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.
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SHULER HENSLEY

Private Acting / College Pre-Screen / Virtually Broadway
Shuler was most recently seen in the New Group’s production of Sweet Charity opposite Sutton Foster. He last appeared on Broadway in productions of No Man’s Land (also Berkeley Repertory Theatre) and Waiting For Godot, in repertory, opposite Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Billy Crudup. He previously appeared on Broadway as The Monster in Young Frankenstein (also the U.S. National Tour), Kerchak in Tarzan, Jud Fry in Oklahoma! (also at The National Theatre and London’s West End- Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Olivier Awards) and Javert in Les Misérables. He has been seen Off-Broadway: Assassins (Encores!) How The Grinch Stole Christmas at Madison Square Garden, Carousel at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, The Most Happy Fella and Fiorello! (Encores!), The Whale (Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards; Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Drama Desk nominations), Silence! The Musical, Sweet And Sad (Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble), That Hopey Changey Thing, The Great American Trailer Park Musical. His other credits include the Kennedy Center’s production of The Guardsman, directed by Gregory Mosher, Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County (Alliance Theatre), All About Us (Westport Playhouse), The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (Hamburg, Germany), The Most Happy Fella (American Songbook/Lincoln Center). Opera appearances include Wozzeck (Curtis Institute Of Music), Regina (Kennedy Center). Shuler has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony Orchestra. TV credits include: “Murder of a President”, “Shades of Blue,” “Banshee”, “The Americans,” “Ed,” “Deadline,” “Gary Powers,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Criminal Intent,” “The Jury.” Film includes: After.Life, The Legend of Zorro; Van Helsing; Monday Night Mayhem; Someone Like You; The Bread, My Sweet; Opa! Proud Equity member. Shuler was awarded the “Stage Performance of the Year” by New York Magazine in recognition for his work in The Whale. Upcoming: The Music Man.
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HADEN RIDER

Private Voice / Virtually Broadway / Project Broadway / Summer Junior Musical
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.
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MEG GILLENTINE

Virtually Broadway / Project Broadway
Meg began her dance training here with the Atlanta Ballet, graduated from CCCEPA, and received her BA in Acting from NYU. She made her Broadway Debut at nineteen in Cats, followed by Fosse, The Frogs, and A Bed and a Chair, A New York Love Affair, with music by Stephen Sondheim, performing alongside Wynton Marsalis and Bernadette Peters at City Center. You can see her in the PBS special Fosse, with Ann Reinking and Ben Vereen, and The Producers movie with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Regional credits include the 1st National Tour of The Producers with Jason Alexander and Martin Short, Damn Yankees, Lola (Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress in a Musical) Cabaret, Sally Bowles (Helen Hayes Nomination) and Mother Courage and Her Children with Kathleen Turner at Arena Stage in DC. She is thrilled to be on Faculty at City Springs Theatre, sharing her love of the craft that has filled her soul for over 30 years.
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DAVID ROSSETTI

NextGen Broadway Camp / Virtually Broadway / Project Broadway / Summer Junior Musical
David is beyond thrilled to join the faculty at City Springs Conservatory! He has performed on Broadway, in four national tours (Fame, Hairspray, Joseph…Dreamcoat, & Something Rotten), and conducted workshops and intensives all over the country (including Japan!) He served as Associate Choreographer to Tony-winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Cats, Hamilton, In The Heights, Annie) for the national and international tours of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He made his Broadway debut in the revival of Annie at The Palace Theatre (also choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler) where he was dance captain, swing, and understudy for the role of “Rooster.” Select performing credits: Anything Goes (Sir Evelyn), Spamalot (Sir Robin), Chicago (Amos), Cabaret (Emcee), A Chorus Line (Paul), The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Chip), The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert). After 13 years in the Big Apple he has recently relocated to Atlanta where he plans to direct, choreographer, perform, and continue using his experience to educate and work with young artists. He is so excited to work with the next generation of theatrical performers of Atlanta. Check out more at www.davidrossetti.com
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COURTENAY COLLINS

Private Voice / Virtually Broadway / Project Broadway
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.
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CLACI MILLER

NextGen Broadway Camp
Broadway: Annie Get Your Gun (Winnie Tate) opposite Reba McEntire. National Tours: Annie Get Your Gun (Winnie Tate), Cats (Sillabub), Hal Prince’s ShowBoat (Kim). Regional: Sister Act The Musical (Sister Mary Dominique) Pasadena Playhouse and The Alliance Theatre; The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Pippi) at Actors’ Express Theatre (Suzi Bass Award-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie Dillmount), Cabaret (Sally) and Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey) at Atlanta Lyric Theatre; The Ten Commandments with Val Kilmer; She Loves Me at Reprise! LA; How To Succeed… (Rosemary) and A Chorus Line (Maggie) at the St Louis MUNY; My Fair Lady at the Hollywood Bowl with John Lithgow; Evita (Mistress) North Carolina Theatres’ production at the Aladdin in Las Vegas. A graduate of CCM, and Equity member.
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KRISTINE REESE

Private Acting / Project Broadway / Virtually Broadway
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 www.kristinereese.com.
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BILLY TIGHE

Private Acting and Dance / Project Broadway / Virtually Broadway
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.
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NICHOLAS RODRIGUEZ

Private Voice / Project Broadway / Virtually Broadway
Nicholas was last seen at City Springs as Jim Hardy in Holiday Inn. He recently completed a run as Joe Gillis opposite Alice Ripley in Sunset Boulevard at North Shore Music Theatre. Nicholas is perhaps best known for his role as Nick Chavez on ABC’s One Life to Live (GLAAD Award). His other television credits include Tommy (CBS) and Madam Secretary (CBS). Film: Sex in the City II (also soundtrack), Still Here, Double Exposure. Broadway/National Tour: Tarzan®,, The Sound of Music (Captain Von Trapp) directed by Jack O’ Brien. Off-Broadway: Toxic Avenger, Almost Heaven, Death For Five Voices,Collette Collage, Bajour. Carnegie Hall: Guys and Dolls. Tours: Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Hair. Regional: Carousel (Helen Hayes nomination), Destiny of Desire, Mother Courage and Her Children, Oklahoma! (Helen Hayes Award), My Fair Lady (Helen Hayes nomination) & Light in the Piazza at Arena Stage; The Ten Commandments at the Kodak Theatre; Paper Mill Playhouse, MUNY, Pittsburgh CLO, ZACH Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre. His debut CD The First Time… is available at www. psclassics.com. Nicholas has a BM and MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. As an Educator, he’s taught Master Classes at Universities and Performing Arts Centers across the world and served as Artistic Director for the Broadway Dreams Foundation for four years. www.thenickrod.com
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BILL NEWBERRY

Private Voice / Virtually Broadway
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.
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McKENZIE KURTZ

Private Acting / Virtually Broadway
McKenzie Kurtz recently made her Broadway debut as Princess Anna in Frozen on Broadway. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in musical theatre in 2019. Her most recent roles include Ariel in Footloose at the MUNY and Jane in Female Troubles at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Previous credits include full summer stock seasons at Music Theatre Wichita and the Wagon Wheel Theatre. Roles at UofM include Nickie in Sweet Charity and Lady Jackie in Me and My Girl. She is a Georgia native and attended Milton High School in Alpharetta.
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BENJAMIN BRYANT

Private Voice
After graduating from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a major in music, Ben pursued a successful career as a classical singer and musical theater actor. His performing career spanned a wide range of venues and styles: from studio recording and cabaret performances in Los Angeles and New York, to Oratorio performances at the Los Angeles and Carmel Bach Festivals, as well as appearing as “Lun Tha” in the Tony Award winning Broadway cast of The King and I. For the past 17 years, as Vocal Director for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Ben has coached hundreds of singers in dozens of revue shows as well as Music Directed Royal Caribbean’s productions of CATS and Hairspray, which was featured on the 2012 Tony Awards. In addition to Vocal Directing for Royal Caribbean, he is also on the casting team for their productions of CATS, Grease, Saturday Night Fever, We Will Rock You, Hairspray and Chicago the Musical.
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KAYCE GROGAN-WALLACE

NextGen Broadway Camp
A Georgia native from Marietta, Mrs. Wallace is a former Columbia Recording Artist, earning her debut on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart at age 16. She went on to study music at Kennesaw State University, where she earned a degree in Theatre & Performance Studies with a minor in Dance. As a performer, Mrs. Wallace has earned three Suzi Bass Awards for her contributions at Atlanta Lyric Theatre and Actor's Express. She has also performed at Horizon Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Dominion Entertainment, Atlanta Workshop Players, Georgia Ensemble, Actor's Express, Fabrefaction Theatre, Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse, Theatrical Outfit, and of course City Springs Theatre Company. Behind the scenes, Mrs. Wallace is the operations manager, casting director, vocal producer, and associate music producer for Matthew Head Productions, where she earned numerous recognitions for her work on the OWN television show Greenleaf, including a Stellar Gospel Music Award, an NAACP Image Award, and a Grammy Award nomination for her original song "The Judgement," and has won a Grammy for the Le'Andria Johnson song "Better Days." Mrs. Wallace was the choreographer of a season 2 episode of Greenleaf, the director/choreographer for Jubilation Ministries of Marietta First United Methodist Church and numerous theatre youth camps, and the associate musical director and vocal director for Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre's production of Holla If Ya Hear Me!. Currently, she teaches theatre for Marietta Middle School (Teacher of the Year, 2013) where her group has earned numerous awards and state recognitions for their excellence both on and off the stage.
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DEBORAH BOWMAN

Private Voice / Virtually Broadway
Stage credits include Chicago, Cabaret, 42nd Street, The Little Mermaid, Hairspray, Oliver 1st National Tour, Evita, Sweeney Todd and A Streetcar Named Desire. Bowman is represented by Atlanta Models & Talent with TV/ Film Credits including: Spielberg’s Amazing Stories, Ugly Betty Season IV, Being Mary Jane, The Haves & the Have Not’s, Its Complicated, Wall Street 2, and several National Commercials. Bowman has worked alongside actors such as Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Shia LaBeouf, James Franco, & Vanessa Williams. Broadway World awarded Deborah Bowman Best Actress in a Professional Play for the 2015 Atlanta Region. She won the 2014 RICE Award (Rising In Community Excellence) for Entertainment. She is also a 3-time Suzi Bass Award nominee for Best Actress in a musical and is a proud union member of SAG-Aftra and Actor’s Equity. She performs nationwide with her unique Cabaret acts including: American Songbook Series, Broadway Reviews, Marilyn Monroe Show, A Christmas Wishlist, A Very Diva Christmas & Shaken Not Stirred: Music of James Bond. Deb Bowman’s weekly performances at both the prestigious St. Regis Hotel at Atlas Restaurant and The Bread and Butterfly in Atlanta regularly draw large crowds. Her “Big Love Band” includes musicians Arthur Turner, Ken Gregory, Craig Shawdaddy, & Jared Lanham. Bowman’s first solo album “Addicted to Love Songs” made the 54th Grammy Ballot in 4 categories, including Best Jazz Vocals & Best New Artist. Her newest endeavors as a songwriter have brought much anticipation for her newly released album, “Fast Heart.” The album was recorded at the renowned Power Station in NYC and has received broad critical acclaim. “Fast Heart” made the 62nd Grammy Ballot in 3 categories including Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best New Artist. Bowman is also an esteemed private vocal and acting coach. For more info and to follow her on social media, please visit: www.debbowman.com
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CHANI MAISONET

Private Voice / Virtually Broadway
Chani Maisonet is an owner and vocal coach of Made 4 The Stage and has been teaching for 10 years now. Chani studied vocal performance and music business at Kennesaw State University. She is a vocalist of all styles but studying opera really opened up a whole new world of singing for her In every style. Vocal Freedom is the goal and Chani combines athletics and classical technique to teach singers how to own their voices! Hope you’re ready to work and have fun in our class: SING LIKE A BROADWAY STAR! Own Your Voice!
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KRYSTYNA RESAY

Private Dance
Krystyna is a New York based choreographer and performer who has a passion for bringing individuals together to tell unique and personal stories through movement. She has had the itch to entertain and to make people laugh for as long as she can remember, and continues to strive to share meaningful experiences with everyone she creates with. Immediately after earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from Emerson College, Krystyna assisted Tony-award winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli on the new musical, The Cher Show. The Cher Show concluded its Broadway run at the Neil Simon Theater and had its world premiere at the Oriental Theater in Chicago. As a choreographer in her own right, Krystyna has choreographed Samsung's launch event, Move With Galaxy, featuring Diplo and Gwen Stefani. Additionally, her work can be seen in Broadway Dance Center's Professional Semester showcases, Jared Grimes's Run The Night event, Arts for Alzheimer's, and more. She was named American Dance Award’s Young Choreographer of the Year in 2016. Favorite performance credit includes dancing in the new film Isn’t It Romantic starring Rebel Wilson. Krystyna continues to learn and work with professional directors and choreographers such as Jason Moore, Karla Puno Garcia, Rommy Sandhu, and Stephanie Klemons. Krystyna currently teaches and privately coaches dancers throughout the northeast. She has had the honor of teaching for Broadway Dance Center’s Children and Teen Program, Tony award winner Lindsay Mendez and Ryan Scott Oliver’s Actor Therapy, and has taught masterclasses at national competitions including Onstage New York and New York City Dance Alliance. Please visit krystynaresavy.com for more info!
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Chris Brent Davis

Private Voice
Chris Brent Davis is an Atlanta-born music director. Off-Broadway: Greenwood: the Musical (Original Cast — NYMF, starring Andrea McArdle). Regional Credits Include: Holiday Inn, Mary Poppins, Hairspray, and Elf (City Springs), john & jen, Spring Awakening (freeFall Theatre Co.), Les Miserables (The Springer Opera House). Chris Brent served as Resident Music Director for Serenbe Playhouse from 2015-2019, on their landmark productions of Titanic, Miss Saigon (Suzi Bass Award), and Carousel. He is a member of the Broadway Dreams Foundation faculty, serving as music director and pianist. Social media: @chrisbrentdavis
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Maya Bowles

Private Dance
Maya is a recent Point Park University graduate where she majored in Dance, with a concentration in jazz dance and minor in musical theater. Over the course of her time at Point Park, Maya taught community and pre professional dance classes to dancers in the Pittsburgh area. Classes ranged from Jazz, modern, theater jazz, dance fitness and tap. Maya spent her summers off from school doing professional theater with the Atlanta Lyric Theater, the Strand Theater and the MUNY. Those summers also included choreographing for Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts’ “ComPAny” at Pebblebrook High School. www.mayabowles.com

APPLY TO JOIN OUR CONSERVATORY FACULTY!

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.

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Contact Education Manager Jenna Gamerl via email jenna@cityspringstheatre.com

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