BTI faculty are professional actors, singers, dancers, choreographers, directors, casting agents, and musicians whose credits include Broadway, national tours, off-Broadway and regional theatre, as well as film and television. Every member of the BTI faculty is also a highly experienced teacher.
|Alix Korey (Acting Faculty) Broadway credits include: All Shook Up (Mayor Matilda Hyde); 45 Seconds From Broadway (Arlene); Chicago (Matron Mama Morton) ; Triumph of Love (Hesione); An Evening With Jerry Herman; Cinderella (NYCO); Ain’t Broadway Grand (Harriet); Is There life After Highschool?; Pirates of Penzance (Edith); and Hello, Dolly (1978 revival). Off-Bway: The Wild Party (Drama Desk Nomination); No Way To Treat A Lady (Outer Critics Nomination.); Listen To My Heart (Drama Desk Nomination); Suburb (Drama League Award); Annie Get Your Gun (Annie Oakley). See www.alixkorey.com for more performance credits, as well as numerous recordings, including her award-winning CD Gifts Of Love. Film: Anything But Love, Dummy, Beauty And The Beast, Aladdin, Anastasia, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Elmo In Grouchland. Television: Law And Order, The Closer, State of Mind, Numbers, House and others. For fifteen years, she was a master teacher at NYU Tisch School of the Arts/CAP 21.
|Andrea Kehler (Producing Artistic Director and Co-Founder) has been honored to perform with and/or work alongside entertainers including Ben Vereen, Ann Reinking, Katharine McPhee, Paige Davis, Sam Harris, Terrence Mann, and Charlotte d’Amboise. Her favorite credits include assisting the creative team with the launch of Miss Saigon (2018 national tour), performing with the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1995 & 1996), in The Gregory Hines Tribute at Ann Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project, and in Drama Desk Award nominated Cut to the Chase (Little Angela). Andrea trains professional voice teachers to coach acting for singers, is a college audition coach with students in all of the top musical theatre schools, and has taught in training programs, universities, dance studios, and schools across the country. She is the Marketing Director for Broadway Bound Kids (NYC), has directed and choreographed many shows, founded the acting program at The School of Blessed Sacrament (NYC) where she also directed the dance program, created and directed the Summer Theatre Project (CO), and has been on faculty at Theatre Academy at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA). Andrea runs on almond milk lattes with honey, can’t pass by a macaron shop without making a purchase, and is a Fosse and Shakespeare nerd.
|Dean Kaelin (Voice Faculty) has been teaching voice for 25 years. Dean’s students have performed on Broadway and national tours and signed major record deals. They have been Star Search Winners, American Idol Finalists, and have performed at every major Theme Park in the U.S. He is a Certified Master Teacher of Speech Level Singing. He has conducted master vocal workshops in Austria, Poland, Australia, England, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. He has a degree in Jazz Composition from the University of Utah and a Masters Degree from Brigham Young University. He has been an Associate Professor of Music at Westminster College in Salt Lake City for 8 years. Dean is also a singer, songwriter, musician, performer, and arranger. He has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Africa, with Bette Midler, Bernadette Peters, Peter Gallagher, Leslie Ann Warren and many others. He has opened for George Strait, Dave Matthews, Train, the Goo Goo Dolls, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and was a featured performer at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. He has recorded 7 CDs of his own, and produced many for others. He wrote much of the music performed at the Day of Celebration where a choir of 15,000 sang his music.|
|Devon Goffman is currently performing in the National Tour of Motown the Musical. Other National Tours include Jersey Boys (Swing for Tommy Devito and Nick Massi), Titanic (Fred Barrett), Grease with Frankie Avalon (Vince Fontaine), Buddy (Clearlake MC). Regional credits include Fugitive Songs (Ben), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Jim), Oklahoma (Curly), Buddy (Joe B. Mauldin). NYMF: I Got Fired (Steven). He also appeared in the Korean production of I Got Fired. Film: Michael & Javier (Michael), Drawing With Chalk (Russ). Web Series: Submissions Only (Brick). Devon is a songwriter and also wrote music for two episodes of Submissions Only. Commercials: Bud Light and Property Ladder (TLC).
|Dirk Lumbard (Dance Faculty) recently appeared as Captain Hook in the Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s production of Peter Pan. He played Boris in the Broadway and National companies of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Other Broadway credits include: Music Man (Harold Hill stand-by); Nora Ephron’s Imaginary Friends (Frankie Fact); On Your Toes (Junior) with Natalia Makarova & Kitty Carlisle, Barnum (Sherwood Stratton), with Jim Dale & Glenn Close; and Sugar Babies (Gaiety Quartet), with Mickey Rooney & Ann Miller. Off-Broadway credits include Flora, The Red Menace (Kenny); Dames at Sea (Lucky); and She Loves Me (Kodaly). He won the Joseph Jefferson Award for his portrayal of The Tin Man in the National Tour of The Wizard Of Oz with Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt. Other national tours: Grand Hotel (Erik) directed by Tommy Tune and Crazy for You (Bobby Child), At Canada’s Stratford Festival Theatre he played Harold Hill in The Music Man (Stage Door Award), Kiss Me, Kate (Bill Calhoun), Titus Andronicus (Alarbus/Messenger), Comedy of Errors (Balthazar). He is a recipient of The Stratford Festival’s Tyrone Guthrie Award. Television credits: Deadline (NBC), Home Improvement (ABC), Alice in Wonderland (PBS), and Hometown (CBS). Dirk was on on faculty at NYU Tisch School of the Arts/CAP21.
|Evan Kasprzak (Dance Faculty) made his Broadway debut at Elmer in Newsies. He was a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance: Season 5, where he performed in two Emmy Award winning pieces choreographed by the iconic Mea Micheaels. Following the SYTYCD Live Tour he’s had the privilege of teaching across the US and Canada. Evan was honored to be assistant choreographer to Richard Hinds for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Other credits include Elmer in Disney’s Newsies at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Issacher in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, French Ambassador in Of Thee I Sing, Fatso O’Rear in Do Re Mi, and Jake in Zombie Prom. Evan has choreographed numerous productions including Wild Party, Tenderloin, and Do Re Mi, and has had the privilege of working alongside Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen, John Kander, Frank Wildhorne, and Mia Micheaels.|
||Janine DiVita (Acting Faculty) is currently on Broadway in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She starred as Betty Rizzo in the recent revival of Grease on Broadway. She recently completed Anything Goes on Broadway, and the National Tour of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein starring as Elizabeth Benning. Off-Broadway credits include: The Day Before Spring (York Theatre). Regional credits include: Terri in Sophisticated Ladies starring Maurice Hines (Arena Stage), Little Edie in Grey Garden (Portland Center Stage), A Tale of Two Cities (Pre-Broadway World Premiere, Asolo Repertory), Dot in Sunday in the Park with George, and Nancy in Oliver (Walnut Street Theatre) – nominated for a Barrymore Award for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical. Other roles include: Maria in The Sound of Music, Alaura in City of Angels, Cathy in Company, Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense, and Fania Fenelon in Arthur Miller’s Playing For Time. Janine holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan and a concentration in Communications Studies, where she was awarded both the inaugural Alan Eisenberg/Actors’ Equity Association award, and the Earl V. Moore Award. Vocal performances include: Fox 29 Philadelphia, Broadway in Bryant Park, Lincoln Center, and The Canal Room in NYC, and has taught for numerous programs and universities across the country.|
|Kristina Fernandez (Dance Faculty) spent the last 2 years working on the Tony Award winning musical In the Heights. She served as Dance Captain on the road and then joined the Broadway company when she returned to New York. Prior to her run with In The Heights, her home was at the Gershwin Theatre with the cast of Wicked where she spent an amazing 4 years dance as dance captain and performed in the ensemble. Kristina was dance supervisor for the National and International tours of Fosse. In New York City she performed with the DRE Dance Company (directed by Taye Diggs and Andrew Palermo), she attended Florida State University as a BFA Musical Theatre major, and enjoys teaching master classes in schools and studios all over the country.|
|Mary Ann Kehler (Executive Producer and Co-founder) successfully trains singers ranging from working professionals to those other teachers have labeled “tone deaf.” She is a lifetime member of the IVTOM Board (International Voice Teachers of Mix), and is one of only 70 teachers of Speech Level Singing in the world to have attained Level III or higher certification. Mary Ann trains singers of all styles and her students include voice teachers, music educators, musical theatre professionals, pop recording artists, lead singers for rock and R&B bands, classical choral soloists, worship leaders and singer/songwriters. She is also a college audition coach and has students in top colleges and conservatories all over the country. Mary Ann is a musical theatre director with over 65 shows to her credit. Companies under her direction have appeared with the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing…, been televised live in Europe, twice appeared in the opening number of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, entertained on the White House Ellipse and at Lincoln Center, and performed for the Governor’s Inauguration, in addition to dozens of high-profile events in the Rocky Mountain region. email@example.com|
|Matthew Schneider (Dance Faculty) is a New York-based educator, director, and actor. Matthew has taught at New York University’s Tisch of the School of the Arts (CAP 21), dance studios all over the US, and founded a new theater program at the prestigious Lycee Francais de New York in 2010. Matthew made his directorial debut with Hedwig and the Angry Inch in Sacramento; other favorite directing credits include The Tall Tales of Enoch and My Way, and A Frank Sinatra Tribute. This July, Matthew has the privilege of completing a directorial observership shadowing Glenn Casale, the artistic director of California Musical Theater. Matthew’s professional performance career includes national tours and over seventeen regional theater productions. Favorite credits include 42nd Street (dir./chor. Randy Skinner), White Christmas (dir. Walter Bobbie), and Pride and Prejudice (dir. Mark Lamos). Matthew graduated with a BFA in Drama from CAP 21, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU (with minors in Education and Sociology).|
|Richard Hinds (Dance Faculty) is currently the associate director for Newsies on Broadway, and the associate director/choreographer for the Broadway Bound revival of Jekyll and Hyde. Richard was the associate choreographer for the 2011 Drama Desk Awards, the national and UK tours of 9 to 5, Disney’s first ever stage production of Newsies at Paper Mill Playhouse, and Rocky The Musical in Hamburg, Germany. He directed and choreographed Fame at the Macau International Music Festival in China, choreographed Hairspray, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Cabaret for the New Theatre in Kansas, and was associate director of A Christmas Story at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle. Additional shows he has worked on include The Sound of Music, All Shook Up, The Happy Embalmer, The First Wives Club, Pippin, High School Musical, A Wonderful Life, The Pirate, Grease, and the Off-Broadway production of Frankenstein. As a performer, Richard has been seen in productions of Fosse, Cats, Grease, and was a member of the Original American Company of Queen’s musical, We Will Rock You, in Las Vegas.|
|Ryan Kasprzak (Dance and Acting Faculty) is the assistant choreographer of NBC’s hit TV show Smash, and the choreographer of the White House Black Market campaign with Coco Rocha. He recently served as the associate resident choreographer and dance captain for the national tour of Billy Elliot, the Musical. He recently appeared as the Sun Drop Guy in the national television ad campaign for Sun Drop soda. Along with his brother, Evan, he appeared on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Ryan continues to choreograph and create new work with Parallel Exit: Physical Comedy Theater. Their show Cut to the Chase was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and This Way, That Way prompted the NY Times to say Kasprzak, “can get laughs simply by breathing.” Their comic tap musical Time Step has been seen in New York at the New Victory Theater, Joyce SoHo, Lincoln Center Institute and at the Cos Festival in Spain. Ryan was nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Choreography and served as dance captain for the International Tour of Fosse. He has been honored to work with such legendary entertainers as Gwen Verdon, Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen, and Gregory Hines.|
|Rachel Hoffman (Casting Director) Rachel Hoffman, CSA, has worked in casting since 1999. She is currently a Casting Director at Telsey + Company, where she has been involved in the casting of Smash, Bring It On, Spiderman, Love Never Dies, My Man Godfrey, Minsky’s, Elf, Memphis, The Addams Family, Wicked, Rent, In The Heights, Million Dollar Quartet, Hairspray, You’re Welcome America, Nine To Five, Next To Normal, Blithe Spirit, Legally Blonde, Equus, South Pacific, Catch Me if You Can, Rock Of Ages, Reasons To Be Pretty, The Color Purple, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Next To Normal, Speed-The-Plow, Company, Tarzan, Boys’ Life, Grey Gardens, The Fantasticks, Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On, Cinderella, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sweeney Todd, The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, Candide (Goodman Theatre), Nerds (at Philadelphia Theatre Company), Sex And The City (films), Rachel Getting Married (film), Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s 2009 & 2010 summer seasons, Peep Show (Las Vegas) as well as numerous readings and commercials. Some of the other shows she has worked on include The Boy from Oz, Brooklyn, Bat Boy: the Musical, Altar Boyz, Children of Eden (at The Ford’s Theatre), The Full Monty (at North Shore Music Theatre) and Godspell (2000 Off-Broadway Revival at the York Theatre). She lectures and teaches audition workshops on musical theatre performing/auditioning at many colleges and universities around the US and produces senior showcases in NYC for graduating classes of some of the top musical theatre departments. She is also a staff member of the Broadway Dreams Foundation. Prior to casting, she worked as a performer in NYC, and received her BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan.|
|Sean Turi (Headshot Photographer) worked as a professional model for seven years. With this experience, he brings expertise and insight to his headshot photo sessions. This, combined with his training in computer animation, photography, and post-shoot editing, as well as his inherent talent and imagination, makes Sean one of the most versatile headshot and commercial photographers in New York. Sean has modeled for a long list of prestigious companies including Express Fashion, Puma, Abercrombie, Sony, Motorola, AOL, Johnson & Johnson, Cosmopolitan Magazine and Sugar Magazine (of the UK). His television commercials include Kenneth Cole Cologne, AOL, Immex Wireless, and Rite Aid. Turi has photographed numerous Broadway actors. One photo shoot with Sean offers a diversity of images unparalleled by any other photographer. Visit www.SeanTuri.com to view the video and for more information!|