All Playhouse Instructors are Level II Background Checked
(State and National).
Cathy Randazzo – Director of Education and Community Outreach Coordinator
Cathy is currently the Director of Education and Community Outreach Coordinator at the Lake Worth Playhouse. Cathy has been performing and studying theatre for most of her life. She attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando with a major in Theatre Studies and a minor in Cinema Studies. Once back in Palm Beach, she began teaching, directing, choreographing and musical directing at children’s theatres all over town. In addition to teaching, she has performed in cabarets, showcases and shows in Florida including The Drowsy Chaperone (Valencia College), Urinetown the Musical (Valencia College & The Lake Worth Playhouse), The Wizard of Oz (Broward Center for the Performing Arts), Nine the Musical (Broward Stage Door) and Minnie’s Boys (Broward Stage Door).
Elizabeth Dimon – Adult Acting – Developing a Character
4 time winner of the Carbonell award
Beth has been working as a professional actor for the past 30 years primarily in Florida. She has worked in film and television but theatre is where she calls home. She has a BFA from Florida State University in Acting and is a multiple nominee and 4 time winner of the Carbonell award for her acting, most recently for her role in “Billy Elliot” at Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Credits include: 20 years with Florida Stage, 15 years with Caldwell Theatre, and roles in multiple seasons at Palm Beach Dramaworks, City Theatre, Actors’ Playhouse, Key West Theatre Festival, Mosaic Theatre, Gablestage, Maltz Jupiter, Riverside Theatre, Asolo, American Stage, Theatre Zone, Gulfshore Playhouse, Theatre Lab, Arts Garage, Theatre West, Jupiter DT and Royal Palm DT and more. She also developed her own one woman cabaret called “Second Bananas”. Beth is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Assn., a founding member of the Dramaworkshop at Palm Beach Dramaworks and continues to work professionally in theatres throughout Florida and beyond.
Joanne DePrizio – Summer Camp Director, Mary Poppins, Jr.
Joanne is no stranger to LWPH. She has performed in numerous productions on the main stage and in the Stonzek Theatre. She has directed Stuart Little, the Musical, Guys and Dolls, Plaza Suite, and Swing; She also served asassistant director for Dames at Sea, Urinetown and A Kid Like Jake. Choreography credits include Oliver, Madagascar Jr., Aladdin Jr., Shrek Jr., Cinderella, Nunsense, Chicago, Cabaret, and Crazy for You. Joanne has also received the Best Choreography award for the 2017/18 season production of Oliver!
Laura Graham – Improv for Kids
Laura currently works as Artist in Residence in the theatre dept. at Bak Middle School of the Arts. Originally from New York, Laura studied acting, improvisation and dance there for many years and performed regularly in the tri-state area. Since moving to Florida, she has appeared in several Lake Worth Playhouse (Stonzek) productions and has served as assistant director to Daniel Eilola, the Playhouse’s current Artistic Director. Laura has also performed with local improv troupes.
Samantha McCue is a South Florida based actor. She is a recent graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University, where she earned her BA in Theatre with a concentration in Acting for Stage and Screen, though she also fell in love with props along the way. She taught theatre and acting with the touring theatre company Lamplight Artists for two summers, which kickstarted her love of teaching. In addition, Samantha has recently begun trying her hand at directing. When not acting, propping, or teaching/directing, she handles public relations for a small magazine company. Most recent theatre credits include: The Dinner Detective (cast member), The Boy Friend (Lady Brockhurst at Fern Street Theatre), The Scarlet Letter (Props Master at Fern Street Theatre), and The Taming of the Shrew (Maud at Fern Street Theatre.) Samantha is beyond excited to start working with you and hopes you, too, fall in love with the stage.
Jamie received her BFA in Musical Theatre from New World Conservatory/University of Florida in Miami, FL after attending A. W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. Theatre credits include: The Actor’s Playhouse, The Promethean Theatre, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, The Kelsey Theatre, Florida Stage, the Adrienne Arsht Center, and the Tower Theatre as Judy Garland in her one-person show, ‘Elegies for Frances G.’. She has appeared onstage in concert at the Isle Casino, the Breakers Palm Beach, and in multiple cabaret venues, including the Vermont, Los Angeles, as well as The Hard Rock Live with Clay Aiken. She is also a prolific commercial and television actress, proud member SAG-AFTRA. She has taught tap, jazz, and ballet at Artz in Motion, University Center for the Arts, and Rising Starz Academy in South Florida, as well as in Los Angeles at Agoura Hills Dance, Athletic Garage, and the Edge PAC. Jamie has served as director, choreographer, and musical director of countless shows for children and adults. She was the Artistic Director for Premier Musical Theatre in Encino, Pasadena, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, and Agoura Hills, CA for 4 seasons before founding PlayWell Performing Arts in Los Angeles to provide quality, uplifting, positive educational experiences in an interdisciplinary performing arts setting with leading, working industry professional Instructors committed to inspiring the next generation of young artists. She is thrilled to be returning to her hometown of West Palm Beach and looks forward to collaborating with the very talented and esteemed group of Artist Educators gracious enough to join her in 2018 at Matlock Academy!
Cara Abaldo – Yoga
My name is Cara, of Carasmatic Wellbeing, and I am a Health coach starting a Holistic Wellness Group here at the Lake Worth Playhouse. It will be a small group of 4 – 5 joining me 1x a week for 5 consecutive weeks to learn how to make small changes that have a big impact, and make a significant improvement on your health and overall well-being. You know what to do but I will show you HOW! Join me!
Whitney Grace has been working professionally in Florida for the past two years at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Gablestage, the Wick Theatre, MNM Productions, TheatreZone, Show Palace, and others. Whitney began dancing when she was 6 and has a degree in education. She is passionate about teaching dance and reading personal growth books. “I want to bring an exciting class that allows attendees to strengthen their technique, keep their minds sharp, and further develop as artists. My favorite way to leave class is sweaty and happy.”
Lara Palmer received a BFA Musical Theatre degree from Catawba College in North Carolina. Since then, she has been active in the theatre community and considers the Lake Worth Playhouse her second home. She has been seen on stage as “Alex” in Flashdance the Musical and “Stephanie Mangano” in Saturday Night Fever. She also had the pleasure of assistant directing Oliver. She teaches after school drama programs at Weiss Elementary and the JCC. She is excited to share her knowledge and experience in the upcoming Intermediate Acting class.
Ashlley is a South Florida born and raised actress who’s performed professionally through out the Tri-County area. Notably, Ashlley has performed on the LWP stage as well countless times since the age of 18. As far as teaching goes, Ashlley co-directed and Choreographed in the Palm Beach School System for 4 years in the Elementary School division. Credits include shows like; “Into the Woods Jr.” , “Lion King Jr.” , and “The Little Mermaid Jr.” Ashlley is so excited to get back into teaching again and hopes to have a fabulous season with the students!
Kendall is very excited to be teaching this semester at the Playhouse! She has eight years of experience working with children, and directed her first Children’s Musical at the age of 18. She went on to direct Annie Jr., High School Musical Jr., and Beauty and the Beast Jr. to name a few! Not only has she directed children’s theatre but she is an active member of the community here at the LWPH where she has played the roles of Eva Peron (Evita), Rose Alverez (Bye Bye Birdie) and many more! She’s looks forward to working with everyone and discovering everyone’s special skills and talents!