Marilyn Perry - Executive Director and Producer
As Executive Director and Producer of Showtime Performing Arts Theatre since its inception, Marilyn with her talented staff, has created a successful school and theatre for all ages. Her staff of professional instructors offer the best training in the area offering the true Triple Threat - Singing, Acting and Dancing.
It is her pleasure to produce and bring award winning Children's Theatre to South Florida.
SHOWTIME was voted
- - Sun-Sentinels' The Best of Boca
- - Best Kid's Activity/Entertainment (Sun Sentinel)
- - 2015 Best Academic Arts Program
- - 2015 & 2016 Kid's Crown Award (South Florida Parenting)
- - #1 Kids Activity/Entertainment
- - #1 Summer Camp
- - South Florida Parenting KIDS CROWN Award: Best Children's Theater in South Florida (Best Kept Secrets)
- - Nickelodeon's Parents Connect Parents Pick Award Finalist for Best Theater Group for Kids
- - Boca Lifes' the Best of South Florida Children's Acting, Dance and Music Classes
Rebeca Diaz was born in San Francisco, CA, but was raised in Santiago de Chile. There, she trained in ballet, modern, and ballroom dance, lyrical, pop, and jazz singing, and obtained an Acting degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Since then she has appeared in many different productions, ranging from musical theatre, to straight plays, Improv, comedy, children's theatre, national tours, and Renaissance Faires
After a career in Chile, where favorite performances include Jesus Christ Superstar (Ensemble), West Side Story (Anita), Three Sisters (Natascha) - directed by Berlin Golden Bear Award Winner for Best Actress, Paulina Garcia in the film "Gloria", Maldito Disney (Belle, from Beauty and the Beast), and the national premier of Les Miserables (Fantine), Rebeca moved to live and work in New York City. In NYC Rebeca obtained her AGVA card (and therefore eligibility to AEA & SAG-AFTRA), by performing in the Off Broadway show LMAO, an Improv Comedy Revue. She later went on to help create and star in the Off Broadway family show The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told!, currently running at the Snapple Theatre. Other productions include the national tour of Eureka!, a children's show about Mathematics, and 3 seasons at the New York Renaissance Faire, Pirates of the Hudson, and the Forest of Fear (a haunted attraction).
Rebeca is fluent in English and Spanish, and is also an accomplished musician (guitar, piano, flute, recorder, and percussion), and teacher. She has taught ESL, Spanish, English Literature, History and Math at both private and group levels, and has experience teaching children with special needs (Asperger's, ADHD, and Dyslexia) in both literacy and theatre. She taught in several public and private schools in NYC, specializing in Improv comedy as a way of communication.
With New York and international connections, Rebeca moved to Fort Lauderdale to escape the cold weather and has recently appeared in The God of Isaac at the Broward Stage Door Theatre and Murder Mystery at the Mardi Gras Casino. A true triple threat and well respected for her expertise in acting, dance and particularly in vocal direction, training and technique, Rebeca is available for private vocal and acting coaching. We are excited to have Rebeca on board to share her many talents with all SHOWTIME Performing Arts students.
Born and raised in South Florida, Stephanie's passion for theatre began from the moment she put on a costume and stepped out on stage.
She attended Lynn University, and in three years, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Drama and a Minor in Business Management. She also attended Cosmix School of Make-up Artistry specializing in Production Make-up Artistry. Her acquired skills include make-up for stage and screen, beauty and airbrush make-up application, and special effects make-up, as well as, hair styling and costume design.
In addition to behind-the-scenes work, Stephanie has appeared in many productions ranging from musical theatre and straight plays to improv and comedy shorts. Some of her theatre credits include Lola in Damn Yankees, Lucy in Jeckyll and Hyde, Tuptim in The King and I, The Wardrobe in Beauty and The Beast, Ismene in Antigone, and Tyler in Some Girls.
Stephanie works as an Actress and Professional Make-up Artist in South Florida. She uses her knowledge of make-up artistry and theatre as an educator, teaching basic and advanced application technique in various workshops.
She believes that the future of theatre lies within the youth of our generation. As an educator, her goal is to inspire and ignite passion with all that she teaches. She is thrilled for the opportunity to join the very talented staff and utilize her skills here at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre!
While growing up in Yonkers, New York, Ms. Alfaro was accepted into Youth Theatre Interactions where she studied acting, pantomime, improvisation, ballet, modern, tap, and even African dance. At 15, she was invited to join the Mime Time Players, a professional pantomime troupe in NYC, and traveled throughout the Tri-State area performing in venues including the World Trade Center, the Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and others.
Before moving to Florida, Mrs. Alfaro attended the prestigious Pace University. She earned her degree from Florida Atlantic University while performing with local theatre troupes, touring throughout Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties. Pretty much retired from performing, Mrs. Alfaro has been teaching drama in the Palm Beach Public school system for 17 years and is the drama director at Woodlands Middle School in Lake Worth, Florida, where she has successfully built up her theatre program into three tiers (Drama 1, 2 and 3). Her students have enjoyed many successful awards at the District 3 ITS Festival and can claim well over 60 Excellents, 40 Superiors, and 4 Best of Shows. Many of her students have gone on to study acting at several successful high schools such as Dreyfus, Boynton Beach Theatre Academy, G-Star School for Film and Television, Santaluces and Palm Beach Central. Her easy disposition and her passion for 'good acting' have propelled her into a successful theatre coach, both in public school and as a private coach.Her specialty is monologues, pantomime, and improvisation, and she has directed and choreographed many musicals. Some favorites include Fiddler on the Roof, Jr., The Music Man, Jr., Into the Woods, Jr., Bugsy Malone, Jr., Seussical the Musical, Jr., and Willy Wonka, Jr. Mrs. Alfaro looks forward to one day retiring to begin a career in writing but she is in no rush to end her love of students, acting, and dancing!
Born and raised in South Florida, Bridget Parente always had a love for the arts. Whether it was acting, singing, dancing, costuming, or special effects makeup, she flourished in it.
Bridget is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a BFA in Theatre. Her studies included acting techniques from Chekhov, Meisner, Stanislavski, and Shakespeare. Other studies included extensive voice training in both Linklater and Fitzmaurice, speech training in the International Phonetic Alphabet as well as American Theatre Standard, Royal Pronunciation of Standard British, Cockney, and various Southern accents. Vocal training in both musical theatre and classical styles of singing and training in many dance and movement styles. At FAU, Bridget also was Vice President of the national theatre honor society, Alpha Psi Omega, where she produced various shows every semester in FAU?s Studio 2 Theatre. She also created the special effects makeup for most of the shows at FAU in both Studio 1 and Studio 2. Lastly, she was the proud director of ?Really Really? at FAU, along with various short plays. Some of Bridget?s theatre credits include Kayleen in Gruesome Playground Injuries, Callie in Stop Kiss, Andrea in Once on this Island, Karma in Laughing Stock, and We the Pieces, where she played various characters in a touring company with Arts Garage that performed to local elementary and middle schools.
Bridget has always worked with children in many capacities. Some favorite positions include character actor and entertainer for birthday parties and fitness and gymnastics teacher at MyGym. So she is beyond thrilled to be combining her passion for theatre with her love of children at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre!
Lauren was born and raised in South Florida and has been performing in the arts since the age of 7. She has extensive training in multiple forms of dance, voice, and acrobatics.
She attended New World School of the Arts and graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater. She then ventured off to New York City for three years, thereafter touring the United States performing in children's musicals for the Panto Company USA.
Lauren works professionally as an actor in South Florida. Past credits include Carousel at Actors's Playhouse, Gypsy (Majorie May), Carnival (Greta) at Broward Stage Door, Footloose (Wendy Jo) at Marquee Theater Company, Rainbow Magic LIVE (Ruby) with the Panto Company USA, Spring Awakening (Anna) at the Colony Theater, Company (Jenny) at FAU's Festival Reperatory, and Love Spell (Snow White) - an original one person show.
Lauren loves working with children and is so excited to be part of the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre team!
A native of Boca Raton, Ariana has always had a passion for the fine arts, especially music! From a young age she has performed in many venues as a vocalist, actress, pianist, flautist and dancer. Ariana received her Bachelor of Music Degree with emphasis in Theatre from Stetson University, where she studied voice, piano, flute, theatre and composition.
As a vocalist, Ariana has performed in numerous musical theatre productions. Some of her title roles include: The Minstrel in Once Upon a Mattress, The Mayor’s Wife in The Music Man, Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, The Stepmother in Cinderella and The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz. Ariana’s primary focus while pursuing her degree at Stetson University was voice, performing in prestigious vocal ensembles including Choral Union, Women’s Chorale and the elite Concert Choir. She also performed in several of Stetson Opera Theatre’s productions, including Berenice (ensemble), The Bartered Bride (ensemble), Amal and the Night Visitors (ensemble) and her debut role as the First Alms Sister in Suor Angelica.
As a pianist, Ariana is a songwriter and composer. Writing music on the piano became an outlet of self-expression for her and a passion that has grown over the years. An active singer-songwriter, Ariana has released several singles and plans to release her first album later this year entitled FEARLESS.
As both a playwright and director, Ariana has had several children’s plays performed, including “Crazy For Pie,” “The Princess Games,” “Checkmate” and “The Great Holiday Extravaganza! (That Almost Wasn’t).
For the past five years. Prior to relocating back to her hometown of Boca Raton, Ariana had been teaching piano, voice, flute, theatre, composition and songwriting at Broadway Music Academy in central Florida. ).” As a teacher at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, Ariana is thrilled to share her diverse talents as a playwright, composer and songwriter to inspire students and foster their creativity!
Born and raised in South Florida, Lauren began her training with dance and gymnastics. From there, she took the skills from both sports and began cheer leading. For 15 years, Lauren cheered her way from middle school, to a 7x national championship team at Coral Glades High, to cheering for Florida International University, to becoming a professional cheerleader and captain for the Miami Marlins Energy Team from 2011-2015. One of her highest and most humbling achievements as the team's leader was being chosen to visit our US troops in Middle East.
Never neglecting her ultimate goal of acting, Lauren graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatrical Performance. Her studies included techniques from Stanislavski, Chekhov, Meisner, and Shakespeare, combined with voice and movement training from professors who studied directly with Kristin Linklater. Her dance training includes hip-hop, jazz, modern, ballet, tap, break dancing and Japanese Kabuki. She also received special training in Royal Pronunciation of Standard British, the International Phonetic Alphabet, trance Mask work, and Stage Makeup.Professionally, Lauren has been involved in many shows and projects. 'Carnival'-Stage Door, 'Bachelorette'-Miami Alternative Theater Festival, 'Epoxy'-Improv South Miami, and currently 'Footloose'-Marquee Theater. She has danced live in concert with The Sugar Hill Gang, Fat Man Scoop, and Kevin Ortiz at the Jr. Latin Billboards. She can also be spotted in various music videos as a dancer.
Lauren finds so much joy in working with the artists of our future. She is West Broward High School's Choreographer and Assistant Director. Her shows there have been, 'Legally Blonde', 'A Broadway Review', and 'Bye Bye Birdie'. She also choreographs for WBHS'S Competition Choir. Lauren is excited to be working with the talented staff and young artists at Showtime!
Rio has been part of the local theater scene since high school and has been performing on stage since the age of 12. With a great appreciation for performing on stage in theatrical theater companies over the past few years.
Most recently he has performed in the casts of The Rothchilds (Broward Stage Door Theater) Hair (MNM Productions), School of Rock and American Idiot (Showtime Performing Arts Theater), Into the Woods and Tommy (Entr'acte Theatrix)
When not involved in a theatre production or auditioning for the next one, Rio is playing music at live venues all around South Florida as a solo artist.
Playing guitar and singing as a tenor, Rio thoroughly enjoys making music and doing everything he can to put on a great show. He writes and records his own original music, releasing an album back in 2013 with his band at the time, and still making new music every day on his own or with his band. Though his primary instrument is the guitar, Rio is also proficient in piano, bass and percussion. He is currently finishing his debut solo album titled Laugh While It Hurts. Rio is pleased to share his talents with students at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre.
Scott Sutter, born in Madison, Wisconsin, has lived in Florida most of his life. He first began singing, performing and recording at the age of four, accompanied by his father, a vocalist and guitar player.
Scott played keyboard, bass, drums and lead guitar with local groups during his youth and began touring with established acts by the age of eighteen. Scott has opened for numerous national acts throughout his musical career and has been contracted to record, produce and lay down tracks for well-known acts. In addition, he has written sound tracks for movies and a nationally syndicated television show.
Scott has performed his original and cover music at known venue's such as Caesar's Palace, Janice Landing and various concert halls throughout the country. He has written, recorded and produced many CD's in various musical genres. Scott has been teaching guitar, bass, keyboard and drums to children and adults for most of his musical career. Currently, Scott owns "That Band", a pop/rock four piece powerhouse and Three-O-Three an original duo.