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FACULTY:

TERRENCE
MANN

co-artistic director

CHARLOTTE
D'AMBOISE

co-artistic director

KELLY
CRANDALL-D'AMBOISE

dance

CHRISTOPHER
D'AMBOISE

dance / choreography

LIZ
LARSON

voice

RACHEL
BAY JONES

acting / voice

ARIANA
DEBOSE

dance

MARY ANN
LAMB

dance

SAL
VIVIANO

voice

MICHAEL
YANNETTE

music / voice

 

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CHARLOTTE 
D'AMBOISE

co-artistic director


 

A veteran of numerous Broadway shows, Charlotte was nominated for the prestigious Tony Award for her performance as Cassie in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line.  Most recently, Charlotte revived her starring role as Roxie in the Broadway production of CHICAGO after recreating the role of Fastrada in the Broadway revival of PIPPIN, for which she won the Fred Astaire Award. Other Broadway shows include Roxie in Chicago (Drama Critics Circle Award, The Ovation Award, The Bay Area Theatre Award), Lola in Damn Yankees (Fred Astaire Award), Charity in Sweet Charity (Fred Astaire Award) and Anita as well as other featured roles in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (Tony Award Nomination.) Other Broadway shows include Contact, Company and Cats. She has also appeared in numerous Off-Broadway and regional productions.

 

Throughout her career onstage, she has worked alongside several legendary directors including Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, Michael Bennett, Peter Martins, Rob Marshall, Ann Reinking, Debbie Allen, Gillian Lynn, Rob Ashford, Diane Paulus, Walter Bobby and George Balanchine.

 

Charlotte can be seen in the acclaimed documentary of real-life dancers as they struggle through auditions for the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line entitled, Every Little Step. Charlotte has also been seen in numerous films and TV shows, most recently in the acclaimed independent movie, Frances Ha. She can also be seen in The In Crowd, American Blue Note, Just Off The Coast and The Preachers Wife. On television she has appeared in the Kennedy Center Honors, Law and Order, a Live at Lincoln Center performance of the Broadway musical Contact, and various made-for-TV movies.

 
 

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TERRENCE 
MANN

co-artistic director


 

Throughout a multi-decade career, Emmy Nominee and three-time Tony Award Nominee, Terrence Mann, has established himself as one of the most sought after leading men in the industry.

Mann can be seen opposite Jared Harris and Lee Pace in the upcoming Apple TV+ series “Foundation," a compelling futuristic epic saga based on Issac Asimov’s award-winning novel of the same name. Executive Produced by David S. Goyer, Mann plays ‘Brother Dusk,’ the eldest member of the ruling dynasty being forced to reckon with the reality of losing his legacy.'

He was recently seen as ‘Whispers’ in the hit Netflix series “Sense8,” though horror fans know him as ‘Ug,’ the interstellar bounty hunter in all four “Critters” movies.

Additional film and television credits include “A Chorus Line” “Big Top Pee Wee,” “Solar Babies,” “SMASH,” “30 Rock,” “Love Monkey,” "Law & Order,” “Mrs. Santa Claus," “American Revolution,” and “One Life to Live,” as well as his memorable roles as ‘Bob’ in Sci-Fi’s, “The Dresden Files” and ‘Jester' in “As the World Turns,” for which he received an Emmy Nomination.

Onstage, Mann has originated some of the most iconic roles in recent theatrical history: from the Rock ‘n Roll ‘Rum Tum Tugger’ in “CATS,” ‘Leon Czolgosz’ in Stephen Sondheim’s “Assasins,” ‘Chauvelin’ in “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” to his critically acclaimed Tony Award nominated turns as ‘Inspector Javert’ in “Les Misérables” and the ‘Beast’ in “Beauty and The Beast,” the latter of which garnered him Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations. In 2013, he received his third Tony Award nomination and won the Outer Critics Circle award for his dynamic portrayal as ‘King Charlemagne’ in the Tony Award-winning revival of “Pippin.

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KELLY
CRANDALL-D'AMBOISE

dance


 

 As a teaching artist, she has taught at Interlochen School for the Arts, Triple Arts Musical Theatre Intensives at National Dance Institute and Western Carolina University, Signature Theatre's Overtures and Stage One programs, the Kennedy Center's National College Musical Theatre Festival, Orange County School for the Performing Arts, and Metropolitan School of the Arts. Kelly regularly directs concerts and cabarets which include the Lincoln Center Winter Gala: The Music of Luther Vandross starring Patti LaBelle and Jennifer Holliday, A Night of Stars at The Kravis Center with Chita Rivera and Brian Stokes Mitchell, the American Pop Orchestra concerts - You've Got a Friend with Betty Who, Let's Misbehave- Cole Porter After Dark with Liz Calloway, RESPECT- The Music of Aretha Franklin featuring Michelle Williams, Around the World in 80 Days, and You Spin Me ‘Round.

Kelly's theatre choreography includes: Grand Hotel, Light Years and Act of God at Signature Theatre, The Crucible at Olney Theatre Center, Newsies! at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Urinetown at Next Stop Theatre and Tick, Tick... Boom! at Convergence Lab. As an Associate Director and/or Choreographer, Kelly has worked on numerous productions including Billy Elliot, Cabaret, La Cage aux Folles, The Studio, and Crazy for You at Signature Theatre, The Lincoln Center Hall of Fame 2017 and Babes in Toyland at Lincoln Center, the Broadway workshop of Cheer, and productions at South Coast Rep., North Shore Music Theatre, Westport County Playhouse, Trinity Rep, and Busch Gardens Entertainment. Broadway performance credits include the original company of The Boy from Oz with Hugh Jackman, Chicago, Susan Stroman's A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden, and the second national tour of The Producers. Film and TV credits include A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey and directed by Robert Zemeckis, What Women Want, Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular, The Tony Awards, and The Academy Awards with Robin Williams.

 

CHRISTOPHER
D'AMBOISE

dance / choreography


 

Born into a family of dancers, Christopher d'Amboise has had many careers: dancer, director, choreographer, playwright, teacher and educator. His work explores the integration of text, dance, and music, and seeks to reinforce a positive perspective of humanity.

 

As a Principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Christopher worked closely with both George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, originating works as well as performing major repertoire. On Broadway he co-stared with Bernadette Peters in Andrew Lloyd Webbers' Song and Dance, for which he earned a Tony nomination.

 

As a Choreographer, Christopher works both in theater and ballet. He has created over 80 works seen worldwide in cities including London, Prague, Paris, Copenhagen, New York, Lisbon, and Istanbul. His ballets have been presented in over 30 companies including the New York City Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Pennsylvania Ballet, National Ballet of Amsterdam, and the San Francisco Ballet. His work, Tribute, premiered with NYCB at Lincoln Center in 2007. And in 2015 he won a Helen Hayes Award last year for his work on Colossal at The Olney Theatre.

 

As a Director and Choreographer for theater, Christopher's vision is cinematic in style integrating music and dance with text, and visual storytelling. Mr. d'Amboise has also adapted and written original works for the stage. His unique adaptation of Can-Can, the classic Cole Porter musical, is currently under option. The Studio is an original play-with-dance written, directed and choreographed by Mr. d'Amboise premiering in 2006 at South Coast Repertory, and having for its east coast premiere at the Signature Theatre in Washington D.C., in November of 2007. The Studio was also selected as a featured play at the Pacific Playwrights Festival in 2006. Voice of the City, an original musical about Vaudeville written, directed and choreographed by Mr. d'Amboise had its New York workshop at Musical Theatre Works. His other theatrical credits as a choreographer include You Never Know, a world premiere new musical by Charles Strouse at Trinity Rep.; the pre-Broadway production of High Society at ACT in San Francisco; and Romeo & Juliet: The Musical at the Ordway Theatre and the Goodspeed Opera House.  Christopher directed and choreographed Up The Avenue, an original comic act starring Bill Irwin and Charlotte d'Amboise at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Mr. d'Amboise has also collaborated with singer/songwriter Cat Stevens on The Road To Find Out, a new musical about the life and music of the artist and was a part of the creative team of Hang Onto Me - an original musical about Fred and Adele Astaire.

 

As artistic director and president/CEO of The Pennsylvania Ballet Christopher pulled the company out of bankruptcy with the unprecedented Save the Ballet Campaign raising 2.5 million from 10,000 Philadelphia residents in two weeks.  He lead the company through 4 successful seasons, supervising production of 72 performances annually at the Academy of Music and the Shubert theater.

 

As an educator Christopher has initiated outreach programs, community development initiatives and taught master classes and workshops at schools and universities world wide. He also developed MOVING STORY, a unique visual storytelling curriculum specially designed to integrate image based drama into contemporary theatre.  Taught in universities as well as professional productions of theater and dance. 

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LIZ
LARSEN

voice


 

Broadway: Beautiful, Hairspray, Rocky Horror Show, Damn Yankees, Smell of the Kill, Most Happy Fella* (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle award nominations, Best Featured Actress, and the LA Drama Logue Award.) A Little Night Music (NYC Opera), Starmites, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie and Dubarry Was a Lady (City Center.)
 

Off Broadway: A New Brain* (Lincoln Center), Loman Family Picnic and New Yorkers (MTC), Bingo*, Little By Little*, Him and Her* (Fringe Best Actress Award), Such Good Friends and My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (both of which she received the NYMF Award for Best Actress).


Tour: Blues In the Night with Eartha Kitt, Dot in Sunday Night In the Park With George (Helen Hayes Award, best actress) Lizzie in Baby (Helen Hayes Award nomination) World premiere of Rich Girl (Spring 2013), Falsettos, Value of Names with Jack Klugman, Bridge and Tunnel (2014 Film release) and recently Cissy in Bunheads (ABC family). She recurred as CSU Jamie Reed on Law & Order for 10 seasons, LA Reagle on Law & Order SVU for 4 Seasons, Trish in Sopranos on HBO, and had contract roles on Exit 19 with Gena Davis and My Guys, both for CBS. She recurs on the Web series Wainy Days, Weiner on Weiner and Submissions Only. Concert soloist with Marvin Hamlisch at Carnegie Hall as well as symphonies internationally.
 

*original cast recordings 

 

Husband: Sal Viviano  // Sons: Alessandro and Joey

RACHEL
BAY JONES

voice / acting


 

Broadway:

Dear Evan Hansen (Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama League Distinguished Performance Award nomination), Pippin, Hair, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

 

Off-Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen (Drama Desk nomination, Second Stage Theatre), First Daughter Suite (The Public Theater), Hello Again (Drama Desk nomination, Transport Group). National Tour: Pasek and Paul’s A Christmas Story (Mother).

 

Regional (selected): Dear Evan Hansen, Pippin, Sylvia, The King and I.

 

Television: ABC’s “The Family” and FX’s “Louie.” Album: ShowFolk.

 

By day, Rachel is mother to her beloved daughter Miranda, and partner to actor Benim Foster.

 

Facebook: /rachelbayjones Instagram/Twitter: @rachelbayjones

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ARIANA
DEBOSE

dance


 

Ariana DeBose is a triple threat, currently best known for playing Anita in Steven Spielberg's musical film West Side Story, for which she received a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Following that, she hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live.

Broadway: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, A Bronx Tale, Hamilton (Off-Broadway and original Broadway cast), Leading Player in the Tony Winning revival of Pippin, Mary Wilson of the Supremes (Diana Ross cover) in Motown, Nautica in Andy Blankenbuehler's Bring It On the Musical, and Sondheim's Company with the NY Philharmonic.

 

Film credits include: Anita in West Side Story and Alyssa Green in The Prom.

 

TV credits include: "Schmigadoon" (AppleTV) "Blue Bloods" (CBS), "The Breaks" (VH1), "SYTYCD" top 20 season 6 (Fox) & "OLTL" Star Crossed Lovers Series. She can be heard playing director/choreographer Zoey Taylor in As the Curtain Rises, an original Broadway soap opera podcast from the Broadway Podcast Network.

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. Some of these include: Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo, Tyce Diorio & Martha Nichols of So You Think You Can Dance, Wes Veldink, Josh Bergasse, Joe Lanteri, and Elizabeth Parkinson. She has also worked extensively with the faculty of the Western Carolina University’s Triple Arts Broadway Series, including Christopher and Kelly Crandall d'Amboise, Terrence Mann and Charlotte d'Amboise. She is an award winning choreographer and has set work on dance companies, studios, dance teams and color-guards.

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MARY ANN
LAMB

dance


 

Mary Ann Lamb was the assistant choreographer for Susan Misner and assistant choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler on the hit television series FXFosse/Verdon. She also coached dance for the stars Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams. She was recently working on the Netflix series Halston doing preproduction with Choreographer Susan Misner. This past summer choreographed Mamma Mia directed by Terrence Mann at Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Last season she choreographed the show Disaster for Connecticut Repertory Theater with Broadway director Jack Plotnick and star Seth Rudetsky. She danced on the VMA Awards 2019 with Taylor Swift in the opening number. Prior to that she choreographed the award winning production Evita at Western Connecticut State University, receiving the Distinguished Choreography Award from The Kennedy Center American College Theater Awards. In that same season she choreographed Violet for WCSU. Mary Ann also choreographed the concert Tales of Love for the not-for profit arts organization Love/Art /Play.

She teaches musical theater/modern as an adjunct professor for WCSU and more recently completed teaching a series of Master Classes (Fall 2017) at NYU. Mary Ann choreographed (with Lisa Gadja) Gypsy with Harbor Lights Productions and A Nightingale Sang at Westport Playhouse. She was Associate Choreographer for Susan Misner and Jonathon Bernstein's, The Shape She Makes at ART Theater in Cambridge, and for JoAnn Hunter on Barry Manilow's Harmony and Oliver at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.

As a performer Mary Ann has performed in 11 Broadway shows. She's played Young Claire in John Kander and Fred Ebb's, The Visit, starring Chita Rivera. She danced in the films Rock of Ages and the Oscar award winning movie Chicago. On Broadway she played Mona Page in Curtains starring David Hyde Pierce and in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Curtains, choreographed by JoAnn Hunter. Other Broadway credits include: Contac; Seussical; Fosse; Chicago; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Jerome Robbins' Broadway; Song and Dance; Goodbye Girl; Starlight Express; and Carrie.

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SAL
VIVIANO

voice


 

A Detroit native, Sal Viviano began his career opening for Comedy Greats of the last generation, in Chicago, and in Showrooms throughout the Midwest. After completing his degrees (Eastern Illinois University), he taught High School, while earning his Union cards as an actor in Chicago. Moving East, Sal made his Broadway debut in THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1984); followed-by co-starring roles in the Broadway hits ROMANCE / ROMANCE, CITY OF ANGELS, FALSETTOS, THE LIFE, and THE FULL MONTY. Off-Broadway, Mr. Viviano co-starred in the Revival of Maltby and Shire’s CLOSER THAN EVER*  (BROADWAY WORLD AWARD - Best Actor, OFF-Broadway Alliance Award); as well as THE BIG TIME; GOLF, THE MUSICAL* (BACKSTAGE AWARD - Best Actor); BEAU JEST; CATHER COUNTY; WEIRD ROMANCE*; CATCH ME IF I FALL*, BROADWAY JUKEBOX, and HAMLET, THE OPERA for Joseph Papp; among others. . .  

On-tour, he’s starred in EVITA, ANYTHING GOES!, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, HAIR; and received a  HELEN HAYES AWARD (Best Actor) nomination for his title-role portrayal in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE(Washington, D.C.); having also appeared at more than two-dozen Regional Theatres, Nationwide. In New York, he also starred as lawyer Billy Flynn in the smash hit CHICAGO.

 

Viviano’s Film credits include LEGALLY BLONDE 2*, BLACK ROSES* (newly released on DVD), THE JITTERS, SPIKE OF BENSONHURST*, and LIFE WITH MIKEY’s* title song (for Disney). 

 

His television guest appearances have included LAW AND ORDER, THE COSBY MYSTERIES, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, RYAN'S HOPE, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ALL MY CHILDREN; narration for THE WORLD OF FILM (PBS); his critically acclaimed portrayal of VanGogh on Disney’s OUT OF THE BOX; serving as 'Opener' for COMEDY CENTRAL'S FRIAR'S CLUB ROAST OF CHEVY CHASE; and guesting on PETER JACOBSON'S UNPLUGGED (for The Golf Channel). As a Concert Artist, over the last 15 years, Mr. Viviano has sung Pops Concerts with over 120 orchestras around the world (many several return engagements) including: The National Symphony, The San Diego Symphony, and The Philly Pops,

 

MICHAEL
YANNETTE

music / voice


 

Performance artist Michael Yannette is an exceptional concert pianist, actor, singer, playwright, multi-media artist and music educator who brings together all of his talents to create rich and thoroughly unique theatrical, musical and visual experiences. He has music directed at every level nationally from professional shows to school musicals. He wrote, produced and starred in the title role of An Evening with George Gershwin, a one-man show about the life of the great composer which played to rave reviews nationally. He is currently finishing work on his second theatrical work entitled Fantasia on Mysterium about the life of composer/pianist Alexander Scriabin featuring a choreography of live piano performance, animation, storytelling, lighting, and aromas. 

 

As a soloist, Mr. Yannette recently performed in New York master classes with Jerome Lowenthal of the Julliard School for the Scriabin Society of America. As a composer, he most recently wrote the music for the Kravis Center production of Frannie Sheridan’s Confessions of a Jewish Shiksa.

 

As an educator, Mr. Yannette is the recent past Director of Music at Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton, FL where he was recently named Teacher of the Year and has begun work at the Cherokee Central Schools in Cherokee, NC where he is building a new Musical Theater Department. He is the co-founder and a director of the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, an organization which, in the last decade, has grown to reach over 450 students annually in 8 different choirs through the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, FL. As a choral accompanist, Mr. Yannette has performed for choirs in National, Southern Division and State Level American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conventions and has been an annual accompanist for Florida All-State Choirs. He was also the accompanist for the 2007 National OAKE Children‘s Choir in Denver. Recently, he performed a second time for choirs at both Avery Fischer Hall and Carnegie Hall. He is currently the Musical Director for the Triple Arts Summer Theater Intensive under the direction of Terrence Mann and Charlotte D’Amboise at Western Carolina University where he also serves as a pianist.

 

Mr. Yannette is a graduate of Florida State University where he was named the 1986 Presser Scholar and received various honors including the Ernst von Dohnanyi Prize and the winner of both the FSU Concerto Competition and the Collegiate Artist Competition.

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