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Ariana Debose, Triple Arts Alumnus


Photo: Gilbert Flores / VARIETY

Ariana is a North Carolina native and has recently shot to stardom onscreen in the Steven Spielberg big screen remake of WEST SIDE STORY as well as SCHMIGADOON on Apple TV+ and Netflix's adaptation of THE PROM. She became a Tony-Nominated star for her work in, SUMMER - THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL after starring in A BRONX TALE and 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 took on the role of the Leading Player in the 2013 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.

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Amanda is currently the Senior Manager, Partner Content & Franchise Marketing for HBOMax. She previously worked for Nickelodeon and was a 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 working with clients on shows like EmpireThe 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.

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. 


In addition to her work in the entertainment world, she is a freelance public speaker and is a patient advocate for those in the fight against Lung Cancer. She has delivered motivational and inspirational speeches at numerous health conferences, fairs, and survivor events since her diagnosis. She also appeared in the National Commercial for the Lungevity foundation which aired on loop in New York City's Times Square in 2018. She is the youngest recipient ever of the Face of Hope award from the Lungevity Foundation, and at 28 years old one of the youngest Carcinoid Tumor survivors.




Jonathan is a North Carolina native but currently resides in New York City. 

"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." 

Follow his antics on Instagram @jonathancobrda




Jessica is a performer, educator and podcast host. She is currently on faculty in the Theatre Department at Texas Christian University. Her theatrical credits include shows at many prominent theatres around the country including Connecticut Repertory Theatre, LAMBS Players (San Diego), Casa Manana, and even The Atwood Concert Hall in Anchorage, Alaska. Additionally she has been the voice behind many commercials such as DreamWorks Trolls Camp Critter Playset and Femiclear.


She also uses her vocal talents as the host for two podcasts. Her podcast, Tannins and Tunes, pairs wines with Broadway shows and includes interviews with Broadway guests. 

Jessica received her Bachelors of Music in Musical Theatre from Western Carolina University and her Masters of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University. She serves as the current Director of Marketing for the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance and is on the Education Committee for Calliope Stage. Keep up with all her news as a scholar and artist at her website:



Since attending Triple Arts, 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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