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Faculty and Guest Luminaries

Julie Boyd (Director)

M.F.A., Yale Drama School, has extensive experience as an actress on Broadway, regionally, and in television, film and radio. She has directed and taught at Fordham, The New School for Drama, Westminster Choir, Queens College, Yale Drama School, The Guthrie Experience, ACT, NYU Graduate Acting, Stella Adler, O'Neill Playwrights Conference and Institute, HB Playwrights, Passage Theatre, University of Utah and the International Theatre Festival in Pula, Croatia. Fox Grant Acting Recipient 2006.

Alfie Parker (Dance for Musical Theatre)

Is a country-hearted city boy. With a degree from Penn State University in Integrative Arts and professional training from Point Park Conservatory, Alfie has danced with Pilobus Dance Theatre, Bill T. Jones Dance Company, Nommo African Dance Company and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company Summer Intensive. Broadway credits include Aladdin (ensemble and understudy for Genie), Chicago (ensemble), and South Pacific (ensemble and understudy for Henri). Alfie also teaches many styles of dance and loves being able to share his passion with others. He has taught extensively, including at the Broadway Dance Center, the American Musical Theatre Academy in New York, London and Canada, and the Scoula Artendanza in Italy.

David Loud (Musical Theatre Workshop)

A graduate of Yale University, has served as music director for numerous Broadway shows, including The Scottsboro Boys, Ragtime, Curtains, Sondheim on Sondheim, Steel Pier, A Class Act, The Look of Love, and revivals of She Loves Me, Sweeney Todd, Company and The Boys From Syracuse. As an actor, Loud has originated three roles on Broadway: Sasha in Curtains, Manny in Terrance McNally's Master Class and Ted in Harold Prince's original production of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. He has also served on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama.

David Sabella (Vocal Technique)

Is President of The New York Singing Teachers Association (2008-2014), DVP Certified. Broadway: Chicago. Off-Broadway: Jules, Kiss and Make Up, Hexed in the City, Foxy, Watch Your Step. Opera: Giulio Cesare, L' incoronazione di Poppea, Die Fledermaus. Winner: Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition.

David Gaines (Accompanist)

Currently a coach/accompanist in the Drama Division at Juilliard. At Juilliard his credits include musical direction for productions of Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Hostage, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark et al., as well as the annual cabaret performed by the third year acting class. His cabaret credits include working as musical director/arranger for such artists as Penny Fuller, Jeff Harnar, Andrea Marcovicci, Karen Mason and many others. As a pianist/musical director, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music et al. He recently composed the score for 'The Poets' a short film.

Guest Luminaries

Mana Allen (Guest Master Teacher)

Served on the Acting Department faculty of CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory for 20 years teaching in the NYU, Professional, Summer and Molloy College programs. A Master Teacher of Vocal Performance, Mana’s former students are appearing, or have appeared, in dozens of Broadway shows, including Hamilton, School of Rock, Spring Awakening- OBC and Deaf West, Something Rotten, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Fiddler On The Roof, Beautiful, Les Miserables, Dames at Sea, Finding Neverland, Wicked, Amazing Grace, The King and I, The Book Of Mormon, Mamma Mia, Big Fish, First Date, Holler if Ya Hear Me, Newsies, The Scottsboro Boys, and Once as well as in Off Broadway productions including Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Giant and Here Lies Love. Her students are also represented in national, regional and international productions, in web series and on television. Mana alsoserves on the faculties of Barnard College, Fordham University Summer Musical Theatre Workshop assisting Maestro David Loud and The Broadway Theatre Project. Mana appeared on Broadway in the original productions of Merrily We Roll Along and Smile. Off Broadway, regional, national and international credits: created featured roles in 17 world premiere productions. Served as U.S. Cultural Ambassador touring India, Sri Lanka. Voice heard on cast recordings, television and radio. Artistic company member of The New Harmony Project, The Gathering at Big Fork, and Associate Producer of the CAP21 Blackjacks Festivals of New Works. Co-librettist of Rebels 1775 - premiered at RVC Starlight Theatre in Rockford IL., broke box office records at The Spirit of Broadway Theatre in New Brunswick, CT. Dramaturg for John Allen, including: Theatreworks USA's Lady Liberty, Jefferson and Jupiter, Young Abe Lincoln (also co-lyricist). Dramaturg on projects for Galt MacDermot, Matty Selman, John Pielmeier, Scott Hayes, John Probst. Creator-Director of 13 CAP21 Composer/Lyricist Projects since 2005. Directs readings and cabaret shows throughout NYC. Mana serves as a permanent volunteer to the Curator of Exhibitions and to the Artistic Producer of events at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Member of AEA, SAG, AFTRA, the DGA and the TEDxEast community. Mana hails from a musical theatre family and her stories appear in Jennifer Ashley Tepper’s book series, “The Untold Stories of Broadway” (Volumes One and Two).

Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Guest Visiting Director)

This award-winning director and choreographer’s work has been seen throughout the United States, Canada, England, Denmark, Asia and the Middle East. Dodge’s celebrated 2009 Kennedy Center revival of Ragtime moved to Broadway after its sold-out run in Washington, D.C. (2010Tony® Award Nomination for Best Director of a Musical.) A new production of Ragtime is touring the United States for Phoenix Entertainment through June of 2016. Recently, she was granted permission to create all new choreography for Fiddler On The Roof, at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre where she has won three Carbonell Awards for direction and choreography. New York & Regional: Center Stage, Arena Stage, Bay Street Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Denver Center Theatre Company, Flat Rock Playhouse, Glimmerglass Festival, Goodman Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Huntington Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center of The Performing Arts, La Jolla Playhouse, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Music Circus, New York City Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Reprise Theatre Company, The Muny, The Public Theatre. Abroad: Fredericia Teater in Denmark; Nanta Theatre in Seoul, S. Korea; Royal Opera House in Muskat, Oman and the Wintergardens Theatre in Blackpool, England. Upcoming projects include Empire The Musical ( La Mirada ), 110 In The Shade (Ford’s Theatre) and the American premiere of Frank Wildhorn's The Count of Monte Cristo (Pioneer Theatre). Dodge is also a teacher, a wife, a mother, a published and produced playwright and a proud executive board member of SDC. For more,