2020

2020 Top Teens Showcase and Winners

Announcing BETH MARSHALL PRESENTS 2020 TOP TEENS! Among the 100’s of emerging young people Beth coaches, mentors and adjudicates across the state of Florida, these 15 were selected to the program for their talents in all areas of theatre and all have been awarded scholarships into the summer intensive.

2020 Top Teens:

4th Year TOP TEENS
Joshua Huff (BMP Intern)
Jazzlynn Whiddon (BMP Intern)

3rd Year TOP TEEN
Sarah Isola

2nd Year TOP TEENS
Jackson Chase
Caiti Fallon
Matthew Gray (BMP Intern)
Eislinn Gracen
Anthony Morehead
Laura Powalisz

1st Year TOP TEENS
Ryleigh Lawton
Steele Mycroft
Destiny Sam
Emerson Short
Alondra Trinidad-Colon

Meet the teens!

image0Jackson Chase is an rising Sophomore at Lake Nona High School. This is his second year as a Beth Marshall Presents “Top Teen.” Jackson has performed at numerous theaters including the Orlando Repertory Theatre (Shrek in “Shrek Jr,” Will Bloom in “Big Fish,” Jeremy Potts in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”), The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre (Gavroche in “Les Misérables”), Lake Nona High School Theatre (Ted in “Peter and the Starcatcher,” Gangster in “The Drowsy Chaperone.”) and many more around Orlando. He was also the Critics Choice for Solo Musical at the Jr. Thespians District Festival in 2019 and won the First Year Top Teen Award for BMP last year. He loves to play music and has been in numerous jazz bands including the OCPS All County Jazz 1 Middle School. He was grateful for this opportunity that helped him grow so much last year and he looks forward to continuing to grow as an actor, singer, musician, director, and a person. He thanks his parents, his voice teacher Lauren Langa, and Beth for supporting him and being driving forces in his life.

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Caiti Fallon is a second-year Top Teen, and is currently Assistant Stage Managing the event under Matthew Gray. She is a rising senior at Montverde Academy as a part of their Theatre Conservatory, focusing on Musical Theatre. This year, she’s the President as a part of her International Thespian Society troupe, and earned multiple recognitions at Districts this year, receiving “Best in Show” for Large Group Musical, Small Group Musical, and Student Directed Scene; the large group also selected to represent the District at Opening Ceremonies for State. She also received the “All Star Cast” award for her role as the Nurse in “Medea”. This year, she received a Dance Nomination from the Applause Awards as a part of the ensemble of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, understudied Amanda in “The Glass Menagerie” (which was selected as a mainstage at State), and directed a one-act version of “Actually” at her school. She also recently portrayed Young Vi in “Violet” at the Garden Theatre, and plans to pursue both acting and directing for stage.

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Matthew Gray is a musical theater student at Daytona State College who plans on transferring to a BFA program next year. You’ve seen him at the Orlando Fringe festivals, best drama “Girl” as Isaac and Daytona States productions of “Avenue Q” as Nicky, “Arms and The Man” as Sergius, “1940’s Radio Hour” as Johnny Cantone, and most recently “Sister Act” as Sweaty Eddie. He’d like to thank Beth Marshall for involving him in this amazing program and giving him the opportunity to showcase his talents.

HeadshotJoshua Huff is the co-producer for this year’s BMP Top Teens program. He is a graduate from Lake Howell High School and has been actively doing theatre in Central Florida for five years now. He will be attending Pace University in the fall to pursue a BFA Acting degree. His three main areas of focus include stage acting, film acting and musical theatre. Some of his favorite roles include Jean Prouvaire in Les Miserables (Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center), Spencer in Snappy’s Happy Half Hour at the Orlando Fringe Festival 2016, Judas in Godspell (Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park), Josh in Bang Bang You’re Dead (Oviedo High School) and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Lake Howell High School). His passion is straight plays and acting for film and television though he also loves musical theater as well. Joshua is a 4th year BMP Presents Top Teen and was also awarded with a BMP Presents Internship for the 2018 – 2020 seasons. Joshua has won numerous awards in the past four years at both the district and state level, including, 2018 Best Supporting Actor Award District 3 Thespians, 2019 Top Honors (Ensemble Acting) State Thespians, 2018 Best in Show/Critic’s Choice Award (Ensemble Acting) District 3 Thespians, 2019 Best in Show (Duet Acting) District 3 Thespians, 2019 Honorable Mention (Monologues) District 3 Thespians, 2018 Honorable Mention (Duet Acting) District 3 Thespians, 2019 Superior (Duet Acting) State Thespians, 2019 1st Annual Top Teen Play In A Day Scholarship and 2019 BMP Presents Wild Card Scholarship.

image0Eislinn Gracen is thrilled to be back for her second year with Top Teens. She is a rising junior at West Orange High School and a proud member of troupe 1983. Her main focus is on stage acting, playwriting, and singing. This past season’s credits include both WOHS’s one-act (Lilies on the Land as Margie) and mainstage production (Curtains as Jessica Cranshaw) which were both scheduled to go to the Thespians State Competition. Some of Eislinn’s favorite past credits include: Mammy Yokum (Li’l Abner), Bodey (A Lovely Sunday for Creve Cour), and Schwartzy (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). She won best supporting actress at the district competition (District 5) for her role in Lilies on the Land. She also won best in show for her contrasting monologues (Monologue B). Eislinn was a winner in the inaugural Be Original playwriting festival hosted by Generation Productions and Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. She won the Florida Theater Association Award for her play, Wolf in a Concrete Jungle, which was performed as a table read at the festival and also as a staged reading at UCF this January.

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Sarah Isola is a rising junior. She is so excited to be back at Top Teens this year!  Previous Top Teens awards include 3rd Place Overall and Most Talented. Some of her favorite recent credits include Fiona/Rosemary in The Giver (Orlando Repertory Theatre), Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (Theater West End), and Shulie in School House Rock Live! (Winter Park Playhouse). She has also had the honor of performing alongside Laura Bell Bundy, as well as singing in a gala with Chita Rivera.  She has had the pleasure of performing around Central Florida at Theater West End, The Garden Theatre, The Orlando Repertory Theatre, and The Winter Park Playhouse. She thanks Beth Marshall, Theresa Smith-Levin, her friends, and family, and all of the amazingly talented teens!

Ryleigh Smile KK newRyleigh Lawton is thrilled to be joining this year’s BMP Top Teens.  She is a Freshman at Lake Minneola High School and has been a professional working actress since the age of 7.  Ryleigh has appeared on stage at Garden Theatre, Orlando Repertory Theatre, and Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park and trained last summer in NYC with Broadway Artists Alliance.  While she has appeared in many musicals, her real love is straight acting especially dramatic pieces.  Her top three areas of focus are stage acting, film/TV and musical theater. Ryleigh is a recipient of a Dr. Phillips Center Applause Award for her role as Jane Banks in the musical “Mary Poppins” and was honored with a Critics Choice award for monologue at the Florida State Jr. Thespian festival in 2019.  This past fall she was awarded a Critics Choice award for monologue at the District 12 Florida Thespian competition and looks forward to continuing to represent Troupe 7719.  Past shows include: “Billy Elliot the Musical” (Allison), “Brighton Beach Memoirs” (Laurie), “A ChristmasStory”, (Helen) and the Southeastern US premier of the Southern gothic play , “A Tennessee Walk” (Bobbie Coleman).  Ryleigh is a working voice over actress and can be heard voicing several animated characters for children’s language videos.  Ryleigh would like to thank Beth Marshall for this exciting opportunity, her mom for her support and her acting coach Sarah Lee Dobbs for always pushing her to be her best.

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Anthony Morehead is a rising Senior at Montverde Academy. His three main areas of focus are Musical Theatre, Stage Acting, and Film. Some of Anthony’s favorite roles include Claude Frollo in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, Cinderella’s Prince in “Into the Woods”, Bill Austin in “Mamma Mia!”, Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet”, and Georg in “She Loves Me”. This is his second year with BMP Top Teens, and last year he was awarded; “Best Image” and “Best Musical Theatre”. Along with the awards he’s won at the Florida Thespian District and State Competitions including; Lead Performer in a Mainstage Production (She Loves Me), Best Supporting Actor in a One Act (Next to Normal and Medea), Honorable Mention Solo, and Critics Choice Small Group, he was also awarded the 2019 Charlie Cinnamon Theater Scholarship. He would also like to thank his parents, Beth Marshall, and all of his teachers for always pushing him to be the best he can be! 

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Steele Mycroft is a rising freshman who will be attending the University of Central Florida in the fall! This will be Steele’s first year as a part of the Top Teens program and he is beyond grateful to Beth Marshall for this opportunity!
His main focuses include Stage Acting, Front of House Management, and Theatre Leadership. At Lake Howell High School, Steele was a member of their thespian troupe, a representative for the Class of 2020, and a member of National Honor Society. Steele has been awarded Straight Superiors for his Duet Acting and Monologue individual events, as well as being a cast member in two Straight Superior One Acts at the District 3 Thespian Festival. Steele would like to thank his family, friends, Tiffany Ortiz, and Beth Marshall for their constant support and continuously pushing him to be the best performer he can be.

 

Updated HeadshotLaura Powalisz is an upcoming freshman at Rollins College and will be Majoring in Music with a Minor in Theatre Arts. This is Laura’s 2nd year as a Top Teen and she has previously been awarded the Best Newcomer Award. Her top three areas of focus are Singing, Acting for Stage and Screen, and Theatre Leadership. While at Lake Howell, Laura was President of Wings Show Choir, Vice President of the Theatre Company and Thespian Troupe, and a member of the National Honors Society. Her favorite credits include Gabriella (High School Musical), Crystal (Little Shop of Horrors), Susan (The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe) and Clairee (Steel Magnolias). Recently, Laura has been awarded Straight Superiors on her Classical and Musical Theatre Solos at Solo & Ensemble and Straight Superiors with a Perfect Score on her Solo Musical and Ensemble Acting Scene at the Thespian Festival. Laura would like to thank her Mom and Dad, her brothers, Theresa Smith-Levin, Rebecca Senko, Tiffany Ortiz, James Brendlinger, and Beth Marshall for their love, support, and guidance.

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Destiny Sam is a rising Junior at Lake Howell High School. Her passion is in Scenic, Lighting, and Sound Design. This is her first year as a Top Teen member. Some of her favorite credits include Stage Managing “Little Women: The Musical” and “Men: A Family Dinner Conversation” from the 2019 Play-In-A-Day, Lighting Design for “The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe”, and Lighting crew for “Li’l Abner” and “Little Shop of Horrors”. She competed in District competition this past year, winning an Honorable Mention in Scene Design.

image0Emerson Short is a rising senior and is attending Lake Howell High School. Her top 3 areas of focus include directing, musical theatre, and playwriting. Emerson has been active in theatre for over seven years and has been competing in it for three. Along with that, she is her thespian troupe’s secretary and President of the LHHS AV Tech Club. She performed at the Orlando Repertory Theatre in the Youth Academy productions as well as community productions at Penguin Point Productions. Her recent performing credits include JoJo (Seussical jr), Guard 2 (Dystopia) and Villian (Almost Maine) and her recent technical credits include Stage Manager for The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and lighting designer for The Importance of Being Earnest. Her awards include All-Star Crew Member for her troupe’s production of The Other Room at the district level in 2018, Best Female Technician for LHTC in the 2018-2019 school year, Best Actress (JoJo in Seussical jr) and Best Newcomer for LHTC in the 2017-2018 school year, All-Star Cast Member for LHTC’s production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Marcy) and Honorable Mention for Student Directing at the district level in 2019 with her scene from the show, Lysistrata. Emerson also has had the honor of having her first one-act play, Inverse Psychology, be produced through LHTC and was able to assistant direct it as a sophomore. Emerson would like to thank her friends, family, mentors, James Brendlinger, Tiffany Ortiz, and for their support and guidance.

FD9A62EF-5600-4573-BD6E-BA46CF44CE8CAlondra Trinidad-Colon is a graduating senior at Lake Nona Highschool, where she was Co-President of her school’s troupe. This is her very first year as a member of BMP Top Teens. Her top three contributions to BMP Top Teens are her strengths in Musical Theatre Performance, Acting (for the stage), and abilities in Makeup Design and Application (for the stage). Alondra‘s awards include “Outstanding Female Lead” for her portrayal of Aida in Aida. Some of her favorite theatre credits include: Ensemble – In The Heights, Aida – Aida , Black Stache – Peter and the Starcatcher, and Janet van De Graff – The Drowsy Chaperone. She would like to thank Beth Marshall for the incredible opportunity to be a part of the Top Teens program. As well as thank her mother Brenda Colon for always supporting her in her pursuit of the arts.

jazzlynn0080finaleditweb-1Jazzlynn Whiddon is a graduate of Lake Howell High School and will be attending Daytona State College in the fall. She is entering her 4th year of Top Teens and her 2nd year of interning with Beth Marshall Presents and couldn’t be more excited to be able to co-produce an event that she’s grown up with. She has been doing theatre for the past 8 years in various parts of Florida. Her three main areas of focus include stage acting, stage management and singing. Some of Jazzlynn’s favorite theatrical credits include Ouiser in “Steel Magnolias”, Cecily Cardew in “The Importance of Being Earnest”, Gary Coleman in “Avenue Q”, stage managing “Much Ado About Nothing” and “High School Musical”. She is Co-Historian of her troupe and the secretary of choirs at LHHS. A few award’s Jazzlynn has received are Best of Show Duet Acting (D3 Thespians 2019), Best of Show Large Group Musical (D3 Thespians 2019), All Star Cast for in a  One Act (D3 Thespians 2019), All Star Crew (Lake Howell, Much Ado) and the 2019 FTA Charlie Cinnamon Acting scholarship. She would like to thank her mom, James Brendlinger, Tiffany Ortiz and Beth Marshall for believing in her and giving her the confidence and push she needs to pursue what she loves.

Meet the adjudicators and panelists!

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CK Anderson (TT alumni) is a freelance writer and actor who graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Texas State University in 2019. Some of his favorite credits include Mary Poppins (ZACH Theatre), Newsies (RMTC), How I Learned to Drive (TXST), Biloxi Blues and The Diviners (BMP). CK was proudly awarded the 1st ever Overall TOP TEEN Award from BMP in 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd-wqrn79JE

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Sheryl Carbonell (musical theatre panelist) – I’m a bit of a nerd actually. I love to daydream, and draw, and sing. I have bursts of energy that I use to work out. I love to workout. I love being physical, lifting weights, doing yoga, but I hate running. I walk or ride my bike instead for exercise. I like to move. I love to dance but I’m not a dancer per se. Wish I was one. I’ve always loved the arts, creativity and expression. I began piano lessons at age 7 and singing solos by age 8. My music teacher and the woman who was my kindergarten teacher , recommended I audition for Annie, at my hometown in my hometown, Windsor Ontario, when I was 12. I did. The Windsor Light Opera Company loved me and wanted me to be Annie, but in those days, it was unheard of to cast a black girl as an Annie, so I was cast as the orphan July. It’s okay. I persevered and I had a blast playing the role, meeting new friends and learning to tap dance!! Then, I moved to Florida. I loved coming to Florida for vacation but to move to Florida was a different story. I experienced culture shock and therefore stopped music and acting. I took drawing classes and played tennis instead. I earned my school letter, and thought I might major in visual arts – perfect choices, admirable ones, but I knew I loved music and the arts. I made a quick decision and chose Music Education and Performance as my major and began my long journey to resuscitate the arts I have put on hold. By the time I graduated from the University of Central Florida, I was a pretty darned good choir director. I started the chorus programme at Maitland Middle School and taught by day and sang professionally with the Orlando Opera by night. After the birth of my son, I decided to earn my Masters Degree in Music Education while staying at home to raise him. I continued to sing with the opera company for my artistic outlet. The doors to the Orlando Opera Company closed however, and I was left without teaching or performing. This lead me to pursue acting. I’d loved it in Windsor, and I had moments on stage in the opera company when I wondered why some scenes felt more real and connected than others. I vowed to figure out why. Since then, I’ve been studying acting with various acting teachers here in Orlando. I’ve booked commericials, professional theater gigs at Mad Cow and Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. I’ve worked on films and booked my first network television show (the role was cut, but there will be more!)… I’ve even hosted a show as a series regular, traveling the country as an Arts and Physical Education Advocate, interviewing teachers and writing about the cutting edge arts and physical education programs being taught in the United States. In a short time, I’ve cultivated an acting career filled with surprises I would have to tell you in a separate bio because this is long!! (sorry!) If you can dream a dream, do not defer it, go for it. Work your butt off for it, expect hard times and persevere anyway. What is for you will be yours. I truly believe that and live by this mission each and every day and I hope that as you partake in your artistic endeavours, your dare yourself to dream too.

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Cydney Clark (TT alumni) was recently featured as the Circle of Life Vocalist for Disney Cruise Line’s award-winning Disney Dreams having just graduated from the University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre department last May. She appeared in Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s production of Sweeney Todd. University credits include Trix the Aviatrix in The Drowsy Chaperone, Gloria in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd. She appeared in several Beth Marshall Presents productions such as Hoodies, The Trayvon Martin Project: Part 1, and Beatnik: Squared. Cydney was a proud 1st year TOP TEEN! https://youtu.be/rpnlyXWgZz4

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Over the past 30 years, Lisa Cordes (panelist for arts activism and adjudication) has worked across disciplines as an artist, administrator, and educator to build the capacity of artists and to connect artists to audiences. In 2019, she founded Artists Build, a consulting business focused on organizations and funders that support individual artists. Prior to Artists Build, Cordes served as Director of Artist Services at M-AAA. After engineering the transfer of the nationally regarded professional development program, Artist INC, from the  University of Missouri-Kansas City Innovation Center to Mid-America Arts Alliance in 2017, she led the expansion of Artist INC to more than ten communities throughout the Midwest and created and managed two artist grant programs—Artists 360 in collaboration with the Walton Family Foundation and Interchange, a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation initiated program to support artists engaged in social practice. In addition to Mid-America Arts Alliance, she has served in administrative leadership positions at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Coterie Theater, and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. As an educator, she has taught performance at the Kansas City Art Institute and served as playwright-in-residence in high schools and public housing communities. As an artist, her performance work is about the intersection of personal and civic identity and includes plays, solo performances, and large-scale community events. She has founded two experimental performance companies, consulted for the President’s Committee on the Arts, and served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Missouri Arts Council and the Charlotte Street Foundation.

43950095_10156693120648917_1307682104133287936_nParis Crayton III (adjudicator, panelist for arts activism, playwriting guest teacher) is an award-winning playwright, actor, and director. He has written over 40 plays, 14 of which have been produced around the country.  He was one of ArtsATL “30 under 30” and Atlanta Journal Constitution’s “Artist to watch.” Creative Loafing named him 2014’s “Best Local Playwright”  Critics have called him “a powerful dramatist” and praised him as “One of the most important playwrights of our time.” His plays have been presented and/or workshopped by The Lark, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Aurora Theatre, Clark University, Working Title Playwrights, Stage Door Players, Rising Sage Theatre, 3 Hill Productions, Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, Beth Marshall Presents, Indianapolis Fringe Festival and more. Paris has worked with Beth Marshall Presents on several projects in the past years including his award-winning touring solo sho: Spare The Rod, Orlando Fringe’s Best Drama of 2014: Hoodies, The Trayvon Martin Project, Worthless and Chasing Gods and STUCK as part of the BMP New Work Series.

20200507_000309Blue Estrella (adjudicator and panelist for stage management) is excited to be continuing her journey with the Beth Marshall Presents team as the Resident Stage Manager, & Play-In-A-Day Production Stage Manager! Since her move to Orlando in 2000, she’s received a bachelor’s in Theatre Arts at Stetson University concentrating on sound design. She began her theatre career at SAK Comedy Lab as the Front of House Operations Manager, and a lighting/sound improviser. Later on, she became the Production Technician for Kerry Giese at the JCC Theatre. After discovering the Orlando Fringe, Blue directed and co-choreograph “SPINZophrenia” in 2012. Fringe stage managing credits include “Bubble Gum Party”, “Now with Chikin”, “Slut Like Me”, “Save Me Dolly Parton”, “girl.” & “Black Wood”. Other SM credits include “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (BMP), “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” (BMP), “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” (BMP), “Gross Indecency” (Wanzie Presents), “It All Started at the Radisson Inn” (Wanzie Presents), “Wild Party” (Theater West End), & “Men on Boats” (Mad Cow). ASM credits include “Xanadu”, “Georgia McBride”, “1984”, “Flashdance” & “Ragtime” at Garden Theatre. Besides stage managing, Blue is also a color guard performer! She performed in the 2019 Macy’s Day Parade and has been directing/choreographing the Ocoee High Knights Visual Ensemble since 2016. #knightsvisualensemble #ocoeehsband

Patrick Flick Publicity PhotoA four-time Emmy Award winner from his days as a television producer/talent in San Francisco, Patrick Flick (adjudicator) is currently Executive Director of The Shakespeare Theatre Association and Producing Artistic Director of the Richmond Shakespeare Festival in Richmond, Indiana. He is the former Literary Chair of the National New Play Network and former Associate Artistic Director of Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Orlando, Florida. He has directed and acted at many theatres including Richmond Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Gamut Theatre in Harrisburg, Pa., the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Mad Cow Theatre, Actors Theatre of Naples, New Theatre in Miami, Florida Studio Theater, TheatreWorks in Mountainview, CA., Marin Theatre Company, San Jose Stage, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, Sacramento Theatre Company, Marin and Wisconsin Shakespeare Festivals, the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, and Riverside Shakespeare and the Independent Theatre in New York. Patrick was also an adjunct professor at Rollins College in Orlando and taught advanced directing and audition techniques. He holds an MFA in Directing/Dramaturgy from the University of Idaho, an MA in Playwriting from Miami University, and a BA in Theatre and Journalism, also Miami University.

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Susan Fronsoe (adjudicator) started her career in the entertainment industry over 30 years ago working behind the camera as an assistant director in Orlando. She transitioned to working in front of the camera as an actor after years of training and then later moved to Los Angeles and became a Talent Manager. From 2011 to 2015, Susan was the co-owner and head of the Television and Film Department of Atlanta Models & Talent, Inc. (AMT), one of the Southeast’s top talent agencies. During that time, she worked alongside Casting Director Shay Bentley-Griffin in starting the Atlanta Coalition of Talent Agencies (ACTA). Susan later opened ActorsConsult, a consulting business for actors interested in developing a successful career in the Southeast. Susan moved back to Orlando in January, 2017 and opened 22Talent in July of that same year.

DennisGiacinoDennis T. Giancino (panelist for musical theatre) is the creator and writer/composer of the hit Off-Broadway musicalDisenchanted! The show has played around the world and is a 4-time nominee for New York City theatre awards (including Outer Critics Circle nom for ‘Outstanding New Off- Broadway Musical, Off Broadway Alliance for ‘Best New Musical,’ and two Lortel Awards nominations). Giacino’s musical works continue to be performed on five continents including productions in Paris, Prague, Rome, Singapore, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Montreal, Toronto, Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), and Beijing just to name a few. Giacino is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America and just co- produced the ‘Disenchanted!’ 10th Anniversary Studio Recording available at http://www.DISalbum.com, iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, AppleMusic, Spotify, and CD Baby.

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Amy Hadley (panelist for tech) is an independent Lighting Designer and Production Manager who works with many of the local theatres and festivals throughout Central Florida.  She is a graduate of The University of Central Florida’s Theatre Program.  She is very proud to have been a part of the Beth Marshall Presents team since the beginning.  Her list of shows with this company include My Illustrious Wasteland, Our Town, Driving Miss Daisy, Crimes of the Heart, A Christmas Carol, Diviners, Prop 8 On Trail, Biloxi Blues, Children of a Lesser God, 33 Variations, Alice Lost in Wonderland, Doubt, Glass Menagerie, The Putnam County Spelling Bee, Whale and The Lieutenant of Inishmore.  She would like to thank her better half for life, Haui B., for his continuous support and her daughter, the sassy Miss Ella, for her unconditional love and infectious joy.

Headshot 3Kaitlyn Harrington (adjudicator, panelist for stage management, TT alumni) is a Central Florida native with experience in all facets of theatre, a passion for management and directing, and a dream of opening a theatre of her own. In the last decade, she has participated in 100+ productions, festivals and events. In high school, she proudly represented Thespian Troupe #4937 and Florida State Thespians as the District III Representative. She was awarded the Beth Marshall Presents Wild Card Scholarship and the Florida State Thespians Technical/Management Scholarship in 2014. She earned a B.A. (Hons) in Theatre Arts, focusing in management and directing, at Rollins College in 2018. During undergrad, she was a Priscilla P. Parker theatre scholar, became a member of the Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honors Society and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (USITT), and received the prestigious Fiat Lux award for serving her collegiate community. She went on to work in development for the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts before finding her way back to her alma mater as a full-time staff member. In the future, she plans to further her education at the Crummer Graduate School of Business and the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Work hard, stay humble, be kind! kaitlyn-harrington.com

Tymisha-Headshot-copyWhat to say about Tymisha Harris (panelist for musical theatre)… aka Tush… no really. She is a Texas born, Florida shaped, Tour de force. A dancer, a singer and an actress, that has been in entertaiment for over twenty years, Tush is an asset to any production. From her beginning, working as asst. choreoagrapher to N*SYNC, theme park grinding in many states, overseas touring with theater troupe, PILOBOLUS, and the recent addition of her one-woman show, JOSEPHINE~ The Play. Tush is ready to learn, share, impact and grow with the world. You should come along for the ride! OneLove! www.josephinetheplay.com

Shelly HenriottShelly Henriott (panelist for costume design) has been sewing for 40 years since her mother taught her as a child. She started creating and designing for theater in 1989 with the Rocky Horror Picture Show. From there she did costuming, hair and makeup at Theatre Downtown for productions such as Gut Girls, Born Yesterday, and The Rocky Horror Show. Shortly after, her friends Seth Kubersky and John DiDonna started Empty Spaces Theater and invited her to costume Oedipus, Ubu Roi, and Bathory. After a brief break to finish her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, she joined Phantasmagoria as their primary costume designer in 2013. Since then, Shelly has costumed dozens of shows in 4 states with multiple Phantasmagoria casts. Currently, she is working on a plus sized, off the rack cosplay line. After more designing, experimenting, and final touches, expect to see the SteamPunk collection in the next year or so. Shelly has worked making mask for nurses and people in need during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Kenny HowardKenny Howard (adjudicator, panelist for musical theatre, FTA partner)  – (Select NY Credits) Red Light Winter, PieFace! The Adventures of Anita Bryant, Ladies of Eola Heights, New Rochelle and Leigh Silverman’s AD for Hwang’s Golden Child at the Signature Theatre, and Go Back to Where You Are (Lucille Lortel Award) at Playwrights Horizon. (Select Orlando Credits) Bat Boy, Heathers (FL Premiere, Broadwayworld.com Best Direction of a Musical Award & 2016 Critics Pick for Orlando’s Best Musical), The Flick (FL Premiere, Broadwayworld.com Best Direction of a Play & 2016 Critics Pick for Orlando’s Best Play), Cabaret, VarieTEASE:Carnies, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (FL Premiere), [title of show](FL Premiere), When Pigs Fly, The Lion Queen. Howard is currently the Artistic Director of The Abbey and Education Director for Florida Theatrical Association, as well as conceiver, co-writer and director of shows for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Co-Founder of The Broadway Consortium, LLC, which has produced the Broadway productions of Chinglish, Bonnie & Clyde, Evita, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Big Fish, Matilda, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and the West End transfer of Master Class starring Tyne Daly. Under his management, his company received 6 Drama Desk Nominations, and 5 Tony Award nominations, including a win for The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess. He also co-founded Broadway Records which produced numerous cast and cabaret albums including How To Succeed, Matilda, and Big Fish Orginal Cast Recordings, two of which received Grammy nominations, He is a graduate of UCF and currently serves on the board of The Orlando International Fringe Festival. Kenny is a 2nd year adjudicator/panelist and director coach for BMP TOP TEENS.

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In November of 2011, Margot H. Knight (panelist for mentorship) became Executive Director of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, her seventh job in the arts and humanities in 39 years. Each position has incorporated the things she loves–history, challenges, artists, scholars, education and access. She has the privilege to guide one of the foremost artist communities on the planet AND is encouraged to pursue her own literary pursuits. Her play, Funnel of Love was published in Characters Magazine. Previous positions include the presidencies of United Arts of Central Florida and United Arts of Raleigh & Wake County, executive director of the Idaho Commission on the Arts and Washington State University’s Oral History Office and staff positions with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and Washington Commission for the Humanities. She served two terms on the Private Sector Council for Americans for the Arts and is a proud recipient of the Michael Newton Award. A frequent consultant, speaker and grants panelist, she has also served on over 25 chamber of commerce, tourism, regional planning and cultural boards, including the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Visit Orlando, and Florida Cultural Alliance. Margot lives on-site at the Djerassi Program with her husband, Nick, and two cats. She can be reached at margot@djerassi.org or via Facebook (MargotHalidayKnight) or Twitter @artsmargot.

Jordan Headshot 3Jordan Laica (panelist for tech and TT alumni) is currently earning a Bachelor in Arts for Theatre Studies with a Minor in Event Management at the University of Central Florida. He has done Theatre for 7 years as a technician in his earlier years, working his way up to a designer. Jordan has also worked with BMP on many shows such as Beth Marshall Presents Play in a day, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Girl. Jordan has also been a technician at the Orlando International Fringe Festival for 2 Fringe Proper Festivals and 1 Mini Winter Fringe Festival. Jordan has also earned some professional design credits for his designs of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, On Golden Pond, The Man who Shot Liberty Valance, and Almost Maine. I wish the best of luck to all of the Top Teens in both this event and in the professional world.

2 crop web DAVID LEE-170David Lee (panelist for arts activism) is a Writer, Director and Performer for the Theatre. He is the recipient of multiple awards from The Orlando International Fringe Festival including: Best Male Performance, Best Director and The Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the author of O-TOWN: Voices from Orlandocreated from interviews with survivors, responders and community leaders after the Pulse tragedy and  his Chekhov adaptation trilogy Aunt Vanya, NIRVANOVand The Three Pussy Riot Sistersaddress Global Warming, Suicide and Russian politics, respectively. He is also the creator of PIE-FACE! The Adventures of Anita Bryantwhich he has performed in NYC and Orlando. David earned an MFA in Directing from The Yale School of Drama and a BFA in Performance from The University of Miami.

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Natalia Leigh (acting guest teacher) is the owner and instructor of NL Acting Studio in Orlando and London. She was formally trained at The Webber Douglas Academy Of Performing Arts and The Lee Strasberg Film & Theatre Institute in New York, NYC. Natalia has over twenty-five years of industry experience. She’s also the daughter of British actress and Hollywood film star Suzanna Leigh.

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Beth Leonard (panelist for mentorship) is currently Chair of Theatre and Dance at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Previously she served as Dean of the School of Performing Arts and Chair of Theatre and Dance at Stephens College in Columbia, MO. Beth also had the honor of being the Artistic Director of the Okoboji Summer Theatre and then created the Western Summer Theatre and served as its Artistic Director for five seasons.As a professional actor and director, Beth has worked throughout the Midwest with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the Unicorn Theatre, The Coterie and The Lyceum Theatre being among her favorites. Beth’s career has spanned nearly forty years of academic and professional theatre experiences, and keeping in touch with past students and colleagues has provided a rich and rewarding tapestry of incredible connections that keep her going forward and thirsting for the next challenge.

AngelinAction shotClark Levi (TT alumni, panelist for arts activism, director for New Works) is an aspiring arts activist, director, devisor, producer, and arts administrator. He has spent much of his artistic career with Beth Marshall Presents, now a resident artist in the company. Recently with BMP, he has directed Paris Crayton III’s Stuck (BroadwayWorld award-nominated). He has also been involved in Play-in-a-Day for the past 4 years, as director, actor, asst. production manager and asst. producer. In the BMP Top Teens program, he has won several awards, including 1st place overall, the Billy Manes Arts Activism Scholarship, and the Veteran Top Teen Award. In his final year with the program, he produced the event. He has also worked around Orlando in various professional, community, and summer stock shows. Notably, he production-managed White Rabbit, Red Rabbit (The Ensemble Company), stage-managed the award-winning world premiere of Leviticus (11th Hour Productions), and performed an autobiographical piece for O-Town: Voices From Orlando (Ant Farm Productions). He is currently working on two shows that bring visibility to transgender stories: Oh Boy: Poverty, Polyamory and ALL my poor decisions in between for Fringe Festivals, and a documentary theatre piece about Jacksonville’s transgender community for his college, Flagler. Also at Flagler College, he is producing a sociopolitically-focused student-led theatre initiative, which includes a series of New Works and staged readings of published plays such as Silence and Actually. Recently, he was also on the directing/devising-leadership team for Flagler’s production of The Old Man and the Old Moon. After graduating, Clark is returning to the Central Florida Theatre Community to continue his artistic and activist work.

Clare Lopez Headshot1Originally from Sacramento, CA, Clare Lopez (acting guest teacher) earned a BA in Music and Theatre from Saint Martin’s University and is a proud alumnus of The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Currently the Director of Education and Outreach with Book From Tape Acting Studio, Clare’s been teaching and coaching for over 9 years. When she’s not in the classroom, Clare performs in film, theatre, and commercial content. On camera, Clare is best known for her work in: 12 Days with God (Pure Flix), Todd, and Big Time Adolescence (Hulu). A passionate collaborator, and multi-disciplinary artist, Clare also works as a casting director, producer, and content creator. She’s loves helping actors grow in their craft, and dig deep into sharing their most authentic selves.   Learn more about Clare at: www.clare-lopez.com

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Arwen Lowbridge’s (adjudicator) mission is to help people achieve their financial goals. Due to a collaborative and educational approach, her clients feel confident when faced with big decisions and prepared for the future. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from New York University, attained a Certificate in Fundraising and Development from Rollins College’s Crummer School of Business and is currently pursuing her CFP® designation at Boston University. Before transitioning to finance, Arwen worked for 20+ years in the arts and entertainment industry as a performer, producer, fundraiser and arts manager. Given her experience, she understands the unique challenges faced by artists when it comes to financial matters. She specializes in working with women, artists and the LGBTQ+ communities. She lives in in the culturally rich Berkshires region of Western Massachusetts with her husband and their dog, Bodhi. She is an active member of 1Berkshire and Berkshire Business & Professional Women. Given a deep involvement in the non-profit arts sector, she serves as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for WAM Theatre in Lenox, MA and on the Board of Directors for The Debate Society, a theatre company based in Brooklyn.

10600638_606627039460736_1746536645530885285_nMatthew (Matty) MacDermid (adjudicator) is delighted to once again join the judging panel for Beth Marshall Presents’ TOP TEENS program.  An advocate for Theatre Arts education in our schools, Matty also spends months out of the year away from home adjudicating for Florida State Thespians and its regional festivals.  He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and English Literature.  In 2019, founded The Ensemble Company (in residence at Penguin Point Productions), for which he serves as the producing artistic director.  For the company, he has directed Other Desert Cities, The Niceties (a 2019 Orlando Sentinel Top Production and nominee for Best Director, Drama), The Lion in Winter, and Mother of the Maid.  Elsewhere, he has directed acclaimed productions of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Doll’s House Part 2, The Addams Family, Marjorie Prime, Sweet Charity, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, and more.  Performance credits include Father Brendan Flynn in Doubt, Lloyd Dallas in Noises Off!, Sheridan Whiteside and Beverly Carlton in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Uncle Louie in Lost in Yonkers, Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, The Baker in Into the Woods, among many others.  Matty is slated to play the role of John D’Agata in The Ensemble Company’s production of the Central Florida premiere of The Lifespan of a Fact this fall.  Check out @theensemblecompany on Facebook and Instagram.

image0For the past 20 years Mark Manning (panelist for arts activism and mentorship) has served as Coordinator of the KCK Organic Teaching Gardens, an Initiative of The University of Kansas School of Medicine, Office of Cultural Enhancement and Diversity, Health Careers Pathways Program, K-12. In January 2020 the Teaching Gardens became part of the Goodcents Foundation and are now called the Goodcents Teaching Gardens. Mark works with 1000 to 2000 students per year, between K through 8th grades, with organic, “raised bed” gardens built directly on the school grounds of three Middle Schools and four Elementary Schools in the inner city of the Kansas City, Kansas school district. Mark teaches workshops for 50 classes per month, from September through May doing 400 workshops annually in classrooms at these schools. The Project has been supported through grants from The Kauffman Foundation, and The University of Kansas Medical Center, and recognized by The National Gardening Association, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Community Gardens, The Green Bliss Festival, The Urban Farm & Garden Tour, Kansas Association of Conservation and Environmental Excellence and on the PBS television program America’s Harvest. Mark is also the co-founder of Big Bang Buffet a collective that since 1990 has created over 100 different productions presenting original and controversial performance art, theatre, art, spoken word, music, film and dance. With Big Bang Buffet Mark wrote and produced plays and performance works including: “Every Gay People,” “Anti-Gone in Kansas,” “It’s A Man’s World” and “Straight Marriage.” With Sandra K Davies, Mark created “The Children of Karen Carpenter” for The Kansas City Fringe Festival. Mark also produced and coordinated the shows “Slightly Effeminate Men,” and “SheBang” at Quality Hill Playhouse and “Birmingham’s Book Burnin’ Barbeque” and “The Fired Up Fruitcake Bake-Off” at the Club Cabaret for Culture Under Fire Week. Mark has worked in Kansas City Theatre for over 25 years as an actor, stage manager and designer. Mark has worked at many Kansas City Theatres, including: The Unicorn Theater, Kansas City Rep and Quality Hill Playhouse. Mark served on the Board of CrossCurrents Culture Inc., Big Fragile Stage, and The KC Free Speech Coalition. With Big Bang Buffet Mark was the recipient of a Best of KC Theatre Award, a Rainbow Award and The Kip Weiner Award. As an actor Mark has played roles as diverse as Jesse Helms, Tonya Harding, Andy Warhol and Barbara Bush. Mark has appeared on stage in One Time Productions: “Arts or Crafts” produced in October, 2009 at the Bloch Art Building of The Kansas City Art Institute. Mark also has played roles in productions at the Fishtank Performance Studio, including: “Discernment” written by Damian Torres Botello, and “Prop 8 On Trial” written by Lisa Cordes. Mark also coordinated and engineered the live broadcast of “Prop 8 On Trial” on 90.1 FM KKFI with 13 Actors playing the real life witnesses, lawyers, and testimony from The California Prop 8 Trial. Big Bang Buffet presented a special reunion show called: Black Sheep Rising, April 11, 2017 at Buffalo Room in Kansas City. Mark Manning serves as Host and Producer of Wednesday MidDay Medley heard from 10 to Noon, every Wednesday on 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live at kkfi.org. In December 2009, Tim Finn Music Writer at The Kansas City Star wrote that Wednesday MidDay Medley was one of the three best places to hear local music on Kansas City’s airwaves. Mark has volunteered at 90.1 FM since 2001. He served as Secretary on 90.1 FM’s Board of Directors for 5 years from 2004 to 2009. Mark also served as Host, Writer and Producer of The Tenth Voice from 2001 through 2009. The Tenth Voice, has been on KKFI’s airwaves continuously since 1990. The program was created for the LGBT communities of metro KC. While producing The Tenth Voice Mark revitalized and coordinated the Youth Radio Edition each month, inviting youth from Kansas City, Liberty, Raytown, Overland Park and Lawrence area high schools and middle schools, to produce and host their own programs. The Tenth Voice airs every Saturday at 1:00 PM, on 90.1 FM. Mark received a Silver Reel Award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for “The AIDS Radio Show” a special broadcast he created with performers Lisa Cordes and Jon “Piggy” Cupit and Greg Hansen who served as producer of The Tenth Voice from 1990 through 1999. While at KKFI Mark has had the opportunity to interview hundreds of guests including: Lily Tomlin, Laurie Anderson, Greg Brown, Julia Alvarez, Judy Shepard, Cris Williamson, Tim Miller, Kate Clinton, Tommy Ramone, Iris DeMent, Richard Blanco, Thomas Frank, Amy Goodman, Jill Sobule, Sam Harris, Jim Hightower and many members of Kansas City’s LGBT, Music, Art and Theatre communities.

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Fiely Matias (panelist for musical theatre) helped develop and directed the multiple-award nominated Off-Broadway production of Disenchanted! He also directed productions of Disenchanted! in Seattle (2018), Los Angeles (2013), San Francisco Bay Area (2013), Orlando (2011-2013), Missouri (2012), the original NYC workshops of the show in 2009 and 2012, as well as the sold out out-of-town production at the David A. Straz Center in Tampa (2014). Matias, who has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Arts and the New Victory Theatre in NYC, has directed numerous popular musical theatre and comedy productions that have played in Sydney and Perth Australia, Vancouver BC, Toronto ON, Montreal QC, Edmonton AB, Prague Czech Republic, Singapore, and throughout the USA. http://www.officialdisenchantedmusical.com.

Screen Shot 2020-05-22 at 12.10.12 PMChristopher McIntyre (adjudicator and acting guest teacher)  is a New York based actor. Originally, a Kentucky native, born and raised, and a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BFA in Acting. As an associate artist with Random Access Theatre, he made his New York acting debut playing Hortensio in “Taming of the Shrew.” He has performed Off-Broadway and regionally. Credits: Quirky Waiter in a new series, Divorce School (Main Sequence Entertainment), Beta Bro in a webseries, Why The Bartender Hates You (Oliver Martin Productions). Lepidus in Antony & Cleopatra (Classic Stage Company/Bard City), Caesar Rupf in Romulus The Great (Yangtze Repertory Theatre), Cloten in Cymbeline & Bardolf in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Richmond Shakespeare Festival), Buddy in Holiday Memories (Bridge Street Theatre), Banquo in Macbeth & Rosencrantz in Hamlet (Stag & Lion Theatre), Speed in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Inwood Shakespeare Festival), Cupid in The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (The AlphaNYC), Burgundy in King Lear (OST), Luke in Next Fall (Mad Cow Theatre), C-3Po in The Empire Striketh Back (Random Access Theatre). In his free time he loves to dabble in make-up design, playwriting, and being an awesome cat-dad to his new kitty, Azrael. To thine own self be true! www.christopheramcintyre.com

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Caroline Mueller (TT alumni) will be starting her senior year at Oklahoma City University pursuing a BFA in Stage and Production Management while interning at the Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall, this coming fall.  Her recent credits include Stage Manager for Music Man at Oklahoma Opera and Music Theatre Company, Assistant Stage Manager at the Oklahoma City Ballet, and Assistant Stage Manager at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. She would like to thank Beth Marshall, Jeff Cochran, Courtney DiBello, and her friends and family for their constant love and support.

BMPPhoto_RDennis Neal (panelist for mentorship) has worked in stage and screen as an actor, director, writer and teacher for over 30 years.During his time in Orlando, he worked directly with BMP on several projects including The Trayvon Martin Project as a writer and in the title role of Scrooge in BMP’s production of A Christmas Carol: The Ghost Story of Christmas at Garden Theatre. Dennis has been a personal mentor, friend and advisor to both Beth Marshall and BMP for over a decade and he is no stranger to Orlando stages. He was a founding member of MadCow Theatre Company and did several shows at Orlando Shakes. Dennis now resides in LA with his wife Susan and continues to act, direct and coach. You can learn more about Dennis on his website: www.dennisneal.biz

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Peg O’Keefs (adjudicator and panelist for mentorship) central faith is in the liberal arts ethos—the notion that a satisfying life can be best achieved through powerful curiosity and humble engagement in a multitude of disciplines. In other words, the world is big and complex and capable of providing a lifetime of delight. Peg’s vehicles of exploration are performance (many roles on stage and film), writing (interpretation of museum collections and historical sites, notably Holocaust Museum of Houston, Fantasy of Flight, Texas Time Travel, Modernism Museum Mount Dora, etc.), nonprofit management (Theatre Downtown, Enzian Theater, Florida Film Festival), and teaching (Valencia, UCF, and Rollins). She lives in the hills of North Georgia these days, which provides her access to the television industry in Atlanta. In the last year she has co-starred on Netflix’s Insatiable, AMC’s Lodge 49, IFC’s Brockmire, and NBC’s Council of Dads. To learn more, check out pegokeef.com,  look her up on IMDb… or schedule a Zoom session.

Lauren.O'Quinn.HS.LockTalentLauren O’Quinn (adjudicator, film and television guest teacher, ClassAct Partner) is an award-winning actress and director and the Owner/Artistic Director of ClassAct Studios. Her passion is training actors in deep emotional access and the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. She majored in Theatre at the University of Georgia and moved to Orlando in 1997. Since that time, she has appeared in over 200 national and regional commercials, and numerous films, television shows, and plays.  Recent credits include The Right Stuff (coming to Disney+ in Sept), David Makes Man, Nashville (with Connie Britton), The Florida Project (with Willem Dafoe), House of Cards (with Robin Wright), Bloodline (with Sissy Spacek), national commercials for Allegiant Airlines, Tires Plus, and on-going television appearances as the host of ION Kitchen on ION Television.  She has been teaching advanced Meisner-based acting classes since 2002 and is is a former talent agent and a freelance casting director.

Headshot ResizedMonica Pasut (panelist for costume design) is an Austin based costume designer and technician with over twenty years of professional experience.  She is currently pursuing her MFA in costume design at Texas State University. Notable costume designs include: The Importance of Being Earnest, Guys and Dolls (Texas State University), American Blood Song, Toil and Trouble, The Headand Frankenstein (Trouble Puppet Theatre Company), Constellations(Street Corner Arts), Missionary Position:Pleasure Journeys for the Intrepid Lady Explorer, Season Three(Glass Half Full Theatre), La Putain Avec Les Fleurs, The Comical Tragedy of Punch and Judy (Roho Theatre). She began her career as a wardrobe attendant, costumer assistant and craft artist for the creative costuming department of Walt Disney World, Florida.  From there, she was a dresser for Cirque du Soleil, La Nouba, in Orlando, Fl.  As a draper, first hand and stitcher, she has built costumes for several theatre companies including The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Opera Theatre St. Louis, Zach Theatre and St. Edwards University. Since 2014, she has been the costume shop manager at Texas State University. mpasut.com

Theresa Smith-LevinTheresa Leigh Smith-Levin (musical theatre guest teacher) is the Founder and Executive Director of Central Florida Vocal Arts, which includes sister company, Opera del Sol.  She is thrilled to make a uniquely female impact on the artistic identity of Central Florida. Theresa is a University of Central Florida (B.M.E Music Education) and University of Miami (M.M. Vocal Performance) alumni, who performs and teaches voice regularly throughout the area.  She has won an array of awards for her singing, acting and direction, including Matt Palm’s Top 20 Best of Fest 2018 Award for her one woman show, Save Me Dolly Parton (Orlando Sentinel), produced and directed by Beth Marshall.  She is a sought after producer, performer, director, voice teacher and music director of both musical theater and classical works. Theresa is most proud however of the impact her company has made on the artistic trajectory of so many and she is thrilled to be re-imagining the future of vocal arts.  She is passionate about arts education and is thrilled to be involved in Top Teens for the fourth year in a row.  She wants to thank her babies and husband for their love and support as she endeavors on her artistic journey and Beth Marshall for encouraging her not to suck!  www.CentralFloridaVocalArts.org and OperaDelSol.org

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John Valines (musical theatre and sound design guest teacher) is the Production Manager for award winning Sak Comedy Lab and main sound contractor at Lake Highland Prep. John also develops custom applications for show control for live theater. John was the technical director and partner of the Drama Desk award wining and Grammy nominated Toxic Audio. John has worked for Stages Repertory, The Colorado Festival of World Theatre, Orlando Fringe, Florida Studio Theater, the Orlando Rep, Beth Marshall Presaents and many more theatrical production companies.

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Dr. George Wallace (panelist for arts activism) is the current Executive Director at The LGBT+ Center Orlando, the largest social service agency focused on serving the LGBTQ  community. The Center is a BYOV for Orlando Fringe and offers arts programming. George is originally from New Hampshire and worked with Beth Marshall on previous PIAD projects and was the former Executive Director of Orlando Fringe. In this spare time he watches Broadway musicals, travels and roots on the Red Sox. He lives in Orlando with his partner Joe and their four legged children.

Headshot (1)Joseph C. Walsh (adjudicator) is an award-winning theatre director and educator and is currently the Artistic Director of the Garden Theatre. He has served as the Assistant Head of Musical Theatre for the Urdang Academy in London and a professor of Acting and Directing for the Cork School of Music at the Cork Institute of Technology. Most recently Joseph was the Artistic Director of Arlington Children’s Theatre and was the Interim Director of Education at the White Plains Performing Arts Center where he also directed Ghost (starring Natalie Weiss and Steven Grant Douglas) to open the 2017/18 Mainstage Season and West Side Story for their Stage Two program. Joseph directed critically acclaimed productions of Hairspray and Singin’ In The Rain for the Cork Opera House. In 2013 Joseph collaborated with West End star Linzi Hateley to devise and direct Linzi Hateley: True Colors – Life Since Carrie at Saint James Theatre in London and 54 Below in New York as well as the London revival of Love Story: The Musical, which was nominated for an Off-West End Award for Best Musical. Joseph directed the Off-Broadway premiere of Sonder at The Player’s Theatre. In London’s West End he served as Assistant Director on Coyote On A Fence and Resident Director on When Harry Met Sally (starring Molly Ringwald and Michael Landes) and spent three seasons as the Touring Director for White Horse Theatre, the world’s largest touring educational theatre company, where his work was seen across Europe and Japan. He has also directed educational work for Vienna’s English Theatre and was the Artistic Director of the award-winning Wild Oats Productions from 2005-2015. Joseph has won the Hilton Edwards Award for his direction of the play Lilies by Michel Marc Bouchard. Other directing credits include the 20th anniversary production of Elegies For Angels, Punks And Raging Queens, the award-winning European premiere of The Temperamentals, The Laramie Project, the London premiere of Zanna, Don’t!, and the Irish premieres of The Last Five Years, Songs For A New World, and The Laramie Project Cycle and an Irish national tour of The King And I.

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As a professional playwright Michael Wanzie (adjudicator and panelist for arts activism) has written 29 Plays, Musicals (With composer partner, Rich Charron), and Musical Revues which have all be fully produced. He is the six-time winner of the Highest Ticket Sales Award at Orlando Fringe Festival, A Best Ensemble Acting Award (“Wanzie With A Z”) and  has been awarded the Terry Olson Orlando Fringe Lifetime Achievement Award. His musical parody “The Lion Queen: And The Naked Go-Go Cub” remains the highest-selling Orlando Fringe show in the 27-year history of the Festival. His play “The Ladies of Eola Heights” is the all-time highest-selling show in the 45-year history of the Footlight Theatre. Wanzie has received multiple Watermark WAVE Awards and Orlando City Audience Choice Awards for Favorite Playwright. He is the recipient of  Umbrella Awards for Best Playwright and Best Actor and the Orlando Weekly Reader’s Choice Award for Best Actor and Favorite Playwright. He has received two Spectrum Awards for Entertainer of The Year and a Best Actor award from Civic Theaters of Central Florida. Currently, 3 Wanzie-penned entertainments are being performed on multiple cruise ships of Princes Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines through his association with The Imagination House. He has also written and directed “The Santa Hop Musical Revue” and a tree-lighting ceremony for the Walt Disney World Resort. Wanzie has directed and/or choreographed for The Ice House Theater, Theatre Downtown, Osceola Players, WDW After Hours Players, Eola Theater, Valencia Community College, Fall River Productions, The Dance Company, Florida Theatrical Association, The Footlight Theatre, Daisy’s Basement, D 2 Productions, Seminole On Stage (At The Enzian), Capone’s Dinner and Show, Bethea Ebsen Center for the Arts, The Orlando Broadway Dinner Theater, and The Treasure Coast Opera Society. His most recently-written play “It All Started At The Raddison Inn” was chosen to be staged at The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts as a winning entrant in the Be Original Play Festival. He has written & directed multiple industrial shows, convention entertainments, and commercials. For Beth Marshall Presents he has played Charlie in “The Whale” and Father Flynn in “Doubt”, both at Garden Theatre. Most recently he played Oscar Wilde in his self-produced production of “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde” at The Footlight Theatre and also  Vonya in the Ensemble Company at Penguin Point production of  “Vonya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”. Wanzie wrote and co-directed the film, “A Day In The Life of Miss Sammy” which won awards for Best Comedy Short at both the The Tampa Bay LGBT Film Festival and The Big Phat Orlando Film Festival. His film, “Paul Wegman: A Tribute” won the award for Best Documentary at the prestigious Fire Island Film Festival/division of The Long Island Film Festival. He was one half of the comedic film-critic team known as “The Monday Movie Review With Wanzie & Doug” as heard on “The Philips Phile” on 104.1 FM for 20 years. Under the monikers of  “Skin of Our Teeth Productions” and “Wanzie Presents” Michael Wanzie is most proud to have been producing plays in Orlando  – while consistently paying actors, stage managers, .musicians, and all creative contributors fairly and in a timely manner  – for 35 years.

image0Rob Ward (adjudicator and improv guest teacher)has been involved in Play In A Day for over ten years in every role imaginable. He’s written, directed, and even hosted as his alter ego Pepe. In 2018’s PIAD, Rob wrote the script for the Best Overall winning show. Rob’s full time job is as a show writer and director for Walt Disney World Live Entertainment. Rob is also a member of the performing ensemble and an improv teacher at SAK Comedy Lab. During quarantine, Rob hosts two shows on Facebook live, The Isolation Happy Hour on Thursday nights and Rob and the Queens on Sunday nights. Follow him on Instagram @robgonemild.

Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 12.04.15 AMWinona Wiley (adjudicator, directing guest teacher, TT alumni ) was the overall BMP Top Teen Winner in 2017 and  is currently a resident artist and website manager for Beth Marshall Presents. Prior to this, she worked with Beth as an intern during the 2015/2016 season. She has also appeared as an actor in Play-in-a-Day and Beatnik Cubed with BMP, as well as various other professional, community, and educational theatres across Central Florida. She received her BFA in Theatre Arts at Beth’s alma mater Stephens College. Winona is currently living in Atlanta, GA and just finished an apprenticeship at Serenbe Playhouse. She is currently furloughed with the Peace Corps and is extremely excited to dedicate this next chapter in her life to being of service abroad. Winona would like to thank Beth for giving her an immense amount of opportunities, but mostly a big thanks for being her friend. WinonaWiley.com.

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As an actor, Jordan Woods-Robinson (acting guest teacher) is best known for his dynamic roles in The Walking Dead, Homeland, Nashville, and Blue Man Group. As a coach, Jordan challenges his actors to harness impulse as a tool, to trust their guts, to work on their feet, to break rules, and, overall, to make bold choices that make a lasting impression through tape.