Elisa Heinsohn / Owner can currently be seen in re-runs of the television series “FAME” in which she starred as the character JILLIAN BECKETT. (You can YOUTUBE and GOOGLE her name and see many more clips from her career.) She can also currently be seen in national commercials for COLONIAL PENN , KIT KAT, VIACTIVE, and MASTERCARD. She starred on Broadway in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (now the longest running show on Broadway) originating the role of MEG. Her other Broadway credits include “SMILE” as Melanie, she also played EVELYN NESBIT in the original “RAGTIME” and SYLVIA POTTER PORTER in “ANNIE GET YOUR GUN” and the original “42nd STREET”. She then landed the role of SAMANTHA on the television series “DARK JUSTICE” on CBS. She also guest starred on several television series such as “CAROLINE IN THE CITY”, “THE CREW”, “FBI: THE UNTOLD STORIES” and “TRUE CONFESSIONS”. On the big screen she starred in the feature film “JOEY” in the role of his girlfriend, JANIE, and as TANYA in the recent film “FRIENDS & FAMILY”. Her national and international tour credits include CASSIE in “A CHORUS LINE”, MARY BAILEY in “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”, LEISEL in “SOUND OF MUSIC”, LAURIE in “OKLAHOMA”, “WOMAN OF THE YEAR” and “JACK”. Elisa started her career at 15 years of age dancing principle roles with the Cleveland Ballet and Baltimore Ballet. She then moved to New York where her Broadway career blossomed beginning with The American Dance Machine under Lee Theodore. Elisa studied the Meisner acting technique at Carnegie Hall with Freddie Kareman, in New York and at Playhouse West with Bob Carnegie in Los Angeles. She also studied under Margie Haber in her audition technique class and cold reading classes. She has been studying voice for over 20 years from some of the best Opera singers in New York City and coached with the best Broadway conductors working today. She has also taught at some of the best performing arts schools all over the country. Elisa has starred in somewhere around 100 commercials and counting.
Mark starred on Broadway at the ripe old age of 19 as Action in West Side Story. He continued his Broadway career with a total of 9 Broadway shows including; Woman of the Year, A Chorus Line as Mike and Al, Jerome Robbins Broadway, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Zorba, The Life, Chicago and Urban Cowboy. You can see him in the movie Annie with Carol Burnette. He’s the butler who falls down the stairs while chasing Annie. He was a guest star on Law and Order SVU and numerous soap opera’s. His commercials include Dr. Pepper, Canada Dry, Wendy’s, Excedrin, Poly-O Pizza just to name a few.
Larissa is a graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A. (double major) in Dance & English. During her time at RU she was in numerous dance concerts, traveled with the RU African Dance Ensemble to Tennessee, and was also a part of the RU Performing Dance Co. Larissa had since then been a member of the Bella Voce Choir of Pompton Plains, donned her choreographer’s hat for several musicals and put on her fancy teaching shoes. She currently lives and breathes the smoggy, yet thrilling, air of NYC. Larissa is an Actor Member of the NYC Playwrights, and frequents a fabulous group called The Shakespeare Forum. This year, Larissa has had the pleasure of performing with the IndoRican Multicultural Dance Project in their piece, Sweethearts; She was also excited to don her Shakespearean hat as Pistol in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Other Fun experiences included being one of the many crazy actresses in Joe Iconis’s music video, Headshot, and a Flash Mob-ber in VP Boyle’s Film It Is What It Is – which won several festival awards over the past year. Some of her favorite performances include: Ulla in The Producers, Narrator in Joseph, Shelly in Never Norman Rockwell, and the second half of a snarky duo in Don’t Mention The “B” Word. Generally, when not in the studio or onstage, she can be found eating delicious cupcakes and admiring photos of her dog, Maximus.
For more than 25 years, Alberta has been teaching acting in private and public schools, including the Bank Street School in Manhattan, Arts High School and Science Park High School in Newark, Orange County Community College, the Montclair Adult School, and the Blooming Grove Theater Conservatory, and she has served as theater director and teacher in a number of summer theater-training programs. While Alberta is also a professional actress, director, and Founder and past Artistic Director of the award-winning Blooming Grove Theater Ensemble. Her greatest pleasure continues to be in training young actors, in enabling them to use theater as a means of self-expression, and in directing them in plays characterized by fine acting and high production values. Highlights of Alberta’s acting credits are the roles of Mrs. Cage in Mrs. Cage, Edna in Prisoner of Second Avenue; Kate in Broadway Bound, and Golde in Fiddler on the Roof. Favorites among the many student productions she has directed are Death of a Salesman, The Fantasticks, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Crucible, and the premier of Comedy and Travesty. Alberta’s favorite professional directorial credits include Romeo and Juliet, A Man for All Seasons, and the premier of the operetta Rappaccini’s Daughter. Alberta earned her M.A. from Columbia University, her B.A. from Barnard College, and received her theater training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Northwestern University. She studied dance at the Lippel School and studies voice with Dr. Stephen Oosting. Alberta is a member of the Actors Equity Association and holds a NJ Teaching Certificate in Speech Arts and Dramatics.
Karen Mae Masbang is thrilled to be a part of the Broadway Performing Arts! She is a recent graduate from Montclair State University with a degree in Family and Child Studies and is a Certified Elementary Education Teacher in the state of New Jersey. Karen has been dancing since the age of three as a student of Kathryn Collins Dance Studio, where she later became the Hip Hop and Jazz dance instructor. She also studied dance in England where she spent a semester abroad. While at MSU, Karen was a co-chair and member of cultural organizations such as Unified Asian American Student Organization where she learned and danced a variety of Asian cultured traditional dances for special events. She was also extensively involved in a dance organization called Rhythm Nation Dance Club where she taught and choreographed different dances of tap, jazz, ballet, modern, and specialized in hip hop and breakdancing. She competed in several dance competitions with her organizations and won 1st place in some of the events such as MSU’s annual Dance-Off. Karen has also choreographed and taught ballroom dancing for birthday cotillion courts and debuts. She has choreographed and directed dance shows for several schools in Jersey City and Secaucus.
Jennifer Hemphill: Musical Theatre, Voice, Acting through Song Instructor
Jennifer Hemphill is currently in the cast of Mamma Mia! on Broadway. She is a native Texan, and a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Additionally, Jenn has been seen performing in regional and touring productions and on cruise ships across the United State and Europe. She is also a judge for major dance competitions and is a former Miss New York City. Currently, Jenn resides in New Jersey with her husband (John) and their four- legged children (Norman and Birdie). She is thrilled to be part of the BPA team!
Edwin Jacob, born and raised in the suburbs of the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area, is an active Vocalist and Music Educator. He graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA with a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) in 2011 and a Master of Music (Jazz Studies) in 2012. During this time, Jacob honed is vocal skills in Opera, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Pop and R&B, while still completing a rigorous workload of ear training, sight-singing, music theory, arranging and composition. While at UArts, Jacob was involved in a number of performances. His most notable performances include: Lead in “Does Your House Have Lions” written by Sonia Sanchez, Directed by Johnnie Hobbs (2009), Lead singer in the children’s album Get Up and Sing produced by Mike Kennedy (Forge Recording, 2010 Valley Forge, PA), and Singer in Monkadelic Ensemble – Music of Thelonious Monk (Chris’ Jazz Café 2011 Philadelphia, PA). After graduating, Jacob began teaching Voice and Piano at several locations. He recently moved to Clifton, NJ hoping to pick up where he left off. He prides himself as a singer who is also a musician. His main goal is to educate singers in becoming also great musicians.
A Black Belt and a dancer out of northern New Jersey, Galo Andres has been dancing since the age of three. Galo was a hip-hop choreographer since the age of seventeen and continues to instruct today. He has taught at numerous dance studios throughout northern New Jersey. Not only has Galo choreographed, but he has done events and shows. He currently works and teaches an audience of children and adults at Broadway Performing Arts in Bloomfield, New Jersey. He is twenty-one years young, and is in the process of building a dance company.
Holly Googe: Ballet, tap, jazz, Musical Theatre Instructor
Holly Googe: Ballet, tap, jazz, Musical Theatre InstructorHolly is a native of Brooklyn, NY, Holly is a proud graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & Performing Arts (the “FAME” School) as well as the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). While at UMBC, Holly performed with different dance groups, performing hip-hop, street jazz, contemporary African dance and stiletto heels. Holly was featured in the UMBC commercial “Learn More” and has choreographed her own dances for UMBC’s dance showcases and concerts. She also began assisting Elizabeth Walton (a former member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company) as a teaching assistant in the beginner’s level modern dance class.
Holly has sung with various choirs, including the Grammy-award winning Love Fellowship Choir led by Bishop Hezekiah Walker. Holly has also worked with various choreographers, performing in different shows and showcases, including “The Brooklyn X-Factor,” “Fashion Night Out,” and “Emerging Artists SHINE,” which was directed by Robin Dunn. She was also featured in Eric Kamen’s music video “The Lost Tribe.” In addition to performing, Holly has taught at various dance schools and community organizations in the NYC area and in NJ.
Recently, Holly performed in the Tony-award winning musical, Memphis (Ethel/Ensemble) at the Walnut Street Theatre & Riverside Theatre. Other recent credits include “Brain Games,” “Bittersweet” (A Short Film) and “Vinyl.”
Holly is excited to share her passion for performing as a dance instructor at Broadway Performing Arts. She teaches ballet, jazz, tap and musical theatre!
Laura Neese: Dance Instructor
Laura Neese is a dance artist and educator from Staten Island, NY, where she trained under Rosemary Cappozalo. She holds a BFA Dance and BA English from the SUNY Buffalo Honors College, with additional study at the University of Chichester, UK, and a Certificate in the Simonson Teaching Method (Lynn Simonson, Dance New Amsterdam).
Neese teaches formal dance technique, as well as literacy through arts, in school, studio, and community settings throughout the greater NYC area, including residencies through Young Audiences of New York and New Jersey, LeAp: Learning Through Expanded Arts Programs, and Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Dancing Through Barriers Program. She is also adjunct dance faculty at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.
Neese performs with Darrah Carr Dance Company, collaborates with Maho Suiso Ogawa/SuisoCo, co-directs KitchenSink Collective, and presents independent work. Her choreography has been recognized by Staten Island Arts (2014 “Excellence in Arts Award”) and the National Society of Arts and Letters (“Art of the Solo” 2011). She has performed work by artists including Sean Curran, Christopher Caines, Melissa West, and Chia Ying Kao among others. Selected credits include New Victory Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Symphony Space, Triskelion Arts, The Yard, NBC Today Show, NYC Irish Arts Center, Brooklyn Museum, COOLN,Y and DUMBO Dance Festival.
Vincent Villanueva: Guitar Instructor
Vince has been performing for over 20 years in a wide variety of settings, ranging from a 25 piece jazz orchestra to a 5 piece punk band to solo guitar. At a young age, Vince heard the sound of a guitar on the radio and has been hooked ever since. He has actively sought out any and all music performed on the guitar, and it has been his lifelong passion to absorb many styles of music. A former student of jazz guitar masters, Vic Juris and Francis Varrichio, Vince enjoys performing on electric and acoustic guitar. His preferred styles involve improvisation – including jazz, blues, rock and bossa nova – often blending various styles in a single musical composition. Vince’s notable appearances include the Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival and The Times Center Gallery. He currently performs with his own jazz trio, and is a member of the rock bands, Vision and The 16 Deadly Improvs.
Chadia is a Master instructor, choreographer and performer of Middle Eastern Dance, best known as “Belly Dance”. She has been teaching and choreographing for 20 years and incorporates her own fun and innovative style into her dance. Chadia is trained in Classical Egyptian Dance by top Middle Eastern dance artists in NYC and Egypt. She has performed as a soloist in various Middle Eastern Restaurants in NYC and NJ, has taught many workshops throughout the years for the NJ Belly Dance community, and is Director of her own Dance Troupe: “Chadia & The Caravan Dancers”. She has traveled extensively to Egypt and other countries in the Middle East in order to provide her students with the latest dance steps and trends. Chadia’s love and enthusiasm for Belly Dance are evident in her classes!
Tamara Radyuk was born and grew up in Minsk, Belarus. She started going to music school at the age of 7 and went on to study violin and piano at the Minsk Musical College named after M.I. Glinka. Following her graduation, Tamara worked in several elementary schools as an artistic and musical director, writing and staging plays, among other enriching activites for children aged 4-7. In 1994, she came to the United States with her family and settled in New Jersey. She has since worked at the Calderone School of Music, based in Millburn, teaching harmony, music theory, instruments (piano, violin, viola) and kindermusic. She then went on to work in the Bloomfield School District. During her time there, she assisted with winter, instrumental and graduation concerts and after-school music programs. Additionally, she worked on the weekends for the Nutley School District, teaching violin to over 40 children in the second and third grades. She has been a music educator for more than twenty years.