Annalyse Little (Drama)
Annalyse Little graduated from Pratt Institute in 2016, with a bachelors in Communication Design. Her love of theater comes from her mother Catherine. Annalyse has choreographed musicals both at Holy Family School and Nazareth Area High School. She has assistant directed for two shows at Holy Family. And has been in a number of productions herself, including Movement Theater's "The Extraordinary Elf" last Christmas. She is happy to be back with the amazing creative team at Movement Theater.
Eve Stangl (Dance Instructor)
Ms. Eve began dancing at the age of four. Since then, she has performed in musicals, parades, and various other local events. She has taken classes in Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, and Jazz but has received the most training in Ballet. Eve started taking classes at Movement Theater in 2012 where she also participates in Artists in Motion, the outreach performance group. Eve attends DeSales University where she plans to join the dance team. She also plans to further her dancing skills by continuing taking classes at Movement Theater and DeSales. In her free time she loves to spend time with her friends, take care of animals and, of course, dance!
Sheila Corley (Ballet Instructor - Sub)
Sheila Corley began her formal ballet training at the age of 5 at the New Jersey School of Ballet. She was trained in ballet and pointe for over 12 years. Sheila was also regularly invited to participate in Master Classes with American ballet great and Kennedy Center Honoree, Edward Villella. During her training at the NJ School of Ballet, she was chosen to dance with the NJ Ballet Company in their professional production of the Nutcracker. Sheila continued taking ballet and various other dance classes in college. During this same time she began a dance program at her local YMCA, where she taught ages 4 through adult ballet as well as choreographed and coached floor routines for the Y’s competitive gymnastic team. Sheila currently works part time as a mental health counselor in Nazareth, she is he mother of three, and enjoys working with children and young adults. She is excited to have the opportunity to share her passion for dance!
Carly Glantz (Dance Instructor)
Carly has been teaching with Movement Theater since the summer of 2010. She is a native of Nazareth and has been involved in dance her entire life. After graduating Nazareth Area High School, she went on to attend Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education, while also minoring in Dance.
During her time at LHU, she was heavily involved with Dance Consort, both as a choreographer and dancer. She also served as President of Modern Club and Consort. She has participated in all styles, from hip hop to ballet. Carly was instructed by Ballet Tennessee's Artistic Director at Bucknell University, also attending the American College Dance Festival at Penn State University. Aside from collegiate dance classes, Carly also taught professionally within the Lock Haven community. She also assisted the LHU Dance department as a volunteer instructor for local elementary schools, who went on to perform in front of their classmates on LHU's campus.
Carly resides in Nazareth and teaches at Wilson Area School District. She cannot wait to begin teaching the next generation of dancers!
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 12 years. She has also co-directed the past 4 Christmas shows here 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 the dedicated and talented people along the way. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to help actors of all ages and stages to grow and learn their craft.
Laurel Wenson (Drama & Voice)
Laurel Wenson has been involved in musical theater and drama for the past 30+ years, serving as music director, accompanist, actress and director/producer for various venues. Holding a degree in Human Services with a minor in Therapeutic Recreation, she has worked at a variety of jobs that have allowed her to use her love of music and drama, and nothing is more satisfying than helping to instill that passion for the arts in her students! After 11 years of directing a homeschool music theater group at a local co-op, she is excited to now start a homeschool acting company here at Movement Theater, and hopes to see its growth in the future. Laurel has performed in numerous musicals in the Lehigh Valley, including Nunsense (Mother Superior), Curtains (Carmen Bernstein), Bye Bye Birdie (Mae Peterson), and several broadway revues. She serves as a cantor and organist at Holy Family Parish, and for many years has been music director for Holy Family Players. Here at Movement Theater she teaches music theater classes, serves as music director for the Christmas musical, and is available for private audition prep. She lives in Lower Nazareth with her husband, two daughters, and two cats.
Maria Rodrigues (Assistant Artistic Director - Dance)
Ms. Maria is a graduate of Manhattanville College where she received her BA in Dance & Theatre. She has been teaching dance throughout NY & PA to students of all ages for the past 10 years. Maria has extensive training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop & Modern, and loves sharing her passion for the arts with her students. She has been the choreographer for the Baruch College Campus High School's production of 'Grease' in Manhattan, and a member of both the Lehigh Valley Steelers and Lehigh Valley Storm Semi-Pro Football Dance Team. Currently, Maria is dancing with the Monarch Dance Company based out of the Lehigh Valley and head coach of the Northampton High School Dance Team.
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 22 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 Lehigh Valley Ballet Guild in downtown Bethlehem. Movement Theater is Colleen's newest endeavor and she is excited to share her passion for the arts with others!