Janet Van Wess, 2017, teaches four comprehensive levels of acting and theatre arts in a suburb of Portland, Oregon. A native New Yorker, prior to beginning her teaching career Janet worked professionally in several genres of theatre performance in New York, Chicago and Portland. She is excited to continue her education in voice, acting and movement as she prepares to leave the realm of public education and return to private and professional endeavors.
Caitlyn Stirling, 2017, is an aspiring Australian voice practitioner. She regularly works both on and off stage with theatre companies in Tasmania. Theatre credits range from directing and technical design to leading roles in musicals and classical theatre. Caitlyn is a graduate of Tasmanian College of the Arts, UTAS, Launceston, with a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts and an Honours Degree in Theatre. She is particularly passionate about heavy metal music, and is in process of exploring metal screaming as it relates to a range of theatre genres.
Elizabeth Smith, 2017, is a high school educator in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She is a Level II Certified Margolis Teacher and One Voice Practitioner, teaching both Advanced Placement Literature and Advanced Theatre Studies. She has worked on over fifty high school and community productions serving as choreographer, costumer, and director, and is passionate about integrating voice and movement in the classroom.
Sara Paar, 2014, soprano, is an enthusiastic performer of contemporary classical music, opera, vocal dance, and music theatre. Hailed as “astonishing,” Dr. Paar is a favorite with composers and has performed both traditional and new works with ensembles in the US, including Ensemble 365, One World Symphony, and The Choral Society of the Hamptons. Recent performances and recordings include works by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Marga Richter, Roscoe Mitchell, and Clarice Assad.
Erica Northcott, 2014, Canadian soprano, is an active performer in choral, early music, oratorio, operetta, musical theatre, contemporary theatre and commercial music. She has worked in North and South America, Europe and Japan, and is a member of EnChor and the Phoenix Chamber Choir. Erica is Head of Voice for the Music Department at Douglas College, Westminster, and is certified in Somatic Voicework™ the LoVetri Method.
Amanda Wansa Morgan, 2014, is Coordinator for Musical Theatre and an Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA. From 2012 - 15, she was on the Theatre Arts faculty at The University of Mississippi, where she directed Marisol and Time Stands Still, and music directed Hairspray. She was Director of Music Education at Charleston Stage from 2009 - 12 and worked on 28 productions as director, music director, sound designer, and voice/dialect coach.