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

Wendy Amadee is a CYT alumni, having performed in 21 CYT Richmond musicals from 2001 (as a member of the very first tour group) through 2010. She also worked for 5 years as part of the CYT Summer Camp staff 2009 - 2013. 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 potential in a variety of ways. Wendy is excited about training... 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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 Jacob Filegar - Teacher

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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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 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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 Grace Sammons - Teacher

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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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