Joshua Vickery
Joshua VickeryFounder & Executive Director
Joshua founded CFCArts to enrich our community’s quality of life by making the arts accessible and affordable for all.

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Terrance Hunter
Terrance HunterSenior Director of Programs
Terrance, an Orlando native, has been involved in the arts since elementary school. He received his degree in education and has worked with various cultural organizations throughout the state.  Terrance has always had a passion for the arts and is excited to join the CFCArts family. 
Shauna Smith
Shauna SmithDirector of Administration
Shauna grew up in Utah where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Weber State University. After graduating, she moved to Orlando in 2008 where she started working in various leadership positions in the Central Florida area. Shauna has always had a passion for the arts and performing and is so excited that she has found a home with CFCArts.
Leah Porrata
Leah PorrataDirector of Education & Outreach
Leah is originally from Columbus, Ohio.  After receiving her Bachelor of Arts and teaching certification in Theatre Education from Ohio Wesleyan University, relocated to Naples, Florida to take the position of Director of Education at the regional theatre Gulfshore Playhouse.  While in Naples, Leah and her husband Jason co-founded Ave Maria Children’s Theatre, where served as Managing and Outreach Director.  Leah is thrilled to be a part of the Central Florida community and the CFCArts family!
Erin Stillson
Erin StillsonAssistant to the Executive Director
Erin 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. As a private voice and piano teacher, Miss Stillson has worked for Central Florida Community Arts and the School of Arts at the Doctor Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. She currently performs at Capone’s Dinner Show 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.
Bia Siva
Bia SivaDevelopment & Events Manager
Bia graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in advertising and public relations, with a specialization in journalism and social media. She has been a flautist for over 10 years – having played in several bands and orchestras across Florida – and is now in the CFCArts Symphony Orchestra. Her interest in the performing arts extend to her volunteering experiences, years of playing the piano, and her main hobby: swing dancing She hopes to further her involvement with the arts in tandem with her passions for language and culture.
Marissa Lattanzio
Marissa LattanzioStrategic Marketing Manager
Marissa has been involved with the arts since she was given a pair of tap shoes when she was 3. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre from DeSales University in Pennsylvania where she got to experience theatre from all aspects: from the box office, to the scene shop, to the main stage. Marissa also spent 4 magical years working at Walt Disney World – her favorite role was being part of the training team at Disney University where she got to welcome and train new cast members!
Chelsey Panisch
Chelsey PanischCommunications and Patron Development Manager
Chelsey is a Florida native and has been involved in the performing arts from a young age. She received her degree in Theatre Performance and holds certifications in Digital Media and Marketing. Chelsey has been involved with several entertainment venues and grand openings in Central Florida and is thrilled to be working behind the scenes as a part of the CFCArts family!
Kaileigh Anne Buckley
Kaileigh Anne BuckleyAssociate Director of Education & Outreach
With a degree in Music Education, Kaileigh Anne has had diverse experiences working with musicians, performers, and students of all ages. She has over 16 years experience in vocal performance, in addition to credits in directing, pit conducting, and stage-managing. Her past experiences include teaching music and theater courses to young performers, in addition to teaching workshops regarding the techniques of Creative Drama to peers at the collegiate level. Additionally, she works for the Walt Disney Company in a variety of different capacities.
Donald Rupe
Donald RupeDirector of Theatre
Donald received his Master’s Degree in Applied Theatre from New York University and has enjoyed a career directing and teaching Theatre ever since. He was a celebrated High School Theatre teacher for 8 years, and he continues to teach Acting and Theatre at Valencia College and Stetson University today.
Rebekah Lugo-Melise
Rebekah Lugo-MeliseEducation & Outreach Manager
Rebekah has been dabbling in the arts since second grade when she starred in Ponderosa Elementary’s rendition of The Little Red Hen. She became heavily involved in chorus opportunities throughout her schooling including and was able to participate in Florida’s All-State Chorus multiple times. In college, she studied language arts and received a Master’s Degree in Education. She is excited to have joined the team at CFCArts and looks forward to putting her personal experiences in the arts and education to use helping others.  
Justin Muchoney
Justin MuchoneyMusical Director/ Conductor, Symphony Orchestra
With a degree in Music Education and a focus on Instrumental Conducting, Justin has taught music at all levels, directed marching bands, conducted choirs and orchestras, and served as the Director of Music and Fine Arts for a large United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Justin currently works as an Entertainment Manager at Walt Disney World.
Chris Kampmeier
Chris KampmeierDirector of Technology
Chris’s career has covered a number of computing and music interests, from building the first websites of the mid-’90s to modern internet services engineering, programming tools, and people management. He has worked in broadcast radio, streaming media, social networking, and was a member of the original engineering team who helped build the business and consumer finance company Square. Chris studied computer engineering, neuroscience, and percussion performance at the University of Southern California. A life-long drummer, he also plays guitar, sings, and has helped lead the CFCArts Community Choir and Legacy vocal ensemble.
Jake Teixeira
Jake TeixeiraAssociate Theatre Director
Jake is a graduate from Rollins College and has worked with many different theater companies in the Orlando area for the last 5 years. He co-founded his own theater company, Point Blank Productions, in 2011 and his most recent directing projects include “Little Shop of Horrors” and “All New People.”
Eric Yow
Eric YowDirector of Dance
Born and raised in Wilmington, NC, Yow started formal training in dance at UNSCA in Winston-Salem, NC. After attending Juilliard he performed for The Martha Graham Ensemble, Dance Kaleidoscope, and Rioult. Yow was also seen on stages across Disney in shows such as Festival of the Lion King, Tarzan Rocks, Dream Along with Mickey, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, and The Hoop Dee Doo Revue! In 2008 Eric formed Yow Dance, a modern dance initiative to bring accessible forms of dance to all. Yow is ecstatic to bring passion and commitment to inspire people to find their inner voice through dance!
Brandon Fender
Brandon FenderDirector of Choral Programs
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.
Chung Park
Chung ParkMusic Director of the Young Artists Orchestra
Chung Park is the Director of the UCF Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, head of String Music Education, and instructor of viola in the Music Department, School of Performing Arts at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Park maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor on both the professional and educational levels, with recent engagements including several concerts with the Sarasota Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and student orchestras in Tennessee, North Dakota, North Carolina, Utah, Washington State, and Georgia. He is the rare artist/teacher who is equally at home conducting a large ensemble or teaching studio violin and viola. Dr. Park’s primary musical studies were completed at the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Miami, where he received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree as a student of renowned conductor and composer Thomas Sleeper.

Lori Miller
Lori MillerEducation and Outreach Administrator
Lori grew up in Central Florida and graduated from UCF with her Bachelors and Masters in Social Work. She worked at Florida Hospital until she had her two daughters and then had the privilege of being a stay at home mom. She started with Central Florida Community Arts as a parent volunteer and transitioned into her current role as Administrator of Youth and Education. She enjoys getting to meet new families and assist them in getting plugged into the many exciting programs at CFCArts.
Loretta Fredrich
Loretta FredrichChoral Programs Administrator
Loretta is a retired educator who spent many years teaching music, math, and English to elementary and secondary students primarily in Missouri and Illinois. After a 15-year stint as Assistant Director of an Early Childhood Center at SIU Edwardsville, she has held several retail and administrative positions in San Diego and Orlando. Loretta has been involved with CFCArts since the 2011 fall season.  She now happily calls CFCArts her focus as the arts and service are where she wants to spend her retirement years.
Priscilla Greenough
Priscilla GreenoughOrchestra Personnel Administrator
Priscilla has been involved with music since she started playing the flute in 4th grade.  She was a member of an award-winning high school marching band and symphonic band and capped her instrumental career with four years in the Big Brown Music Machine at CSU Long Beach.  Since relocating to Florida from California in 2004, she has been involved with several area choirs and has participated in the Candlelight Processional at Epcot as a member of the Walt Disney World Cast Choir for the last 8 years.  Priscilla has been a member of the CFCArts Community Choir since its inception and works for the Walt Disney Company as a Guest Information Coordinator.
Lisa Leitl
Lisa LeitlMaster Teaching Artist, Outreach and Arts in Action
 Lisa has spent her life as a successful fine artist and has over 20 years of professional vocal and acting experience. She knows first hand the pressure of performing in arenas with over 18,000 people and the unique challenges of creating small intimate shows. A career that is generally looked upon as risky, financially unrewarding or impossible, she found herself continually pushing the boundaries of performing arts, taking her career to new levels of financial and personal success. Today, her music has evolved to include guitar and flute, as well as continuing her academic studies in Music Theory. As a published songwriter, she is a proud member of ASCAP and is passionate and dedicated to the craft of songwriting. Her most recent creative project is as the Artistic Director of the newly launched senior performing arts troupe “The Narrators” at Central Florida Community Arts. Lisa’s instincts and creativity as a teaching artist have developed by combining her academic studies and long history as a professional performer. She has a deep desire to spread her enthusiasm, passion and dedication to the performing arts with everyone that crosses her path. Lisa’s motto – “Create and Live Life Out Loud!”
Melissa Brown
Melissa BrownSymphony Orchestra Administrator
Katherine Gray
Katherine GrayFounding Team Member
Katherine Gray Scholarship Fund
Katherine has been directing children’s musical theater since 2002 when she founded a performing arts program for Orlando Christian Prep. Since then, she has directed over 75 shows for multiple schools, churches, and theaters and has taught music and drama to all ages of students; she has also been a performer and training coordinator at Walt Disney World. Katherine has served in a variety of key roles at CFCArts including the director of education and all youth programs.

LaTasha Barnes

Orlando Health

Jessica Guthrie

One Compass Consulting
Secretary

Carlos Barrios

Baker Barrios Architects, Inc.

Elisabeth Hurckes

Walt Disney World Resort

Jeffrey Moore

University of Central Florida

Dean Bosco

Clifton Larson Allen
Treasurer

Dr. Mary Palmer

Mary Palmer and Associates

Mary Recchia Brown

The Recchia Group

Chris Shepherd

Vitas Healthcare

Jim Bowden

Walt Disney World Resort
Vice-Chair

Katie Stocz-Miller

Orlando Magic

Barbara Caldwell

Community Advocate

Dr. Stephen Summers

Seminole State College
Chair

Brenda Cole

Keller Williams Realty Winter Park

Joshua Vickery

Founder & Executive Director

Jonathan Cole

Co-Founder, Board Emeritus

David Wheeler

Better Business Bureau

Scott Evans

Orange County Public Schools

Glen Winsor

Hilton Bonnet Creek

Vicki Fuller

Senior Resource Alliance

Dan Yee

Orlando Health

Kris Gault-Lewis

Dr. Phillips Center

Erin Caster
Erin CasterTeaching Artist, Academy
Erin Caster, a Massachusetts native, holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hofstra University in Dance Performance. Throughout her career, she has been passionate in advocating for youth arts education after seeing first hand how the arts can positively impact children’s lives. When she found CFCArts, she knew they shared that passion, and she loves being a part of the team! Currently, Erin works for Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts as an Entertainment Manager.
Wendy Lamoreaux
Wendy LamoreauxTeaching Artist, Outreach and Arts and Wellness
B.A., Theatre, Florida Southern College and  M.A. Theatre, University of South Carolina; private voice lessons for 7 years and studied for 2 ½ years at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England.  She has taught Theatre History I and II, History of the American Musical, and American Playwrights at the college level and creative dramatics workshops for Kindergarten up to High School. At CFCArts she is an outreach teacher, directs outreach summer camps and OMG (Orlando Musical Generation) children’s choirs. Wendy has worked professionally as a Stage Manager for Walt Disney World and Company Manager for the Asolo Touring Theatre in Sarasota, FL. Wendy spent a year working with the Educational Shakespeare Company in Belfast, Northern Ireland, using Shakespeare and film to work with ex-prisoners and the marginalized community. She specializes in Shakespeare, audition prep, acting, as well as foreign accent training. Her favorite role played: Katisha in the Mikado.
Bill Henley
Bill HenleyTeaching Artist, Outreach
Bill Henley has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Iowa, a Master of Science in trumpet performance from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and did post-graduate work at the University of Iowa.  At UW-EC he was a graduate assistant in trumpet and concert band. Groups under his direction have appeared at the Iowa Bandmasters Convention, the national convention of the American School Band Directors Association, Florida ACE Day at the Capitol and the Florida Music Educators Convention. When the Osceola County School for the Arts opened in 2003, Mr. Henley became the high school band director. From 2003 until 2013 the OCSA Wind Ensemble received Superior ratings every year: the OCSA Jazz Band I was known as one of the top jazz bands in the country and received straight Superior ratings at state MPA for the next 9 years.
Dion DiDonna
Dion DiDonnaTeaching Artist, Outreach and Arts in Action
Professionally Dion is a Certified Pilates/Barre instructor, dancer & dance teacher; working both regionally & nationally. Performing with multiple professional ballet companies throughout the U.S., and currently performs as principal dancer “Lady Cimorene”/additional choreographer/fire dancer/aerialist for the original Victorian troupe “Phantasmagoria Orlando”, & choreographing for professional groups, high schools, & colleges throughout Central Florida.
Jessica Van Dyke
Jessica Van DykeTeaching Artist, Academy
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. She taught music for three years in Pasco County and currently teaches at Ocoee Elementary in Orange County.
Jill Dautzenberg
Jill DautzenbergTeaching Artist, Academy, Arts in Action, and Arts and Wellness
JILL is a graduate of the Millikin University School of Music in Decatur, Illinois, with a degree in applied voice/vocal performance. She also holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Jill is an experienced voice and piano teacher. She is accomplished in performing and teaching many types and styles of music such as opera, musical theatre, pop, classic rock, standards, jazz and blues. She has also directed praise and worship in Illinois and Florida. Recently, she has performed with several local jazz bands, toured with some of the best world touring Elvis Tribute Artists, and you can find her working with many Florida projects singing cabaret, R & B, country, jazz and blues. In addition, Jill can also be found playing piano at local piano bars and performing at local retirement communities. She is currently Music Director at United Church of Sebastian.
Michael O'Malley
Michael O'MalleyTeaching Artist, Academy
Michael O’Malley received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He has taught general and choral music in schools in Pennsylvania and he has served as musical director and/or accompanist for numerous professional and community associations including the Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association (PMEA), the American Choral Directors’ Association (ACDA), Marywood University’s Vivace Institute, Act Out Theatre, KISS (Kids Innovating Stage and Sound) Theatre Company, and AdventHealth School of the Arts at Dr. Phillips Center. In addition, he has worked with students of all ages in music programs and theatrical productions in schools throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania and Central Florida.

Michael has served as a full-time music minister and liturgist at church communities in Scranton, Pennsylvania; Naperville, Illinois; and Orlando, Florida. He is currently the Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Patrick’s Church in Mount Dora.

Erin Stillson
Erin StillsonTeaching Artist, Academy
Erin 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. As a private voice and piano teacher, Miss Stillson has worked for Central Florida Community Arts and the School of Arts at the Doctor Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. She currently performs at Capone’s Dinner Show 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.
John Curcuru
John CurcuruTeaching Artist, Academy and Outreach
A graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Performance Theatre, John has had the great fortune to have been involved in many productions throughout the United States, including Off-Broadway, national tours, and Walt Disney World.  He has also been a live event host, representing brands all over the world.  Some of his credits include “The American Idol Experience” (Disney), Celebrity Cruise Lines, and Monster Jam (Feld Entertainment).  John is also a private acting coach and takes great pride in watching his students learn and grow.  CFCArts holds a special place in his heart, where you can find him (between performance contracts) teaching and directing the youth of Orlando!
Charles Stevens
Charles StevensTeaching Artist, Academy and Outreach
Charles Stevens is proud to call CFCArts his home for teaching performing arts to youth. Before moving to Orlando with his wife and two kids, they were living in New York City. While doing the grind of auditions, he was fortunate to work for arts enrichment programs as a music director, early development teacher as well as branch liaison throughout the city, New Jersey, Long Island and Westchester County. In his six plus years there, he music directed upwards of 30 youth productions in addition to running the theatre program of a sleep away camp with his wife. This year, he was nominated for an Applause Award for his music direction of Winter Park High School’s production of Crazy for You. As a performer in Orlando, you can find him at Finding Nemo the Musical as Bruce, the Holy Land Experience as a featured performer and numerous venues as a solo singer.
Angelyn Traylor
Angelyn TraylorTeaching Artist, Academy
Angelyn Traylor is a pianist and music educator in the Orlando area. At CFCArts, she teaches piano to students of all ages and ability levels and serves as an accompanist for various choirs and ensembles. Angelyn is also an active freelancer in the Orlando area, performing chamber music with other musicians, accompanying school groups, and playing for the Orlando Ballet. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education from Auburn University and a master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.
Victoria Godfrey-Chan
Victoria Godfrey-ChanTeaching Artist, Academy
Victoria Godfrey-Chan received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Instrumental Performance from Palm Beach Atlantic University and Masters in Counseling from Stetson University. She began her teaching career at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camps. She’s performed with Betty Buckley, Shirley Jones, the Palm Beach Opera, Treasure Coast String Quartet, Tribute to the Beatles Tour, and Imperial Symphony. Victoria founded the Davenport School of the Art’s strings program while there for 7 years as Guidance Counselor. She’s state certified in Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, Counseling PK-12th grades and eligible for licensure as a Marriage and Family Counselor. Teaching cello is the delightful way Victoria stays in touch with her roots.
Maddie Crump
Maddie CrumpTeaching Artist, Academy
Maddie Crump is currently finishing her Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Rollins College in Theatre Arts, emphasizing in Musical Theatre, with Dance and French minors. She was an Assistant Teaching Artist for CFCArts’ Summer Musical Theatre and Acting Intensives, and has been teaching with CFCArts as a Private Dance Teaching Artist since August of 2018. She grew up in Massachusetts, and studied Musical Theatre and Dance from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts and Paulette’s Ballet Studio, and dancing for the last seventeen years. Some of her favorite credits include choreographing original dance works, such as “Ordinary Goddesses” and “She Will” at the Annie Russell Theatre, choreographing for “Dino World” at the Orlando Fringe Festival in 2016, and performing in the ensemble for Reefer Madness, Minnie Fay in Hello, Dolly!, Soupey Sue/Dance Captain in Urinetown, Bad Idea Bear/Dance Captain for Avenue Q, and Judy Bernly in 9-5 the Musical
Jason Porrata
Jason PorrataTeaching Artist, Outreach
Jason Porrata is a theatre teaching artist originally from Crestview, FL. He is a graduate of the Florida State University School of Theatre with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. During his professional career he has had the opportunity to work for the acclaimed children’s theatre The Coterie in Kansas City, MO and the Tony Award-winning Cleveland Play House in Cleveland, OH. He also served as the Artistic Director for Ave Maria Children’s Theatre in Ave Maria, FL.  Currently Jason is the Theatre Teacher at Orlando Christian Prep in Orlando, FL. Interests include physical theatre, stage management, theology and theatre, hip hop, and playwriting. Jason is married to his wife Leah and they live in Orlando with their dog Ollie. Along with his theatre and educational pursuits Jason is also an avid Orlando City SC fan and is currently pursuing his Masters in Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary.
Luciana Noguiera
Luciana NoguieraTeaching Artist, Outreach
Luciana Nogueira was born in Brazil and migrated to the United States with her family in the 90s. She began to use art as a way to express herself as a teen and through various arts course crafted her skills as an artist. She now shows and sells her art locally in Orlando. When Lucy is not painting and creating, she works with children. She has been an educator for over 15 years and is continuing her education in pursuit of furthering her career. 
Deborah Venezia
Deborah VeneziaTeaching Artist, Academy
Deborah 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.  While in New Jersey she performed with the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony NY, the Ridgewood Concert Band, Tea for Three Trio as well as many solo performances in the NY metropolitan area. She is a founding member of Éclectique and has performed with Disney’s Encore & Strings and Things Entertainment. She also performs with Peacock Winds and of course Éclectique. Her principle teachers were Paige Brook and James C. Scott. She also studied with Michael Parloff, and MaryAnn Archer. Deborah is a teacher with Central Florida Community Arts Academy and has an active studio in Central Florida. She was a facilitator with The Walt Disney Company Youth Programs and the College Edition and was a member of the creative team for the college programs.
Darren Bartolo
Darren BartoloTeaching Artist, Arts and Wellness and Outreach
Darren is a former Chicago inner-city high school teacher where he developed a robust performing arts program for his at-risk students. He recently moved to Orlando to become the Pianist for the Orlando Ballet and is now a sought after piano accompanist. At CFCArts, he teaches private music lessons and a variety of music classes, specializing in classes for people with special needs. Along with his professional musical activities, Darren enjoys his role as a Yoga and Meditation Teacher (having trained in India), often incorporating meditation and mindfulness into his musical outreach to help his students connect to the fullest benefits of their efforts.
Brittany Caine
Brittany CaineTeaching Artist, Outreach
Brittany Caine is in her second year of UCF’S Theatre for Young Audiences MFA program. She loves working with young people, and helping them discover the skills and talents that theatre makes possible. She is passionate about the intersection of performance and literacy, and is heavily involved in drama-based library programming. She hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she worked as a Teaching Artist and director for a variety of companies, including TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. Brittany holds a BA from Smith College in Theatre and Jewish Studies.
Ralph Venezia
Ralph VeneziaTeaching Artist, Academy and Outreach
Ralph Venezia has been active in the Pageantry Arts and Music Festivals for over 40 years. Active as a performer,teacher, designer and clinician he has performed with the Ridgewood  Concert Band, Village Band, Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra and Orlando Concert Band.He was the Brass instructor for the World Campion Hawthorne Caballeros. His other ventures include being the principal designer for the Pequannock  High School band and Color Guard and numerous high school bands in the tri-state area including Randolph, West Milford, Wayne Hills and the Norwich Free Academy. His original composition, Three Coins In The Floutain,was recently premiered by the Central Florida Sunshine Flutes and he is the principal arranger/ composer for Canticle Flute Ensemble of Orlando Florida. A graduate of Oklahoma City University he studied trumpet with Roger Stewart and composition with Frank Lynn Paine and Ray Luke. Mr. Venezia is a facilitator for Disney Youth Programs and Adventures by Disney in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. He resides in Kissimmee with his wife The Reverend Deborah Venezia and Princess Margaret, The Kountess of Kissimmee, a Basset Hound and Brother Cadfael, the Prince of Wails, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
Katherine Boelter
Katherine BoelterTeaching Artist, Academy and Outreach
Katharine Boelter is an actor, singer, and musician. She studied music and theater at Northern Arizona University. Since then, she has had the privilege of studying with talented instructors such as Drama Desk Award winning composer, Jordan Scott Gilbert, and renowned Broadway pianist, William Wade. When she is not teaching, Katharine performs across the country from Florida to Alaska with various companies. Recent credits include: Miracle on 34thStreet (National Tour/Lou), Artrageous(Touring/Singer), Pump Boys & Dinettes (Prudie Cupp), South Pacific (MacGregor), A Chorus Line (Bebe), Music of Denali (Molly), and Titanic: the Musical (Alice).
Madison Roach
Madison RoachTeaching Artist, Academy and Outreach
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.
Beth Hall
Beth HallEarly Childhood Lead Teaching Artist
Beth Hall is a Florida native who lives a life of music. This is her fourth year with Central Florida Community Arts.  She has been a part of Legacy, the choir, summer camps and she also teaches the Bach and Babies program.  When she’s not teaching, she’s performing on stage. She was most recently seen as Madame Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities with Central Florida Vocal Arts.  She also created her own music program, which she teaches to infants through pre-k at a preschool in downtown Orlando. Her dream is to bring music to as many children as she can.
Emily Lupfer
Emily LupferElementary School Assistant Teaching Artist
Emily is jumping for joy over the opportunity to share her love of theatre with young performers and to be a part of the CFCArts community. When she’s not teaching or taking to the stage as a humorous host or colorful character, Emily works as a professional writer. She types away full-time at a non-profit organization, and partners with local churches to bring stories to life for young audiences.
Erin Stevens
Erin StevensMiddle and High School Assistant Teaching Artist
Erin is originally from Tennessee and moved to Orlando in 2017. She acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Southeast Missouri State University. She has performed in Missouri, Tennessee, London and now Florida. She is excited to be apart of CFCarts and to share her love of Dance and Musical Theater with the next generation.
Pati Sayers
Pati Sayers Teaching Artist, Academy
Pati is a former Music Specialist and accompanist for Theatre UCF. She graduated from UCF with a BA in Music and an MA in Education. She earned her way through college by playing for shows at a local dinner theatre. Before her UCF position, she was choral music director at South Lake High School in Lake County. Pati has performed in Cabarets in NYC at the Duplex and at Michael Feinstein’s 54 Below. She was part of the orchestra in the fall 2014 production of “Les Miserables”, at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and was the musical director for “Ain’t Misbehavin’”, at the Mad Cow Theatre, and “Hair” at Theatre UCF. Pati was musical director and pianist for an original show, “My Dear Watson”, that was selected to perform off Broadway for the 2017 NYC New Musical Theatre Festival at the Peter J. Sharpe Theatre on 42 Street. She is married to John and has three sons and a granddaughter.
Katherine Dilley
Katherine DilleyEarly Childhood Assistant Teaching Artist
Katherine Dilley is originally from England, but Florida has been “home” for most of her life. Katherine is a member of the CFCArts Community Choir & is excited to be joining the CYAP crew! She works as a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist full-time, has a 6-year old son, Tyler, and 3 kitties!
Bethany Dickens
Bethany DickensStage Manager/Production Coordinator
Bethany Dickens is a University of Central Florida graduate, with over a decade of experience working as an actor, playwright, stage manager, fundraiser, and grant writer. She recently moved back to Florida after a stint in Columbus, Ohio, where she worked with MadLab Theatre, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and Actors’ Theatre of Columbus. She is excited to be back in her hometown and to be working with CFCArts’ education team. She also currently serves as a national mentor with MadLab’s Young Writers initiative and stage manages for local high school productions.
Cassidy Crisp
Cassidy CrispEarly Elementary Lead Teaching Artist
Cassidy Crisp graduated the University of Central Florida with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations and Theatre Studies. She has been a part of the Orlando Fringe Festival and Central Florida Community Arts for several years and loves to share the arts with others. The arts has always been a part of her life. Growing up on movie sets and stage wings has shaped her into having a career in the arts. Currently a Teaching Artist for the Early Elementary company.
Rick Lucchesi
Rick LucchesiTeaching Artist, Academy
Rick’s musical journey started with trumpet in elementary and junior high school, moving to guitar in high school, and then hitting the road with bands soon after. His musical travels brought him to clubs, hotels, and stages across the country including everything from the ‘Strip’ in Las Vegas to the Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville. Along the way, Rick also had the great experiences of opening for groups such as Diamond Rio, Lonestar, Wade Hayes, Kenny Rogers, and many others. Rick performs rock, country, smooth jazz, classical, experimental, etc., on guitar, bass, mandolin, keyboards, dulcimer, harmonica, tenor banjo, Irish whistle, and baroque recorder. Rick’s education includes Composition/Theory and Guitar Performance at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and also private instruction. Rick is a member of The Registry of Guitar Tutors at London College of Music, and continues to write music for all of the instruments and musical genres he performs and enjoys. Visit his website at ricklucchesi.com.
Angela Flynn
Angela FlynnCostume Designer
Angela lives with her family in Orlando, and she has been actively homeschooling and volunteering since 1996.Musicals were an integral part of Angela’s childhood, and she always dreamed of being in them.Though she never was, Angela supported her children’s performing pursuits. An involved parent, Angela soon found herself helping with costumes, even costuming some full shows.In 2017 she sang in CFCArts Titanic the Musical:In Concert, and she was asked to help costume that show also. After the performance, Angela took a costuming class and found her passion. She has since costumed for CFCArts Youth Musical Theater productions. Angela tackles most things from an altruistic viewpoint, costuming is no different. While her passion is costuming, especially for young people, her specialty is using clothes found thrifting or donated, she reconstructs them into the perfect costume. Angela calls it Frankensteining. Her motivation is knowing that she is making a unique costume which flatters an actor and helps them to embody the character they are playing.
Cheryl Bynum
Cheryl BynumTeaching Artist, Academy and Outreach
Cheryl Bynum is thrilled to work in the CFCArts’ Children and Youth Arts program and School of the Arts. She has performed in and done production work with a variety of companies in town, including over 20 shows, choirs, and vocal groups just within Central Florida Community Arts.  In addition to being a full-time middle school teacher by day, Cheryl works as a part time radio personality, gives private voice lessons, assists in leading church worship, directs and writes productions for various groups, directs the youth Fine Arts team for her church C/Life, runs a marriage blog, and sings in the professional vocal group Take Note with Osceola Arts!  The arts have always been Cheryl’s passion, and she has demonstrated that by having been a dancer for a semi-pro football team, being the former TV show host for the WB Kids Club, and by working with a variety of award-winning music artists in the music industry.
Ashton Flynn
Ashton FlynnTeaching Artist
Ashton Flynn is a Florida girl, born and raised in Orlando where she currently lives with her family.  She is the middle child of five kids; her family lovingly refers to her as “The Cream in the Middle.”  Ashton has been a student of the arts for most of her life, singing, acting and a bit of dancing.  She found her performing home at CFCArts while she was in high school.  Being homeschooled allowed Ashton to graduate from high school a year early, right before her 17th birthday.  She decided to take a gap year before starting cosmetology school.  When the opportunity to work at CFCArts with Leah Porrata the new Director of Education, as her intern, Ashton jumped at the chance.  Ms. Flynn’s responsibilities as an education intern involved assisting in the daily operations, communications, and marketing related to the School of Performing Arts. She has also been a Summer Camp teaching artist.  Last fall Ashton took an opportunity to intern and perform at the Lincoln Inn and Restaurant at the Covered Bridge in Woodstock VT.  Since returning home to Florida she has started back as an assistant teaching artist for Dreams Come True and is preparing to attend cosmetology school in April.  She loves performing, the arts and kids!
Melanie Galiardo
Melanie GaliardoTeaching Artist
Melanie Galiardo has been a private vocal coach for over fifteen years and is Central Florida’s only certified Speech Level Singing Instructor. She has a Master’s in Music in Vocal Pedagogy from Belmont University and her Bachelor’s in Music from Stetson University.
David Kiyak
David KiyakTeaching Artist
David joined Orlando Ballet in 2010, and in the summer of 2011, he was invited by prima ballerina, Maniya Barredo, to perform in the Philippines as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. He also had the opportunity to perform as an on-call artist for Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba in Orlando throughout the year of 2014. David just completed his fifth season with Orlando Ballet where he performed numerous principle roles. He is now working as a guest artist, teacher and choreographer. David gives all glory to God for his gift of dance.
Scott Kinkead
Scott KinkeadTeaching Artist
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.
Mary Thompson Hunt
Mary Thompson HuntTeaching Artist
Mary been professionally improvising and teaching for over 30 years and has interviewed and worked with numerous celebrities, executives, and politicians from all around the world. In addition to television and film work, Mary is also a voice over artist. She is married to graphic artist, Jason Hunt.
Amy Martin Cole
Amy Martin ColeTeaching Artist
With 30 years at working and performing at Walt Disney World, Amy now enjoys teaching choral groups, vocal clinics and private coaching sessions. She holds a Music Education degree and can frequently be found either in the recording studio or performing.
Jason Bailey
Jason BaileyTeaching Artist
Jason 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. Jason has also 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.
Kevin Harris
Kevin HarrisTeaching Artist
A graduate of UMKC Conservatory of Music, Kevin has led choirs and orchestras, music camps and conferences all over the nation. His company, Harrisland Studios, provides voice coaching and training, song writing, arranging and production. He is the Music Minister for Windermere Union Church and a sub for Voices of Liberty at Walt Disney World. His philosophy is that music is a special gift that binds us together, touches our soul and helps us become one family.