Youth Program Staff

Central Florida Community Arts’ youth programs are proud to offer a wide variety of job, internship, and volunteer opportunities throughout the year, as well as mentorship programs and compensated professional and artistic development courses for current staff! We believe that our staff and volunteers are an integral part of our community and mission and strive to create opportunities for their growth.

Please email youth@cfcarts.com with any questions.

Youth Program Staff Development Initiatives

Join CFCArts’ Board Certified Music Therapist, Caroline Del Rey, for an engaging teaching artist development workshop. This interactive course will feature hands-on music interventions to support you as a Teaching Artist with the stressors of classroom teaching in addition to providing you with tools to support the emotional and behavioral development of your students.

Weekly on Tuesdays, 6-7 PM
– Music Room 2, March 29 and April 5
– Black Box, April 12 to April 19
– Conference Room, April 26 to May 3

Compensation for attending is $100 total for all sessions (6 weeks.) Please email youth@cfcarts.com with any conflicts or questions.

Open only to current CFCArts Teaching Artists and Youth Staff. Click here to register.

Join a series of four artistic development workshops led by respected and experienced performing arts professionals in the central Florida community. This engaging course will feature performing arts professionals in a variety of areas, from directing to producing, and will teach you some tips and tricks to improve and expand your skill set and advance towards your artistic goals! Sessions will be anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes long and presenters will be announced closer to the first session.

Biweekly on Wednesdays, 7:30-9 PM
– Black Box, April 6 and April 20
– Conference Room, May 4 and May 18

Compensation for attending is $100 total for all sessions (4 weeks.) Please email youth@cfcarts.com with any conflicts or questions.

Open only to current CFCArts Teaching Artists and Youth Staff. Click here to register.

Current CFCArts Teaching Artists and Youth Staff are welcome to participate in our Mentorship Program. This program is an informal, flexible mentorship program that matches those desiring mentorship with potential mentors to help them achieve their goals as leaders, educators, artists, and community members.
Mentors are given resources such as gift cards to offset the cost of meeting with their mentees, upon request. Mentors and mentees are not compensated or charged for this program.

Open only to current CFCArts Teaching Artists and Youth Staff. Click here to register.

Upcoming Youth Program Staff Opportunities

CFCArts Youth Programs have several paid Summer Camp positions available for Teaching Artists from June 6 to August 5! Click here to view available positions and information (positions in yellow are available; click here for individual camp descriptions) and email leah@cfcarts.com with your preferred positions, performing arts teaching resume, 2-3 references (names and emails), and availability over the next 2-3 weeks for a virtual interview if interested.

CFCArts Youth Programs are open to interested high school, college, and early career young professionals for unpaid summer internships and volunteer positions. Email leah@cfcarts.com with a resume or overview of your experience within the performing arts and/or working with children, 1-2 references (names and emails), and availability over the next 2-3 weeks for a virtual interview if interested.

Current Staff

Music Programs Team

Ethan Lolley
Ethan LolleyDirector, Young Artists Orchestra

Ethan is an Alabama native and holds his Master’s of Music Education degree with a conducting emphasis from Auburn University. His love for the performing arts began with piano instruction in second grade. He has led music ensembles as a collegiate and drum corps drum major, youth orchestra conductor, and music director for children’s theatre. In 2015, he founded Drum Major Innovations, an educational institution that offers conducting clinics, camps, and competitions for aspiring drum majors. He currently serves as an instructor for the Macy’s Great American Marching Band. Ethan has performed with Disney Cruise Line, The Walt Disney World Resort, and Universal Orlando Resort.

Nathan Humphries
Nathan HumphriesAssistant Director, Young Artists Orchestra

Nathan Humphries started playing piano and singing when he was seven years old. Since then, his primary instrument has been the euphonium. He received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Auburn University. In college, he was selected as a featured soloist for the Auburn University Symphonic Winds, as well as a member of the National Intercollegiate Band (2013). Since then, he has been an active music teacher in both Orange and Osceola counties. He is also an active cast member with Disney Performing Arts and has been working events such as Festival Disney and Epcot’s Candlelight Processional since 2014. In Central Florida, he has performed with groups such as the Brass Band of Central Florida and the Orlando Concert Band. He is very excited to be a part of the CFCArts team!

Jaelin Dawson
Jaelin DawsonProgram Manager, Young Artists Orchestra

Jaelin was born and raised in Valley, AL. Growing up he participated in community theater. He attended Auburn University Montgomery where he studied Mass Media Communications and took part in competitive cheerleading. Although his background is in cheerleading, he loves supporting the arts. Jaelin has also performed entertainment at Universal Orlando. He is excited to be part of the CFCArts family!

Delayna Wahlberg
Delayna WahlbergProgram Assistant, Young Artists Orchestra

Delayna Wahlberg is a recent graduate of the College of Music at Florida State University, and she is so excited to be working with the youth program at Central Florida Community Arts. Her experience with both orchestra and theatre goes back to her middle school years when she first started playing the French horn and acting in community theatre productions. Throughout her high school and college careers, she has loved to combine her two passions by playing horn in musical pits. Now, she is proud to have the opportunity to utilize her experiences as an assistant teaching artist and youth orchestra program assistant.

Stefany Rodriguez
Stefany RodriguezDirector, Youth Vocal Ensemble

Stefany Rodriguez is originally from Bayamon, Puerto Rico! She attended La Libre de Musica, where she was classically trained in violin and voice. From there, she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s in theatre studies and a minor in event management. CFCArts became the place where she developed a passion for teaching young, talented minds to express themselves creatively, and since then has taken on roles such as director of vocal and violin ensembles, and much more. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her amazing dog, Jude, and together they explore all of Orlando’s beautiful parks and walking trails!

Brianna Haufman
Brianna HaufmanAssistant Director, Youth Vocal Ensemble

Brianna Haufman is a recent UCF graduate and active member of the Central Florida performing arts community. Having graduated with an interdisciplinary studies degree with emphasis in theatre, event management and nonprofit management, she has learned the ins and outs of Orlando nonprofit theatres both on stage and off. Her most memorable achievement was co-directing the Athens Theatre’s first fully-masked summer production of Disney’s High School Musical Jr. during the pandemic for an audience on Zoom. Brianna still works as a teaching artist for various theaters and is currently the assistant director for the Youth Vocal Ensemble at CFCArts.

Willy Wonka Jr. Creative Team

Seth Niquette
Seth NiquetteDirector
Seth Niquette is the children and youth arts associate at CFCArts. He has been involved in the Children & Youth Arts Programs since 2019 but was added officially to staff in May of 2021. Seth has played many roles in his time with the youth programs at CFCArts, including a summer camp assistant teaching artist, an assistant stage manager, an assistant director, an intern, and many more. However, this is Seth’s first production as a director, and he is extremely excited for this opportunity. As a recent graduate from UCF with a B.A. in theatre studies and a minor in education, Seth is following his passions every day at CFCArts. Working with the students and unlocking the excitement that he remembers having when he first discovered the wonders of theatre is what keeps him going. The connections he has made through this organization have been so fruitful and he wouldn’t trade those relationships and experiences for the world. He is so excited to see the growth of CFCArts and specifically the Children & Youth Arts Programs in the near future!
Avery Higgins
Avery HigginsAssistant Director
Avery Higgins is so excited to be stepping into her first assistant director role for CFCArts! She was an assistant stage manager for CFCArts for The Sound of Music, Matilda, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. She is currently a senior at UCF double majoring in theatre studies and secondary education. Outside of CFCArts, Avery has directed for UCF’s Project Spotlight; her most recent work being Something Borrowed, Something Blue. She is so grateful for all the experience she has gained from working with the team at CFCArts. She wants to give a major thank you to Seth for trusting her to step into this role and work alongside him to bring Willy Wonka Jr. to life!
Erin Wolfe
Erin WolfeChoreographer
Erin Wolfe 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, Erin has worked for Central Florida Community Arts and the School of Arts at the Doctor Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. She has also performed at Capone’s Dinner Show and with St. James Catholic Cathedral, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Queen of the Universe, and the Diocese of Orlando.
Josh Cassady
Josh CassadyStage Manager

This is Josh Cassady’s fourth production with CFCArts after moving back to Orlando in 2020. Born in Orlando but raised in Grand Rapids, MI, he earned his B.A. in theatre from Michigan State University. In college, his favorite shows to work on were Frankenstein and Oklahoma! Since joining the CFCArts family, he has enjoyed being involved with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Charlotte’s Web. He is thrilled to be stage managing Willy Wonka Jr. this spring, as it was the first musical he ever performed in (as an Oompa Loompa). Outside of theatre, he likes to do yoga, spend time outdoors, and put countless hours into his favorite game, “Animal Crossing.”

Shannon Ricks
Shannon RicksAssistant Stage Manager

Shannon Ricks is so excited to be assistant stage managing for Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr.! She recently assistant stage managed for Charlotte’s Web at CFCArts and for another show at her school.

Sara Jacobson
Sara JacobsonAssistant Stage Manager

Sara Jacobson is a junior at Orlando Christian Prep. This is her fourth season at CFCArts. Other credits include student stage manager for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The 39 Steps, and other shows at CFCArts. She was the stage manager for Native Voices at PlayWrights Roundtable. She performed in and assistant directed for Flood Insurance and stage managed The Answerer, Willy Wonka, and Snow White, all at Orlando Christian Prep. She is currently the production manager for Mary Poppins at her high school. She is also the vice president of Thespian Troupe 8757. At the District Five Thespian competition she received an Excellent for her duet scene and a straight Superior for her student directed scene, which she is taking to the Florida Thespian State competition. She hopes you enjoy Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr.! 

Johnny Guignet
Johnny GuignetEarly Childhood Jr. Company Lead Teaching Artist

Johnny Guignet has been involved with CFCArts since the fall of 2021. He is currently an education intern. Previous productions with CFCArts include The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Charlotte’s Web. When he is not working on productions with CFCArts, he is teaching second graders.

Stefany Rodriguez
Stefany RodriguezEarly Childhood Jr. Company Assistant Teaching Artist
Stefany Rodriguez is originally from Bayamon, Puerto Rico! She attended La Libre de Musica, where she was classically trained in violin and voice. From there, she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s in theatre studies and a minor in event management. CFCArts became the place where she developed a passion for teaching young, talented minds to express themselves creatively, and since then has taken on roles such as director of vocal and violin ensembles and much more. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her amazing dog, Jude, and together they explore all of Orlando’s beautiful parks and walking trails!
Lindsey DeHaen
Lindsey DeHaenEarly Elementary Jr. Company Lead Teaching Artist

Lindsey DeHaen is so proud to be a part of the CFCArts family because of their commitment to diversity and inclusion; not only as a teaching artist, but also as a parent whose child has found a home at CFCArts! She grew up on stages and in studios as a dancer and singer and trained at AMDA in NYC. She is a former Disney cast member and some of her favorite memories there are the special moments bringing children on stage during Festival of the Lion King. She spent a decade as a pediatric RN until life finally came full circle, and she found that her true passion is for nurturing the whole child. Her mission is to meet children where they are and through the arts give them an avenue to connect to their hearts, minds, and personal experiences and have them leave as more confident little humans ready to explore the world.  

Delayna Wahlberg
Delayna WahlbergMusic Director and Early Elementary Jr. Company Assistant Teaching Artist
Delayna Wahlberg is a recent graduate of the College of Music at Florida State University, and she is so excited to be working with the youth programs at Central Florida Community Arts. Her experience with both orchestra and theatre goes back to her middle school years when she first started playing the French horn and acting in community theatre productions. Throughout her high school and college careers, she loved to combine her two passions by playing horn in musical pits. Now, she is proud to have the opportunity to utilize her experiences as an assistant teaching artist and orchestra program assistant. She would like to thank Leah for giving her the opportunity to work with this amazing program, as well as her directors, Ethan, Hayden, and Seth, for making it feel like home. 
Christian Anderson
Christian AndersonElementary Lead Teaching Artist
Christian Anderson is a teaching artist, director, and actor local to Central Florida. He has a B.F.A. in theatre for youth from East Carolina University and is a first year student in the M.F.A. theatre for young audiences program at the University of Central Florida. Aside from working with CFCArts, Christian works at the Orlando Repertory Theatre as a teaching artist and has worked with Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World as a performer. Christian has been with CFCArts for two years, working in the Children & Youth Arts Programs theatre as a teaching artist for shows such as Disney’s Moana Jr, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Charlotte’s Web. He has a passion for working with youth and utilizing theatre as a tool to teach self-confidence and empathy.
Destany Sherman
Destany ShermanElementary Assistant Teaching Artist
Destany Sherman is in her second year as a teaching artist at CFCArts. From Sweet Home Alabama, she has been a dancer since the age of five, and being in the arts has always been a passion of hers. After becoming more involved with theatre in college, and moving to Florida to work at Disney, she knew that the theatre was her career path. Destany’s current involvements  include choir, youth theatre, and adult theatre. Her dreams are to one day own her own theatre to enrich children and adults through the arts! She wants to thank everyone who has helped and supported her throughout the years to get her to where she is now. Whether onstage, backstage, behind a spotlight, or in a classroom, her heart belongs to the performing arts. To all her students, she says, “I am very proud of each one of you, and I love being with all of you every week! You nuggets are what keep me going!”
Hayden Patterson
Hayden PattersonMiddle/High School Lead Teaching Artist
Originally from Cary, NC, Hayden Patterson graduated from East Carolina University in 2018 with her B.F.A. in theatre arts education, B.F.A. in theatre arts with a concentration in theatre for youth, and a minor in vocal music studies. While in college, Hayden was the recipient of an Undergraduate Research in Creative Activities grant, which she used to direct one of her favorite TYA plays, The Ice Wolf. In between her spring and fall semesters at school, Hayden was also the head drama, musical theatre dance, and acapella counselor for four summers at Keystone Camp, a private residential camp for girls in the mountains of Brevard, NC. Upon her college graduation, she moved down to Florida to participate in the Disney College Program. What was supposed to only be six months of magic-making has now turned into four years of being a Disney cast member. She is currently part of the Animal Science Education team at Animal Kingdom, happily teaching everyone about the importance of wildlife conservation. She’s thankful that she decided to stay in the sunshine state because, otherwise, she wouldn’t have had the opportunity to become a part of the amazing CFCArts family or meet some pretty incredible students!
Megan Stillson
Megan StillsonMiddle/High School Assistant Teaching Artist
A Florida native, Megan Victoria Stillson is a professional actor and children’s theatre director in the Orlando area. Megan was trained in musical theatre at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and the University of Central Florida. Equity performance credits include Showboat, Annie, Sister Act, Fiddler On The Roof, and The Wizard Of Oz, and previous directorial credits include Disney’s Moana Jr. and Meet Me In St. Louis. A cat mom, Disney freak, and happy Hufflepuff, Megan is currently a teaching artist and director with the Children & Youth Arts Programs at CFCArts and plays a mean game of “Tetris.”
“She leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes.” – Kate Spade 
Caroline Del Rey
Caroline Del ReyMusic Therapist

Caroline is a board certified music therapist with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music therapy from Florida State University. She has been practicing music therapy for over six years. An Orlando native, she is excited to be back in her hometown practicing music therapy after working in Boston, MA for several years. Caroline has experience working with infants and toddlers in Early Intervention programs and with students of all ages in the public school system. In addition to her music therapy endeavors, Caroline has performed all over the east coast as a vocalist, both as a soloist and in choral and a cappella groups. Caroline could not be more thrilled to be part of the CFCArts music therapy team, SOAH, and the Academy.

Patrick Lienemann
Patrick LienemannTechnical Director, Set Designer

A Michigan native, Patrick Lienemann received his B.A. in stage management from Wayne State University in 2015 after serving in the United States Army as a combat medic. His experience includes design and operation for lighting, audio, management, technical direction, special effects, pyrotechnics, scenic, labor, and various other roles over the years. Highlights include Walt Disney World special events, Universal Studios nighttime spectaculars, SeaWorld Christmas Celebration, founding The Underground (an “Emerging Artist Initiative” with Wayne State University), working with touring acts such as J. Cole, Lindsey Sterling, and Usher, and brewing a great cup of coffee whenever one is needed. Patrick has had a passion for the arts for as long as he can remember, performing and creating from a young age. Patrick is currently the technical coordinator for CFCArts, designing and overseeing production for the Children & Youth Arts Programs.

Heather Jenkins
Heather JenkinsLighting Designer
This is Heather’s second show with CFCArts, having previously worked on Charlotte’s Web earlier this spring. She also does lighting and production for Summit Church. Heather loves playing music, winning at trivia, reading sci-fi and fantasy, and watching nerdy things.
Sydney Pigmon
Sydney PigmonAudio Designer

Sydney Pigmon is a recent Rollins College grad who majored in performance. She was recently the audio technician for CFCArts production of Charlotte’s Web and she is so happy to be back. She sound designed for multiple shows in Rollins’ student directed series as well as performing on the Annie Russell stage. She is so excited to be the audio tech for Willy Wonka Jr. and Aida, and hopes you enjoy the show!

Kimberly Patel
Kimberly PatelCostume Designer

Kimberly Murray Patel is thrilled by the opportunity to work on costuming for CFCArts. She has been sewing since she was five years old and recently combined these skills with her love of theatre. She has costumed numerous productions for schools and community theaters in the West Orange County area. Kimberly was recognized in the Trash 2 Trends 2022 Keep Orlando Beautiful runway show for creating the “Most Wearable” look. Kimberly’s handmade accessory line Sugarsnap is available in small boutiques around Central Florida. She would like to congratulate the cast and crew for creating a fantastic production.

Sara Breitfelder
Sara BreitfelderCostume Assistant

Sara Breitfelder is excited to be costuming again! Sara started at CFCArts as a theatre intern in 2019 and worked on many shows as a costumer with Christine Hicks. After graduating from Valencia College in 2019, Sara officially joined the CFCArts team, and currently works as the School of Arts & Health administrator.

Amanda Miller
Amanda MillerMakeup and Hair Designer
Mandy Miller is a CFCArts alumna and was a member of the Youth Theatre Troupe for four years! She is thrilled to be able to come back and help her theater family out with their hair and makeup. She was seen at CFCArts in Beauty and the Beast (Lead Dancer), Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife), Seussical the Musical (Mayor’s Wife), Shrek (Fiona), and The Little Mermaid (Adella). Mandy is now working in film and as a model. Though she has stepped away from performing, CFCArts was her introduction to the theatre world and will always hold a special place in her heart as she continues to support the Troupe in any way possible.
Rachel Johnson
Rachel JohnsonSpot Op/Stagehand

Rachel Johnson is thrilled to be back this season with CFCArts. Her previous work with CFCArts includes assistant stage manager for Meet Me in St. Louis. Originally from St. Louis, Rachel holds a technical theatre degree from The University of Missouri – Columbia. She works in stage management with theaters around the Orlando area including Osceola Arts and Marshall Ellis Theater. When not at a theater, she can be found working as a merchandise cast member at Walt Disney World Resort. Rachel is thrilled that you are here today to support these wonderfully talented youth and hopes you enjoy the show!

Erika Robinson
Erika RobinsonSpot Op/Stagehand

Erika N. Robinson has had the privilege of working within the entertainment arena for the past twelve years. She has a background in elementary education (University of Central Florida) and in CTV (Regent University). Erika’s most recent accomplishment is having a one-act script produced by the Playwrights Workshop of Brevard. In addition, Erika has written and directed several short films/plays, and has experience working in youth programs (Nonprofit Initiative) and in public education (developing art programs). In her downtime, Erika enjoys working behind the scenes for CFCArts (youth theatre programs) in Orlando, FL. Erika is an educator, director, writer, and a visionary as well as hopes to serve the arts community well by continuing to create inspirational projects in Orlando and abroad.

Aida Creative Team

Leah Porrata
Leah PorrataDirector
Leah Porrata is originally from Columbus, OH. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts and teaching certification in theatre education and directing from Ohio Wesleyan University, she relocated to Naples, FL 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 has also taught theatre arts to ages PreK-12 at various schools and theatres in Ohio and Florida, and began her career at the Tony-winning regional theatre Cleveland Play House within their professional apprenticeship program in the education department, where she met her husband of six years (and fellow arts educator) Jason. They became parents for the first time in September of 2021 and now have a son, Marcelo. Together, they enjoy being Walt Disney World passholders, Orlando City Soccer supporters, members of Lake Baldwin Church, and foster parents. Leah is thrilled to be a part of the Central Florida community and the CFCArts family!
Regina Thurston
Regina ThurstonAssistant Director

As a student of the arts and a graduate of the New York Film Academy, Regina Thurston is excited to be involved in the production of Aida with CFCArts. Having joined Central Florida Community Arts in the summer of 2021, she is happy to put her previous experience as an assistant teaching artist (Meet Me In St. Louis, Fall 2021) and her experience as an assistant director and choreographer (Charlotte’s Web, Spring 2022) to use to help these talented student artists to shine.

John Curcuru
John CurcuruActing Coach
Seen on stages around the world, John Curcuru has been a professional, live event host for nearly two decades. During his career he has had the pleasure of hosting for such companies as The Walt Disney World Company (The American Idol Experience), Feld Entertainment (Monster Jam), Celebrity Cruise Lines (cruise host), Advent Health, and various others. John is a professionally trained performer and holds degrees in performance as well as in radio and television broadcasting. Well-versed and highly experienced, John continues to be found at events around the globe. He is so pleased that he can continue to work with CFCArts and share his passion of performing with young minds of all ages and watch them light up on stage. It truly is a thrill!
Ethan Lolley
Ethan LolleyMusic Director

Ethan Lolley is an Alabama native and holds his Master’s of Music Education degree with a conducting emphasis from Auburn University. His love for the performing arts began with piano instruction in second grade. He has led music ensembles as a collegiate and drum corps drum major, youth orchestra conductor, and music director for children’s theatre. In 2015, he founded Drum Major Innovations, an educational institution that offers conducting clinics, camps, and competitions for aspiring drum majors. He currently serves as an instructor for the Macy’s Great American Marching Band. Ethan has performed with Disney Cruise Line, The Walt Disney World Resort, and Universal Orlando Resort.

Arius West
Arius WestChoreographer
Arius West graduated from the University of Central Florida with his Bachelor’s in theatre, education, and stage combat. He is a performer and teaching artist with The Orlando Repertory Theatre and ArtReach Orlando, a step coach/director for Lake Mary High School and his own adult step team, S.T.O.M.P, and he has put on many different directing hats around Central Florida. Currently, Arius is choreographing Little Shop of Horrors at Evans High School, choreographing Aida at CFCArts, and directing a play as part of Enough Plays Project, where the plays were written by teens about how gun violence affects our community, at The Orlando Repertory Theatre. Some of his most notable works are Spunk and the Harlem Literati as Richard Bruce Nugent, An Octoroon as BJJ/George/M’Closky, Snowball: A Tragedy as Platinum, Beat Bugs the Musical as Jay, Vote? as Martin Luther King Jr./Frederick Douglass, and Sweat as Evan.
Erin Hernandez
Erin HernandezStage Manager
Erin Hernandez started working with CFCArts in the Spring of 2019 as an education intern and has loved working with them ever since. She graduated from the University of Central Florida that spring with a degree in theatre studies and a double minor in education and history. Her credits with CFCArts include stage manager (The Secret Garden, The Sound of Music, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, From the Mouths of Monsters), assistant stage manager (Broadway Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, The 39 Steps), assistant director (Theatre for Young Audiences Play Festival), and assistant teaching artist for CFCArts youth and outreach summer camps. When Erin isn’t in rehearsal, she is a middle school language arts teacher for Orange County Public Schools. She is very proud of these kids and has loved watching them grow over the last few years into kind, passionate, and hardworking young adults. 
Charis Watler
Charis WatlerAssistant Stage Manager
Charis Watler is an Orlando-based actor, director, and producer who is thrilled to be returning to the CFCArts youth for their spring season. Charis has done many projects with them over the past year, including being the assistant director for The 39 Steps and filling multiple tech roles for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Charlotte’s Web.  She is also a member of a new theatre production company in Orlando called Whiskey Theatre Factory and has acted in and directed many productions with them. She is incredibly thankful for Leah and CFCArts continuing to give her opportunities to work with them and for being such a fun and educational environment for young theatre artists. 
Rachel Johnson
Rachel JohnsonAssistant Stage Manager

Rachel Johnson is thrilled to be back this season with CFCArts. Her previous work with CFCArts includes assistant stage manager for Meet Me in St. Louis. Originally from St. Louis, Rachel holds a technical theatre degree from The University of Missouri – Columbia. She works in stage management with theaters around the Orlando area including Osceola Arts and Marshall Ellis Theater. When not at a theater, she can be found working as a merchandise cast member at Walt Disney World Resort. Rachel is thrilled that you are here today to support these wonderfully talented youth and hopes you enjoy the show!

Patrick Lienemann
Patrick LienemannLighting Designer
A Michigan native, Patrick Lienemann received his BA in stage management from Wayne State University in 2015 after serving in the United States Army as a combat medic. His experience includes design and operation for lighting, audio, management, technical direction, special effects, pyrotechnics, scenic, labor, and various other roles over the years. Highlights include Walt Disney World special events, Universal Studios nighttime spectaculars, SeaWorld Christmas Celebration, founding The Underground (an “Emerging Artist Initiative” with Wayne State University), working with touring acts such as J. Cole, Lindsey Sterling, and Usher, and brewing a great cup of coffee whenever one is needed. Patrick has had a passion for the arts for as long as he can remember, performing and creating from a young age. Patrick is currently the technical coordinator for CFCArts, designing and overseeing production for the Children & Youth Arts Programs.
Leigh Munro
Leigh MunroScenic Designer
Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Leigh has lived in the United States of America since 2018. Presently he works as a master carpenter with the Acousti Engineering Company of Florida. He is looking forward to working alongside his wife, Jessica Fernando, who is a teaching artist with Central Florida Community Arts.
Sydney Pigmon
Sydney PigmonAudio Designer

Sydney Pigmon is a recent Rollins College grad who majored in performance. She was recently the audio technician for CFCArts production of Charlotte’s Web and she is so happy to be back. She sound designed for multiple shows in Rollins’ student directed series as well as performing on the Annie Russell stage. She is so excited to be the audio tech for Willy Wonka Jr. and Aida, and hopes you enjoy the show!

Kat Henwood
Kat HenwoodCostume Designer
Kat Henwood is delighted to be working with CFCArts! Her work has recently been seen onstage in The Sound of Music and The Secret Garden with Montverde Academy and No.6 and The Cake with Theatre Tierra Del Sol. Come see more of her work this summer and fall in Much Ado About Nothing with Montverde Academy and In the Next Room with Theatre Tierra Del Sol. She thanks Leah and CFCArts for blessing her with this wonderful opportunity!
Kimberly Patel
Kimberly PatelCostume Assistant
Kimberly Murray Patel is thrilled for the opportunity to work on costuming for CFCArts. She has been sewing since she was five years old and recently combined these skills with her love of theatre. She has costumed numerous productions for schools and community theaters in the West Orange County area. Kimberly was recognized in the Trash 2 Trends 2022 Keep Orlando Beautiful runway show for creating the “Most Wearable” look. Kimberly’s handmade accessory line Sugarsnap is available in small boutiques around Central Florida. She would like to congratulate the cast and crew for creating a fantastic production.
Jessica Fernando
Jessica FernandoMakeup and Hair Designer
Born and raised in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, Jessica Fernando has been performing for both local and international audiences from an early age. From Australia, to England, to Italy, to Singapore, to the United States, Jessica’s work as a performer has taken her all over the world. After debuting Off-Broadway to American audiences in 2015 as “Bettina Barnes” in Psycho Beach Party and “Mamma” in She Has a Name, Jessica relocated to The Sunshine State. Jessica joined CFCArts as a teaching artist in 2019 and has directed a number of youth shows.
Josh Cassady
Josh CassadySpot Op/Stagehand

This is Josh Cassady’s fourth production with CFCArts after moving back to Orlando in 2020. Born in Orlando but raised in Grand Rapids, MI, he earned his B.A. in theatre from Michigan State University. In college, his favorite shows to work on were Frankenstein and Oklahoma! Since joining the CFCArts family, he has enjoyed being involved with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Charlotte’s Web. He is thrilled to be stage managing Willy Wonka Jr. this spring, as it was the first musical he ever performed in (as an Oompa Loompa). Outside of theatre, he likes to do yoga, spend time outdoors, and put countless hours into his favorite game, “Animal Crossing.”

Destany Sherman
Destany ShermanSpot Op/Stagehand

Destany Sherman is in her second year as a teaching artist at CFCArts. From Sweet Home Alabama, she has been a dancer since the age of five, and being in the arts has always been a passion of hers. After becoming more involved with theatre in college, and moving to Florida to work at Disney, she knew that the theatre was her career path. Destany’s current involvements  include choir, youth theatre, and adult theatre. Her dreams are to one day own her own theatre to enrich children and adults through the arts! She wants to thank everyone who has helped and supported her throughout the years to get her to where she is now. Whether onstage, backstage, behind a spotlight, or in a classroom, her heart belongs to the performing arts.