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Choreography & Teaching

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PROFILE

A professional choreographer, director, teacher, and performer, with over 20 years experience using unique style and technique to transform movement into vibrant stories, and discipline into artistry.


AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Tap • Theatre Dance• Jazz • Musical Theater repertoire • Scene Study • Song Analysis • Ballet • Irish Step


CHOREOGRAPHY"

ALICE IN WONDERLAND                    Creativiva                                                    Summer 2018

DOLCE VITA                                           Creativiva                                                   Summer 2018

HAIRSPRAY                                            Gaslamp Players                                       Winter 2018

OKLAHOMA                                           Seton Hall University                               Spring 2017

OLIVER                                                   Gaslamp Players                                       Winter 2016/2017

THE WHO'S TOMMY                            Alpine Theatre Project                             Aug 2014

GUYS AND DOLLS                                Alpine Theatre Project                              July 2014

BIG RIVER                                              Alpine Theatre Project                               July 2014

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLY       Ocean Professional Theatre Co.               July 2013

PETER PANTAMIME                             Manhattan Movement & Arts Center       Dec 2011  (Co-choreographer)

URBAN ENCOUNTERS                        BC/EFA   Chicago & Sacramento              July 2006

 

DIRECTING

FOOTLOOSE (Assist. Dir.)                       Gaslamp Players                                       July 2018

SING FOR OUR LIVES                             Vanguard Theater Company                   May 2018

"LION KING KIDS"                                    NJPAC and Disney Musicals in Schools  Feb 2017   (Oliver Street Elementary School)

"LION KING KIDS"                                    NJPAC and Disney Musicals in Schools   Feb 2016 (Rosa Parks Elementary School)


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Paper Mill Playhouse - Millburn, NJ.  - Currently teaching scene study, musical theatre workshop and adult acting.  Elisa is proud to be a member of the Education Dept at this TONY Award winning regional theatre. 

Sharron Miller Academy of Performing Arts - Montclair, NJ.  Currently teach theatre dance, creative movement and ballet - to ages 3 - Adult.  http://www.smapa.org/

Rutgers Mason Gross Extension Division, New Brunswick, NJ - Autumn 2015                                                                                                        Taught master classes in movement and musical theater dance to select high school students, emphasizing storytelling through movement, emotional connection, technique and personalizing the material

Actors Connection’s Song & Dance Workshop, NYC- July 2015
Co-taught choreography from Broadway’s “On the Town” to international high school students, emphasizing personalized story telling through movement and song.

AMDA: New York, NY  on faculty for Dance & Integrated Theater Dept.  - 2011 - current
Taught audition technique, tap, jazz, musical theatre styles & ballet; emphasizing theatricality, technique and professionalism. Responsible for Curriculum Development & choreography.

CAP 21: New York, NY - Fall 2014
Taught Broadway style tap classes to intermediate and advanced level musical theater students.

Performers Theater Workshop  Maplewood, NJ - Spring/Fall 2014
Taught acting, jazz, ballet, and theatre dance to ages 5-17 yrs, balancing creative play, discipline and individual expression. Also choreographed and directed a song & dance piece for the Spring Cabaret.

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA - March 2010
Taught a musical theater class, which integrated vocal exercises, acting technique, song deconstruction, performance technique and Broadway style choreography.

STEPS: New York, NY - Aug - Oct 2007
Taught Advanced-beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Tap classes, ages 13 - adult

Villa Victoria/Encorp Theater Summer Program: Trenton, NJ -  June 2008 & 2009
Co-created, directed & choreographed a Broadway revue for junior high and high school students. Taught dance, music, theater technique and repertoire, while building self confidence & creativity.


EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL PERFORMING EXPERIENCE

The Boston Conservatory:
Graduated Magna cum Laude with BFA in Musical Theater; choreography concentrate

Broadway credits:
“42nd Street” (Loraine), “Beauty & the Beast” (Silly Girl), “110 In The Shade” (Lily Ann Beasley) and “Finian’s Rainbow” (Sharon understudy/Dance Captain)

Dance Training:
RAD syllabus, NJ School of Ballet, STEPS, Broadway Dance Center, Dance World Academy