Broadway: originated Mary in Mary Poppins (Outer Critics, Drama League and Desk nominations), Beauty & The Beast (Belle). National Tours: Mary Poppins (Garland Award), Sound of Music (Mother Abbess) and On The Record. Chicago Lyric: Oklahoma (Laurey) and Showboat (Magnolia). Encores!: The Golden Apple (Mrs. Juniper/Madame Calypso). The Muny: Sound of Music (Maria) and Cinderella (Marie/Fairy Godmother).
Alison A. Owusu is an internationally decorated choreographer/instructor in the tri-state area. Her dynamic and energetic approach to teaching dance makes her beloved by hundreds of her students and the dance community. Alison is the creator of The Alison Owusu Experience Dance Company (best 2016), owner and artistic director of Passion Flux Dance Co (Est 2020, original company Est 2010) in Teaneck, NJ. In addition to Alison’s many achievements, she is a two time consecutive Helen Hayes “The Metros” award winner for outstanding choreography and a two-time Paper Mill Playhouse (2-17 & 2018) nominee for her choreographic work in the Northern Valley Old Tappan High School’s musical Tarzan, Bring it On and Chicago. She is a recipient of the outstanding choreography award from Monsters of Hip-Hop 2021.
Alison has trained at the world-renowned Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in NYC. She focuses on the studies of ballet, hip-hop, modern, contemporary jazz, African, tap and jazz. Her experience has allowed her to train among esteemed teachers/choreographers in the business such as Debbie Allen and Gus Salmon, to name a few. She has extensive training in modern Horton, Graham, and Limon techniques. Alison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and health with a minor in dance from Montclair State University.
Alison’s choreography has graced the stages of Alvin Ailey Black Box Theatre, Merce Cunningham Black Box Theatre, Drexel Performance Theatre, and Margarita at the National Performance Theatre in Venezuela. She choreographed The Music Hall Academy’s production of Bring It On in July 2022.
Stephen Ferri has worked on over 200 productions in his varied career as a music director, orchestrator, keyboardist/programmer and stage/production manager. He has had the privilege to work On & Off Broadway and with The New York Musical Theatre Festival, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Sandbox Theatre, White Plains PAC, and numerous other venues across the country. Favorite credits include Disney’s On the Record, Heathers, The Hunchback of Notre Dame,Les Miserables, Carrie, Dogfight, Little Mermaid, Color Purple,Bare, Avenue Q, Spring Awakening & Next To Normal. As an orchestrator: Foreverman (NYMF), Edges,Roads Courageous, Symphonic version of Songs for A New World and From Broadway With Love which aired on PBS. Other NY theatre credits include: Tuck Everlasting, Dear Evan Hansen, Kinky Boots, War Paint, Theatre World Awards, Analog &Vinyl (National Alliance for Musical Theatre). Stephen was named one of Westchester Magazine‘s “Top People To Watch” and received its “Best of Westchester” award for music direction. Other accolades include 914 Inc’s “Westchester Wunderkind”, the NYMF Award for “Outstanding Orchestration” for Foreverman and The Helen Hayes Theatre Award for “Achievement in Technical Production”. Stephen holds a BFA in Stage Management from Purchase College’s Conservatory of Theater Arts, and is the founder of both the New Musical Theatre Series and Harrison Summer Theatre and currently serves as the Executive Producer for White Plains PAC.
Deborah Toteda is happy to be back at The Music Hall Academy, having previously choreographed the fall 2022 production of The Addams Family. She is the Director of Dance at Harrison High School and serves as the choreographer for their award winning musical theater program, The Footlight Players. She is the recipient of 5 Metropolitan High School Theater Awards (Metros) and was recognized nationally by USA Today for her work in Rye Neck High School’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has performed roles in many dinner theater, off-broadway and regional theater productions and has toured internationally with Regency Cruises as a member of their musical theater troupe. Deborah holds a BA in Dance and Theater Education and a Masters in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy from Manhattanville College.
Halie Morris is well-versed in a variety of musical styles, received a B.M. in Violincello Performance and B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Oberlin College & Conservatory and a M.M. in Violincello Performance from Northwestern University. In recent years, she has performed in various venues, ranging from Joe’s Pub, BAM, and Third Street Music School to the crypts of Greenwood Cemetery. A chamber music enthusiast, she was previously a member of the Bar Hop String Quartet. She has performed with numerous ensembles, including PROTESTRA, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Orchestra of the Bronx, North Carolina Opera, New Music Raleigh and Wet Ink Ensemble.
Renowned NYC vocal coach, teacher, and director Bob Marks will be coming to Tarrytown on 11/04/23! He brings with him a lifetime of experience in musical theatre and an encyclopedic knowledge of songs and shows. He is able to guide performers of all ages and levels of ability to present themselves at their best.
Bob has coached cast members of almost every current Broadway musical, and former students have included Laura Bell Bundy, Kerry Butler, Deborah Gibson, Ariana Grande, Nikki M. James, Ricki Lake, ConstantineMaroules, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Portman, Christy Carlson Romano, Lea Salonga, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Britney Spears, and Ashley Tisdale.
Mr. Marks holds a degree in speech and voice pathology, and has taught at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy and the Weist-Barron School in New York. He has been Special Guest Instructor at the Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia, The New York Singing Teachers’ Association (NYSTA) Professional Development Program at Columbia University, The Voice Foundation Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice, and at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education. He has given workshops, master classes and seminars internationally. His articles have appeared in several publications, including the internationally recognized Journal of Singing.
Peter Royston, a director, playwright and educator, was one of the Founding Directors of the Music Hall Academy. These days, Peter is heading up Anywhere Theatre Company, a theatrical venture dedicated to creating immersive experiences for general audiences and educational programs for schools and communities (and working closely with the Tarrytown Music Hall!) Peter was the writer and director for the plays Dracula & The Theatre of Doom, Save Santa and The Spectre Bridegroom, all of which had their sold-out premieres at the Music Hall. A theatre educator for more than 20 years, Peter wrote over 50 study guides for Broadway, Off Broadway and touring productions, as well as an educational guide about the artist Al Hirshfeld for the NYC Department of Education and a co-writer on the DOE’s Theatrical Education Blueprint.
Anne is thrilled to be working with such a talented group of students at The Music Hall Academy! Anne has a BFA in Music Theater from the Hartt School of Music. She teaches pre-school music at numerous Westchester Nursery Schools and directs the children’s choir at Scarsdale Congregational Church. She has directed and music directed many shows throughout the area including Sister Act Jr, Shrek Jr and Freaky Friday. When she isn’t working, she can be found performing in shows at Curtain Call Theater in Stamford or singing in various Rock n Roll or Jazz bands in the area.
Sean Satin teaches all styles of guitar including acoustic, classical and electric. He began formal training under Jorge Morel. Shortly after, he was accepted into the Manhattan School of Music where he earned a B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance. While there, he studied with Oren Fader and Mark Delpriora and also played in master classes for Eliot Fisk, Eduardo Fernandez, David Starobin, and James Smith. Sean later went on to earn an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as doing post-graduate work. While at Columbia he taught applied guitar to the undergraduate division. Sean has performed throughout the U.S.A and Europe including a concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Sean performs extensively in a wide variety of musical styles from classical to rock. Sean works extensively with the Tilted Axes ensemble and Composers Concordance where he has been involved in countless new music premieres. Mr. Satin has 20 years of teaching experience – all styles and ages, he is currently on faculty at multiple prestigious institutions.
Allie Scherich’s 25-year career as an actor and teaching artist includes working with young performers for Disney On Broadway (Lion King, Frozen and Aladdin), the Broadway productions of Annie and School of Rock, and the National Tour of Billy Elliot. In addition to working with KJK Productions for many years, Allie has also taught and directed children all over the country at Florida Studio Theater, Childsplay (AZ), Sheridan Opera House (CO) and Summer Stars Camp for the Performing Arts (MA). Her favorite experience as a performer was on the high seas with Disney Cruise Line. A lifelong learner, Allie obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing during the pandemic. As a resident of Sleepy Hollow, Allie loves getting to work with the wonderful students in her very own community!