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 children of 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.
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Hot off the streets of Manhattan and ready to bring Broadway to Boca, Nick Rapuano is bringing the ultimate theatre experience to Showtime! Nick is a graduate of the prestigious Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City and has an impressive repertoire of acting roles to his name.
From North Haven Connecticut, Nick has grown into the theatre environment of South Florida. He is a graduate of Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton has also studied self-generated theater and acting technique at the Stella Adler Studio graduating the conservatory by the age of 21.
Nicholas has worked with many directors of the stage such as John Gould Rubin, Tyne Rafaeli and teachers such as Stephen Henderson (Lincoln), Carolyn McCormick (Law & Order) and Cotter Smith (CBS's "The Good Wife"). Nick has been committed to become an artistic director for musical theater since the start of his career.
An accomplished technical theatre designer, Nick has designed the lighting and sound for many musicals and plays throughout New York and Florida.
Stage credits include: King Arthur in Camelot for which he was nominated Best Actor in the South Florida Cappie Awards, playing Mr. Applegate in Damn Yankees, Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, Porker in North Shore Fish and Peter Patrone in The Heidi Chronicles.
Nick is thrilled to be back in South Florida where it all began and most especially to be a part of Showtime Performing Arts Theatre!
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 Fairs.
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.
Faiza Cherie is a graduate of The Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in New York City, a two year intensive Meisner technique program. She studied Musical Theatre and Opera for 9 years.
Faiza is a professional actor and was most recently featured as Meg in Crimes of the Heart at Broward Stage Door, directed by Michael Leeds. She is currently playing Sylvia in The Pride at Island City Stage. In late June, she will be acting in several short plays as part of Girl Play with The Women's Theatre Project. Other regional productions include Harvey, Lost in Yonkers, and I Remember Mama. Some of her favorite musical theatre credits include Lili in Carnival, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Hedi LaRue in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying and, Princess Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress.
Faiza taught Musical Theatre at The Arts and Communications Academy in Michigan for their summer theatre program, a performance camp where students went through the whole process from auditioning to full production performance. There she directed a production of Once Upon a Mattress based on the popular story The Princess and the Pea. Faiza also taught drama at the San Diego Jr. Theatre Summer Camp for children ages 4-11 years old.
Faiza is proud to be working with young creative minds again and cannot wait to see how they grow. Her goal is always to inspire them to reach for their stars.
“Love art in yourself, and not yourself in art.” --Konstantin Stanislavski
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!
Sharon Ruttenberg was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She is an alumnus of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where she studied Music Education. Though primarily trained in vocals and keyboard, she also developed the basic knowledge of other instruments including violin and flute.
Sharon understands children’s educational needs and teaches beginner to advanced students. With over 12 years of private lessons experience, Sharon designs and implements a lesson plan for each student based on his or her strengths and interests. Her enthusiastic teaching technique has inspired her son to also study at the Frost School of Music.
Sharon is thrilled to be offering her teaching talents for vocals and piano with the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre!
Beverly Blanchette recently retired as the Dean of Theatre of the AW Dreyfoos School of Arts after a 35-year career as a theatre arts educator. During these years, she was distinguished with many accolades including: the Randolph Frank Prize for Performing Arts Educator, the Florida Theatre Conference Distinguished Career Award, the Florida Association for Theatre Education Outstanding Arts Educator Award, the Florida State Thespian Sponsor of the Year Award, and an induction into the Educational Theatre Association Hall of Fame. An advocate for arts education, she is a past president and current Executive Board Member of FATE (Florida Association for Theatre Education). Most notably, Blanchette just completed a Juilliard School (New York) Directing Fellowship and a Globe Theatre (London) Shakespeare-Directing Program.
Blanchette has directed over 100 plays/musicals, many of which were awarded/showcased at the Florida State Thespian Festival, the Florida Theatre Conference, the International Thespian Festival, and the Edinburgh/Scotland Fringe Festival. Her students received many Critics’ Choice Awards in all areas of performance and design at both district and state Thespian Festivals. She chartered four Thespian Troupes in the state!
She holds a BA from FSU’s School of Theatre and an MFA in Acting/Directing from FAU where she studied with Zoe Caldwell. Whenever time permits, she enjoys performing on stage (last seen in So My Grandmother Died, Blah, Blah, Blah… at Mad Cat Theatre Company, A Doll’s House at Palm Beach Dramaworks, and Talk Radio at Mosaic Theater) and on television (look for her in an Ab-Wave Infomercial!). She is currently starting another career as an audio-book narrator!
She is most proud of the achievements of her former students who are working in all realms of theatre/film/television/videos as actors, directors, producers, writers, designers, technicians, and educators. Beverly teaches Advanced Acting and is available for Private Coaching. Mrs. “B.” is looking forward to working with YOU at Showtime!
Jeanine Gangloff is a theatre teacher, actor, and director originally from West Palm Beach Florida. She attended the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts ( studying under Beverely Blanchette & Dennis Sims). Jeanine attended Florida State University's Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting Program studying with Oscar & Emmy nominated actress Jane Alexander, Ed Sherin (the original director of Law & Order) , and Tony award winning playwright Mark Medoff.
Jeanine spent a year at Mill Mountain Theatre as a company member working in multiple shows such as It's A Wonderful Life, Frankenstein, Elvis People, and Northstar. She moved to New York City, Jeanine worked as professional actor and model with such houses as Cherry Lane Theatre, Hudson Shakespeare Company, Curran Repertory Theatre, Depot Theatre Company, and the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Company (working with Roger Rees and Kate Burton.)
Jeanine received her Masters of Science in Education from City College of New York, focusing on Educational Theatre. Her thesis study was, " Auditing the Audition; College Admissions Process for BFA Acting Programs". She participated in educational theatre workshops with the Lincoln Center Institute and the Creative Arts Team. Jeanine was also the teaching assistant to Sandy Faison, the Dean of the Theatre Department at the Fiorello LaGuardia School for Music & the Performing Arts ( The "Fame" School). Jeanine is certified to teach PreK - 12th grade Theatre in New York, and has her professional teaching license for teaching Drama 6 - 12 in Florida.
Recently, Jeanine moved from New York City to South Florida. Jeanine taught Theatre I- IV, Technical Theatre, and Beginning Acting for Adults at Lake Worth Community High School in 2012- 2013. Her student's received multiple Superior & Excellent Ratings at the District & State Thespian Festival. Currently, she is teaching Acting I at G-Star School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. She is a guest teaching artist at Showtime, and available for private acting coaching.
Julie Cotton has been an actor for over twenty years and a teaching artist since 2001. She has performed in over fifty stage productions, corporate shows, touring shows, voice-overs, industrials, educational videos, and independent films. She finished her M.F.A. in Acting from Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2007, and holds a B.A. in Theater- Emphasis in Vocal Performance from Grand Canyon University back home in Arizona.
She has also been very active behind the scenes: teaching, directing, designing (scenic, lighting, costumes, props, and hair /makeup) for theaters and schools in both New Jersey and Arizona. Julie is a Nationally Certified Therapist of Massage and Bodywork, a Certified Pilates instructor and holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in American Kickboxing. Her passions include the healing arts and passing theater arts on to the next generation. Julie is a great asset to our SHOWTIME staff.
Originally from New Jersey, Aimee received her BFA Degree in Speech/Theatre/Dance from Rowan University and then received her Master’s Degree in Dance/Dance Performance, from NYU. She performed on Broadway in New York after receiving her Bachelor's Degree and continued to perform while attaining her Master's Degree.
Aimee has received additional instructor training from the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC, Broadway Dance Center Teacher Intensive. Trained in many forms of dance including Ballet, Point, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Acrobatics. She has attended numerous classes and workshops in NYC, including Steps, and Broadway Dance Center, with many acclaimed teachers/dancers, such as, Frank Hatchett, Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Chris Judd, Bebe Neuwirth, Gus Giordano, and Mia Michaels.
Aimee has taught award winning choreography for many studios and National Dance Competitions throughout the country, as well as choreography for pageants. Most recently she choreographed for the Miss North Carolina Pageant, for the Miss America Organization. Also a judge for local and national Dance Competitions Aimee has judged for Showstoppers, Encore, Tremaine Dance, Headliners, and many more.
As a Dance Studio Owner/Director while living in Asheville, NC, her students competed in National Competitions, have been selected for numerous auditions and scholarships, and have held local & national titles. Aimee is a member of Dance Masters of America & Dance Educators of America.
Now in her new home of Boca Raton, Florida, Aimee is proud to offer excellent technical and artistic training to the students at Showtime Performing Arts. Her goal is to build a nurturing environment for students to grow into confident artists and inspiring individuals. Able to instruct and inspire at all levels, Aimee is pleased to provide the tools and training necessary for those interested in a professional career, and a rewarding experience for those who just love to dance or are hoping to learn to dance.
Training for over 15 years, Carly has been affiliated with DANL Dance Center. She is an experienced competitor and performer and has been seen in the ProBowl Halftime show in Hawaii, 42nd Street for Clear Channel Miami, as well as the George Lopez Show. Carly relocated to Los Angeles for two years where she performed with the Revelations Dance and Aerial Company and taught for Fusion Dance Studio. Carly also toured as an assistant to Kim Wolfe with West Coast Dance Explosion as well as numberous studios around the United States and Costa Rica for four years. She now resides in South Florida teaching company level Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical and Acrobatic classes and is well known for her very Advanced Level Acro work and choreography. Carly specializes in choreographing competition dance pieces for several South Florida studios including Boca Dance, Dance FX and DNL Dance Center. Carly is very excited to share her award winning choreography and special talents with the Showtime Performing Arts students and campers! _________________________________
Training for over 15 years, Carly has been affiliated with DANL Dance Center. She is an experienced competitor and performer and has been seen in the ProBowl Halftime show in Hawaii, 42nd Street for Clear Channel Miami, as well as the George Lopez Show.
Carly relocated to Los Angeles for two years where she performed with the Revelations Dance and Aerial Company and taught for Fusion Dance Studio. Carly also toured as an assistant to Kim Wolfe with West Coast Dance Explosion as well as numberous studios around the United States and Costa Rica for four years.
She now resides in South Florida teaching company level Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical and Acrobatic classes and is well known for her very Advanced Level Acro work and choreography. Carly specializes in choreographing competition dance pieces for several South Florida studios including Boca Dance, Dance FX and DNL Dance Center. Carly is very excited to share her award winning choreography and special talents with the Showtime Performing Arts students and campers! _________________________________
With over 19 years of experience in dance education and performance, Angela has been performing and educating dancers throughout the US and parts of the UK. Angela performed professionally for 10 years before changing her focus to choreography and education. For the past nine years she has been the dance instructor and choreographer for the drama departments at West Boca and Boca High School. Both are award winning departments, representing their district at state level and have showcased productions at the state thespian festival in Tampa.
She believes in educating dancers to be aware of their bodies and how the body enables them to move. Heavily influenced by injuries sustained early in her career, Angela is a strong believer in teaching “healthy habits” to her students and how to prevent and care for injuries. To assist in this theory, Angela created a program called Aqua Dance, which was developed to help aid her students in corrective dance training and proper technique. Her professional credits include, Bebe/Judy , A Chorus Line, Consuela, West Side Story, Doatsy Mae, Best Little Whore House in Texas, Anything Goes and Guys and Dolls. Choreography credits include, Crazy For You, All Shook Up, Curtains, Sweet Charity, Chicago, Anything Goes, Les Miserables, Pippin, Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Angela is happy to share her passion and excitement for musical theatre with our SHOWTIME students.
Elyssa Eckhart, graduated from Spanish River High School and is attending college at UCF in Orlando. She began dancing at the age of three and has developed a love and passion for nearly all types of dance. She competed in many types of dance and received awards and scholarships for her hard work. Elyssa combines her love for children, dance and musical theatre by assisting in many of Showtime's camps and classes. Elyssa has danced with several companies as well as on her school's dance team. As a former student at Showtime for years, Elyssa has become a teaching assistant and also works backstage with our student actors, assisting with hair, makeup and costuming. Elyssa fills in whereever needed, as she is a competent artist who can also run technical aspects of the mainstage productions at Showtime.
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.