A Los Angeles native, Allison has been teaching many styles of dance and musical theatre all over Los Angeles County and Orange County since 2001. She has been teaching, choreographing, and directing in the East Bay since 2014. East Bay choreography and director credits include Seussical (DTC), Spring Awakening (DTC) and Peter Pan (DTC). Some performance credits include: Oklahoma (MTW), Hairspray (MTW), Hello! My Baby - world premier! (Rubicon Theater Co.), Carousel (Reprise!), Meet Me in St Louis (MTW), Long Beach Orchestra Holiday Celebration, Kiss Me Kate (CCPA), and Smokey Joe’s Café (CCPA). She has performed for many great causes such as: Help Is On The Way (REAF), S.T.A.G.E. (AIDS benefit), Broadway In The Park (MTW), Broadway Under the Stars (Reprise!), Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and St Jude’s. She has been fortunate enough to work alongside talented artists such as Lee Martino, Florence Henderson, Patrick Cassidy, Bruce Vilanch, Valerie Pettiford, Jason Alexander, Carole Cook and George Wendt. When Allison is not teaching or performing she’s growing her own business, Images Imagined Photography, specializing in headshots, theatre and dance photography.
stumbled (literally) on to the stage in high school and never looked back. Performing in the bay area for over ten years while getting his Undergraduate Degree in Communication at Cal State East Bay, Nick has fallen in love with telling stories, and playing make believe. Some of his theatre credits include Tri Valley Repertory Theatre West Side Story, Douglass Morrison Theatre Once Upon a Mattress, Cal State East Bay She Loves Me, and Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre Fiddler on the Roof. Nick believes in preparation, taking risks, teamwork, and most importantly just having fun! He considers the opportunity to share his knowledge with young artists the greatest gift he can give!
JESSICA BOYNTON | B.A. Art Practice
began her training in the Bay Area at the age of six, started teaching in 2006, and has performed in numerous ballet productions and with several community theatre companies. Jessica’s deep connection with art and the arts influenced her to achieve a Bachelor’s degree in Art Practice from Saint Mary’s College of California. Presently, she works as a professional model and commercial actress with credits including Audi, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Coffee Meets Bagel, Salesforce, Samsung, Sony Playstation, and Wells Fargo along with many others. Of importance, she has grown up with a younger brother with special needs and it has immeasurably influenced Jessica’s approach to developing successful teaching methods. She understands and highly respects how each student learns at their own pace and how to encourage them through challenges. Outside of the dance studio, Jessica is a calligrapher, abstract painter, architecture photographer and fiber artist.
MADISON GENOVESE | B.A. in Music
Madison studied theatre at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, and graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor's in Music Degree, focus on Vocal Performance. She believes music, dance, and acting are important tools in developing young minds. She has been teaching voice/music for 10 years both through kid's camps and private lessons. Madison also performs locally. Recent credits include Jerusha in DADDY LONG LEGS (Main Stage West), Ellen in BULLETS OVER BROADWAY (Tri Valley Rep Theatre), Clara in THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Altarena Playhouse), Nellie in SOUTH PACIFIC (Foothill Music Theatre), and Mary Poppins in MARY POPPINS (Missouri Street Theatre).
MARY KATHERINE PATTERSON | B.A. in Humanities
Mary Katherine began her dance and theater training in Orange County California with West Coast Performing Arts. She received her B.A. from Arizona State University and an M.A. From University of Illinois. She was a company member of Scottsdale Arizona Jazz Ensemble and Desert Dance Theater. Mary Katherine performed with Alight Dance Theater in Washington DC, Amy Lewis Dance Project, and is currently working with choreographer Stephanie Unger. She's taught and choreographed for various schools and studios and is certified in Pilates. Recently relocating back to the bay area, Mary Katherine has enjoyed returning to the wonderful artistic community here and bringing her love of dance to students.
JACQUIE DUCKWORTH | B.A. from UCLA
Jacquie is a Bay Area actress who recently appeared as Annette in Town Hall Theatre’s God of Carnage and the San Francisco Bay One Acts. Favorite roles include Mrs. Boyle in Mousetrap (Altarena), Dame Van Tassel in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (SF Shakespeare Festival) and King Edward in Henry VI, Part III (Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley). In addition to stage work, Jacquie has appeared on-camera for commercials (Blue Shield, Youthful Gold), industrials (Safeway, AAA), television (I Almost Got Away With It), and film (The Game, Who Wants to Go to Heaven). As a performer and educator, Jacquie toured schools throughout the state bringing history to life with Live Oakes Educational Theater’s Complete Condensed History of California and Coyote Tales. She has directed student productions and taught acting and improvisational performance for San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Town Hall Theatre, Girls Evolve and Adventure Theater. As a guest lecturer at City College of San Francisco she taught improvisation, creative thinking, and team collaboration. Jacquie is a graduate of UCLA and studied directing, British dialects, and audition techniques at Berkeley Rep and acting Shakespeare with Cal Shakes.
LIZ WHITNEY | MS.S Music
Liz received her Masters Degree in Music with a Vocal Performance Concentration from the University of Northern Colorado in 2006 and has since owned and operated a thriving voice studio catering to elementary school aged through adult students. Liz's teaching, as well as her singing, places an emphasis on Body Mapping, which is the study of our mental representation of our body's size, structure, and function. She is deeply inspired by Body Mapping because it teaches singers to become educated about and think independently about their bodies and voices and helps singers avoid injury. Liz teaches a wide variety of genres but places an emphasis on musical theatre as she feels that it is an accessible hybrid between classical and pop that is a cornerstone in developing technique. In addition to teaching technique, Liz aids students in learning to sight read, understand music theory, refine stage presence, overcome performance anxiety, learn new repertoire, & prepare for vocal competitions/auditions. She prides herself on her ability to work with singers at differing ability levels & with differing personality types.
SIERRA DEE | B.A. Piano Performance & Music Education
Sierra Dee found her passion for musical theatre at the age of 16. She was called in to accompany her first show, “The King and I,” and immediately fell in love with the music, the people and the experience of theatre. Since then she has worked her way up from accompanist to a Musical and Vocal Director working in the Bay Area. She works with many different companies including Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Douglas Morrison Theatre, Tri-Valley Reparatory Theatre, and Pacific Coast Reparatory Theatre. Beyond working as a Musical and Vocal Director for theatre companies, she also is the Musical Director for Cal State East Bay – she plays and directs the musical theatre classes while also musically directing their winter musical each year. As the oldest of five, she has always had a soft spot for children and truly feels that teaching music to children is the greatest gift someone can give. She enjoys giving her students a basis for understanding music whether it is for piano, voice, or musical theatre. While she majored in classical piano performance at Cal State East Bay, she soon realized that teaching music to all ages was what she wanted to do. She recently decided to go back to school and is attending San Francisco State University to get her Bachelors of Music in Music Education to have a degree that better suits her career.
ADAM NIEMANN | B.A. Theater & Performance Studies and Film Studies
is an actor and teaching artist based in the Bay Area. He has taught young actors at Berkeley Playhouse since 2014 as a director and acting coach. Adam also currently teaches acting at Contra Costa School of Performing Arts. Adam studied at UC Berkeley where he earned his B.A. as a double major in both Theater & Performance Studies and Film Studies. Adam received additional training at the American Conservatory Theater Summer Training Congress. Some of Adam's acting credits include Berkeley Repertory Theatre (u/s for Angels in America), Marin Theatre Company (Oslo), Cutting Ball Theatre (Timon of Athens), Custom Made Theatre Co. (Isaac’s Eye), Curtain Theatre (The Comedy of Errors), FaultLine Theater (Oreo Carrot Danger), and Berkeley Playhouse (Beauty and the Beast and Tarzan). Adam is also wrote, developed and performed a two-man musical entitled JFK ‘n Me. You can find more about Adam at his website: www.AdamNiemann.com
DANIELLE AVERSA | BFA Acting
Danielle has been lifelong performer, singer and dancer. Originally from Boston, MA Danielle studied at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before moving to New York to pursue a career in theatre, film and television. In New York Danielle studied voice with an apprentice of Cornelius Reid, a well-known vocal pedagogue specialist in the bel canto technique. Her theatre credits include originating the roles of Jenny in MUSE at the Manhattan Repertory Theater, Mildred in HAIRY APE at the Boston Center for the Arts, television episodes of Brain Games and On the Case with Paula Zahn and a national commercial for Verizon Fios. After moving to the Bay Area a few months ago, Danielle was thrilled to find Performing Academy and is looking forward to inspiring the next generation of performers. As a teacher she strives to create a fun and dynamic environment to help students develop their confidence in a supportive and nurturing space. In addition to her performing experience, Danielle also draws off her experience as a 200hr Yoga Alliance certified instructor and in January she began an Alexander Technique teacher-training program at the Alexander Educational Center in Berkeley.
HAYLEY ALICIA MASON | BFA Musical Theatre
is an actor, singer, director, teacher, and Bay Area native! She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College in Boston, MA, where she performed in shows such as Titanic, The Spitfire Grill, and Shrek The Musical. While in New York City, Hayley performed at the Triad Theatre and 54 Below, as well as the Bickford Theatre in New Jersey. She has studied with many incredible teachers such as Erin Dilly, Diane DiCroce, Ken Cheeseman, and her very first musical theatre instructors- Rena and Renee! Hayley has also trained at and worked for American Conservatory Theater’s Young Conservatory. She began her journey with LPA as a teaching artist in 2013, and has taught acting classes and directed shows such as Beauty and the Beast Jr and The Wizard of Oz. Her love of teaching is rooted in her love of connection and storytelling, and she hopes to inspire that love in all of her students!
DAVE J ABRAMS
is an award-winning actor, singer, dancer, and host. He equally enjoys sharing the techniques and gifts of the art forms to those who love it just as much. His developing passion for teaching has led him to take on positions in direction, choreography, music direction, and production. He has been grateful to grace many stages like the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. He was a current host of the 2019 TBA Awards Celebration. There, he took home his 3rd TBA award for Outstanding Performance in a Musical after playing Seaweed in Bay Area Musicals' Hairspray. Other credits include Coalhouse Walker Jr in Ragtime (Berkeley Playhouse), Benny in In The Heights (Contra Costa Civic Theatre), Adam in Freaky Friday (Center Repertory Theater; Shellie Award/SFBATCC Nom) and Ken in Smokey Joe's Cafe (Tri-Valley Rep). Dave is a Bay Area native and graduate from UC Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. He is a huge advocate for spreading positivity, creativity, and community. Follow him on IG: @davejabrams or on Facebook under Dave J. Abrams. May we continue to live, love, learn, and serve.
*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
A Bay Area native, Ruby comes from a musical family with her parents both performing in the SF Symphony, and brother professional pianist.
Ruby took up the violin at a young age and focused on that instrument for 13 years before taking a strong interest in singing and acting. In middle school, she performed in various musical productions, which fueled her passion. Ruby attended Idyllwild Arts Academy to deepen her theatrical skills for her final two years of High School.
Continuing the pursuit of performance, Ruby attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, for 3 years, where she received her BA in Musical Theater. She then took her talents to NYC and attended acting classes, worked in small productions, and collaborated on theatrical projects. In Spring 2015, Ruby booked the International tour of Annie, as the role of Star to Be, and traveled the world performing. In Summer 2017, Ruby returned to her hometown to star in Beach Blanket Babylon as Snow White.
In her off hours, Ruby attended the Clown Conservatory of SF to broaden her emotional range, and sharpen her skills in physical comedy. She is so pleased to be home, and while she is sad to see Beach Blanket Babylon close, she is excited to bring her knowledge and experience to Performing Academy. Full of passion and patience, Ruby brings a swath of experience, from instrumentation, to singing, to big characters, Ruby is excited to teach and learn.
CLAIRE CHAIX | B.M. in Music
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, CA, Claire Chaix is an arranger, composer, music director and multi-instrumentalist. She received a B.M. from Berklee College of Music in Boston for Contemporary Writing and Production. Since the age of 3, she’s been playing piano and singing her entire life, placing her in a variety of orchestras, choirs, and ensembles and beginning her lifelong love for collaboration and making music with other people. At Berklee, she expanded upon her classical roots by indulging in jazz and contemporary theory and musical training. Here, she had the opportunity to arrange and music direct on a regular basis. In her second year, she co-founded Berklee’s Underground Choir, a chamber choir led by students whose focus is to learn and record student compositions. She also music directed and arranged music for many recording artists and live shows, including Singers Showcase: Aretha, Queen of Soul and Berklee’s 2019 Commencement Concert. There, she conducted and arranged music for a live band of 45 members for an audience of over 7,000, which included honorary doctorates Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott, and Alex Lacamoire. Since moving back to the Bay Area, she has been teaching, accompanying, arranging, and continuing to absorb as much music as she can every day!