Faculty

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Paul Canaan

Executive Director / Founder

Laura Bell Bundy

Co-Founder

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Broadway: Kinky Boots (dance captain / original Angel), Miss Saigon, Thoroughly Modern Millie, La Cage Aux Folles, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Legally Blonde

He recently partnered with director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell to launch The Original Production Inc. A dance licensing company that offers high schools and theaters the opportunity to learn and perform original Broadway choreography. 

He founded the arts organization Take It From The Top, which provides professional mentoring to aspiring young artists. Served as artistic director of The Broadway Dreams Foundation and also serves as a judge for The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The JIMMY AWARDS).

Paul Canaan

Broadway: “Amber Von Tussle” in Hairspray, “Elle Woods” in Legally Blonde (Tony Award

nomination), “Glinda” in Wicked. TV: Cold Case, Veronica Mars, Home Improvement, Malibu Country,”Becky” on How I Met Your Mother, “Shelby” on Hart of Dixie, and Dr. Jordan Denby on Anger Management. She also played the disgruntled teen “Marah Lewis” on Guiding Light. Laura Bell’s film work includes Dream Girls,

Jumanji, Life with Mikey, The Adventures of Huck Finn, CMT’s first original movie To The

Mat, Watercolor Postcards and Hallmark’s Dear Dumb Diary. Laura Bell’s 2010 album on Universal Records, Achin’ and Shakin’ with her breakout hit “Giddy On Up” which reached

#31 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Charts.

 Cooter County (www.cootercounty.com). Cooter County has garnered more than four million upload views and a cult following that quote characters like Shocantelle Brown, Euneeda Biscuit, and Justice Goode, to name a few. Laura Bell Bundy is a self-proclaimed HOT MESS!

Laura Bell Bundy

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Charity Angél Dawson

Mrs. Doubtfire, Waitress, 

Side Show, Dream Girls, The 

Color Purple

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Ellyn Marie Marsh 

Bedwetter, The Rose Tatoo, Pretty Woman, Kinky Boots, Priscilla Queen of the Dessert, Enron

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Noah J. Ricketts

Frozen (Kristoff), To My Girls, Beautiful: The Carol King Musical

Nicole Parker -

MADtv, Wicked (Elphaba), Fame

Becomes Me,People in

the Picture.

Connor Gallager

Choreographer:

Beetlejuice, The Robber Bridegroom,

Disney’s Tangled, Elf,

Found.

Leslie McDonel -

Hairspray, American

Idiot, Legally Blonde.

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Brad Wilcuts - 

Amazing Grace (Broadway, Nat'l Tour, Bway in Chicago)

Porgy and Bess (Metropolitan Opera)

Holmes (Karlin Music Theatre, Czech Republic)

Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare Theatre Co.

Annaleigh Ashford 

You Can’t Take It With

You (Tony Award

winnner), Sylvia,

Kinky Boots, Legally

Blonde, Wicked,

Nick Adams -

Priscilla Queen of the Dessert (Adam/Felicia), Falsettos, Wicked (Fiyero), A Chorus Line, Chicago. 

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Joey Taranto

Kinky Boots, Bat Outta Hell, Spider-man Turn off the Dark, Rock of Age

Rachel Hoffman -

Casting Director at

Telsey + Company.

An American in Paris,

Wicked, Legally Blonde,

and many more.

Cortney Holbrook 

Kinky Boots, Addams

Family, Les Miserabes.

Carrie Manolokas -

Wicked (Elphaba),

Mamma Mia, recording

artist.

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Parker Esse (Choreographer)

 Rags, Oklahoma, Anything Goes, Pajama Game, Me and My Girl. 

Billy Porter -

Pose (FX), Kinky Boots (Tony Award),Grease, Miss Saigon, recording artist.

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J Harrison Ghee

Mrs. Doubtfire, Kinky Boots (Lola), Some Like it Hot, The Sting

Eden Espinosa -

Wicked (Elphaba), Falsettos,

Brooklyn the Musical,

RENT, Evita (Eva Peron - TPAC)

Skye Maddox -

On The Town, West Side

Story, NBC’s Smash.

Meredith Akins -

Mamma Mia, Footloose,

Wicked.

Dontee Kiehn -

Director/ associate choreographer:

An American in Paris, Next

to Normal, Addams Family.

Carlos Encinias -

Mamma Mia, Les

Miserable, Good Vibrations, Scandolous, Alter Boyz