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63 years of excellence

Playhouse Teachers

All Playhouse Instructors are Level II Background Checked (State and National).

Ashleigh Hernandez is a Lake Worth area native, an experienced choreographer, a Certified Teacher, and a South Florida small business leader. She has been a performing artist for the majority of her life, not only leading dance and cheer groups to victory, but intertwining performing arts with poetry and literature during her years within the elementary school classroom. Her experience as a performer allows her to to produce attention grabbing, heart-moving shows filled with the passion she ignites in others. Overall, she strives to help children see the value in literature and the arts while helping them reach their potential.  

Ryan Brown, originally from Chattanooga, TN, has had extensive training in many different styles of dance. From his beginning at the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the performing arts, in Atlanta, Ga, simply inspiring to be a “mover”, he continued to expand his knowledge of dance. Attending a Point Park University intensive allowed him the ability to clarify specific genres in which he could groom individually. Following that he would travel to Dance Theater of Harlem where he was apart of an extended training program focusing on the Balanchine technique. After successfully completing the program he later went on to attend the University of the arts in pursuit of his B.F.A in dance with a concentration in Jazz.

Cara Abaldo has successfully completed the Yoga Teachers Intensive at Yoga & Inner pEace. She has earned the title of Yoga Siromani - Minister of Yoga.

Jessica is very excited to be working with this summers campers at the LWP.  She recently choreographed productions of High School Musical 2 and Willy Wonka Jr. Being a performer for over half her life, Jessica finds passion teaching children while still performing in productions across South FL. She has worked with students in CT and South FL through the performing arts and has coached with Broadway professionals and artists.  Most recently she played Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz at Actors Playhouse in Miami and also was in Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale.  Jessica is excited to share the magic and joy of live theatre this summer with each and every camper.


Edward Dunlop is a veteran of over 15 years in the casting field in the feature film and television industry in Los Angeles. Most recently he worked on the CBS television pilot "Anatomy of Violence", created by Howard Gordon and Alexander Cary ("Homeland", "24"). He was the casting director for the final three seasons of the hit series "CSI: Miami", and his casting director or associate casting director credits include the film version of the musical "Hairspray", the Emmy-winning HBO film "Recount", ABC television movies of the classic "Columbo", and the hit CBS series "Touched By An Angel". He has worked with filmmakers and artists such as Sydney Pollock, Anthony Minghella, Richard Zanuck, John Carpenter, Peter Falk, Jerry Bruckheimer, Spike Lee, John Carpenter, and the poet Maya Angelou (who directed the film "Down In The Delta").


Nicole Lee is an honors graduate of the University of Miami’s Musical Theater department. She is a National Board Certified Music Teacher with 18 years of experience who has conducted both the Elementary Honors Chorus and Orff Ensemble for the Spotlight on Young Musicians Concert at the Kravis Center. She has also been a Judge for the Bak and Dreyfoos School of the Arts theater audition process for over 8 years. In addition, Nicole has coached many students to successfully get into these programs. This summer Nicole had the privilege to work with the Outreach program in conjunction with the Lake Worth Playhouse training underprivileged students in the different components of theater. In addition, Nicole Lee is also a professional singer and actress. She is a proud Burt Reynolds Institute of Theatrical Training alumna. She has done several shows at the Lake Worth Playhouse. Some of her favorites include “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Hairspray”.  Recently she completed several productions of “Menopause the Musical.”
Nicole looks forward to combining her two passions by leading the Theater classes at the Lake Worth Playhouse. Her many years of teaching, acting and judging have prepared her to impart this wisdom to students who want to prepare for auditions, be a better singer or just feel more confident.

Saxz Stevens has had a life-long career dedicated to the performing arts as a dancer, choreographer, actor, director and teacher. As a soloist and company member for several NYC based major Jazz and Modern dance companies, and as director of his own Performing Arts Ensemble, Saxz has performed and choreographed in countless cities across the US and around the world during his decades long career. He has taught Jazz, Modern, Movement for Actors, Acting for Dancers, and Body Breathing (slow movement designed for optimum strength, flexibility and balance) for numerous private professional schools, universities and organizations including Kent State University, UMass–Amherst, Stephens College, U of Mississippi for Women, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Mary Anthony Dance Company School, Martha Graham School, and Dance Masters of America… to name but a few. As a highly experienced, dynamic and innovative teacher, Saxz will inspire your creative expression and enjoyment through movement and dance.

Patricia Garcia is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia where she majored in Theatre and English and has actively been coaching elementary, middle, and high school aged students ever since!  Hailing from Georgia, she was fortunate enough to study under highly talented former veterans of the Broadway stage and the Met.  Under their tutelage, her love of theatre flourished and developed into a passion for cultivating talent in others.  Her approach is is simple: create a safe space free of the tensions that inhibit us and tie us down in order to release and portray the powerful essence of the human condition.  Patricia has coached children for performance and auditions as well as for simply cultivating new communication skills.  She is so excited and thankful to be able to share her love of theatre with these talented dynamic children! 

Daniel Eilola is a local actor and director who received his training at Towson University where he studied under Tony Award winning actor Jon Glover. Daniel has appeared in commercials and on stages throughout the northeast. Recently, Daniel has appeared in 5 productions on the Lake Worth Playhouse stage including: The Unexpected Guest, Almost Maine, The 1940’s Radio Hour, The Foreigner and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He also has directed four productions at the Playhouse including Riverside Drive and Central Park West by Woody Allen, 4000 MILES by Amy Herzog, Search and Destroy by Howard Korder, The Odd Couple by Neil Simon and will also be directing the upcoming production of Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring.
Shonna Rash graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, and Theatre, Shonna moved from the land of potatoes to sunny Florida where she combined her love of theatre with her love of children and teaching as an Instructor at The Performance Project. During that time she began working as a Production Stage Manager in professional theatres from coast to coast. Shonna has also used the power of performance as a Developmental Specialist to teach confidence, discipline, and teamwork to children with disabilities. Shonna finally found her heart and home teaching, directing and sharing the magic of theatre with kids of all ages. Shonna is so grateful for the many opportunities to work with the exceptionally talented youth in this wonderful community.
 Marty Mets is a native born Floridian, Marty graduated from Full Sail University and ever since has been working on both sides of the recording studio glass wearing the hats of engineer, producer, or musician - sometimes all at once.  Other favorite design credits include: 4.48 Psychosis (2009 Carbonell Award: Best Sound Design), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2012 Carbonell Award Nomination: Best Sound Design), Cabaret, A Little Night Music, The Glass Menagerie.
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