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Playhouse Teachers

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

Shonna Rash - Education & Outreach Director, Beginning Acting & Musical Theatre Performance

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.

Daniel Eilola - Adult Acting

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.

Nicole Lee - BAK/Dreyfoos Prep

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.

Phyllis Spear - Beginning Acting

Phyllis is a veteran New York and South Florida actress who has been seen locally in a multitude of varied roles over the years.   She is also an accomplished ventriloquist who has entertained at children’s parties since her youth.  She is currently directing The Odd Couple (female version) for Act of Davie.

Roger Dunson - Dance for the Stage

Roger Dunson Jr has recently returned to Palm Beach County to rejoin the theatre and dance world of South Florida. While living in New York City, Roger coached actors privately and taught his signature stylized jazz classes at New Dance Group and the 440Studios. He continued his dance education, studying Simonson technique at Dance New Amsterdam, Horton technique at The Ailey Extension, musical theatre with Jeff Shade at Steps, and jazz with Frank Hatchett, Stephen Harding, as well as with the jazz legend Luigi and his protege Francis Roach.
The theater was a second home growing up, allowing Roger to learn all aspects of technical theatre, costuming, writing, stage managing, and eventually directing. He joined Southern Dance Theatre’s open summer program in 1996, studying classical ballet with Julie Bravata. That fall, he became a scholarship student at Ballet Florida while also taking ballet, jazz, tap, and modern at Southern Dance Theatre and Atlantic High School. Following high school, Roger studied education, philosophy, and dance technique at Florida Atlantic University and Florida State University. Before moving to NYC, Roger directed X-10, A South Florida Dance Project from 2000-2005. The company served as a pre-professional training program for dancers wanting to continue their education after high school. He has taught the advanced jazz technique classes at Southern Dance Theatre since 2002 and is currently Director of the Dancer's Edge Senior Company. He conceived, directed, stage managed, and performed in (on roller skates!) Southern Dance Theatre’s Cirque Hommage in 2010. Mr. Dunson also works as an audition coach, helping students get into dance programs at Bak Middle School, AW Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and Boynton High dance programs, as well as New World School of the Arts, FSU, NYU, Marymount University, and the Juilliard School. Most recently, Roger choreographed The Who's Tommy right here at the Lake Worth Playhouse. 

Vanya Allen - Pre-Ballet

Vanya Allen is a singer/songwriter, dancer/choreographer, actress, model and educator from West Palm Beach, FL. A Dreyfoos School of Arts graduate, Vanya has studied dance with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City and Virginia Commonwealth University. Teaching dance has been a passion of hers for over 12 years having taught at Bak Middle School of Arts, Boca Ballet, Florida School for Dance Education, and Egret Lake Elementary to name a few.
You will find her stealing the stages still as a performer and choreographer.
If dance is her sun, then music is her sky. Vanya is a long time songstress having started a 9 piece touring band with friends in high school. Vanya sings lead and works as a solo artist performing various genres of music from originals to cover sets filling the Florida nightlight with live music. She is currently singing with The J Sharp Band and working on her first solo project.

Cara Abaldo - Yoga

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

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