City Springs Theatre Conservatory is justifiably proud of its instructors and is committed to hiring the very best faculty with professional regional, national touring, and Broadway credits to assist our young artists in their training. Our faculty represents some of the best teaching artists in our region, who are dedicated and committed to the teaching of and training in the performing arts. CST Conservatory students could not be in more competent and caring hands.


Dance Faculty
Grace Arnold graduated from The University of Alabama where she double majored in both Dance and Musical Theatre. As a Georgia native, she grew up performing in the Atlanta area and attended high school at CCCEPA. Some of her regional credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Atlanta Lyric), A Chorus Line - Val (Virginia Samford), Guys and Dolls - Mimi (Highlands Playhouse), and Hairspray (City Springs Theatre Company). She was recently able to perform in two cabarets: “Luminous” and “Best of Broadway” with The Atlanta Lyric. She also recently performed in a gala ("And the Winner is...") designed to raise money for those struggling with addiction through an organization called The Davis Direction. Teaching has always been a passion of Grace's and she has gained experience by working with Prodigy Performing Arts, The Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, and City Springs. Additionally, she co-taught a Dance Lab for students at The University of Alabama. Grace loves being a part of the Atlanta community and is thrilled to be working with the CST students!


Voice Faculty
Courtenay recently returned from Broadway where she played “Mrs. Green” in The Prom, the Tony nominated musical directed by Casey Nicholaw. In Atlanta, she has been in many shows at The Alliance Theatre and other theatre in town. She graduated from Converse College and The Juilliard School where she won with The Michel and Suria Saint Denis Award for Drama. Courtenay co-founded and ran Show Camp USA, a performing arts summer camp based in Sandy Springs for 8 years, where she discovered her passion for teaching aspiring young talent. A well-rounded Atlanta artist, Courtenay has a thriving private vocal studio, she owns a jewelry business call Vintage Spirit Designs, and runs a small production company called Mamma Sez Productions. She performs and writes her solo shows under the umbrella title “Courtenay’s Cabaret”. This year she will remount her popular holiday show “Courtenay’s Cabaret – Home for the Holidays” on the Alliance’s Hertz Stage during the month of December. Courtenay has performed leading roles in almost every type of theatrical venue – regional theatre, national tours, theme parks, dinner theatre, Off- Broadway and now Broadway! She is happy to share her experience and expertise with City Springs Theatre Conservatory and Project Broadway.


Dance Faculty
Teneise Mitchell Ellis, a Chesapeake, VA native, made her Broadway debut in Wicked the Musical in 2017. She performed six seasons as a Radio City Rockette in The Christmas Spectacular, and The New York Spectacular. Teneise has been seen in a host of dance companies including: Philadanco, Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Bad Boys Of Dance and Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago II. She also hit the stage with music icon Beyoncé, and hip hop mogul, Nas. She has been seen on popular television shows such as Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon, Project Runway, The Today Show, and The Chew. Teneise most recently filmed her first short film, “Keep the Change”.


Dance Faculty
Arielle is a proud graduate of The Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School, and then went on to major in theatre at CCM: The University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Arielle has performed in and choreographed/assistant choreographed at numerous theatres in Atlanta including City Springs Theatre, The Atlanta Lyric Theatre, The Alliance Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, OnStage Atlanta, and more. Arielle has also taught dance at studios such as Dance101, Dance It Off, and British Academy of the Performing Arts.


Voice Faculty
Bill Newberry is a music director, actor, singer, voice teacher and vocal coach from Atlanta, Georgia. He has been working with young performers basically all of his adult life. After a successful career teaching the arts in a private school, Bill began his professional theatre career as kids' music director on the first national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. On returning to Atlanta, he became a sought-after music director in the Atlanta theatre community. Over the years he has worked as a music director/actor at most of the major Atlanta theatre, including the Alliance, Actor's Express, Theatre of the Stars, The Atlanta Lyric theatre, and Georgia Ensemble Theatre. In addition, Bill has music directed on over a dozen national tours, among them the world premieres of Diusney's High School Musical I and II, Les Miserables, The King and I, Joseph/Dreamcoat, Annie, and Beauty and the Beast. Bill has been a voice teacher/vocal coach for over twenty years; his students have gone on to major success on The Voice, American Idol, and in TV, movies, and Broadway. He also has been the music director for Camp Broadway, a national organization of theatre camps, for over twenty years, and he also founded and was artistic and music director for the Fox Theatre's Rising Stars Musical Theatre Intensive; Bill also was on the faculty of City Springs Theatre's Virtually Broadway Intensive this summer. Bill's philosophy of teaching is using solid technique and acting skills to craft a total performance in each song his students learn.


Dance Faculty
Jordan is a professional dancer, instructor, and choreographer in the Atlanta area. With a technical background, Jordan has trained with various ballet companies such as the Bolshoi Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, and the School of American Ballet. For years she also trained in the styles of jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, tap, modern, contemporary. After graduating she went on to be a featured dancer for Norwegian Cruise Line for a couple of years. Since then she’s danced for various tv series such as Step Up: High Water and The First Lady (coming soon). Theatre credits include: Ever After (Alliance Theatre), Mary Poppins, 42nd Street, and Elf (City Springs Theatre Co.), West Side Story, and Shrek the Musical (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), Swing! the Musical (Directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Norwegian Cruise Line). She’s also choreographed award winning works for numerous competitions, recitals, and events.


Acting & Voice Faculty / Pre-Pro Director
Kristine Reese has performed on Broadway, National Tours, regional theatre houses and concert venues across the globe. She is best known for playing Catherine on the Tony-Award winning National Tour of PIPPIN and Nessarose in the original Second National touring company of WICKED. She has also appeared on the National Tours of FINDING NEVERLAND (Mary Barrie) and MAMMA MIA! and made her Broadway debut in the 2006 revival of Les Miserables. Regional theatre credits include Theatreworks Silicon Valley, Kansas City Starlight, the St. Louis MUNY, Music Theatre Wichita and City Springs Theatre. Kristine has performed as a vocal soloist with dozens of international pop and symphony orchestras, including the Indianapolis Symphony, the Cleveland Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops and the National Symphony. For more visit
Haden Rider


Voice Faculty / JTF Director
Haden graduated with a BA Theatre degree from the University of North Georgia/Brenau University in the Gainesville Theatre Alliance training program. As of late, he has been working as a professional actor and voice teacher/vocal pedagogue in the Atlanta regional theatre market. Some of Haden’s most recent credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame-Quasimodo [Suzi Bass Award, Outstanding Lead Actor- Musical] (Aurora/Theatrical Outfit), Billy Elliot– Tony Elliot (City Springs Theatre Company), Aida– Radames (Atlanta Lyric Theatre). Haden is a recipient of the Junior Theatre Festival Teacher Spirit Award. Haden is also a proud member of the Freddie G. Fellowship (A national organization of Children’s Theatre teachers). Haden is co-founder/director of Play On Players Children’s Theatre. Play On Players has had the privilege of piloting various Broadway Jr. musicals/World Premiere-New Works such as Madagascar Jr., Mary Poppins Jr., and Newsies Jr. (upcoming). Haden is a Suzi Bass Award winner for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical”. Haden has been teaching private voice lessons of varying ages for 8 years. He teaches/coaches a vast amount of styles including: Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock, and Opera. Haden believes that a classically based method will give more freedom to a voice and will allow it to achieve its greatest potential within any style that a student wants to venture off into. His preferred method of choice is “Garcia Vocal Method or Garcia Technique”. The technique will focus heavily on proper breath support, proper body alignment (Alexander Technique), the importance of resonance through space creation/complete relaxation, and a thorough understanding of how to sing naturally and effectively without putting strain on the vocal chords.


Acting & Dance Faculty / Pre-Pro Director
Billy Tighe has performed on Broadway, the West End, National Tours, Off-Broadway and many of the country’s most prestigious regional theaters. He made his Broadway debut in PIPPIN and starred as Elder Price in the West End production of THE BOOK OF MORMON. He has toured North America in five Broadway National Tours including: JM Barrie in FINDING NEVERLAND, Fiyero in WICKED, Jean-Michel in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, Elder Price in THE BOOK OF MORMON and DIRTY DANCING. He played Anthony Hope in the critically acclaimed, immersive Off-Broadway production of SWEENEY TODD at Barrow Street and has originated roles in the upcoming Broadway-aimed productions of HEART OF ROCK AND ROLL and THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS. Regional theatre credits include Paper Mill Playhouse, The Old Globe, Paramount Theatre, St. Louis MUNY, Ogunquit Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Marriott Theater, North Carolina Theater.


Acting & Voice Faculty
Jalise is a proud New Orleans native who relocated to Atlanta in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Singing since she can remember, she has developed a smooth Jazz, R&B and Gospel infused sound. Born in the Big Easy, jazz and gospel were her first musical influences, later finding her voice in the styles of R&B, Classical, & Musical Theatre. She is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Michigan--Ann Arbor, where she earned her BFA in Musical Theatre with a minor in Community Action & Social Change. She had the opportunity to teach the arts to students of all ages during her studies at the University of Michigan. Jalise performed her first professional union gig at The MUNY Theatre in St. Louis, where she earned her actor’s equity card and became a proud member of the union. She went on to sign with a talent agency in New York City, and perform throughout the NY tri-state area. In 2017, Jalise transitioned into cruise ship performing for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Productions, where she earned the rank of Vocal Captain. Aside from performing, she enjoys cultivating and teaching the young artists of now and tomorrow. She believes we sing the words we are afraid to say. It is our moment for true authenticity and to be the artist that is living in our souls.


City Springs Theatre Company is always seeking qualified teachers to serve as faculty for our conservatory programs. Potential candidates will have professional experience in the fields of vocal instruction (group and private), acting, dance, and technical theatre and be available to teach weekly and semester-long classes. A college degree in theatre, voice, dance, technical theatre, or education required. Master’s degree preferred. Classes are currently offered for students ages 10-18.


Contact Education Director Jenna Gamerl via email




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