DIRECTOR OF EARLY CHILDHOOD AND RECREATIONAL EDUCATION - COMPANY TEAM - DANCE COMBO, KIDS ON BROADWAY, PRODUCTION CLASS, BROADWAY BABIES
Originally from Lewiston, NY, Lisa is now proud to call Maplewood, NJ home. Lisa received her BFA in drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the arts.
As a performer, Lisa is a proud member of AEA, & has appeared in the Broadway national touring companies of Mary Poppins and Hairspray, serving as a Dance Captain for both. Other national tours include, My Fair Lady, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, Cats, and Show Boat. Regional productions include, Grease, All Shook Up, High School Musical, 42nd Street, and Anything Goes. Currently, she is a member of Midtown Direct Rep- a company of Broadway performers, who live in the SOMA area.
As a choreographer, Lisa assisted in staging the regional premiere of Hairspray at North Shore Music Theatre in MA. She has served as assistant choreographer on the national tour of Miss Saigon, and choreographed productions at Pittsburgh CLO, the Mac Haydn Theatre, and industrials for Mercedes-Benz China.
Lisa has taught master classes all over the country through Broadway Dance Connection. Most recently, Lisa has served as the studio manager, and lead instructor at Dance with Miss Rachel in NYC’s TriBeCa neighborhood, specializing in song and dance for children 18 months through eight years old. At the university level, Lisa taught a semester at the Shanghai Theatre Academy in China.
Lisa’s most recent accomplishments have been earning a Master’s degree in public relations and corporate communication from NYU, and becoming a mom to baby Jasper!
ACTING, PRIVATE COACHING, ACTING AND AUDITIONING FOR THEATRE & ON-CAMERA
Marisa's life long passion for theater and performing eventually evolved into her becoming a casting director at one of NYC's top casting offices. Upon graduating from Rutgers with BA in Theatre Arts, and in Communications & Media Studies, while also pursuing a career in the arts, she worked as an office manager at a telecommunications company. Her professional path started when she interned in a production office for Broadway's Hairspray. From there, her casting journey began. She interned and assisted at Telsey + Company while they were casting The Wedding Singer, Tarzan and Legally Blonde the Musical on Broadway and the feature film Across the Universe. She also assisted on Equity Principle Auditions, Equity Chorus Calls, and immediate replacement castings for Broadway shows such as Wicked, Hairspray, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and All Shook Up. She then worked at CESD Talent Agency in both the youth and beauty divisions. For the past several years, Marisa has worked and continues to freelance at Beth Melsky Casting, casting SAG-AFTRA and non-union talent for International, National-network (including Super Bowl spots), regional and Internet commercials (both on-camera and voice overs), as well as Industrials, PSAs, and short film. Some popular commercial spots include Verizon, Crest, Liberty Mutual, Amazon Echo, Microsoft, TD Ameritrade, New York Lotto, Snickers and Bud Light. Marisa also continued to study acting at the William Esper Studio under William Esper himself. She independently teaches seminars, workshops, and privately coaches students in the NY and NJ area on auditioning and acting techniques for both on-camera and theatre.
Lynne Grossman has decades of performing and teaching experience, and currently serves as the Dance Auditions Coordinator for the Department of Theatre and Dance at Montclair State University. She has also taught at New Jersey Ballet, Front-n-Center for Performing Arts, Sharron Miller’s Academy for Performing Arts, and The Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. While on faculty at The University of Texas at Austin, she received the College of Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award.
Lynne’s early dance training began with Fred Danieli at the Garden State Ballet. She was then fortunate to meet and study extensively with renowned master teacher and choreographer, Gabriela Darvash, performing ballets such as Cinderella, Swan Lake, and Walpurgis Night. Her professional career continued with the Israel Ballet, Austin Ballet Theatre, Sharir Modern Dance Company and the Texas National Dance Theatre as co-founder and Director of the Academy. Lynne danced roles in classics such as, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and Sleeping Beauty. She was honored to perform George Balanchine works including, Serenade, Symphony in C, Concerto Borocco, and Valse Fantasie. And also performed works by Doug Verone, David Parsons and many original pieces by contemporary artists. At Radio City Music Hall, Lynne performed in over 300 shows as both a ballet and jazz dancer.
Chris Hale is Associate Director, and Director of Education at Pushing Progress Contemporary Dance, which launched in the fall of 2009 and whose mission is to revolutionize the way we train in dance. Chris has served on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Steps and Dance New Amsterdam. As a renowned master teacher, Chris travels around the U.S. and Canada, and was recently on faculty at the ABT New York Summer Intensive. Professional credits include “KTU's Miracle on 34th Street” where he performed with recording artists: Mary J. Blige, Deborah Cox, Tamia, Gloria Gaynor, and Michael Jackson. In 2002 he had the pleasure of performing with international singing sensation, Anastasia at the FIFA World Cup Final Draw in Korea. Chris also appeared on "Sex and the City" playing opposite Kim Catrall.
His years of experience with the GYROTONIC® methodology has hugely influenced his teaching and brought a heightened awareness to his own dancing. Chris is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
MINI DC, BALLET, TAP, DANCE COMBO
Kimber Hampton is thrilled to be joining CAPAS! She is a professional dancer and teacher based out of New York City, but now living in South Orange. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, she began dancing at the age of 8 and developed a strong affinity towards tap, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, and hip hop. Kimber made the move to NYC directly after high school to pursue a professional dance career and began studying with some of the best dance teachers in the city. Her career quickly took off and she has since been seen performing in a number of regional theaters, tours, and cruise ships around the world. Her favorite credits include but aren’t limited to: Funny Girl (North Shore Music Theatre); Sugar Babies (NY Broadway Workshop); Crazy For You, The Will Rodgers Follies (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre); On The Town(Gateway Playhouse); Holland America & Carnival Cruise Lines; Sesame Street Live (National/International tour). When not performing, Kimber’s second passion lies in teaching dance to young people and inspiring the next generation of artists to reach their fullest artistic potential. She has been teaching as a guest artist and substitute teacher at various studios in the Tri-State area and across US for over 10 years. She also works with Steps On Broadway’s outreach program teaching creative movement in city public schools. In her classes, students can expect to develop strong communication skills, a comprehensive movement vocabulary and a thorough understanding of dance in an environment full of compassion and support!
PRIVATE VOICE, PRIVATE PIANO, MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Joseph Hill graduated with the Master of Music degree (MM) in voice from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. A native of Arkansas, he earned a Bachelor of Music (BM) degree in vocal performance from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where he also held the prestigious post as campus organist at the Daniel Memorial Chapel, presiding over its newly installed C. B. Fisk, Opus 121 pipe organ. Mr. Hill has appeared as vocal soloist with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and has made other solo appearances with Amherst Early Music and the title role in Handel's Solomon with the Choral Arts Society of New Jersey. He has appeared with the Vertical Player Repertory (Caccini's La Calisto), Metropolitan Opera Guild (Tolomeo in Handel's Cesare), Gotham Early Music Scene (various concerts), and Operamission in NYC (Narciso in Handel's Agrippina). He was selected as a finalist for the National Opheus Vocal Competition, where he won the Orpheus Handel Award. He has performed regularly with period ensembles La Fiocco and Vox Fidelis, and made his Off-Broadway debut in 2010 in Guy Frederick Glass’ The Last Castrato. Mr. Hill is in his twelfth year as Director of Music and Organist at the Community Presbyterian Church of Mountainside, NJ.
COMPANY TEAM- PRIVATE VOICE
Nathaniel is excited to be joining CAPAS! A 2015 graduate of the University of Cincinnati CCM Musical Theatre department, he now lives in New York City as a writer, filmmaker, and actor. At CCM, among the roles he played were “Ernst” in Spring Awakening, “Emmett” in Legally Blonde, and “Captain Hook” in Peter Pan. Some of his recent credits include Ogunquit Playhouse, The Gateway, La Mirada Theatre by McCoy Rigby Entertainment, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Originally from Minneapolis, he performed at the Guthrie Theater, the Minnesota Opera, the Children’s Theatre Company, the Minnesota Orchestra, and Theater Latté Da where he worked as assistant to Artistic Director Peter Rothstein for a season. Nate was honored as a Scholar of Distinction in the Theater Arts and the SpotLight Musical Theater Awards’ Best Actor. He created NDI Backyard Productions which performed to Minnesota audiences for a decade, raising money for children’s arts scholarships. Since graduating from CCM, he has begun serious pursuit of his career in filmmaking. This fall will mark his professional debut as screenwriter, director, and producer with the premiere and festival release of his short horror film The One.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR- COMPANY TEAM CREATIVE ADVISOR - PRIVATE COACHING
Kaela O’Connor is very excited to be part of the CAPAS team! She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), holding a BFA in Musical Theatre, and is now living the dream in NYC! While attending CCM, she was frequently called upon to teach all levels of Tap, Jazz, and Musical Theatre Styles within the Musical Theatre and Dance departments. Kaela was also credited as the Associate Choreographer for the department's production of "Carrie, The Musical" in addition to serving as the Choreographer for her Freshman and Senior Showcases, the latter of which was presented for industry professionals in NYC. She has had the opportunity to perform with companies such as: The St. Louis MUNY, Broadway Cares, The Fort Wayne Philharmonic, The Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Cedar Fair Entertainment. She can also be seen in a Pepsi/NFL commercial featuring Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback, Andy Dalton. Kaela is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association, a proud big sister to Roxie and Finnigan, the dogs, and proud mama to Instagram SENSATION, Otis McPup @the.world.according.to.otis
PRIVATE VOICE, PRIVATE PIANO
Vanessa Parvin is the soprano for MAC Award-winning vocal quintet Marquee Five, recently
described as “The Manhattan Transfer for the new millennium". With Marquee Five, Vanessa has
appeared at NYC’s 54 Below and numerous venues across the country. Before joining Marquee
Five, Vanessa enjoyed performing in numerous musicals in NYC and regionally, sometimes lucky
enough to share the stage with Broadway legends like Ben Vereen. Favorite roles include
“Cinderella” in Into The Woods, “Marsinah” in Kismet, “Irene” in Hello, Dolly!, and “Jenny” in The
Threepenny Opera. She also had a blast with other members of Marquee Five appearing at the
Goodspeed Opera House as part of the “Angel City Four” in City Of Angels. Vanessa has been
featured in a number of shows for Disney, and has been a professional holiday caroler for over a
decade. She holds a BA in Music (Voice) from UCLA and a MFA in Theater (Acting) from Brooklyn
College. Off the stage, Vanessa has enjoyed a variety of jobs as musical director and voice coach
for theater camps and music programs on both coasts. She has been teaching private voice and
piano lessons in South Orange since 2006.
EMMA ROSE PRESSMAN trained at Sarasota Ballet and graduated from The Harid Conservatory. Emma has danced professionally with Texas Ballet Theater, Connecticut Ballet, Verlezza Dance and JKing Dance Company. She earned a BFA in Dance from Montclair State University in 2016. She has received several awards, 2nd place in contemporary dance at the Orlando, Florida Youth America Grand Prix competition in 2007, and the Cento Amici Scholarship from Montclair State University in 2014 and 2015 and the Dean’s Scholar/Artist Award for the College of the Arts in 2016. Emma recently choreographed Carmina Burana for MSU in 2017 where she is an Adjunct Professor. She has been teaching ballet since 2011.
COMPANY TEAM - KIDS ON BROADWAY, KIDS ON BROADWAY & BEYOND, MIXED LEVEL HIP HOP, TAP
Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, Lexie is thrilled to be a part of the CAPAS team. Lexie grew up doing regional and community theatre productions in the Pittsburgh area, including companies such as the Pittsburgh CLO, West Virginia Public Theatre, and Summer at the State (Uniontown, PA). In her home community, she has directed, acted, choreographed, and taught with children and adults of all ages. After receiving her BFA in Musical Theatre with a minor in Applied Music from Point Park University, she moved to NJ on a whim and found a home here at CAPAS. In the fall of 2018, Lexie will pursue her Masters Degree in Educational Theater/English at NYU.
COMPANY TEAM - ACRO, DANCE COMBO, HIP HOP TOTZ, JAZZ, MUSICAL THEATRE MANIA,ADVANCED MUSICAL THEATRE ACTING, PRIVATE COACHING, SPOTLIGHT SENSATIONS
Kathleen Faubel is delighted to be joining the CAPAS Company! Kathleen holds a BM in Musical Theatre from Baldwin Wallace University and is a proud member of Actors Equity and SAG/AFTRA. She recently performed on Broadway as Sleeping Beauty/The Harp in INTO THE WOODS - IN CONCERT at Town Hall. She has performed across the globe as some of your favorite Disney Princesses including Belle in Beauty and the Beast for Disney in China, and as Ariel in several regional productions of The Little Mermaid. Kathleen has also performed at Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Gateway Playhouse, Stages St. Louis and most notably as Mallory in CITY OF ANGELS at the Tony Award winning Goodspeed Opera House. You may have spotted her on tv in Law and Order SVU and in commercials for Red Lobster, Axe Body Spray, and McAlisters Deli. She will soon be seen as the face of OLAY skincare in an upcoming national commercial. Kathleen has taught children and teens of all ages in musical theatre, dance, on camera, audition technique and voice and can't wait to work with all of the talented students here at Capas. She lives right outside of NYC in Weehawken, NJ with her wonderful husband and their cute puggles Maple and Bacon.
Montana Sholars was born and raised in Sweden. She has been dancing since she was six years old. She is trained in various styles such as Jazz, Heels, Contemporary, Modern, Ballet, African, International Ballroom/Latin, Salsa, Disco, Hiphop and Contemporary Indian. In 2012, She moved over to New York to pursue her dreams in dance and attended Broadway Dance Center’s Summer Professional Semester.
Montana recently graduated from Long Island University Post, where she received her B.F.A in Dance.
Elisabetta Spuria is originally from Italy, where she grew up and started her professional career as a dancer/choreographer.
Since moving to New York City, she has been working with such artists as Mariah Carey (“Charmbracelet World Tour”) and Michael Bolton (“Only A Woman Like You Tour”) as both associate choreographer and assistant director.
She has been an assistant choreographer, dance captain and performer in numerous theater productions including; Footloose, Nights on Broadway III, and the operas Carmen, Candide and Aida. Elisabetta has worked and collaborated with directors and choreographers like, Josh Bergasse, AC Ciulla, Andy Sandberg, Andrew Goldberg, and Michele Assaf. Elisabetta was the choreographer of the regional premiere of Spring Awakening (ReVision Theatre/TheatreC), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (LIVE Asbury Park), Hair directed by Andrew Goldberg, Chicago at the Michael D. Palm Theatre in CO, The Who’s Tommy directed by Carlos Armesto, Tess A New Rock Opera (NYMF), disOriented, a play by Kyoung H. Park (Peter Jay Sharp Theatre), the Off Broadway play Zelda at the Oasis, Standby (NYMF), Madame Infamy (NYMF), Billy Lewis Jr.’s Jealousy (music video).
Elisabetta was associate choreographer for the PBS children show, “The Electric Company” and for ABC’s 2010 “One Life To Live” musical episodes. In addition, Elisabetta travels extensively to teach master classes and workshops throughout North America and across the globe; she has also been a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center and at Steps on Broadway in NYC.
Aimee Willis holds a BA from UCLA and a MM from Northwestern. Her operatic career started at the young age of 22 when, directly out of college, she became a leading soprano at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Germany. She has performed with famous conductors all over the world, including Giuseppe Sinopoli, Jiri Kout, Richard Buckley, Carlo Rizzi, Christopher Keene, and Fred Scott. In her concert work, she was fortunate to be included in Guiseppe Sinopoli’s first Carmen with Agnes Baltsa, accompanied by The Danish Radio Orchestra and broadcast in Copenhagen, which she then reprised in Berlin with Baltsa, Neil Shicoff and Denyce Graves. Also under the baton of Sinopoli at the Santa Cecilia in Rome, Aimee performed Parsifal with Waltraut Meier and Rene Kollo. At the Interlaken Festival in Switzerland, Ms. Willis sang selections from Porgy and Bess with one of the great portrayers of Porgy, Simon Estes.
In addition, Aimee sang numerous performances at the Berlin Philharmonic, including Bach’s B Minor Mass and St. Matthews’ Passion. Since returning to America, Aimee is creating a buzz with her critically acclaimed portrayals of the title roles in Salome (Atlanta Opera) and Tosca (Opera Fort Worth). Other acclaimed roles include, Fidelio(Leonore) at Atlanta Opera, EugeneOnegin (Tatiana) in Russian with the Hawaii Opera and Atlanta Opera, The Marriage Of Figaro (The Countess) at Hawaii Opera, Un Ballo in Maschera (Amelia), and Don Carlo (Elisabetta) both at Arizona Opera.