HS Theater Faculty

Administration

Patrice Bailey
Dean of Theater
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Patrice Bailey holds an MFA in Directing from Florida State University and a M.A. in Oral Interpretation of Literature and Speech Communication from Indiana State University. She has been with the Theater Division for the 17 years serving as Dean for 9 years and a faculty member for eight years, teaching Acting, Scene Study, Voice and Diction, and Directing. Ms. Bailey has directed over 50 productions including three seasons with City Theatre. Some of her directing credits include Sondheim's A Little Night Music and 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 conducted master classes in acting for The Music Hall Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, Florida Theater conferences, the Florida Association for Theater Educators and lectured at the National Arts Learning Network conference in London. Previously Ms. Bailey taught at Florida International University for the Theater and Dance Department and she continues to work as a consulate to the Executive MBA, Evening MBA and International MBA programs in the College of Business. In addition to teaching, Ms. Bailey has also worked extensively in television production, specifically as a talent coordinator for the Tony Awards.

Natalya Rogers
Assistant to the Dean
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Sanchia (Sandy) Gopie
Division Secretary
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Full-time Faculty

Silas Hoover
M-DCPS Faculty, Acting
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Matthew Buffalo
M-DCPS Faculty, Acting
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Jeff Hess
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. Mr. Hess he has been music director for the Indiana Repertory Theater, Beef-n-Boards Dinner Theater and Civic Theater in Indianapolis, the Meadow Brooke Theater in Detroit and Kings Productions in Cincinnati. He has also been music director/pianist at the Hollywood Playhouse, Atlantis Playhouse, Area Stage, Mosaic Theater, Broward Stage Door, Parker Playhouse, City Theater’s Summer Shorts Festival, Actors’ Playhouse and for Jean Ann Ryan Productions. He served as music director for a Kings Productions/Department of Defense USO Tour that sent him to Okinawa, the Philippines, Guam, Johnston Island, Diego Garcia and Hawaii. He has also been pianist for the National Choral Festival at Carnegie Hall and for master classes taught by Lindsay Mendez, Ann Harada, Stephanie J. Block, Kelli O’Hara and Sutton Foster. He has also studied with West End directors and actors at the American Music Theater Academy in London, England. Mr. Hess is a member of the Florida Theater Association and the Music Theater Educator’s Association. He has certification from the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute, a Secondary Education Teaching Certification K-12, and a B.M. in Piano Performance and Masters Degree in Music Education from Butler University. Mr. Hess has been music director for 31 musicals at N.W.S.A. and is listed in Who’s Who of American Teachers.

James Randolph II
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.

Adjunct Faculty

Andrea Arthur
Guest Artist, Playwriting

Eddie Brown
Acting, Dialects, Shakespeare, Speech
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Kareen Camargo
Dance
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Kareen Pauld Camargo was born in Haiti, and came to the United States at the age of two. She grew up in New York, where she trained at the American Ballet Theater School, The School of American Ballet and The Dance Theatre of Harlem Workshop Ensemble, as well as attending The High School of Performing Arts. She performed with The Dance Theatre of Harlem Company for several years, before moving to South Florida, and joining The Miami City Ballet in 1990. She was a featured dancer in may classical, and contemporary pieces. After retiring from the stage in 1998 Ms. Camargo taught ballet at The Miami City Ballet School for many years(1998-2006), and has recently resumed her position there. She was rehearsal and ballet mistress for the children in Miami City Ballets production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker in 2005. Ms. Camargo has also helped stage and rehearse The Thomas Armour Youth Ballets version of The Nutcracker since 2008. Ms.Camargo returned to the stage when she joined Miami Contemporary Dance Company in 2005, and later on became Company Manager in 2009. Ms. Camargo joined The New World School of The Arts adjunct faculty in 2009, where she currently teaches ballet in the Musical Theater Department. In 2011 she joined the staff of The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, where she currently serves the community of Miami Gardens Florida, as outreach coordinator and ballet instructor. For the past two summers Kareen has directed and taught at The Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer Intensive in Detroit, Michigan.

Ron Headrick
Music Theater Workshop, Connection Director
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Ron Headrick has directed and/or choreographed more than 250 musicals in stock and regional theaters. He appeared on Broadway in Funny Girl and Wonderful Town and produced major night club shows in Las Vegas, Mexico City and Atlantic City as well as all over the Caribbean. For years he produced shows for the Fountainbleau, Eden Roc and other major Miami Beach Hotels. In 1995, he journeyed to Russia, where he taught American Musical Theater and produced a piece of Chekov’s The Three Sisters, covered by both Moscow and Kiev television. His local credits include Hollywood Playhouse, Shores Theater, Royal Palm Dinner Theater and Gablestage (Carbonell Nomination, The Adding Machine). He is honored to be the director of the Golddiggers Show, a local charity that has raised over a million dollars for Leukemia and AIDS research. He has been a master teacher for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts and has been selected to appear in Who’s Who of American Teachers more than a dozen times. He recently received the FILM RECORDING ENTERTAINMENT COUNCIL (FREC) Special Acknowledgement Award for his contribution to the early development of the Miami Beach Tourist and Entertainment Industry. In the summer, he is a Director at the prestigious Frenchwoods Festival of the Performing Arts in New York, training hundreds of serious theater students from all over the world. He has been instrumental in selecting New World School of the Arts students for scholarships to that camp, amounting to more than $250,000. He has been on the faculty at New World since 1990. He holds a BFA in Dance/Theater and an MFA in Directing.

Felicia Kurtz
Class Piano I, Vocal Ensemble, Private Voice
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Felicia Kurtz is a graduate of the University of Michigan holding degrees in Voice Performance and Choral Music Education. Her professional 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 here 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 since 2000 teaching private voice, music theory and class piano. 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 workshops.

Diana Lozano
Improvisation, Self Expression
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Sandra L. Portal-Andreu
Ballet, Modern/Jazz Dance for Theater, Music Theater Dance Styles, Voice and Movement, Repertory Company (Movement)
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Sandra L. Portal-Andreu is a Miami native of Cuban/Colombian decent, who began dancing with Madelyn Alfonso and later, trained under the direction of Vladimir Issaev. She received an A.A. from New World School of the Arts/M, B.F.A. in Dance from Florida State University, and an M.S. in Movement Sciences from Barry University. She is a certified trainer in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®. Additionally, Sandra has trained with Fernando Bujones, Suzanne Farrell, Michael Foley and Gerri Houlihan. She is currently dancing with Josee Garant Dance and her work was featured in the film, “Dancer” by Dara Friedman for Art Basel 2011. Additional performance credits include: Arts Ballet Theater of So. Florida, Momentum Dance Company, Florida Grand Opera’s “AIDA”, Miami City Ballet’s “Lounge 2200”, and Camposition. Additionally, she has taught at Barry University, Miami City Ballet School & Summer Intensive, Vladimir Issaev's Classical Ballet Russian Seminar, and FSUdanceSARASOTA. Choreography credits include: City Theatre’s Summer Shorts with Jai Rodriguez, Lisa Loeb and City Theatre’s Camp Kappawanna, Gabriel Pulido’s Deep Surface: A Homage to the Sea, The Naked Stage Theater Company, Barry University’s Repertory Dance Ensemble and UM’s Young Musician’s Camp. She has also performed for Carlos Ponce, Iron and Wine, the SuperBowl, Sabado Gigante and has appeared in regional and national commercials.

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