CharacterWorks...Building Christian Character On and Off the Stage!
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 Wendy Amadee - Teacher

Wendy Amadee is excited about finally joining the CharacterWorks staff in a brand new facet as a classroom teacher this year. She is a CYT alumni, having performed in 21 CYT Richmond musicals (2001 - 2010). She has also worked as a permanent member of the Summer Camp staff since 2009. Wendy received a B.S. in Pre-K and Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education from Grove City College in Pennsylvania in 2013. She adores teaching and encouraging kids to reach their fullest... Read More
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 Fran Coleman - Teacher

Fran Coleman earned her first Bachelor’s degree in Classical Vocal Performance at Virginia Commonwealth University. While there, she performed several solo recitals, sung in The Madrigalists, and also played the role of Marcellina in select scenes from Mozart’s, “The Marriage of Figaro”.

After completing her degree, Fran received her second Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Longwood University. There she gained great experience through solo... Read More
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 Stacey Daub - Teacher

CharacterWorks combines two of my passions--music and children. Throughout my own school career, I was actively involved in choir. I graduated from VCU in 2003 with a BS in psychology and a Masters of Teaching. After teaching elementary school in Henrico County for 8 years, I began teaching preschool. In addition to teaching preschool, I'm a certified Music Together teacher, a Sunday School worship leader, and I assist with the children's choirs at my church. My family's love for CYT... Read More
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 Sabrina Morgan Jordan - Teacher

Mrs. Jordan is a joyful conduit of the arts and has been guiding children on a creative journey of discovery for many years. As an artist, she continues her quest to inspire the children she serves to embrace their artistic self-expression. Applying her studies at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts and an extensive background working in public school systems and other educational organizations, she develops visual, music and dramatic arts curriculums to enhance academic success through imagination and creativity. In addition to teaching theater classes she is currently the Program Specialist of Cultural Arts at the Shady Grove YMCA and creates arts based cross-curriculum programs for The Education and Innovation Center for Children. As she eagerly completes the last few classes toward a B.A in Business at Strayer University, she is also excited about her forth year and upcoming season with the company.

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them. Romans 12:6

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up” (Pablo Picasso)

 

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 Silvia Ledon - Teacher

Silvia was born to a family of musicians and has been making music as long as she can remember. She studied vocal perfomance at Miami Dade College and the University of Miami, and vocal pedagogy under Dr. Kathleen Wilson at Florida International Univerity. She has extensive experience in performance in all genres of singing: choral, ensemble, opera, worship, pop, jazz, and studio recording. She has 25 years of teaching experience in voice, music fundamentals, choir, guitar, theory,... Read More
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 Rebecca McNamee - Teacher

Becky started dancing at 3 years old after she saw Singin' In The Rain and never looked back.  She graduated with a BA in Musical Theater from James Madison University in 2009.  Becky was fortunate enough to direct as well as perform at school and found that she loved teaching and directing as much as she loved performing.  Becky performed professionally at various regional theaters and in DC before moving to Richmond.  Some of her favorite past roles include Philia in A... Read More , Hunyak in Chicago, Rusty in Footloose, and Sally in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown. She looks forward to sharing her love of Jesus and performing with her students this session.
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 Joy Osborne - Teacher

Joy has been working with CYT Richmond (now CharacterWorks) summer camps since 2003, commuting from Lynchburg, VA.   In December 2010, she and her husband, Chris, moved to Richmond to join the staff year round.  Joy currently directs the year-round CharacterWorks class and camp programs.  She holds a bachelor's degree from Liberty University and a master's degree from Virginia Tech in education.  She is an online instructor for Liberty University.  Joy and Chris... Read More
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 Nicole Pearson - Teacher

Nicole Pearson received a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Musical Theater from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Nicole originally discovered her joy for teaching when she taught and directed the West End Assembly of God youth choir for four years during her summer breaks from college. Nicole has spent the last several years touring with Theatre IV and teaching private voice lessons at West End Assembly of God. Other recent credits include performing several times a year with the... Read More
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 Ali Pfautz - Teacher

Ali grew up out West where she studied dance, theater, and journalism. After more than a decade in the world of TV news, she followed her heart and found her way back to the arts world. Ali has 20+ years of experience performing and educating. These days you’ll find her traveling throughout Central VA performing as The Story Lady. She visits preschools, libraries, and festivals entertaining children with her original tales and songs. Ali also teaches music and movement classes for... Read More
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 Kara Priddy - Teacher

Kara is a dance teacher, choreographer and performer working in the Richmond area. Since graduating in 2006 from James Madison University, Kara has taught and choreographed for various programs throughout the city. She was the artistic director of the weDance Ensemble at West End Assembly of God during their 09-10 season and choreographed for their annual production of Glorious Christmas Nights. She has also taught classes, choreographed, and directed or CYT Richmond (now CharacterWorks) since... Read More
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 Sarah Roquemore - Teacher

Sarah Roquemore has worked in varying degrees as a professional theatre artist and educator for the past five years. After graduating with a B.A. in Theatre and English from James Madison University in 2008, Sarah moved to Washington, DC where she spent a year as the Literary and Public Programs apprentice at The Studio Theatre. From 2009-2011, Sarah lived in Seattle, Washington where she worked as a Teaching Artist for Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Youth Theatre... Read More
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 Miranda Shamblin - Teacher

A Music Education and Theatre graduate from West Virginia State University, Miranda knows her way around the theatre.  She has been involved in all aspects of theatrical work including administration, musical director, choreographer, technical director, and performer.  Before relocating to Richmond, Miranda was the business administrator over the Charleston Stage Company, in Charleston WV.  Some of her performance credits include Belle and Tiny Tim in Theatre IV’s... Read More
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 Alana Smith - Teacher

Alana Smith came to CYT Richmond (now CharacterWorks) from the theatre department at Virginia Tech after receiving her B.A in 2008. While studying acting, she also discovered a love for teaching. God’s plan sent her back to her hometown of Richmond to continue pursuing her passion. Her favorite roles include Nurse in “Romeo and Juliet”, and the title role in “Eurydice”. She has recently been on the local stage with Richmond Shakespeare Company in the role of... Read More
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 Meg Switzer - Teacher

Meg Switzer graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Theatre Arts Education. She toured as an actress with the North Carolina Theatre for Young People before being hired by Hanover County Public Schools to teach theater arts and television production at Lee-Davis High School. After starting a family, Meg earned her elementary teaching certificate and National Board Certification and currently teaches 4th grade at Laurel Meadow Elementary School in Hanover... Read More
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 Heather Vollman - Teacher

Heather hails from Jacksonville Florida. A student of Music Theatre from Florida State University, she has always had a passion for the world where theatre meets music. A few of her favorite roles played are Daisy from Sideshow, Cathy from The Last 5 Years, Rizzo in Grease, and The Duchess in Alice in Wonderland. She's directed and coached many students in voice and music theatre throughout the years through summer camps and community theatre. Heather is thrilled to finally be involved with a... Read More
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 Mia White - Teacher

Mia Kirk White has been teaching young children for over 10 years. She holds a Bachelor degree in Early Education from VCU and is also the director of a pre-school in the West End.  Her passion for acting, dance, and voice began when she was very young.  She grew up in the television industry in California and has been involved in theater and film most of her life. She looks forward to teaching the Sprockets class for CharacterWorks.
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