Theater Faculty

Administration

Patrice Bailey
Dean of Theater
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Patrice Bailey has served as the Dean of the Theater Division at New World School of the Arts for 10 years.  She holds a MFA in Directing from Florida State University and a M.A. in Oral Interpretation of Literature and Speech Communication from Indiana State University.  Prior to becoming Dean, Ms. Bailey served on the faculty at NWSA for eight years teaching Acting, Scene Study, Voice & Diction, Directing.  Ms. Bailey has directed over 50 productions including two seasons with City Theater.  Some of her directing credits include Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Company; Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel:  Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal with scenic design by Alexander Okun.  Her direction of New World Rep’s production of Faith Healer won a Carbonell Award for Best Production of a Play.  Ms. Bailey has worked as a theater consultant for NETWORK, and for the summer Musical Theater Program at The Music Hall Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia.  She has been a speaker for the National Arts Learning Network in London and has conducted acting workshops at the Florida Theater Conference.  In 2011, Ms. Bailey received the George Abbot Award from the South Florida Carbonell Committee for Outstanding Achievements in the Arts.

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Full-Time Staff
Assistant to the Dean
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Faculty

Jeff Hess
Full-Time Faculty
Music Director, Music Theater Workshop, Music Theory, Vocal Ensemble

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Jeff Hess is an Associate Professor Senior at New World School of the Arts. He has been music director/pianist at Actor’s Playhouse, Mosaic Theater, Hollywood Playhouse, Atlantis Playhouse, Broward Stage Door, Meadow Brooke Theater in Detroit, Beef-n-Boards Dinner Theater and the Indiana Repertory Theater and Cabaret in Indianapolis. Mr. Hess has also been music director for Jean Ann Ryan Productions and Danny Goggin, creator of the Nunsense musicals. He was also pianist for the National Choral Festival at Carnegie Hall and worked as music director, pianist and vocalist for Kings Productions in Cincinnati, which included a USO Tour sponsored by the Department of Defense. The past three summers, Mr. Hess has been music director for Miami’s City Theatre Summer Shorts Play Festival, including Lisa Loeb’s children’s musical, Camp Campawana. This summer, he will music direct a new children’s musical for City Theatre called A Brand New Kid written by Katie Couric. Mr. Hess received his B.M. and M. M. from Butler University. He is a member of the Music Theater Educator’s Alliance and is listed in Who’s Who of American Teachers.

Stuart Meltzer
Full-Time
Acting

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Stuart Meltzer serves as the Artistic Director for Zoetic Stage in Miami, Florida, USA (www.zoeticstage.com). With 13 Carbonell nominations (including 2 nominations for Meltzer as Best Director of a Play), 2 Mimi and Harold Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award nominations, 2 Miami New Times "Best Of" Awards, Zoetic Stage is quickly becoming one of the regions most celebrated and respected theatre companies. In 2012, Meltzer received the Silver Palm Award for "Continua Outstanding Work with Zoetic Stage." As Artistic Director, Meltzer has world premiered 3 plays, South Beach Babylon and Moscow both by Michael McKeever and Captiva by Christopher Demos Brown as well as the first regional production of All New People by Zach Braff, the Pulitzer Prize winning play I Am My Own Wife, The Savannah Disputation & The Santaland Diaries. Prior to his position with Zoetic Stage, Meltzer served as Artistic Director for City Theatre and the Summer Shorts Festival. In his 2-year tenure, Meltzer developed and implemented new plays and new programming in the 10-minute play format and produced more than 75 plays and musicalettes. Meltzer is part of the full-time faculty at New World School of the Arts in Miami. Meltzer had great pleasure directing productions such as The Laramie Project, Angels in America, Wonderful Town, The Threepenny Opera, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Marat/Sade, Peer Gynt, & Metamorphoses among others. Other regional favorites include 6 Dance Lessons in 6 Weeks, For Colored Girls..., Kiss of the Spider Woman, One for the Road & Barefoot Boy with Shoes on among others as well. Meltzer holds a M.F.A. from Actors' Studio in New York and a B.F.A. from New World School of the Arts.

Jeff Quinn
Full-Time Professor
Production Design, Scenic and Lighting Design

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Professor Quinn joined the faculty of New World School of the Arts in 1993. His numerous credits include productions for GableStage--most recently A Steady Rain, The Motherf**ker With the Hat and Red; Mosaic Theatre--most recently Collected Stories and Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them; Zoetic Stage; City Theatre; Actors’ Playhouse; Playground Theatre; Coconut Grove Playhouse; Ballet Theatre of Miami; AFL Dance; Ballet Duende Espanol; Ballet Espanol Rosita Segovia and The Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1951, studied at Penn State University [MFA, 1977], attended a Master Class in Scenography at Banff Center for the Arts with legendary Czech designer Josef Svoboda [1983]. He has won the Curtain Up! and Carbonell Best Lighting Design Awards three times each. His work was included in the DesignUSA exhibit at the 2007 Prague Quadrennial and World Stage Design 2005 in Toronto. He is a member of USITT and United Scenic Artists, Local 829 IATSE.

James B. Randolph, II
Assistant Professor
Acting, Classical Styles, Mask Characterization, Speech

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James Samuel Randolph is an Associate Professor in the Theater Division at New World School of The Arts. As an actor he has appeared in over 100 plays, commercials, television shows and feature films. James is a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He has performed in many Professional theatres in the region. He won a Carbonell Award in the dual roles of Belize and Mr. Lies in Angels in America at New Theatre. He appeared in a film short entitled Night and Day written by NWSA alum Tarell McCraney which was shown at Cannes's Film Festival’s Short Film Corner showcase in 2010. James played Martin Dysart in EQUUS at New Theatre and was named Best Supporting Actor of the Year by the New Times. He has appeared in various productions of the works of William Shakespeare, including Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar, Feste in Twelfth Night and the title roles in Othello, King Lear and Macbeth. He was last seen in Tarell McCraney's CHOIR BOY at Gablestage. He has directed over 100 plays and musicals. He appeared a short film in the title role of Freddie of Wynwood, which premiered at The Miami International Film Festival. Some of his directorial credits include I have before me a Remarkable Document by a Young Lady from Rwanda at New Theatre, Noises Off at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts and several seasons directing for City Theatre’s Summer Shorts. He has directed a wide variety of plays and musicals at New World, including the musical Into The Woods, Titanic The Musical, The Beaux Stratagem, Macbeth, The Country Wife, Spring Awakening, Jekyll and Hyde The Musical and The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby. He has taught at The University of Miami, The University of Florida, and Barry University. James has trained professional actors as a consultant for the Theatre League of South Florida. James has attended seminars and conferences in theatre including the International Conference on Arts and Humanities annually held in Hawaii, and he also attended an intensive on Shakespeare at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Part-Time Adjunct Faculty

Eddie Brown

Adjunct Faculty
Acting, Dialects, Shakespeare, Speech

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EDDIE R. BROWN (NWSA 1998) attended New World School of the Arts and graduated in 1998 as a Young Arts Awardee in Theater. Eddie continued his studies at The Theater School - DePaul University. After graduating in 2002, Eddie was seen in Bombitty of Errors and Julius Caesar (Chicago Shakespeare Theater) and the Kiwi Black (Victory Gardens). In 2003, Eddie was invited to the Sundance Theater Lab where he had the honor of workshopping Passing Strange by STEW and After the War by Philip Kotanda. In 2006, Eddie was accepted into the Yale School of Drama where he earned his MFA in 2009. While at Yale, Eddie’s most notable performances were Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, George Walker in Dancing in the Dark, Shua/Ooshoosi/The Law/Terrell in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Marcus, and Uriah in Man is Man. In 2013, he was invited again to the Sundance Theater Lab to workshop Colman Domingo’s Wild With Happy, and Mrisho Mpoto’s Africa Kills Her Sun. His theater credits include The Brother Size (Seattle Repertory Theater), The Total Bent (The Public Theater), Bloodazzler (Harlem Stage), and FLY (Cincinnati Playhouse and St. Louis Repertory Theater). On television he has appeared on Rescue Me, NYC 22, and Ironside; film credits include Home:___ and The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.

Matthew Buffalo
M-DCPS Faculty, Acting
Acting

Matthew Buffalo is a passionate theatre performer and educator. He has spent over 15 years performing across the country; from the national tours of Fosse and Spirit of the Dance, to dancing with the New York Baroque Dance Company, as well as roles at the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Some of his favorite roles include: The Drowsy Chaperone (Man in Chair), Driving Miss Daisy (Boolie), Forever Plaid (Smudge), Lend Me a Tenor (Max), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Jim), Fiddler on the Roof (Rabbi), An Ideal Husband (Lord Goring), Seussical (Cat), Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew Aguecheek). In addition to his love of performing, Matthew equally enjoys sharing his experience through directing, choreographing and teaching theatre. He holds an M.F.A. (Acting) from Indiana University, a B.A. (Marketing) from Ouachita Baptist University, and is a Certified Movement Analyst in Laban Movement Analysis. Matthew is a proud member of AEA.

Maisha Dyson
Guest Artist
Movement

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Maisha Dyson Guest Artist Movement 305-237-3541 Ms. Dyson is a Chicago native, where she began her dance training as a child under the tutelage of legendary Ruth Page. She continued her passion for dance by attending Whitney Young Performing Arts Magnet Program, and led many aspiring dancers as Dance Captain and Choreographer for competitions and performance shows throughout the city. Maisha received her B.A. from Spelman College with a degree in Theatre and minor in Dance. While attending college, Maisha began dancing with The Atlanta Falcons Dance Team, while continuing to choreograph and perform for local Atlanta music artists, and began implementing dance education programs at local private schools. Dyson spent her Summers touring nationwide for MoTown/Sony/Electra/BadBoy/LaFace recording music artists. Completing her B.A. a year early, Maisha had time to pursue professional acting opportunities, which led to her co-staring in her first SAG film and AFTRA television show.

Maisha continued her studies at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, where she received her Masters Degree in Dance Education. During her studies in New York, she continued to teach dance at neighborhood schools in Brooklyn and at Summer programs hosted by Columbia University Teacher’s College. While attending Columbia, Maisha continued to work as a union Actor on Soap Operas, Independent films and National commercials. Prior to completing her Master’s Degree, Dyson received a specialized certification from the Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in Manhattan.

Upon completing her M.A., Maisha relocated to Los Angeles, CA. Represented by Abrams Artists & Assoc and Bobby Ball, Maisha held a successful career as an Actor and Dancer, starring in 5 films, 7 sitcoms, 2 soap operas, 14 national commercials, and several regional plays. In addition, Maisha is an Alumni of the prestigious ABC/Disney Television Diversity Actors Program in Los Angeles. A passionate Arts Advocate, Educator, Performing Artist and Entrepreneur… Dyson has brought her talents to Miami, where she currently resides with her beautiful daughter Layla.

Angelina Esposito
Guest Artist
Costume Designer and Instructor Stagecraft, MainStage Costume Designer, Stage Makeup

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Angelina Esposito received her MFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa. She is a costume & makeup designer in the South Florida area. Some of her recent costume design work include: After and Sunday in the Park with George (Zoetic Stage); Real Women Have Curves, Clybourne Park, and La Pasion Segun Antigonia Perez (Main Street Players), the last of which she received a Premios Teatro Award for Best Costume Design.

Terrell Hardcastle
Adjunct Faculty
Acting

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Terry Hardcastle is a teaching artist residing in South Florida. Winner of three Carbonell Awards and one Curtain Award, he has received numerous media citations for his work on stage including Best Supporting Actor in a Musical twice by Miami New Times. A long time member of Actors Equity Association, he has performed at Actors’ Playhouse, Gablestage, Maltz-Jupiter Theatre, Caldwell Theatre, Florida Stage, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Cumberland Playhouse, and Westbeth Theatre Center. As a Professor of Theatre, Mr. Hardcastle has taught Acting, Effective Speech, and Career Management at Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Sioux Falls. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Earlham College and an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received a Graduate Teaching Assistantship and served as Speech Coordinator. As a writer, he penned the chapter on Lee Strasberg in A Field Guide to Actor Training, published by Applause Books.

Felicia Kurtz
Adjunct Faculty
Class Piano I, Vocal Ensemble, Private Voice
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Felicia Kurtz is a graduate of the University of Michigan holding BM degrees in Voice Performance and Music Education. Her performance experience ranges from opera to musical theater, including both cabaret and jazz venues. She has performed leading roles in over twenty opera and musical productions both in the United States and abroad. Ms. Kurtz has appeared in the Las Palmas Opera Festival under the direction of Tito Capobianco and Theo Alcantara. In addition to her many international performances, she has also appeared nationally with Gustav Meier, Ralph Herbert and others. She was also the understudy for Cleo Laine, performing in Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins. Ms. Kurtz is a much sought after clinician, educator, director and adjudicator and is a college consultant holding master classes and audition workshops as well as recitals across the country. Ms. Kurtz is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and has maintained a private voice studio since 1980. She has been a member of the adjunct faculty at New World School of the Arts since 2000 teaching private voice and music theory. Ms. Kurtz is also a facilitator at the University of Miami Frost School of Music Young Musician’s Camp holding master classes in vocal technique and audition technique as well as director of musical theater workshop.

Rafael Maldonado-Lopez
Adjunct Faculty
Ballet, Modern/Jazz Dance for Theater, Music Theater Dance Styles

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Rafi joined the faculty at New World School of the Arts in 2003. In addition to teaching Jazz and Ballet to students in the Musical Theatre track, he has also choreographed for NWSA’s MainStage productions Anything Goes, Carousel, Guys and Dolls, Parade, and Pajama Game. Rafi is also head of the Jazz and Contemporary Dance Division at the Miami City Ballet School - recognized as one of the top professional schools in the U.S. Major choreographic works there includes choreographing LOUNGE 2200 with Richard Amaro and Liz Malm for the Miami City Ballet, as well as their 2011 and 2012 Palm Beach Galas; Broadway Mambo for the apprentice program, and premiering a new full-length ballet for children Carnival of the Animals-The Swansong with Geta Constantinescu. His guest teaching includes music theatre jazz for professional company dancers of the Music Hall Theatre of St. Petersburg, Russia; as well as with Companhia de Ballet in Rio de Janiero. He has taught upper level dance at University of Pennsylvania, University of Nebraska, Summit Dance Studios, Midwest Youth Dance Company, and Metro Dance Studio. Extensive stage experiences include working with Minnesota Dance Theatre, Ballet Arts of Minnesota, Ballet of the Dolls, The Boston Dance Company, American Dance Company, and numerous guest appearances. Locally he has appeared with Dancesations, and Next Step Dance Company. His production work recently included the off-Broadway play Celia Cruz: The Musical, and he is now working on several new commercial theatre projects. For the Fall of 2012 he has been invited as a judge and master teacher at the 1st International Dance Festival in Rio de Janiero.

Elizabeth Malm
Adjunct Faculty
Ballet, Modern/Jazz Dance for Theater, Music Theater Dance Styles

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Ms. Malm is a native Miamian and a graduate of the New World School of the Arts High School Dance Division. She has been teaching in the Musical Theater Department since 2003. In 2008, her work was featured in the musical The Pajama Game. In 2011, she choreographed Spring Awakening for NWSA’s 25th Anniversary Performance at the Colony Theater. Ms. Malm has also worked in the music video industry where she has choreographed, danced and toured with artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Ricky Martin, Jay-Z, PDiddy, Beastie Boys, Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, Lil’Romeo, Baha Men, Carlos Ponce, Jaime Camil, Tito Puente, Kevens, Celia Cruz, Iron and Wine, Mia Michaels, Ballet Theater of Miami, Momentum Dance Company, Brazarte Dance Company and Next Step Dance Company. Her choreography has been featured on MTV, BET, CBS, PBS, FOX, Telemundo and Univision. Some of her commercial credits include: Virgin Mobile featuring Missy Elliot, Samsung, Bud Light featuring Cedric the Entertainer, Super Bowl Half Time Commercials, Lays Potato Chips, Telefonica, Herbal Essence, Pollo Tropical, Orbit Gum and “Truth” Antismoking campaign. In 2011, she choreographed the commercial “Revolution” for Miami- Dade Medical College. Ms. Malm currently shares her time teaching at Miami City Ballet in the jazz department. She recently choreographed Lounge 2200 for Miami City Ballet’s "Open Barre Dance Series.

Michael McKeever
Guest Artist
Playwriting

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With wit, insight and a healthy dose of his quirky sense of humor, Michael McKeever continues to entertain audiences throughout America and Europe. Incorporating a wide variety of styles and subject matter, McKeever's plays explore every aspect of the human condition. From deep-rooted prejudices of small town America to the delicate dysfuntion of society's wealthiest homes, McKeever creates stories that entertain and enlighten. He has been honored with an NEA Residency Grant (New Theatre, Miami) and has been a 2-time finalist for Humana Fest's nationally renowned Heideman Award. He is the proud recipient of three Carbonell Awards; four Curtain Up Awards; and two Florida Individual Artist Fellowships. Three of his plays have been produced at City Theatre's prestigious Summer Shorts Festival in Miami. He has been a finalist several times at both the Key West Theatre Festival and the Sarasota Festival of New Plays. He is also an award-winning actor and designer. He resides in South Florida and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Actors' Equity.

Justin Moniz
Adjunct Faculty
Voice

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A Juilliard graduate, Herman has performed with the Aspen Ballet and has also appeared in The International tours of Fosse and West Side Story, 9 to 5 on Broadway, The New York City Center Encores’ production of The Wiz, House of Flowers, Pajama Game, Radio City Christmas Spectacular (2000 – 2012) and Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary Special.

Besides Michael Jackson, Herman has worked with Mariah Carey, Usher, Mya, Destiny’s Child, Whitney Houston, Deborah Cox, Thalia, Tony Moran, Lisa Lisa, Kevin Aviance, Love INC and Camp LO.

Herman has choreographed various industrials and corporate events and has worked for a number of summer intensives, such as Miami City Ballet, Springfield Ballet, Performance Edge and The Theatre Arts and Minds. Industrials include such events for LANA MARKS, Herbal Life and The International Hustle and Salsa Competition Corporation.

Herman has also appeared on Saturday Night Live and in the motion pictures Marci X, Bolden/The Great Observer, and Tony Tango.

Herman has also worked with new recording artist Ashley Allen as well as singer-songwriter Ari Gold and multi-talented performer KFIR, and has also serve as Resident Judge for the 2014 Midwest Starz Dance Competition Tour, which takes place in cities such as Indianapolis and St. Louis.

NOTABLE ARTICLES: Music: Herman Payne by Helen Rolfe, DanceTeacher (2016)

Jennifer Rodriguez deCastroverd
Adjunct Faculty
Music Theater Workshop Scene Study, Speech

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Jennifer Rodriguez-De Castroverde is a professional vocal and acting coach. A Registered Rodenburg Teacher (RRT), Jennifer is the only RRT fluent in both English and Spanish. She currently works out of Michael Howard Studios in NYC, where she taught in the Patsy Rodenburg Master Teacher Certification program. She is also currently certifying with Louis Colaianni in his technique of Phonetic Pillows. Jennifer has trained actors across the United States, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Italy. She provides vocal, acting, and speech training, as well as accent reduction.

Jennifer’s work has taken her around the country, giving workshops at universities and professional theater companies. A former Assistant Professor of Voice and Acting at Florida International University, Jennifer directed multiple shows and vocal coached all mainstage productions. Additionally, she taught: acting, voice, speech, movement, and modern dramatic literature analysis, as well as presented a workshop at VASTA in New York City.

Jennifer is a SAG and Equity actress who has worked in film, television, and theater. On stage, Jennifer has worked at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, Actor's Playhouse in Miami, Florida, and with critically-acclaimed companies A Noise Within and Circus Theatricals in Los Angeles. She has worked as a Principal in several national commercials for companies such as Target and Home Depot. On film, she can be seen in Warner Bros' Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2.

Jennifer holds an MFA in Acting from the University of California San Diego, where she studied and worked with critically-acclaimed directors, including Les Waters, Andrei Belgrader, Brian Kulick, and Mark Wing-Davey.

Chesne Ryman-Mettinger
Adjunct
Faculty, Voice

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Ms. Ryman-Mettinger was born in Sydney, Australia of a Scandinavian family. After studies at the Conservatorium of Music, she joined the Elizabethan Trust Opera, the forerunner to the Australian Opera Company. After four years at the opera and Williamson’s Music Theatre Company, she moved to London, England. She continued studying and performing in England, Austria, Germany, Switzerland before returning to Australia to sing a the Royal Performance opening of the Sydney Opera House, performing the role of the “Queen of the Night” in The Magic Flute. She returned to Europe and Scandinavia to continue her opera and concert performances, which took her to Israel, Italy, Finland, among other places. She was head of the Vocal and Opera department at Nordic Music Conservatorium in Stockholm for 10 years before she was recruited by John De Lancy, then dean of music at the New World School of the Arts in 1988, where she has taught voice in both the Music Division and the Music Theater program in the Theater Division. She was also vocal coach, music director, and conductor for various performances. Ms. Ryman held this position for 11 years and has now returned as an adjunct voice teacher. Ms. Ryman-Mettinger still visits Sweden each year to sing and teach master classes.

Bonnie Sherman
Adjunct
Guest Artist
Combat

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Bonnie Sherman, a NWSA '03 High School Theater and Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers U '07 Alum has been studying the Art of Stage Combat for over 10 years. She has trained such actors as Christopher Walken and Allison Williams and has choreographed and performed in many Off-Broadway plays in NYC. Sharing her love of Theater through teaching hand-to-hand combat and single sword to aspiring actors, in the same conservatory she took her first Stage Combat class, is truly an honor.

Kimberly Soby
Adjunct
Vocal Ensemble, Private Voice

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Praised for her sincere musicianship and heartfelt performances, soprano Kimberly Soby brings an exquisite balance of beauty and intelligence to her vast repertoire. She enjoys a varied career on the concert stage, but is especially passionate about new music. She has premiered and performed works with: Trio de Salzedo, IlluminArts, SoBe Arts (Miami); Callithumpian Consort, Boston New Music Initiative, Boston University Percussion Ensemble, Prism Project Boston, New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble, New England Conservatory Contemporary Ensembles, New Music Brandeis (Boston); and the University of New Hampshire. An active ensemble singer, she has held permanent and substitute positions with many organizations throughout the country. Past and present ensemble affiliations include: Handel and Haydn Society, Lorelei Ensemble, Music at Marsh Chapel, Cappella Clausura (Boston); Vox Humana (Dallas); St. Alphonsus Parish (Chicago); Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Miami); Tucson Chamber Artists (Tucson); and Santa Fe Desert Chorale (Santa Fe.) In 2009-2010, Ms. Soby was an Opera Fellow with Opera Boston, and starred in the company's final production, a co-collaboration with First Night Boston, in 2011. She holds dual Masters degrees in Vocal Performance and Opera Studies from New England Conservatory where she studied with Ms. Carole Haber and a B.M. from the University of Connecticut where she studied with Dr. Constance Rock. In addition to her work at New World of the Arts, she is an adjunct faculty member at Nova Southeastern University and Miami Fine Arts Academy, where she teaches both private voice and piano.

Estela Vrancovich
Guest Artist
Contracted Costume Designer and Instructor Stagecraft, MainStage Costume Designer, Stage Makeup

Estela Vrancovich is originally from Argentina where she studied costume, fashion design and couture with at the finest design schools in Buenos Aires. Ms. Vrancovich has been costuming theater, dance, circus and acrobatic companies internationally and in South Florida for the last 14 years. She has received six "Carbonell" nominations, three "2002 Curtain Up Awards" and a "Sustained Artistic Achievement Award" at New Theater, 2004-05 season. In 2006 she joined the Theatre Department at New World School of the Arts as a resident costumer and had been designing all the MainStage shows ever since. She also runs the costume shop, supervises the college student crew and teaches Stage Craft and Make Up for Stage at college level.

Toranika Washington
Movement
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Toranika Washington, Floridian, is a CMA, Certified Movement Analyst through the Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, New York, and a RSME, Registered Somatic Movement Educator. She holds a MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University, and a MA in Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern University. Her dance training began with Michael Williams and Susan Quinn, former members of Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. She is a recipient of the Broward County Dance Teacher of the Year Award, and the SURDNA Arts Teacher Fellowship Award that allowed her to attend Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she collaborated with other professionals from all over the globe. She is a member of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association, National Dance Education Organization, and the Florida Dance Education Organization. She started a private practice, and she is working towards developing a methodology in Somatic Flow Techniques. Most recently, she began a national tour with her workshop, Moving with Purpose.