Administrative Staff


Katherine Gray
Senior Director of


Kaileigh Anne Buckley
School of Performing Arts Administrator










School Instructors


Mary Thompson Hunt


Mary Thompson Hunt

Artist In Residence and Audition Coach

Mary Thompson Hunt has performed as a professional actor and comedic improviser for over 30 years. For 18 of those years, she improvised at Pleasure Island’s Comedy Warehouse at Walt Disney World. She has also appeared on numerous TV series on UPN, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, HBO, and Showtime. In addition to many television and film appearances, Mary is a voice over artist and has been heard in many places including Disney World’s Epcot and Sea World Orlando. She also has been a host and co-host on various talk shows and has had the opportunity to interview many different celebrities. Mary holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership and has been teaching and coaching for over 20 years in numerous locations including The Walt Disney Company and The American International School of Yaounde in Cameroon, Africa.


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Rachael Rutherford

Vocal and Piano Instructor

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from University of Mississippi and a Masters of Music Education from William Carey University specializing in vocal development for all ages. Rachael can’t remember a time in her life where she wasn’t singing. She participated in any activity that would bring her closer to music; piano lessons, community musicals, state choirs, and private voice lessons. Rachael has spent the last six years teaching elementary students in Mississippi and Florida and loves to help students of all ages build a strong foundation in music.

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Rallia Westrick

Vocal Instructor

Rallia holds a BA in Music and a minor in Education from University of Central Florida. Rallia comes from a musical family and raised in her family’s platinum recording studio at Starke Lake Studios. In the studio she gained experience in studio singing in the genres of jazz, gospel, pop, country, musical theatre and classical music. She also performed in Carnegie Hall and was a featured soloist performing with the Orlando Philharmonic.


Jason Bailey

Vocal and Saxophone Instructor

Jason has enjoyed singing and being on stage since the tender age of 5 and music, singing, and performing has been his passion. He graduated with a B.A. in Vocal and Instrumental Education with an emphasis in Jazz Studies from Spring Arbor University. Since graduating, Jason has been an actor, a teacher, and worship leader. His acting and singing career has included tours with Missoula Children’s Theater, American Family Theater, Rocky Mountain Repertory, and his all-time favorite, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre where he played Sparky in “Forever Plaid” for two years. He has taught choir and band to 5th graders through high school students in public and private school and has been a teaching artist for Oregon Children’s Theatre, Salem Keizer Inspirational Teen Theater, and will be teaching with Orlando Rep this summer. In terms of his instrumental experience, Jason has been playing the saxophone for nearly 27 years and has played in a number of jazz bands and ensembles, including performing with jazz great Dan Lanphere. Jason is also an accomplished vocalist and performer and is excited to bring all his musical knowledge to help students reach their potential.

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Madison Roach

French Horn and Beginner Piano Instructor

Madison graduated from University of Central Florida with a Bachelors degree in Music Education. She is originally from Texas and has played French Horn for over 14 years. Madison is currently an elementary music teacher and works with students kindergarten through fifth grade. She is involved with the CFCArts Orchestra as well as the mass choir.

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Jessica Van Dyke

Clarinet Instructor

Jessica started playing clarinet when she was twelve years old and hasn’t stopped since! She participated in Marching Band, Concert Band and Symphonic Band throughout high school and college. She attended the University of Central Florida where she majored in Music Education and graduated in 2009. essica is an elementary music teacher in Orange County. In her free time, she is a member of the CFCArts Adult Community Choir and the Symphony Orchestra, as well as one of the CFCArts Young Artist Orchestra Administrators.



Deborah Venezia

Flute Instructor

Deborah Venezia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ; a Master of Music in Flute Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, NJ and a Master of Divinity from Drew Theological Seminary, Drew University, Madison NJ. She currently performs with Canticle, Central Florida Sunshine Flutes, and Central Florida Community Arts Orchestra. She has performed Central Florida Winds and the Orlando Concert Band. Deborah was the principle flute with the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra in NJ. Her principle teachers were Paige Brook, Michael Parloff, MaryAnn Archer and James C. Scott. Deborah teaches privately and for the Walt Disney Company as part of the Youth Education Series. She resides in Kissimmee with her husband Ralph and her two dogs Maggie and Caddie.

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Andy Westrick

Trumpet Instructor

Andy studied music education and trumpet performance with John Almeida at University of Central Florida. Andy has been playing the trumpet for 13 years and has enjoyed teaching young students for the past five years. His teaching experience includes beginning to advanced trumpet and marching band brass sectionals. Andy has performed at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Wayne Densch Theatre, Bob Carr Performing Arts Center and many Orlando Venues.

Heather McCraw

Heather McCraw

Vocal Instructor

Heather has been performing all over the country since the age of three, has been a recording artist since the age of eight. Classically trained, both in private voice at Warner University and as a Music Major at Seminole State College and Anderson University, she has continued to use her gifts and talents throughout her life. She has a 4 and a half octave range and can sing any style of music.  Heather was part of “Summertime”, A Musical Tribute for the Stages Theatre Company as a soloist and ensemble cast member.  She has been featured in several different Central Florida Community Arts Spotlight Series and Cabarets, including headlining her own cabaret, “I Sing Because…” as well as being a soloist in their Spring and Christmas concerts. She is a member of the professional group, Legacy! and the professional, inspirational group, Unconditional. Heather is a vocal and performance coach and enjoys teaching all styles and genres of music. Recently, Heather won several first place awards in acting and singing in the International Modeling and Talent Association, New York competition, including first runner up for Actress of the Year as well as winning Female Singer Of The Year.





Damien Simon

Guitar Instructor

Damien Simon, is a composer / performer in Orlando, FL. Damien, a graduate of the Purchase Conservatory and University College of Dublin, has been scoring and performing music for dance, theater, and film/television companies all over the country. Damien has spent years touring throughout the country and overseas as a concert guitarist and has garnered a unique style of contemporary and classical music. Damien teaches guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele, piano, music theory, and composition and has taught students of all ages through his own personal style of education in music.




Brandon Fender

Vocal Instructor

A Native Floridian, Brandon began singing and playing piano at a young age. He was a member of the Bach Festival Children’s Choir. He directed his first choir at age 15 and has continued to direct choirs and ensembles since. He was an All-State Musician in 2003 and graduated from Seminole State College, where he studied Music. He currently works in Entertainment at Walt Disney World



Tom White

Percussion Instructor

Tom started playing drums when he was in high school. Tom went on to study music at Seminole Community College and then continued his education at Rollins College, where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Percussion Performance. Along with teaching private lessons, Tom has also taught at Tajiri Performing Arts School and Olympia High School. Tom has a great passion for teaching. He enjoys sharing his knowledge, and experience of music with everyone. Interested in all styles of music, he encourages his students to have an open mind; to make them well rounded musicians. Tom’s playing credits include playing for the Bach Festival Youth Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra of Winter Park . Tom currently is the drummer for the Pop-Rock band Chaddy Boom, which performs in venues all over the state of Florida.



J. Marie Bailey

Acting Instructor

J. Marie is currently a certified Theatre Teacher in Osceola County and she has taught for over 10 years in various states. She received her Master in Arts from George Fox University and her B. A. in Dramaturgy and Theatre Performance from the University of Arizona. J.Marie has performed all over the United States and has directed numerous shows including: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Antigone, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety, The Wiz and many more. Pushing students to reach their potential is a major passion of J.Marie’s and she is thrilled she can pursue that goal here at CFCArts.



Erin Elizabeth Stillson

Voice & Piano Instructor

Erin Elizabeth Stillson, mezzo soprano, is a professional singer, actress and chorister. Originally from Florida, she has performed in Chicago, New York, and abroad. She holds a Masters of Music in Voice Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a dance minor from the University of Central Florida. Roles include Kathy Selden (Singin’ in the Rain), Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Flora/Annina (La Traviata), Zaneeta (The Music Man), the title role in “The Diary of Anne Frank”, and a young Jackie Bouvier in “Grey Gardens” with the Sundance Theatre Laboratory Project at White Oak. She was last seen as Gretchen in Orlando Light Opera’s inaugural production of “The Student Prince”. While also cultivating her private studio, Miss Stillson teaches voice and musical theatre with the School of Arts at the Doctor Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and is a professional chorister with St. James Catholic Cathedral, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Queen of the Universe, and the diocese of Orlando.



Joe Herrera

Acting Instructor

Joe is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association (AEA). He has a bachelor’s degree in business from Columbia Southern University, and is actively pursuing a Masters degree in theatre education. Joe received his Acting Teacher Certification in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique through the National Michael Chekhov Association. In the early 90’s he studied theatre for 3 years at the City University of New York: Brooklyn College with Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham and also studied with actor/teacher Rus Blackwell at the Actors School. Joe has performed in various Off-Broadway shows in NYC as well as toured all over the United States for companies such as TheatreWorks USA. He has starred in various independent films, short films and has made appearances on various TV shows. Joe has also directed various shows for various community theatre venues in Central Florida. Joe has been teaching private acting lessons since 2005. He serves as the Founder and Artistic Director of the Michael Chekhov Studio Orlando. Joe’s teaching style is thought provoking, organic, emotionally inspiring, and psycho-physically driven.




Lisa Langford

Dance Instructor

Lisa Langford is a Winter Park native, where she had her first solo at age 4 and began dancing at the age of 7. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Theatre Arts and Dance from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She began her teaching career while in college along with her apprenticeship in the Demetrius Klein Dance Company. She lived in West Palm Beach for 15 years and has taught ages 3 to adult in numerous recreational and pre-professional dance and theatre programs, most notably at Klein Dance, Atlantic Arts Academy, and the Palm Beach Recreation Center. She taught the Middle School Dance Program at the prestigious Benjamin School for 2 years and also coached their Middle School Dance Team, where they were successful in several competitions. She was a company member for 2 years with the Demetrius Klein Dance Company, 5 years with Reach Dance Collective, and 13 years with Preston Contemporary Dance Theatre. Her musical theatre performance credits include Merrily We Roll Along, Barnum, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma!, Carousel, Damn Yankees, and Footloose (dance captain) and several musical revues. She teaches all styles of dance, her favorites being modern/contemporary, jazz, and musical theatre. On the production side, she was the PBA Theatre Department Production Assistant for almost 2 years, and has assisted in the offices of each dance studio she taught at. Lisa is a certified Makeup Artist and worked in the beauty industry as a makeup artist for Guerlain at The Breakers Palm Beach for 5 years. She currently also serves as Music Coordinator and worship team vocalist at her church.

Jamielee Page


Jamielee Page

Vocal Instructor

Jamielee Page received both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Purchase College Conservatory of Music. She has performed supporting and leading operatic roles in the greater New York City area.​ During her graduate studies at Purchase College, she was asked to teach non­music majors voice lessons. An active voice and piano teacher, Jamielee has taught at the prestigious Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Connecticut as well as the Rye Arts Center in Rye, NY and as a Headstart Pre­school teacher in Port Chester, NY. Jamielee is delighted to return to Central Florida and begin teaching with Central Florida Community Arts.

Kyle Fowler


Kyle Fowler

Performance Coach

Kyle has been performing professionally for over 15 years. Originally from St. Louis, Kyle recently relocated to Orlando after being based out of NYC for almost eight years. He has had the privilege of performing around the world on cruise ships, tours, and at several regional theaters across the country. Currently, he is a principal performer at Walt Disney World. Kyle holds a B.F.A. in Music Theater and a dance minor from Millikin University.

Paula Ursu


Paula Ursu

Piano, Violin, Viola & Voice Instructor

Paula knew that she was meant music and performing when her love for the arts far surpassed her love for eating cupcakes. She has had many years of experience in leading, teaching and performing. Although her first love is classical music, she has several musical theater and BGV credits as well as acting credits in film, theater and commercials. Paula has dedicated the last couple of years in help young artists develop their unique talents and receive representation in the entertainment industry in vocal, instrumental and acting.

Scott Kinkead


Scott Kinkead

Voice & Piano Instructor

Scott’s formal training comes from Kirkwood College and Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Ia. with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and Education but it’s the school of life through performing, directing, teaching and business management that he feels is what has given him the ability to coach students and achieve their personal goals. Scott has also been a Music Minister to Adults, Children and Youth for the past 20 years directing Choirs, developing arts programs for children, youth rock bands for middle and high school students and choirs.
Currently, Scott works as a voice and piano teacher for CFCArts School of Performing Arts as well as directs children’s out reach choirs, special music projects, rehearsal director for the CFCArts Community Choir and is a member of Legacy.