Today's Featured Artist
Jenn was born and raised in Pittsburgh PA, where she studied Musical Theater at the Pittsburgh
Playhouse Conservatory, the Richard E Rauh Conservatory and Graduated from Point Park
University with a BA in Acting.
Post Graduation she moved to New York City where she lived for the better part of the next decade. In this time, she toured North America in the companies of Crazy for You, Funny Girl and Barry Mannilow's Copacabana. Jenn also played Rose Alvarez in an off-Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie.
While in New York, she began working in arts education as a team member for Ballet Tech ( the New York City Public School for Dance), as well as through workshops and talk backs while performing Bye Bye Birdie.
She returned to my hometown of Pittsburgh in 2006 to begin teaching at Pittsburgh Musical Theater's Richard E Rauh Conservatory. She has also been fortunate to perform and direct with PMT over the past seven years.
Jenn became an adjunct faculty member at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 in 2009 and has been teaching acting, musical theater, voice and speech, movement and theater history to students in grades 6- 12 for the past 5 years. She is also the director of the 6-8 all school musical every fall, as well as musicals and plays for the high school theater department.
While building her teaching and directing career, she continues to work as an actress for such local companies as PMT, Pittsburgh CLO, PICT, Stage Right!, and 10 years of summer stock at West Virginia Public Theater.
Jonathan is a proud graduate of the Masters program at the University of Tennessee, 2010 and Bachelors program of Southern
Methodist University '01.
He has taught Acting, Audition Technique, Movement and Stage Combat at The University of Tennessee, The CLO Academy, and is currently teaching at Point Park University. Jonathan has performed in well over 85 productions. Local Theatre Credits: The City Theater, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, The Rep, PICT, Bricolage, and the The Civic Light Opera. Regional Credits: Dallas Theater Center, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Casa Manana, Clarence Brown Theater, Hope summer Rep, and PCPA.
Film Credits: The Last Witch Hunter 2015, Into the Dark 2014, 5th Dimension 2012. Television Credits: Banshee 4th season.
Nina Danchenko is honored to ‘come home’ to teach at PMT! Nina is a recent graduate of Robert Morris University, where she earned a BS in Early Childhood and Special Education with a minor in Theater. Nina is a proud graduate of PMT’s Richard E. Rauh Conservatory. Later, she went on to work with PMT’s Professional Company. Her favorite on-stage moments with PMT are: Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray) and Sister Mary Patrick (Sister Act). Nina is elated to be able to have the best of both worlds- teaching theater- with the Broadway Juniors. There’s no place like home!
James Rushin is a pianist, composer, and music director with an extra degree in creative writing. He started in the theater at the young age of 13, when he played piano for community theater productions of Cabaret and Nunsense. Since then he has worked on over 40 musicals at theaters around the country. As composer he has collaborated with EA Games writer and designer Amy Claussen (Off with Her Maidenhead), “Pinkolandia” playwright Andrea Thome (Carnivale), Kennedy Center Fellow Frank Gagliano (The Moscow McDonald's Miracle of Love, The Endgame Cabaret, The Private Eye of Hiram Bodoni, et al.), and recently made his debut at Bricolage Production company as composer and music director with acclaimed writer Tami Dixon. In the improv world James has accompanied and taught workshops with The LuPones, Baby Grand, and toured internationally with Baby Wants Candy. As keyboardist, he has shared the stage with jazz legends Tim Price, Ken Karsh, Joe Negri, Spider Rondinelli, Duke Ellington drummer Ronnie Burrage, and currently plays for the neo-soul group Lyndsey Smith and Soul Distribution. His high energy stage presence and teaching have earned him nicknames like “Muppet” and “The capslock of all human beings.”
Rob Stull returns to PMT for the Summer! Rob has worked here at the conservatory for the past 8 years working with all ages. Outside of PMT, recently appeared as Music Director and vocalist in My Way at the Theater Factory. Rob has music directed in local theaters for the last decade include titles such as I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!(Greensburg Civic), Evita (Stage 62), Hair! (Split Stage) and music directed Children of Eden at The Theatre Factory. His favorite roles on stage include Victor Frankenstein (Frankenstein: a New Musical), Hines (Pajama Game), and Malcolm (The Full Monty). He appeared as the live musician in the world premier of Without Ruth (Off the Wall Theater). He currently is an adjunct music faculty member at Seton Hill University and teaches at the Rauh Conservatory in conjunction with Pittsburgh Musical Theater including creative arts at Propel schools.
Myah Davis was born and raised in Greensburg Pennsylvania right outside of Pittsburgh. She started her acting career at Westmoreland Academy of Performing Arts at age 7. Myah will soon have a B.A. in Communication/Theater from Robert Morris University. She has had the great pleasure of producing and appearing in several productions with Pittsburgh Musical Theater since 2012. Some of her favorite productions from over the years include Sweet Charity, West Side Story, Children of Eden, The Who's Tommy and Bare: A Pop Opera. Myah has had the opportunity to work with an array of amazing educators over the years and is very excited to not only be able to pass on her knowledge to future students but to also learn from them. She is thrilled to be a resident artist at PMT and as always is excited to see what the future holds for her and future students!!
Kristiann Menotiades is ecstatic and honored to be part of the Pittsburgh Musical Theater family . She has worked
at many theaters across the Tri-state area as a director/choreographer and performer. Some of her favorite credits
include (Woman 2) in Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris(PICT), (Coach/Mama) SCARRIE at (Bricolage),
(Barbara) Shear Madness, (Woman 1) I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change, (Woman 1) My Way, (Annabelle) You say
Tomato, I say Shut Up and (Miss. Thorn) in Ruthless at The Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret. Finally, she appeared as
FLO in Saturday Night Fever with PMT.
She is currently the choreographer for the Spring Musical at Riverview High School and Plum High School, the director of Fox Chapel's Fall Drama and Director/Choreographer for the Pittsburgh CLO Academy's All Academy Musical. Kristiann also had the wonderful opportunity of being the Associate Director/Choreographer for "21: The Musical" at Point Park University and the director for Pgh. CLO's Gallery of Hero's production of We the People.
All of her love goes to her mom and dad, hubby Jardanian and two beautiful kiddos.
Dr. Brent Alexander is a progressive in the areas of musical direction, vocal coaching, choral and instrumental conducting, arranging, composing, keyboard instruments and music technology. He has been music directing and on faculty at PMT for eight years. He is also on faculty at Robert Morris University where he directs the choral activities, teaches music and music theater courses, has an applied voice studio, and serves as musical director for university shows. <www.musicbrent.com>
Kenneth Gargaro, Ph.D. (Founder)
Dr. Gargaro’s career in the performing arts in Pittsburgh spans over four decades. His dedication to the arts and to education continues to transform the local musical theater scene. Disciplined training leading to immediate testing on the public stage forms the foundation of his artistic/educational philosophy. The outcome of this artistic vision can be seen across the nation in the Broadway, Touring, TV, Film and Entrepreneurial work of those whose educational pursuits and performing careers intersected with Dr. Gargaro’s career as a producer, director and educator. He continues to supply the youngest performers, local professionals and college students’ access to the professional stage on a regular basis by giving master classes and occasionally directing for Pittsburgh Musical Theater. He is as well a Professor of Communication at Robert Morris University where he heads the theater and choral activites.
Larissa Overholt believes that with hard work and motivation, anything is possible. As a resident artist of PMT, Larissa seeks to provide the necessary tools for each student to develop a sturdy foundation upon which to build their own s pecific talents, strengths and dreams and the knowledge of how to further apply them. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Larissa was involved in over 20 productions as a student of the Richard E. Rauh Conservatory where she studied for 8 years before graduating from the Pre-College Program and moving on to continue her training in Theatre Arts at Point Park University where she graduated in 2007. Since 2000, Larissa has appeared in 17 mainstage productions downtown at the Byham Theater as a part of PMT's Professional Company including Disney's The Little Mermaid as Ariel in January 2015. Larissa works and plays all around Pittsburgh and can often be found singing with the award-winning Elite Show Band or brightening a child's day at Fairytale Princess Visits. Larissa can think of no better way to share her passion of theatre, music and dance, than by passing it on to her students.
Evan Neely is a Music Composition major at Carnegie Mellon University, Class of 2019. He is a Pittsburgh native who graduated from Pittsburgh CAPA as a Trombone major and has played in multiple PMT pits with the CAPA orchestra. During the summer of 2015, he worked as the Music and Artistic Administrative Intern at Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. This last summer he orchestrated their production of Die Schweigsame Frau (the Silent Woman) by Richard Strauss. He is the Assistant Music Director and Accompanist for CMU’s student theater company, Scotch’n'Soda where he has worked on the production of Legally Blonde and is presently working on The Addams Family for the fall season. He is currently writing a 22-minute opera with the School of Drama for CMU’s Co-Opera production that will be performed on April 1, 2017 with the CMU School of Music Graduate Vocal department at Pittsburgh Opera.
Adria Streitman is from the neighboring country of Butler. She started dancing at the age of five at She'Lor School of Dance where she studied ballet, point, tap, jazz, modern, and lyrical. Throughout the years she tested in Royal Academy of Dance, was a competitor, and traveled often on the High School Dance team. Attending Robert Morris University, Adria graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Minor in Theatre. Passionate about Education and Dance she gets the best of both worlds! Currently, she gets to share her love for dance through teaching theater, grades K-8, at the Propel Charter Schools of Pittsburgh as a visiting artist. It's a Big Bright Beautiful world and Adria is so lucky to work as a actress, dancer, performer, educator, and choreographer with students of all ages 4-18. The time she spends with every show here at PMT is held close to her heart! She knows no matter where she goes on her journey, she can always come back. There’s no place like home!
Gemma Leigh Williamson
Gemma Leigh was born in beautiful Arizona, and grew up just outside of Pittsburgh in Beaver County. She danced her way through school at Louise
School of Dance, where she studied tap, jazz, and ballet. After school, she attended Robert Morris University where she graduated with honors,
and was named in "Whose Who in American Colleges and Universities.” Gemma joined PMT’s production team during her performing years at RMU.
Since 2007, Gemma has been a part of PMT's family. She started as Assistant Stage Manager and performer (Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story,
Beauty and the Beast '09-10) and quickly grew with the company to become Resident Stage Manager (and proud Actors Equity member) in 2011.
Gemma teaches at the Richard E. Rauh Conservatory as the director of the Broadway Jrs.; "PMT's Tiniest Stars". She is happy to begin the journey of musical theater with the youth in Pittsburgh's community. Gemma is now the Creative Learning Division Chair at PMT. Gemma believes that the Richard E. Rauh Conervatory provides the most excellent arts education in the city, and is a proud Resident Artist.
Throughout her career at PMT, Gemma has brought her knowledge and love for dance and theater to the Propel Charter Schools as a visiting artist. She taught dance, acting, theater history, and performance etiquette to grades K-8 around the Pittsburgh area.
In 2015 Gemma was named one of Whirl! Magazine’s Women in Business, became a proud member of the Pittsburgh Social Exchange, and the Pittsburgh Professional Women’s association.
She is happy to continue to the next chapter of Pittsburgh Musical Theater alongside her friend and mentor, Colleen Doyno, and the entire group of Resident Artists. Stand By. Keep Calm. Go.
Shaun J Rolly
Shaun J Rolly has been a professional actor, director, fight director, dance cho- reographer, stuntman and movement coach for the last 17 years. He has received audience and critical praise for his fight and dance work by theater and opera critics in Ireland, Canada, New York, Pennsyl- vania, West Virginia and Ohio. He’s also a member of The Independent Fight Directors Guild - An elite group of international fight directors dedicated to the safety, historic techniques and art form of staged combat. He also performs and teaches the arts of pantomime, commedia dell’arte, street performing and clowning. Currently he is working on the Gateway Clipper with his original production of “ A Pirate’s Tale” in it’s second season.
Colleen Doyno proudly serves as the Executive Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Musical Theater. She came to PMT in 1997 as a
performer and faculty member. She was promoted to Conservatory Director in 2001 and added the additional title and
responsibilities of General Manager in 2003. During her tenure as Conservatory Director and General Manager, Ms. Doyno has
directed and choreographed countless shows for both the Professional and Conservatory theater companies. Several of these
shows have been counted as the "Best of Pittsburgh" in the annual Pittsburgh Post Gazette year in review-including the
Conservatory Theater Company's 2013 production of "Miss Saigon", the first student show to be so honored.
In 2013 Colleen’s achievements were recognized with the prestigious "Woman of Integrity" award, and her commitment to mentoring young women into future leaders was honored as a finalist for the 2013 "Athena" award.
Ms. Doyno is a strong advocate for the development of the West End Community, which serves as PMT's forever home. She has worked with the West Pittsburgh Partnership, The West End Alliance, City Council and the Mayor’s office to advance growth in the area. She also organized the West End’s efforts for the Pittsburgh Marathon that led it to be named "best in neighborhood entertainment" along the route. Ms. Doyno is also proud to produce affordable high quality Broadway style shows through PMT's Byham Series. She has a deeply held belief in developing our children into healthy, self-assured, well-rounded individuals through the arts. This belief is at the heart of her educational philosophy and has guided the success of the conservatory under her direction.
Jon was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. While studying at Michigan State University, Jon discovered his passion for the theater when he worked on the Merchant of Venice with the Theater Department. This passion lead Jon to earn his BFA in Theater from Michigan State University. Jon worked with The Ohio Light Opera for four summer seasons on such productions as Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, Offenbach's Bluebeard, and The Sound of Music. In 2007, Jon joined the Pittsburgh Musical Theater as Technical Director. Jon has showcased his experience as a Technical Director in Tarzan; as a Lighting Designer for A Lyrical Christmas Carol; and as a Scene Design Specialist for Shrek the Musical. In 2011, Jon received a glowing review for his scene design in Skylight at The Appetite Theater in Chicago. Jon enjoys working with the students at the Pittsburgh Musical Theater and is looking forward to what the future will bring.
Nicole Uram is a proud graduate of Pittsburgh Musical Theater's Richard E. Rauh Conservatory and a recent graduate of Elon University with a BFA in Music Theatre. She has been training in dance since the age of 3 in the fields of jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, Cechetti, pointe, modern, Theatre dance, and Gymnastics. She started training at PMT at the age of 10. From the age of 8 to the age of 18 she was privileged to be a part of many shows with both the conservatory and professional companies of PMT. While at Elon she was lucky enough to have been a part of many productions both on stage and behind the scenes. She was given the chance to Assistant Choreograph the main stage productions of Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party and Ragtime along side her college mentor. She is currently working as a Creative Arts teacher at the Propel Charter School's of Pittsburgh. She is thrilled to be back home working with those who helped shape her into the artist she is today.
Quinn Patrick Shannon
Quinn Patrick Shannon started his acting career with PMT in 1991 as the very first Tiny Tim in A Lyrical Christmas Carol. Most recently, Quinn played Smee in Peter Pan, and Igor in Young Frankenstein for PMT this past Spring, and also appeared as Seth/Shem in Children of Eden during PMT's 2013 season. Other recent credits include My Fair Lady with the Pittsburgh Public, Scarrie: The Musical with Bricolage, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Funny Money with the Mountain Playhouse, Plaid Tidings, Judge Jackie Justice, and A Grand Night for Singing with Pittsburgh CLO, and Our Class with PICT Classic Theatre. Quinn will also be starring as Nicely Nicely Johnson in the Pittsburgh Public Theater's upcoming production of Guys and Dolls.
Sarah Everhart received her B.A. in dance with a concentration in ballet from Point Park University, where she graduated magna cum laude. While at Point Park she received the Pittsburgh Ballet Guild Scholarship and performed many prominent roles. In addition to Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Sarah also teaches at Point Park University and the Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh. Each summer, Sarah also joins the faculty of Carnegie Mellon’s Pre College Drama Program. She has previously been on faculty at La Roche College, the Sarah Heinz House, and was guest faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. Sarah has staged several classical variations, and her original choreography has been seen throughout the area. Sarah’s favorite roles include the title role in Cinderella and Pas de Trois in Sleeping Beauty. Sarah lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, daughter, and son.
Brady Sanders, originally from Oswego Illinois, began his dance training at the School of DanceWest Ballet in Naperville. He attended Illinois State University, where he performed with the Illinois State Dance Theater and Point Park University, where he performed with the university's Conservatory Dance Company. While living in Chicago, Brady performed with Dansz Loop Chicago, Inaside Chicago Dance and Thodos Dance Chicago. Brady has toured nationally and internationally with Thodos Dance Chicago and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. Currently residing in Pittsburgh, he has had the pleasure to perform with Attack Theatre in the Pittsburgh Opera as well as the Murphy/Smith Dance Collective. Most recently Brady acted as Artistic Director for the Pride of Cincinnati Dance Ensemble. He has had the privilege to teach many successful and artistically innovative groups including but not limited to - The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, the Pride of Cincinnati Winter Guard, The Pride of Cincinnati Dance Ensemble, Norwin High School, Marian Catholic High School, and Mt Prospect High School. He is currently teaching and choreographing extensively throughout the Pittsburgh area and across the Midwest. Brady is thrilled to be a Resident Artist at PMT.
Kathy is proud and honored to be teaching dance and musical theater at PMT. She is pleased to share
her professional and academic experiences for the benefit of the conservatory’s students.
Her professional work includes: Tokyo Disneyland, Caesar’s Palace, Pittsburgh Playhouse, the Kenley Players, the Extension Dance Company and the American Dance Ensemble. She has also directed and choreographed musicals for numerous productions in the region.
Kathy is a member of Dance Masters of Pennsylvania and America and has been a dance educator for many years. She holds a BA in Dance from Point Park University.
Francesca Tortorello (DMA) regularly performs recitals in the Northeast and Midwest and collaborates with a wide
variety of instrumentalists and singers. She has worked with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Saint Paul
Chamber Orchestra and has been heard on Minnesota Public Radio performing on Talking Volumes. She collaborated with
renowned soprano Susanna Phillips at Twickenhamfest in 2011, and gave the Midwest premier of Samuel Barber’s lost
violin sonata with violinist Dr. John Gilbert in July 2014.
Francesca began piano lessons at the age of four in her hometown of Mount Kisco, NY. She holds a Bachelors degree in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Her true passion, however, has always been chamber music and she received a Masters degree and Professional Studies certificate in Collaborative Piano from CIM, studying with Virginia Weckstrom. She recently obtained a Doctorate in Collaborative Piano and Coaching at the University of Minnesota and studied with Timothy Lovelace.
A dedicated teacher and coach, Francesca served as staff accompanist at the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies at CIM for four years and, most recently, held the position of staff accompanist at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. She has maintained an active teaching studio for the past decade.
Francesca and her husband, Pittsburgh Symphony cellist Michael DeBruyn, have been performing as a professional duo since 2004.
Cassidy Adkins is a proud PMT RERC alumni! After PMT, Cassidy attended Point Park for Acting with a Musical Theatre minor. She has been fortunate enough to perform, choreograph, produce, and direct many production across the city. Performance credits include: Macbeth with PICT Classic Theatre (Pittsburgh Post Gazette Best Lead Actress of 2014), Les Miserables and Young Frankenstein with PMT, The Crucible and M33 with Point Park, and The Full Monty and Chicago in Westmoreland County. She also assisted director Alan Stanford with The School for Scandal, and choreographed Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, both for Point Park. She also produced, assistant directed, and performed in an independent production of HAIR with several fellow PMT alums. She currently works as the Company Manager at PICT Classic Theatre, resident choreographer at Avonworth High School, and a Professional Princess with Lovely Day Events. www.cassidyadkins.com
Shannon Riley is happy to be "back at home" at Pittsburgh Musical Theater! Shannon is a recent graduate of Point Park University with a degree in jazz dance performance. While in school, Shannon has opportunities to work under Ron Tassone, Jim Cooney, and Eileen Grace, as well as performing with PMT's professional company. Dancing is a passion, a fantastic way of expression, and Shannon cannot wait to explore the joy of dance with the artists at PMT. Onward and upward!
Patricia Grace Knapp currently works with Pittsburgh Musical Theater she has performed with numerous local theater companies in both Pittsburgh and toured with companies within the US. She hold a BFA and MFA Equivalency in Acting. She spent over 15 years as an account manager for Federated Investors, Alcoa, Kodak and Price Waterhouse managing their travel divisions. She currently resides in Pittsburgh with her husband David, her daughter Adrianne. Daughter Kayla resides in DC with her husband Greg and her grandson Wilson. She is proud to be working with such amazing artists at PMT. She considers herself blessed to be a part of this inspiring organization.
Amber Kocher hails from Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, Kevin and son, Brody. She is a graduate of Clarion University and is the Props Master, Set Dresser, Jack-of-all-Trades Resident Artist at Pittsburgh Musical Theater. Her most recent credits with PMT include Peter Pan, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Young Frankenstein, Shrek the Musical, Les Miserables, and many more. She has also designed for Front Porch Theatricals, and South Park Theater among many more. Amber has been with the company since 2012, and looks forward to many more sensational seasons with Pittsburgh Musical Theater.
Betsy Lawrence holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in both voice and music theater & a Masters of Music from the Manhattan
School of Music. She has many national television credits including the currently running "Red White and Rock", "The American Sound
Track", "More Rock at 50", "My Music", "The Roots of Rock and Roll", "The British Invasion", & "Roots in Country". Betsy has backed
up major recording such as Frankie Valli, Frankie Avalon, BJ Thomas, Glen Cambell, Lulu, Connie Francis and many more. Betsy most
recently returned from Nashville TN where she appeared as a featured soloist for two PBS television shows, singing country classics
and 70's classic rock. She's featured on national radio and television commercials as well including one for Highmark Blue Cross
Blue Shield, Captain Morgan's Rum, & the "Silver Microphone" award winning Dad's Dog food. Betsy was invited to sing at the United
Nations for the "Nuclear Disarmament Worldwide" convention headed by Ted Turner & Mikhail Gorbachev as well as being invited to sing
at the French embassy in Washington D.C. on numerous occasions. She has appeared as a soloist with The Pittsburgh Symphony under
the late Marvin Hamlisch, the Manhattan Philharmonic, and the River City Brass Band. A few of her operatic credits include New York
City Opera Touring Company, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Center, and the American Opera Project in New York City.
Betsy is active in the Pittsburgh musical theater scene, doing roles most recently with Civic Light Opera & Pittsburgh Music Theater. Internationally she appeared with Stella productions in Hamburg Germany.
Betsy has one of the most in demand vocal studios in Pittsburgh and has an active master class schedule. She is a founding member of RESONANZ , a 501 c3 non-profit concert series. Betsy is the director of the Carnegie Mellon University Jazz choir as well as an artist lecturer in operatic studies and jazz voice. She also holds a studio at the Richard E Rauh Conservatory for Pittsburgh Musical Theater.
Todd Nonn is the Resident Lighting Designer for PMT. This will be his 8th season working on productions with the company. He will also occasionally design a set for one of the shows too. Todd also is the Technical Director for all of Squonk Opera’s shows touring around the world, the Assistant Lighting Designer for all of Pittsburgh Opera’s performances at the Benedum, a stagehand with IATSE Local#3, a Lighting Designer at RMU, and works on many other productions to fill in the gaps. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors, camping and backpacking.
LaTrea Rembert is thrilled to be joining the staff here at Pittsburgh Musical Theater. A native of Cincinnati, Oh, LaTrea moved to Pittsburgh in the fall of 2010 to study at Point Park University. He graduated in 2014 with his B.A. in Theater Arts with a Dance minor. While at Point Park, he had the opportunity to perform in their productions of A Chorus Line and The Raymond Laine Memorial One Act Festival. He has also performed in Pittsburgh with Pittsburgh Playwrights, Carrnival Theatrics and, of course, Pittsburgh Musical Theater. LaTrea has also recently completed a year long residency with the Staycee Pearl dance project. In addition to performing, he is also a fun loving barista at Starbucks. LaTrea is extremely blessed for this opportunity and gives many thanks to God for simply being awesome, and to Colleen, Gemma and the entire PMT staff for believing in him and accepting him with open arms. Much love to you all. Jeremiah 29:11
Brady D. Patsy
Brady D. Patsy is a professional performer from the greater Pittsburgh area. He has performed with company's such as Pittsburgh Musical Theater, West Virginia Public Theater, Boston's North Shore Music Theater Company, and many others. In 2008, Brady spent a year working for the Walt Disney World Company. There, he had the opportunity to work with Regis and Kelly, Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus, Fantasia Burrino, David Cook, Jon and Kate Gosselin, and many others! Upon returning to PA, he jumped right back on the stage and has been performing non-stop. During 2010-2012 he served as Production Administrator for Grayfin Arts Entertainment Events. He also served as an theater instructor for The Butler Center for the Performing Arts! Brady is currently an acting/voice instructor for Pittsburgh Musical Theater's Richard E. Rauh Conservatory for the Performing Arts! Throughout his eight years on the professional stage he has had the opportunity to play extraordinary roles in shows such as Sister Act (Curtis), Grease (Miss Lynch), Disney's The Little Mermaid (Grimsby), Children of Eden (Father), Hairspray (Edna Turnblad), Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter), Spring Awakening (Male Authority Figure), Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth), Seussical (General Schmitz), RENT (Tom Collins), Les Miserables (Javert), Cats (Bustopher Jones/Gus) Legally Blonde, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Tarzan, and many others!
Kate Queen has a B.A. in Communication/Theater, a B.S.B.A in Accounting, and an M.S. in Instructional Leadership from Robert Morris University. She has had the distinct pleasure of appearing in so many wonderful PMT productions since moving to Pittsburgh in 2007. Some of her favorite moments onstage with PMT include Maria in West Side Story, Wendla in Spring Awakening, and Jane in Tarzan. She is thrilled to be working with the students of PMT as an educator and resident artist. Kate values the mentorship and education she received from the many brilliant teachers and performers she's had the opportunity to study under throughout her life; she is thrilled to join the ranks of PMT's staff and become an active part of the development of many more brilliantly talented performers!
Jennifer Birnie received her B.A. in Theater from Indiana University - Bloomington. Jennifer returns ‘home’ as a Resident Artist to Pittsburgh Musical Theater as the Development & Fundraising Officer / Accessibility Coordinator after working as the Individual Support Manager with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Jennifer is a proud and active member of AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) and PEO- Chapter BW (Philanthropic Education Organization). Jennifer resides in Sewickley with her loving and supportive husband Andrew, where they are devoted parents to their daughter Carley. Live to Outgive.
Grace Lazos is a Senior Vocal Performance Major at Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently the Vice President of CMU's student run theatre troupe, Scotch'n'Soda Theatre. She is currently directing their 9th Annual Charity Cabaret, and also associate directed their 2015 Carnival Production of Merrily We Roll Along. Within the School of Music, she has performed a number of roles in the opera program, such as: Natura in La Calisto in 2016, and upcoming: Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and Grace Ansley in Roman Fever. She is also assistant directing the Fall Opera Production of Acis and Galatea with Gregory Lehane.