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!
Julie Cassidy (Drama - Homeschool and 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.
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 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.
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 three shows at Holy Family. And has been in a number of productions herself, including Movement Theater's "The Extraordinary Elf" and "Kicking Off 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!
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!
Elysia Trapp (Drama)
Elysia is from the Lehigh Valley and enjoys working on all different aspects of theater--singing, dancing, acting, and tech. She has a BA in Theater and Communication Studies from West Chester University, and took intensive classes in acting, singing, playwrighting, stage management, and lighting design. While she attended West Chester, Elysia had the opportunity to direct, stage manage, and work on lighting for several productions. She also had an original play produced as part of a ten minute play festival. In addition to being backstage, she performed in various one act plays, as well as West Chester's annual AIDS benefit. In her spare time, Elysia loves playing piano and guitar and writing music. She is very excited to start teaching at the Movement Theater!
Vanessa Ruggiero (Theater & Vocals)
Vanessa Ruggiero has been a performer and choreographer in the Lehigh Valley for years. After graduating from Nazareth High School, she attended Muhlenberg College for a year, where she trained in voice and dance before transferring to Lehigh University. She is a 2017 graduate of Lehigh with a degree in Business and Economics. While in college, she was continuously involved in the performing arts as both a performer and choreographer. She has choreographed multiple shows for Community and High School Theater in addition to being a Choreography Assistant for the 2017 & 2018 Freddy Awards. She has also trained vocally for the last 10 years, participating in various competitions and musical performances at theaters in the area. Recent performance credits include, A Chorus Line with Muhlenberg SMT; 9 to 5 (Judy Bernly) with Country Gate Players; 1940’s Radio Hour (Connie Miller/choreographer), PA Playhouse; and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona Peretti); Lehigh University.
Vanessa is thrilled to be a part of the Creative Team at the Movement Theater and to share her love for the arts and music with students in the area.
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. Maria was also a member with the Monarch Dance Company based out of the Lehigh Valley and the head coach of the Northampton High School Dance Team.