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Artistic Staff   


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Barbara Blanchette, Co-Director Children’s Division, The Campbell Agency: Barbara started in the film business in 1981 as a casting assistant and extras coordinator for “Dallas” and “Places in the Heart”. Her casting and coordinating resume includes “Necessary Roughness”, “Dangerous Curves”, “Dr T and the Women”, “Walker Texas Ranger”. Or as we like to call them — basically every film or tv project shot here in the last 25 years. If someone appeared on a show in our area, Barbara most likely had something to do with it. Due to her work on “Walker”, she dealt with many children through the show’s affiliations with Kick Drugs out of America, the Special Olympics and the Texas Youth Commission. She also cast commercials as well, giving her a great perspective on how to get our littlest clients ready for the cameras. In addition to her professional life, Barbara has raised two daughters and is still raising one husband


Michael Boss : Beginning his studies in music at the age of five, Michael started his training in classical piano.Then continuing his training on to jazz guitar and upright bass. Attending the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts in 2001, Michael went in to the Jazz world playing bass while performing at multiple festivals such as IAJE Toronto and New York, the Monterey Jazz Festival and Competition and the Skidmore Jazz Festival. Accepting a grant from the World Scholarship Tour, Michael went on to attend the Berklee College of Music, graduating in 2008. Concentrating in film scoring, composition and music education. After graduation Michael went on to live in New York City. Living in Brooklyn Michael toured and performed many esteemed venues and festivals. Including South by Southwest, CMJ, The Troubadour Los Angeles, House of Blues San Diego & The Blue Note Jazz Club. Currently teaching piano, guitar & bass privately around the DFW area Michael provides a constructive but fun and exciting atmosphere for his students. Training to excel not only with the proper technique, but to excel with any genre they take interest in.


clientuploads/JPAS/Jeanne-Everton1.gifJeanne Everton: Jeanne Everton, Associate Professor of Theatre, is the Director of Acting and Directing Studies at Texas Wesleyan University.  She also teaches auditioning technique, on-camera acting for film and television and entrepreneurship for performers at S.T.A.G.E. in Dallas and in workshops throughout the country.  In addition to teaching positions at Texas Tech, SMU, Texas Woman’s University and two of the Dallas County Community Colleges Jeanne, a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, has an extensive acting and directing background as well as decades of experience as a talent agent, film and television casting director and producer of industrial films.


clientuploads/JPAS/Patricia Ivey.jpgPatricia Ivey : Patricia Ivey has been teaching and coaching singers for over 42 years.  She holds both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in vocal performance from the University of Memphis and Louisiana State University, respectively, and she also has extensive doctoral studies.  Her training includes workshops in music theater technique with many noted clinicians. She is also certified in Somatic VoiceWork™, the LoVetri Method.  Patricia’s passion is teaching healthy singing to singers of all ages, helping establish a skill that can give them pleasure the rest of their lives.

Patricia’s teaching encompasses many years at colleges and universities, most recently in the Music Department at Eastfield College, the Music Department at Texas A&M-Commerce, and at Mountain View College in Dallas, where she taught in the Music Department and also in the Performing Artists’ Music Theater Conservatory.  She has also taught private voice lessons at the Dallas Summer Musicals School of Musical Theater.  Patricia currently operates a busy private studio in east Dallas.  Her performing has included theater, music theater, live industrials, opera, churches, synagogues, oratorio and concerts.  As an actress in the Dallas area, Patricia has worked with the Dallas Children’s Theater,  Actors’ Stock Company, Theatre Britain, Theatre Three, the Pegasus, and other area theaters.  She is an experienced vocal accompanist  and served as Music Director and Vocal Coach for the S.T.A.G.E., Too, music theater workshop for youth in the summer of 2013. 


clientuploads/Cultural/Linda Leonard.jpgLinda Leonard: Linda has been a long-time friend and artistic contributor to the JCC creative community, having directed and choreographed more than 30 shows over the last 12 years. Linda has worked as a professional director, choreographer, actor, singer, dancer and teacher in Dallas, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and around the country for the past 35 years.

Linda also teaches in the Career Acting and Musical Theatre Degree program at KD College and Actors Conservatory, Page Parkes Learning Center and is the director for Casa Kids at Casa Manana. She has a BFA in Theatre and an Associate Degree in Psychology from Marian College in addition to an Associate Degree from Butler University in Dance. Several other school affiliations include TCU, TWU, OCU, OU, IU and Denison Universities.  She has also been an AEA/SAG/AFTRA member for over 30 years.   

Her favorite performances include Aurora/Spiderwoman in her recent revival of the title role of Kiss of The Spiderwoman for Uptown Players, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie for CitiRep on OKC, Eliie (among others) in Hal Prince's tour of Showboat and Jellylorum and Grizabella in the National and German companies of Cats. Linda is seen frequently on commercials and feature films and teaches workshops and coaches privately in her spare time. Linda is dedicated to the process of creativity and positive development of young artists to become all they can dream...


Mary Medrick: is an accomplished writer, music director and performer with many international credits, including pianist for the premiere of Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess in Israel. She has performed with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Dallas Summer Musicals, the Charleston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (Guadalajara, MX) and many more.   She is a member of the American Federation of Musicians and a recipient of an ASCAP Special Award for 2014.

Medrick has conducted major choral works, jazz vocal ensembles and many musical theater shows. Her favorite theater productions include The Threepenny Opera (UNT),  Music Man and Titanic (JCC). As a writer, Medrick has produced three opera libretti and the scores for three Broadway style shows. Her opera, La Curandera, was produced in 2014 by Opera Picolla in San Antonio.

Medrick is on the faculty at UT Dallas where she sings with professional early music group Dallas Pro Musica.


clientuploads/JPAS/Dan-Servetnick1.jpgDan ServetnickDan Servetnick may look familiar as he recently appeared as Captain E.J. Smith in The J Players production of Titanic, The Musical.
Dan grew up in Philadelphia where he began performing at a very early age. He began is vocal training at the Settlement School of Music at age 12 under Margaret Stefano. Dan earned a scholarship to attend the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts, where he studied under Viviane Wagner. From Philadelphia, Dan moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he performed for the next three years as part of the Country Music, U.S.A and Showboat shows at Opryland U.S.A., and has been performing ever since. He eventually moved to Dallas where he intends to remain.
As Musical Director for the Henderson County Performing Arts Center, Dan began working with the local performers to improve their skills. It was here that he discovered his joy of teaching.
Dan's focus is to develop technique that will stay with performers the rest of their lives. Singing is not only about making sound, but understanding how the sound is produced and sustained. Additionally, students will work on ear training and music theory, all of which are important to a well-rounded understanding of music.


clientuploads/JPAS/Doug-Silver1.jpgDoug SilverDoug Silver received his degree in English at Syracuse University. Upon graduation, Doug chose to follow the path of the visual story instead of the written one.  Doug has spent nineteen years working in the Film Production Industry.  He has shot everything from online video marketing campaigns, to commercials, trailers to TV shows and films.  He has worn many hats over the years and has worked as a Production Assistant, 2nd 2nd Assistant Director, 2nd Assistant Director, First Assistant Director, Video Assist Operator, and Shooter.  His impressive client list includes the NFL Network, ESPN, Time Warner Home Video, SPCA of Texas, Frito Lay, Pizza Hut, The Boy Scouts of America and many more. For a more comprehensive list please visit http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1005869/?ref_=fn_al_nm_2


Joe Trifiletti : As a native New Yorker working professionally in the theatre for over 15 years, Joe's passion for musical theater performance landed him a scholarship to The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Manhattan, NY. Joe graduated and went on to perform in numerous summer stock productions and regional playhouses, including New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse. He received his Actors Equity Union card in 2001 from his first national tour with Theatreworks USA. Joe has lent his voice to multiple Nickelodeon commercials including "Sponge Bob Square Pants" and radio spots for McDonald's and other national leading brands. Commercial credits include "Sex and the City", a national spot for TBS. In 2008 Joe spent a year  "down under" where he performed and taught a variety of theatre classes for Riverside Theatre in Sydney, Australia. His work with children has been a constant through out his career. Joe has spent numerous summers teaching, directing, and choreographing at French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts, a summer camp located on a beautiful private lake in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. Prior to arriving in Texas, Joe was a director for Wingspan Arts, a not-for-profit program which brought all types of Arts Education to schools that lost funding due to increasing budget cuts. After his first year he was asked to direct their Summer Conservatory's musical production. An avid believer of the important influence Arts Education has on our youth, it was a privilege and honor for him to be part of such a special organization. Recent Dallas teaching/directing credits include Dallas Summer Musicals Academy, Dallas Children's Theater, Junior Players, and DFW Performing Arts Center.


Coretta Turner: Coretta is passionate about changing the way families communicate with their children. She equips parents and other influential adults with the tools to empower children and teens as they discover their authentic voices. A passionate community advocate and coach, Coretta has spent over 15 years volunteering for organizations that meet the needs of the impoverished, empower women and girls and programs that serve to enrich the lives of youth.As a public speaker, coach, trainer and occasional blogger Coretta is doing her part to empower students through public speaking. Her speaking presentations and workshops are fundamental in helping children develop and strengthen their confidence and realize their invaluable self-worth.

Coretta is the CEO/President of 3D Discovery, LLC.  She is also the creator of the 3D Voice Public Speaking Program for Children and Teens designed to help students to develop effective communication skills, organizational skills and inspires their confidence through learning the basics of public speaking, presentations and storytelling.


 

Fall Staff  


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Eric Keyes: Born in 1969, the same year as the Woodstock music festival, Eric has spent his life immersed in art and music. He started piano at 4, picked up the guitar at 14 and found his singing voice while attending music school at The University of North Texas. When he graduated in 1995 he founded the electric rock band Riddle Me This and toured the college, regional and national music scene until gaining the confidence to go solo in 2004. In the last two decades Eric has played thousands of gigs all over the planet. Including but not limited to: The Viper Room in Los Angeles, The Saxon Pub in Austin, and The Elbo Room in Chicago. He regularly performs throughout the United States and just released his sixth full-length album “Back in Blue.” When not touring and performing Eric spends his time working privately with select musicians who are highly motivated to develop strengths in their musical art and quickly move forward with their career.In Eric you not only have a teacher who instills confidence but you have a performer who is doing it as well. Eric’s unique individual approach to the guitar and voice encompasses all styles of music and is life changing.


Jason CockburnFor thirty five years, Jason has performed as an actor and musician on many stages around the globe. He currently performs regularly with his band Rhymin N Stealin all across the US and Canada to crowds of thousands They were also featured live on AXS TV's World's Greatest Tribute Bands this January and will be heading across the Atlantic this fall for their first European tour.

 



clientuploads/JPAS/juliana-williams-w.jpgJuliana Williams: Juliana Williams is a dance educator from and based in Dallas, Texas. Juliana graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and went on to earn her BFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University in 2004. Since returning to Dallas, Juliana has taught at Rosemont Elementary and Middle School, led teacher trainings for Big Thought and taught dance classes at the JCC. Juliana is very passionate about dance education at the elementary level and was recruited to start a new dance program at Mt. Auburn Elementary in fall 2014. Recently she was named the Texas Association of PE, Health, Recreation and Dance K-12 Dance Educator of the Year. Juliana attended the American Dance Festival’s Dance Professional’s Workshop in June 2014 on scholarship from the Dance Council of North Texas. Juliana is excited to help lead the way for elementary dance education in the state of Texas.


clientuploads/JPAS/lisa-robb-w.jpgLisa Robb: Lisa Robb has lived in Dallas for 6 years.  She came to Dallas to fulfill her childhood dream of being an actress.   She received her degree in acting from KD College and has worked on over 80 theater productions, many of which were children's productions. Lisa has held every job in a theatre including: producing, assistant directing, lighting design, sound design, costuming, box office, house managing, props, stage managing, and marketing.  She also holds a Bachelors in English from the University of Texas at Arlington (where she was the Mascot and a cheerleader) and a Master of Liberal Arts Film from Texas Christian University.  Lisa last worked at the JCC on The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan. She also has worked in film, commercials, print, and voiceover. Lisa is represented by The Agency Dallas. She teaches acting, film, speech, and voiceover classes in various locations around Dallas. Previously, she has worked as a volunteer Director for the Special Olympics, a referee, a coach, and has also held jobs at the University level. She was recently the Acting Specialist at Camp Star Quest and also the Assistant Director for "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown." Lisa loves working with kids and specializes in improvisation and one-on-one acting coaching. 


clientuploads/JPAS/suzanne-finan-w.jpgSuzanne Finan: Suzanne Finan is originally from Cleveland, Ohio where early in her career, she studied under the Cleveland Museum of Art. After moving to Texas in 2006 she began working for the Kimball Art Museum and launched her own private art classes in the Fort Worth area. Suzanne has been teaching art both publicly and privately all over the DFW area for the past 8 years and believes that art unifies all people as an instrument of peace. She enjoys putting a modern and personal twist into each project, bringing the soul of each child into their work.  Suzanne is the mother of four girls and currently resides in the North Dallas community.


If you have any questions, please contact Alise Robinson, Manager J Performing Arts at 214-239-7140 or email at arobinson@jccdallas.org


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