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Andy Viviano

I made my professional debut this past summer at Connecticut Repertory Theater in productions of Les Miserables (featured ensemble, Valjean and Enjolras cover), and Peter Pan (Bill Jukes/Crocodile) getting to work with the Triple Arts pied piper, Terrence Mann, in both. Some of my past works includes: Les Mis (Valjean), Hairspray (Link Larkin), All in the Timing (Man 1), Gendermat (Francis), Sweeney Todd (Pirelli.) I am from Manhattan New York, and am currently attending the Hartt School of Music, pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater. I have attended Triple Arts for multiple sessions, both in New York and North Carolina. I was even given directing responsibility for some pieces.

 

Triple Arts allowed me to begin my serious dedicated training, immersing me in the world of performance by working with the best in the business. My improvement, and confidence bolstered by Triple Arts, is immeasurable. The experience, the connections, the knowledge, I wouldn’t trade for the world. And you can take that to the bank!

Caleb Warren

I grew up on a farm in a very rural part of NC. Growing up, I was involved in soccer, basketball, and baseball. Even though I was on the team, I never really felt like a part of the team. I found theatre when I was seven years old and that’s where I belonged. I finally felt like part of the team. Theatre was the first place where I felt like I could freely express myself. It was my home and my safe haven. I did most of my theatre at the Green Room Community Theatre in Newton, NC. At the Green Room, I was in shows such as Peter Pan as John Darling, Hairspray as A Nicest Kid, and Little Shop of Horrors as Seymour Krelborn. I am a current student at WCU and I found out about Triple Arts the summer before freshman year of college.

 

Triple Arts was the most rewarding experience of my life so far! It pushed me to my limits, but in doing so it taught me what I could accomplish. Each day was a new challenge. Some days, my body was so sore that it hurt to move. Others, it was a challenge trying to memorize all we learned that day. In the end, I feel like Triple Arts made me a stronger performer and individual. I grew leaps and bounds in those two weeks. I also made friendships that will last a life time. I feel like everyone who has a passion for theatre should experience this camp. It will be a decision you won’t regret!

 

Elizabeth Kline

Triple Arts gives you a taste of Broadway. You are completely immersed in theatre and surrounded by those who share the same passion for making art. Terry and Charlotte, in addition to the rest of the faculty, are so invested in each student. They genuinely value what each student brings to the table and want to highlight everyone. It’s so inspiring to learn from those who are working professionals, doing what most of us aspire to do one day. Over the years, I have attended multiple musical theatre intensives and college-prep programs. Triple Arts is different in that it puts equal emphasis on the process and the result. While the mornings and afternoons are dedicated to class and training, the evenings are dedicated to rehearsals for the final performance. This allows us to apply the skills we learned in class to rehearsals. Not only do you grow as a performer, but also as an artist. For the summer before heading off to college, pursuing a degree in theatre, I wanted a program where I would be challenged and pushed beyond what I thought where my limits. Triple Arts definitely provided the challenge I was looking for. Although I would come back to my dorm exhausted (and my feet hurting) from spending hours in class and in rehearsal, I would never complain because I was doing what I loved with some of the nicest and hardest working people.

Kent Collins

I have always been into theatre, starting when I was just four. I loved performing all through middle school and was in all of the shows at my high school. During my high school career, I volunteered at the middle school as a technical director. Because of this, I was going to pursue a career in stage management. I attended Triple Arts at WCU in 2014 (and again in 2015), and it literally changed my life. I was reminded of why I loved performing, and more importantly it clued me in on what it would be like to work in the professional theatre world.

 

Now, I am attending the University of Central Florida to obtain a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Without Terry, Charlotte, and the rest of the incredible Triple Arts faculty, I know I would not have even auditioned for the program.

Sophie Leicht

I’m basically the definition of the typical theatre kid. I started doing theatre at the age of eight and realized by age thirteen that hey, I kind of want to do this with the rest of my life and maybe I should do something about that. So I got myself in voice lessons and an acting class. My crazy high school schedule didn’t really allow for dance classes. I applied for Triple Arts one weekend on a whim after being rejected by anther camp. I wanted more experience before I began the college audition process, and I figured I could spare two weeks of my summer. Arriving at WCU at the start of my two weeks, I was still a bit skeptical. I mean sure Terrence Mann’s name is on the camp, but would we even see him more than maybe once? My opinion changed the second I stepped through the door and found Terrence Mann waiting to greet me. The names of the staff members of Triple Arts alone is enough to make any theatre kid yearn to attend, but the personal relationships I made with the staff and the top notch training provided at Triple Arts are what I tell people about. Triple Arts is completely geared toward helping the students show off their talents while improving those talents. My favorite part of the typical Triple Arts day was the morning dance class. It woke me up every day and gave me energy to tackle the rest of the activities the staff had planned. Days were long and hard, but I was always having fun, improving myself, and creating relationships with amazing people. Some of my favorite memories are the times we weren’t in rehearsals. Collaborating with other students on pieces outside of class and running through WCU’s giant fountain at night fully clothed are some of the highlights. I came home feeling so much more confident that theatre is definitely what I want to pursue in life. I gained knowledge and experience from Triple Arts, and I mean who can beat being able to say that Broadway stars know you by name?

 

Bottom line: would I recommend you going to Triple Arts? A million times yes!!!

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Notable Alumni

Ariana DeBose

Ariana is a North Carolina native ad is currently a Tony-Nominated star in Broadway’s new hit, Summer - The Donna Summer Musical after starring in A Bronx Tale after previously originating the role of 'The Bullet in, HAMILTON. She has starred as Mary Wilson and Diana Ross of the Supremes in Motown the Musical and also took on the role of the Leading Player in the recent Broadway revival of PIPPIN. She’s quickly making a name for herself as a true triple threat performer.  Some of her favorite roles include Cassie in A Chorus Line & Aida in AIDA (both with Broadway Series South.) Other credits include: a top 20 finalist contestant on Fox’s hit show So You Think You Can Dance (Season 6), and One Life to Live (Star Crossed Lovers Series). Ariana also originated the role of Nautica in Andy Blankenbuhler’s BRING IT ON: The Musical. She made her New York debut in Steven Sondhiem’s Company with the New York Philharmonic starring Neil Patrick Harris and Patti LuPone.


Ariana received her original dance training at CC & Co. Dance Complex in Raleigh, NC and has worked with numerous choreographers from New York to Los Angeles. She has worked extensively with the faculty of the Triple Arts during her time as a Tripe Arts participant in 2008.

Jonathan Cobrda

"I was talented & lucky! That’s basically how my life with Terry, Charlotte and Triple Arts began. I was in high-school and got an email with the flier for the Intensive advertising its second summer, auditioned, was cheap, shameless, and in two weeks my entire reality changed. The elite faculty and the inspired students everyday gave me the tools to develop my unnatural naturalness. To be specific, be fearless, and that there were no wrong choices. Terry staged a men only number around the motif of “Heart” from the musical Damn Yankees and chose me to be the blunt instrument of the number wherein embarrassingly comical instances happen to a boy growing up, but he continues to persevere and stumble along with a smile. I’ve never learned more than I did during Triple Arts and I highly  recommend it for anyone young and hungry in the arts who want to grow. By the end of those demanding and electrifying two weeks I gained confidence, understanding, and a deeper love for life mirroring that all you really need is, heart. Onstage and off." 

 

- Jonathan Cobrda, TA Class of ’08 Jonathan is currently in the national tour of Annie.

Amanda Khouri

Amanda Kouri is the TV and Film agent for The Mine Agency in New York City. After spending many years as an actress she transitioned over to the agency world. 

 

She performed on the stage for a majority of her life, and found it always to be her second home. Through Triple Arts she learned how the business works, what it takes to make it, and how much dedication and love it takes to perform at a professional level. 

 

Without her summers in the mountains she would not be where she is today. 

 

She has clients on Empire, The Americans, Blue Bloods, House of Cards, Person of Interest, Orange is the New Black, and Law and Order SVU, to name a few.  She hails from North Carolina and credits her hands on approach and close relationships with her clients to her success. All which she learned from being a trained actress, and from Triple Arts.

Jessica Humphrey

Jessica Humphrey is originally from Dallas, Texas and received her Bachelors in Music in Musical Theatre from Western Carolina University. She recently moved to San Diego from New York City, where she was regularly performing in regional theaters, in order to pursue a Masters Degree in Musical Theatre at San Diego State University. Favorite roles include Annie in Annie Get Your Gun, Little Red in Into the Woods, Joan in Dames at Sea and Edith in Pirates of Penzance- directed by Terrence Mann. She was also recently in the first regional premiere of The Boy from Oz

 

Jessica was an apprentice of the inaugural Triple Arts Series when she was 16 years old and has worked closely with the Triple Arts faculty ever since. While at WCU, she worked with Terry in shows such as Sweeney Todd (Johanna), with Charlotte in A Chorus Line (performing both Maggie and Cassie), with Christopher in Fiddler on the Roof (Anya/Dance Captain) and with other esteemed director/choreographers such as Owen Johnston, Amy Jones, and Dave Clemmons. 

 

Jessica is also a regular blogger for NewMusicalTheatre.com Greenroom. Keep up with all her news as a scholar and artist at her website: www.jessicamhumphrey.com

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Since attending our Triple Arts intensives, our talented students have been accepted to the following prestigious university theater programs: 

 

University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music

Point Park University - Musical Theatre and Acting Programs

University of Michigan - Musical Theatre Program

San Diego State - Masters Program Theater

Hart School of Music - Musical Theatre Program

Marymount Manhattan - Dance Program

Western Carolina University - Musical Theatre Program

New York University - Tisch School of the Arts, Musical Theatre Program

AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts

Fordham College - Theatre Department

University of North Carolina School of the Arts - School of Drama

Northwestern University - Department of Theatre

University of Central Florida - Musical Theatre Program

 

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