FOR SECRETARIES (KCATF 2001) and THE NATURE OF THE NAUTILUS (Kennedy Center/Jean Kennedy Smith Award winner 2002).
Finley received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of Performing Arts. While there he received the Harry Kondoleon Award for playwriting and premiered GREEN SQUARE, NIGHTINGALE SONG and SUSPSENSE (recently performed by Bare Theatre Company in Durham and as part of the 10 x 10 Festival in the Triangle at the Carrboro Arts Center).
For the “Our Histories,” series at Burning Coal Theatre Company, Finley has partnered with numerous Wake County organizations (including Historic Oakwood Cemetery, the Raleigh City Museum, Mordecai Historic Park, the Town of Cary, and others) to create original scripts inspired by the history of the area and performed in spaces relevant to the characters. As part of the “Our Histories” series, Finley has dramatized 85 separate stories of the history of Wake County.
In addition to his work as a playwright, Finley has worked on film projects and computer game design. His writing in this area includes KLOCKWERK: THE SHADOW IN THE CATHEDRAL (Textfyre Inc, 2008), KAGED (1st Place, International Interactive Fiction Competition, 2000), EXHIBITION and BABEL (XYZZY Award for Best Story).
Finley currently serves as Head of Drama at Research Triangle High School, and continues to write for theatre companies throughout the Triangle. His most recent works include a 2-part adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s JUDE THE OBSCURE for Burning Coal, the ten-minute plays THE INTERIOR OF THE OUDE KERK and BRONZE for the Ackland Museum at UNC, and UP FROM THE GROUND for the Piedmont Laureate program.
Tracey Coppedge is a full-time actor and voice over artist. She appears in National, Regional and local television commercials and films. She also voices commercials for WTVD ABC 11 and WCHL. Through her standardized patient work at Duke University Medical Center, she helps train future medical professionals to communicate with patients. She is an active member of “It’s a Mystery” Murder Mystery Theatre based in the Triangle. She teaches multiple acting classes at the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory where she is also a moderator for NCTC’s program Theatre 4 Change. Tracey especially loves working with at risk youth.
She received her B.A. at Ohio Northern University with a double major in Theatre and Professional and Organizational Communication. Her internship took her to Tallinn, Estonia where she worked as the Cultural Attaché for the Estonian Center for Dance Information. As a theatre major, she was awarded numerous awards for Actor to Watch, Best Actress and Best Ensemble.
Prior to becoming an actor, Tracey worked at the University of North Carolina with the Performing Arts Series and was thrilled to see Broadway come to Durham! She was the Branch Manager of the Harrington Bank location on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Chapel Hill. She was also the Community Development Manager for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
Tracey and her husband Matthew live in Downtown Durham and travel whenever they can.
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.
The North Carolina Theatre Conservatory also offers private lessons in the following areas. Please contact the teachers below for more information.
Private Voice Instructors:
Private Piano Instructors:
Private Dance Instructors: