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Erin Capistrano

Erin Capistrano is an actor, dramaturg, costume designer and teacher living in Brooklyn. As a co-founder of the Brooklyn-based Old Hat Theatre Company, she helps to develop productions of classical works as well as devised pieces based on novels and short stories. She has worked as an…

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Alex Correia

Alex is a director and actor. He is a graduate of the Directing Program at the Juilliard School where he received the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, and holds a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College. He is currently Associate Artistic Director of…

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Ryan Garbayo

New York: ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Loot (Red Bull), Final Analysis (VHTDF-Signature Center), The Time of Your Life (Attic Theater), Unrequited (Public Theater Shakespeare Lab). Regional: Amadeus (Maltz Jupiter Theater), Suddenly Last Summer (Westport Country Playhouse), Much Ado About Nothing (The Shakespeare…

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Tia James

Tia James, excited to be apart of the PPAS community, is an actor, teacher and director. Coming out Virginia Commonwealth University BFA Program and NYU TISCH Graduate Acting Department, in the last five years has been focusing on Voice…

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Heather Lanza

Heather is an arts educator and director who believes that theater can and should be a way to open up dialogue and shed light on societal issues. Before coming to Waterwell, Heather worked with ArtsConnection as a Program Manager, running several of their…

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Vincent Lankewish

Vincent has been teaching literature, history, and culture at the high school, college, and graduate school levels for almost 30 years and is happy to be joining the Waterwell faculty.  At PPAS, he teaches 11th-grade English, 12th-grade humanities, AP English and Theater…

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Heather LoSchiavo

The professional acting community knows Heather to be an inspirational force. Her students have been seen on Broadway, listened to on the radio, featured in numerous major motion pictures as well as Independent Films, TV series, and National Commercials. Heather’s emerging artists have…

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WT McRae

WT has lived in NYC since 2001 creating theatrical and visual works, and contributing to the field of arts education. This year WT is the recipient of the Flushing Town Hall space grant to develop two new works: a full length acrobatic dance…

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Greg Parente

Greg is an award-winning educator, actor and director. As an educator his goals are to foster, cultivate and inspire the next generation of theater artists. The core of his teaching philosophy is to use dramatic literature and acting to illuminate the many facets

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Raphael Peacock

Raphael is an award-winning classically trained actor and arts educator. His acting work includes TV/film, voiceovers and theater, in the US and abroad. Education work includes the U.S. State Department, Harvard Teachers Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Collaborative for Educational Television, Horizons…

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Kyle Pleasant

Kyle is the resident choreographer at Rosie’s Theater Kids and on faculty for the Musical Theater and Theater Arts programs at the Professional Performing Arts School. He is also an adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College in their Musical Theater program and has…

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Cherie Rice

Cherie Corinne Rice is from small but incredibly diverse Pittsburg, California. She grew up singing in the church choir, acting in school plays and dancing just for fun. She now holds a BA in Theater and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley and a Master’s…

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Brad Siebeking

Mr. Siebeking was born in upstate New York but moved to New York City at the age of 16 to complete his high school education at PPAS as a musical theatre major. After graduating he moved on to a conservatory education at Circle…

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