professional Instruction in nazareth since 2010!
Dance & Act
with Movement Theater
Colleen Schultz-Samsel (Owner/Artistic Director - Dance)
Ms. Colleen is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in dance. A former owner of Colleen Margaret's Dance Elite Studio in Philadelphia. Colleen's preliminary training started at the Debra Sparks Dance Works, as a member of the Philadelphia Children's Ballet Academy. Growing up she performed in the Nutcracker, Recitals, Competitions, Fashion Shows, Fundraiser events, Musicals, and High School Dance Productions. Exposing herself to excellent Master Teachers and numerous performance opportunities influenced Colleen's ability to become a successful dancer and teacher! Colleen is trained extensively in Ballet/Pointe, Modern, Jazz and Tap. She brings 27 years of teaching experience, focused on proper technique and influencing students to find their inner passion for movement! Many of Colleen's past students have gone on to teach, dance and open studios! In addition to owning her 1st studio, Colleen danced professionally for Eva Gholson in Philadelphia and PA Dance Repertory Ensemble in East Stroudsburg. Colleen has taught and choreographed in the Philadelphia & Pocono region for camps, studios, and outreach groups. She also taught for 2 years at the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in downtown Bethlehem. Colleen's latest endeavor was forming The Nazareth Acting Company, based out of Movement Theater. The company performed local theatre for 2 years before the pandemic. Colleen's overall mission is to provide a nurturing, professional environment for youth & adults to train and perform in the Arts!!! As always, she is excited to share her passion for the arts with others!
Catherine Little (Drama)
Catherine Little has been involved in theater in one form or another for the past 25 years. She has been the Director of Theatre at Holy Family School, Nazareth and has been directing and producing musicals there for the past 15 years. She has also co-directed the past 7 Christmas shows at Movement Theater. Catherine has been onstage as an actor as well as back stage in various productions over the years! She has been blessed to work with dedicated and talented people along the way. Catherine is the head director of The Nazareth Acting Compnay based out of Movement Theater. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to help actors of all ages and stages to grow and learn their craft.
Rick Kerner ((Musical Direction)
Rick has grown up acting, singing, and dancing. Through school, he performed in The Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Guys and Dolls, Oh, Dad, Poor Dad…, and Neil Simon’s Come Blow Your Horn and Prisoner of Second Avenue. In his hometown, he co-founded a community theater group and served as Musical Director where they performed The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd and The Apple Tree.
Rick has also served as Music Director of a summer camp where he taught 400 campers to sing together. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Radio & Television Broadcasting under Speech and Theater from Montclair State University, combined with a minor in Behavioral Psychology specializing in Child Psychology. During college, he owned two music studios in Northern New Jersey where we taught music lessons to children. Following college, he owned and operated a recording and video studio.
Since 2010, Rick has arranged and produced specialty music material performed at Nazareth Area High School’s Graduation held at Stabler Arena. For the past three years, Rick has also provided Sound Design for Holy Family School’s Spring Musical. He is excited to continue working with Catherine Little at Movement Theater.
With more than 10 years of experience in the Performing Arts, Movement Theater provides award-winning instruction to our students. Our team of instructors are motivated by their love of dance, theatre, music and the passion to transfer their knowledge and skills to others so their creativity and talent can shine.