As Executive Director and Producer of Showtime Performing Arts Theatre since its inception, Marilyn with her talented daughter Sara 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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Born in Cincinnati Ohio, and raised in South Florida, Greg began his piano music studies at age 8. Later, as a teenager he familiarized himself with the guitar and bass in order to broaden his versatility and compliment his passion for performing live music. Greg is currently playing keyboards professionally for a well respected local band Grindstone, where he has experienced most of what the Florida music scene has to offer. Before becoming the technical director at Showtime, Greg dedicated the past 10 years engineering sound for such talented local acts as Neon Black, Wrectifier, & Grindstone.
Alexandra Cawthorne has been studying all forms of dance since age three. In previous years she competed in numerous competitions and has won countless awards, a few being Miss Olympic Dance Diva 2007, Best Leaps at Sophisticated Productions 2006 and Dance Caravans National Champion 2003 and 2004.
More recently she competed at Boca Raton Rotary Club's Future Stars event in 2009 and was awarded Directors Choice for Dance Overall. Alexandra is a certified dance teacher through Dance and Gym USA and also choreographs in the Palm Beach County public schools. Her award winning choreography, dedication to excellence, unique teaching style and love of children makes Allie a great asset to the Showtime staff.
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 (she especially enjoys bragging about her former student, Sara Perry Greenberg!). Teaching Advanced Acting Group Class and is available for Private Coaching. Mrs. “B.” is looking forward to working with YOU at Showtime!
Casey is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in Theatre Management. He has performed around the country as a stand up comic and improvisational actor since 2001. He currently lives in Boca Raton with his 1 year old daughter and wife of 5 years. His most recent Improv projects collaborate with THEY Improv, Laughing Gas, members of Just The Funny and a show just next door at The Rustic Cellar (WINEprov). His experience as an improvisational actor and director help his students understand the practical skills of improvisation not just as a performance, but also applied in traditional acting and real life.
Kristina Johnson is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. While at Penn State, she trained in many aspects of theatre studies, as well as appearing in numerous shows including As You Like It, The Cherry Orchard, and Babes in Arms, and serving as assistant director for mainstage and studio performances. Krissi was also very involved with the Penn State Nu.Musical Theatre Festival, working with professional artists on workshops of new theatre pieces. She studied abroad at the Theatre Academy London, which provided her with the unique opportunity to try out the stage at Shakespeare's Globe.
She currently runs the drama program at Coral Glades High School in Coral Springs and is a professional actress appearing in Slowburn Theater Company's productions of Urinetown, Into The Woods and Xanadu. You many have seen Krissi performing in last season’s Showtimes’ production of Ruthless! Currently Krissi is a guest teaching artist at Showtime and is directing our summer camp productions.
Catherine Briggs is a teacher with the Palm Beach County School District where she teaches general music, directs choral ensembles, and heads an extracurricular drama program. Prior to her current appointment, she taught at a private school where she was responsible for general music, multiple choral ensembles, handbell ensembles, and private piano lessons. During Catherine’s tenure there, her choral ensembles received superior ratings at festival and multiple choral students were invited to participate in All State.
Catherine holds a BME in Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University. She has recently completed an M.A. in Music with a Choral Conducting emphasis at Florida Atlantic University where she studied under Dr. Patricia Fleitas. During her time at FAU she taught courses in ear training and musicianship as well as prepared and conducted the Women’s Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Vocal Troupe Ensemble. Catherine is currently completing her thesis for her second Masters degree in Music Education from Silver Lake College where she has studied with internationally renowned educators Dr. Lorna Zemke, Dr. John Feierabend, and Dr. Brent Gault.
Catherine is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Elementary Music Educators Association, Florida Vocal Association, American Choral Directors Association, and the Organization of American Kodaly Educators. At Showtime, Catherine teaches all levels of piano and voice and is also part of our musical direction team for our musical theatre main stage productions.
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, he owns "That Band", a pop/rock four piece powerhouse and Three-O-Three an original duo.
Gino Carver, born in Brooklyn, New York has been dancing since he was three years old. Growing up he has studied Tap, Jazz and his specialty which is Hip Hop. At age 13, Gino was already a professional, dancing for the Miami Heat Junior Jam dance squad. Gino received many awards for his performance and stage presence while involved with competition level Hip Hop dance.
His outgoing personality, levels of achievement, positive attitude and love for working with kids makes him a perfect fit our Hip Hop classes.
Elyssa Eckhart, a Junior at Spanish River High School, began dancing at the age of three and has since developed a love and passion for nearly all types of dance. She has taught and assisted at several dance studios and has danced with several companies as well as on her school's dance team. Elyssa, a former student of Showtime, even trained with Showtime staff member Alexandra Cawthorne for several years. She competed in many types of dance and received awards and scholarships for her hard work.
Elyssa also loves children and is very happy to combine her love for both dance and kids here at Showtime by teaching ballet and tap. She also discovered an interest for musical theatre while a student at Showtime and now enjoys working backstage with the children or helping out with the technical aspects of the performances, such as spotlighting, during the shows.
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.
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.
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.