Elisa Heinsohn / Owner is proud to announce her 10 year anniversary teaching, coaching and nurturing artists of all ages, encouraging them to reach for their dreams at Broadway Performing Arts! She can currently be seen in re-runs of the television series “FAME” in which she starred as the character JILLIAN BECKETT. She can also currently be seen in national commercials for BANKERS LIFE and KIT KAT. 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. 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.
Josephine Rose Roberts: Musical Theatre, Voice Instructor
Josey recently moved to South Orange, NJ after ending a 5 year run as “Regina” in Broadway’s Rock of Ages. She has also played “Reno Who” in Broadway’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, “Rumpleteazer” in the 25th Anniversary tour of Cats, and performed at The Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, Utah. You may have seen her on PBS Kids Electric Company as “Lottie,” a dancing alien or heard her voice on the radio as an annoying baby for Capital One Bank. She has a BFA from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio in Musical Theatre with a Concentration in Dance. She is an active member of MidTown Direct Rep, a theatre company based in South Orange & Maplewood, NJ.
Madelyn Eltringham: Dance Instructor
Madelyn Eltringham graduated summa cum laude in May 2015, with a BFA degree in Dance Performance from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. In her Fall 2013 semester, she was chosen to take part in the Conservatory’s international exchange program, giving her the opportunity to study abroad at London Contemporary Dance School. As a member of the Purchase Dance Company, she has performed works by Sarah Mettin, Adam Barruch, Gabrielle Lamb, Rosalind Newman, Ori Flomin, George Balanchine restaged by Bettijane Sills, and Nicolo Fonte. Ms.Eltringham, a New Jersey native, attended The Academy for Visual and Performing Arts High School (Dance Major-Theater Minor) in Denville. During that time she trained with the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, under the direction of Nancy Turano, as well as being privately coached by Yuliya Akopyan of the Bolshoi Ballet.
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.
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.
Alyssa Podolec: Dance/Musical Theatre Instructor
Alyssa Podolec is thrilled to be working at Broadway Performing Arts. A full-time student at Fairleigh Dickinson University, she is to graduate with her BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in Dance. She began her training in several styles of dance at Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway in New York City and has expanded her love of ballet through New Jersey Ballet. She has been seen performing in theaters throughout New Jersey in roles such as LITTLE SALLY (Urinetown), PATRICE (13!), LADY OF THE LAKE (Spamalot), with over twenty ensemble and featured dance roles as well. With over 10 years of intense training in all aspects of musical theater, she loves to work with students and children who love to learn and perform. She currently resides in Butler, NJ.
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.