Melissa Miller (Drama)

Ms. Melissa stumbled into her first theatre class as a freshman in high school and it quickly became her passion. A graduate of NYU, Melissa has a Master's Degree in Educational Theatre and is a certified teacher in both NJ and PA. While living in NJ, Melissa taught both English and Theatre and directed plays and musicals for several high schools. Since moving to Pennsylvania, Melissa has directed shows for Southern Lehigh Middle School and Liberty Bell Elementary School. She is excited to be teaching for Movement Theatre and to share her love of theatre with her students! Type your paragraph here.

Rick Kerner

(Musical Director and The Nazareth Acting Company Assistant Director)

​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.

 

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Julie Cassidy (Drama - Mommy & Me and Preschool age)

Julie Cassidy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY and is a alumni of the theatre intensive at the Ithaca College London Centre. Her love of theatre began as a small child, both studying and performing locally throughout the Lehigh Valley. Before graduating from Ithaca in 2004, Julie went on to work for Theatrefest at Montclair State University and taught Musical Theatre at Camp Broadway in New York City. She spent multiple summers as a Teaching Artist with Camp Broadway and appeared with the camp on the CBS Early Show. After a move to Philadelphia, she found a home in Theatre Management with The Wilma Theater, a prominent theatrical institution producing contemporary and classical plays, as well as world premieres. She spent 6 years in the Marketing and Development departments, beginning as the Marketing & Group Sales Associate and later as the Special Events Manager. She produced over 50 events a year, from educational events to opening night VIP and gala events, having the pleasure of meeting famous playwrights Tom Stoppard, Vaclav Havel, Paula Vogel, Tony Kushner, and Theresa Rebeck. After moving back to the Easton area, she worked for Theatre Tots Lehigh Valley and established herself as a Wedding Officiant with her company Storied Celebrations. If she isn’t performing a wedding, she can be found making memories with husband and 4 year old twins.

Eve Stangl  (Dance Instructor) Ms. Eve began dancing at the age of four. Since then, she has been involved in musicals, parades, performing groups, and various other local events. She has been trained in Tap, Modern, Lyrical, and Jazz but has a strong focus on Ballet. Eve began teaching at Movement Theater in 2016.  In addition to Movement Theater, Eve takes dance classes at DeSales University. She will graduate from DeSales with her B.S.N. in the spring of 2020. In her free time she loves to spend time with her friends, take care of animals and, of course, dance!

Julia Culver  (Dance Instructor) Ms. Julia began her dance training at the age of 7 and has been with Movement Theater since the summer of 2012. Since then, she has performed in the Spring Showcases and a number of Christmas shows. She even participated in Artist in Motion, where she performed at the IronPigs along with many other events and venues. Julia has training in Tap, Ballet and Pointe, Jazz, HipHop, Modern, Lyrical, and Contemporary. She has performed in parades, recitals, benefit shows, showcases, dance intensives, nursing homes, school events, and much more. Julia is currently a Spotlight Dancer for Freemotion Dance Store in Bethlehem! Julia is now pursuing a degree in Dance as well as Elementary Education at DeSales University. At DeSales, Julia has danced in a number of performances including Dance Concerts, Senior Showcases, and Composition pieces. Julia also teaches for the DeSales Conservatory of Dance program to students in the surrounding area that have a desire to dance. Julia loves sharing her passion for dance with others, and hopes to inspire her students to keep chasing their dreams.

Carly Glantz (Dance Instructor)Carly Glantz has been teaching with Movement Theater since 2010. She grew up performing as a featured dancer in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parades and competing in competitions throughout the state. She attended Lock Haven University where she studied Early Childhood and Special Education while also minoring in Dance. During her time at Lock Haven, she was heavily involved with Dance Consort, Modern Dance Company, and Revamp. She was both a dancer and choreographer. She also served as President of Modern Dance Company and Dance Consort. Carly was instructed by Tennessee's Ballet Artistic Director at Bucknell University and attended 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. Carly graduated from Lehigh University with a graduate degree and currently teaches special education. Carly is excited to share her love of dance with the next generation!



Catherine Little (Drama and The Nazareth Acting Company Director)

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 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 dedicated and talented people along the way. Catherine is now 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. 

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 24 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!

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