YADA Founders, Directors, Designers, Artists & Team Members

Guided by their vision to create a musical theatre experience for YADA families that is second to none in production value, Lani and Kim consistently attract and employ top Los Angeles talent in all creative disciplines. The quality in each YADA production is apparent from the coaching and professional instruction provided by YADA directors to the top L.A. design talent that contribute to the look of each production.

The YADA Directors are all working professional L.A area actors, performers and musicians active in roles in theatre, television and other performance expression. The contributing YADA design team are also professional makeup artists, set designers, lighting designers and music supervisors. It is this "spare no expense, attention to each detail" that sets YADA apart in the crowded world of children's theatre companies. But it is this same passion that also attracts and creates a loyal base of directors and design talent that love YADA and are inspired by the YADA vision to impact the lives of the YADA kids they teach. See below how awesome YADA's Team is!

Click to see more about Fall 2022: Disney's Newsies JR., YADA+ and our fabulous new improv program!

Lani Shipman

Co-Owner

Lani Shipman

Co-Owner

Lani was raised in Hawaii and is the fourth generation in a family of writers, dancers, singers, actors, producers and directors. A graduate of Beverly Hills High School, she received her BFA degree from the University of Southern California. Having received a wonderful children’s theatre experience, she feels that working with children now is her way of giving back all she was given. Lani is thrilled to be back in the Los Angeles area continuing to manage and administrate YADA while maintaining a career in acting improv and music. She believes each and every student at YADA is amazing and encourages them to follow their dreams.

    Kim Harrigan

    Co-Owner

    Kim Harrigan

    Co-Owner

    Kim has co-owned YADA for 24 years and has directed children for over 16 years in the Los Angeles area. She comes from a small town in Iowa where theatre was her life as a child. She started YADA in order to create a healthy, supportive environment for kids to play and have fun. Kim graduated from ASU with a BFA in acting and has performed in numerous productions. She worked as a dancer at Walt Disney World for five years and when she is not working at YADA, she enjoys adventure in the wild outdoors with her family.

      Lisa Gilbar

      Executive Director

      Lisa Gilbar

      Executive Director

      Lisa Gilbar was the Assistant Director for the 2001 Broadway revival of “Noises Off” and the 2005 Broadway premiere of “Monty Python’s Spamalot”. She directed the Patti Austin show “BeboperElla” at Lincoln Center, and has worked on multiple films, television shows, and New York and Los Angeles theatrical productions. A native of Los Angeles, Lisa began acting in musicals at the age of six and fell in love with the magic of the stage. Theatre was such an important part of Lisa's childhood and she is thrilled to be able to share a bit of that magic with more kids today. When Lisa is not at YADA or with her wonderful husband and little son, she can be found smiling behind the camera as a headshot photographer for Lisa Levy Photography. www.lisalevyphotography.com

        Dan Graul

        Chief Operating Officer and Director

        Dan Graul

        Chief Operating Officer and Director

        Dan Graul has been a teaching artist with YADA since Summer 2007. He also serves as Technical Director for the company and has designed and built many sets on the YADA stage across the years. Professionally, Dan has directed and co-created various theatrical productions and short films, including Wicca Please!, Magickal Monsters and most recently - Nerd Anarchy: The Spectacular D&D Musical! Dan grew up in St. Louis, MO and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a BA in Theatre and a Minor in Dance. Before moving to LA, he spent some time living in New York City and travelling the country, working as an actor with various regional theatres. Dan can be found around the LA music scene playing guitar and singing with various rock n’ roll outfits – most notably psychedelic folk rock band Northern Strangers, a group Dan co-founded with his awesome wife Rebecca and her brother Will. In 2015 Northern Strangers released their second original album Where The River Goes, recorded and produced by Antoine Arvizu (Sublime, Ryan Bingham, Free Moral Agents). www.northernstrangers.com

        LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

        Junior Master/Master

          Amanda Perez

          Amanda Perez

          Operations Supervisor

          Amanda Perez

          Operations Supervisor

          Amanda was a Director for six years In New York at ApplauseNY. While managing the after-school division she taught dance, singing, improv, acting for camera, and directed the musical theater workshops on the weekends to kids ranging from 5yrs-15yrs. After graduating from the prestigious High School of Performing Arts, Amanda went on to earn her B.F.A in Dramatic Performance at the College Conservatory of Music (CCM). She has been featured in national commercials and has appeared in several TV shows including Modern Family, Ground Floor, and Gossip Girl. Amanda has also appeared in various readings and plays in New York–her favorite being the New York premiere of Knives and Other Sharp Objects produced by The Public Theater. Amanda is thrilled to be living in Los Angeles continuing to share her love for theater with the incredible YADA students.

          UPDATE: Amanda has recently been promoted to YADA's Operations Supervisor! You'll still see her in all of your 3rd St classrooms as she helps oversee smooth operations of the students and staff!

            Jose Acain

            Improv Instructor

            Jose Acain

            Improv Instructor

            Jose left the world of robots and spaceships and found a home at Second City Hollywood completing their Conservatory and Director's program. He's currently performing with house teams "Shortcake" and "Alfred." Outside of Second City he’s one half of the duo improv/writing group “Lime and Coconut,” tries not to get brown bagged at Comedysportz LA, and tours with Westside Comedy Theater. He also performs in musicals and Shakespeare plays around L.A. and writes music for animations, sketch shows, and Indonesian chicken commercials. Regional theater credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (ISC), In Trump We Trust (Second City Hollywood), Once Upon A Mattress (T.A.P.), A Funny Thing...Forum (Theatre Palisades), and West Side Story (WVLO). Lots of love to Erin and Kaia Fae for always believing.

              Bethany Baderdeen

              Director & Private Lesson Instructor

              Bethany Baderdeen

              Director & Private Lesson Instructor

              Bethany is a southern California native. As a huge advocate for education in Theater, Bethany holds a certificate from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in LA and a Bachelor's Degree in Theater Performance from UC San Diego. After marking her Los Angeles stage debut as a finalist in LA's Next Great Stage Star, her most recent credits include Mamma Mia at Sierra Repertory Theater, and Grease at The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage, Alaska. Repped by ATB Talent Agency across the board, she continues to perform and is so passionately delighted to step on over to the creative side, joining the YADA directing team!

              LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

              Pre-Primary

              Level 3

                James Barmore

                Office Staff

                James Barmore

                Office Staff

                Born in Detroit Michigan, the Motown native turned California performer and producer taps into the true soul and feeling of today's music industry that has not always been visible. Trailblazing is not easy, but carving his own path has been one of the many qualities Barmore possesses. Starting with development from indie label InRage Entertainment, to becoming signed, and then independent gave him the necessary tools and knowledge to begin to create his brand. His path has led him to work for the likes of Snoop Dogg, recorded on Usher Raymond's "Hard II Love" Album, as well as sing behind EGOT award winning artist John Legend and more.

                  Emily Bolt

                  Director & Private Lesson Instructor

                  Emily Bolt

                  Director & Private Lesson Instructor

                  Emily was born and raised in St. Louis, MO where she grew up surrounded by the arts, taking voice, piano, dance and acting classes.  She received her BFA in Acting from Missouri State University, and after graduation went on to tour with Missoula Children's Theatre for a year.  Since moving to Los Angeles, she's studied at many studios including UCB, Groundlings and Stan Kirsch where she is currently.  During the pandemic, she and her husband started a podcast called What's Your Movie which is starting its second season soon.  Emily is so happy to be part of the YADA family.

                  LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

                  Pre-Primary

                  Primary

                    Pepper Berry

                    Improv Instructor

                    Pepper Berry

                    Improv Instructor

                    Originally from Texas, Pepper studied film at Baylor University before moving to Los Angeles to study screenwriting at UCLA. He then fell into music playing in bands around the Los Angeles punk scene, touring the United States and recording albums for 15 years. He is a graduate of The Second City, iO West, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Nerdist, Comedy Sportz LA, The Second City Directing program as well as studying at The Groundlings. He is currently a teacher and director at The Second City and his musical "What Rhymes with Orange?" was the first premium children show to open for The Second City.

                      Alec Brown

                      Director

                      Alec Brown

                      Director

                      Alec is a content creator, writer, improviser, stand-up, and musical comedy entertainer. His viral online project is the TikTok series “Challah At Ya Goy!” which takes viewers on double entendre-laden two-minute riotous recipe revues that climax in tasty test fests. He has performed at iconic venues like The Broadway Comedy Club and was a member of The Upright Citizens Brigade’s prestigious Academy. In 2019 Alec appeared monthly at the Peoples Improv Theater with Night Brunch and at The Duplex, where he co-starred in his original musical comedy show “Peter, Paul, and Carly.” He has since become an Associate Producer for The Story Pirates, specializing in children’s improvisation and writing. Alec’s voiceover work is featured on several episodes of their iHeart Radio Award-winning podcast; his sung vocals can be heard on their hit song “Cheese Quest.” Alec’s writing has been featured on numerous online platforms, most notably on theatre satire site The Broadway Beat. He’s currently training at The Groundlings and holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Missouri State.

                      LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

                      Tots

                      Pre-Primary

                      Primary

                        Chris Bunyi

                        Improv Instructor

                        Chris Bunyi

                        Improv Instructor

                        CHRIS BUNYI

                        Chris is an Actor, Editor, and List Enthusiast based in L.A. Originally from Jacksonville, Fl, Chris has absolutely tried alligator tail. If you ask him, it has the taste of chicken with the texture of shrimp. I don’t know how that makes sense but it does. He’s very excited to be back performing with RAIS and can’t wait to share some funny with you all!

                          Jaclynn Cherry

                          Improv Instructor

                          Jaclynn Cherry

                          Improv Instructor

                          Jaclynn is an actor/improvisor originally from Detroit, MI. She performs regularly at Westside Comedy Theater with Mission IMPROVable and resident team Sidehug, as well as at festivals around the country with improv duo Natural Born Killaz. When not on stage, Jaclynn is also a CPA (the fun kind!), skier, surfer, and ice cream connoisseur.

                            Elana Cantor

                            Director

                            Elana Cantor

                            Director

                            Recently receiving her BA from UCLA’s Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program, Elana is eager to begin the next chapter of her life. Growing up in Chappaqua, New York, Elana spent over a decade in a program very similar to YADA. She has worked with kids now for a few years. Elana is inspired by childrens’ creativity and bravery and hopes she can inspire them to grow confidence and reach outside of their comfort zones!

                            UPDATE: Elana is currently performing in "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" in New Hampshire, soon to be available for streaming on Broadway On Demand!

                              Joslynn Cortes

                              Office Staff

                              Joslynn Cortes

                              Office Staff

                              A recent LA transplant, but a true Jersey girl at heart, is super excited to be joining the YADA family! Joslynn is an accomplished singer, actor and vocal instructor. Her professional performance journey began at the age of 12 and since then she has toured the country starring in regional theatre productions, earned her BFA in Performing Arts through the American Musical and Dramatic Academy College & Conservatory NY & LA, toured the Caribbean as a Specialty Vocalist on Celebrity Cruises and has founded Vocal Love, her Virtual Voice Studio. Some of her favorite roles include Anita in West Side Story at Glow Lyric Theatre, Claire in Ordinary Days at The Wayward Artist, Junie B. Jones in Junie B. Jones the Musical at Walnut St. Theatre, Fiber in Nick Nutrition and His Wonder Dog Fiber (tour) & Lisa Fischer in So Amazing (reading/workshop). Joslynn loves working with children and can’t wait to greet the world’s future artists!

                                Rachel Crane

                                Improv Instructor

                                Rachel Crane

                                Improv Instructor

                                Rachel was raised on a farm in central Kansas where she spent her summers cleaning out wheat bins, laying out irrigation pipe, and driving tractors. She still goes back every June to drive the combine for wheat harvest. Rachel came to Los Angeles by way of Chicago, where she spent six years studying and performing at The Second City, iO, and ActOne Studios among others. SheI linked up with The Second City Hollywood when she arrived in LA in 2009, where she was honored to be cast in the very first The Best of The Second City archive revue on the Hollywood stage. Rachel helped found and performed in The Really Awesome Improv Show at The Second City for over 10 years and regularly performs improv around LA with her team, Aeroplane. Additionally, Rachel studied acting in Steve Braun's weekly Acting the Truth class at Bramon Garcia Braun Studios for over five years and is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA. Rachel has booked nearly 20 commercials for brands such as Dole, Stanley Steemer, and Verizon, cast in a variety of roles... from a quirky mom to a sleek business woman to a chef. In non-acting news... Rachel collects vintage art pottery, makes delicious apple pies, loves her talented, painter husband, Ted, and being mama and doing crafts with her hilarious and kind little girl, Harlow.

                                  Emily Cunningham

                                  Emily Cunningham

                                  Director

                                  Emily Cunningham

                                  Director

                                  Emily is a born and raised Texan who moved out to Los Angeles 5 years ago. She started performing across the city of Houston at age 9 and her favorite professional credits include Hurly Burly, The Man Who Came to Dinner, and Hairspray. Emily has an original web series she's focused on the last few years, "The Struggle is Real", and is a working independent film actor & writer. She's beyond jazzed to be a part of the YADA team and work with a truly awesome staff and kids!

                                  LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

                                  Level 2/3

                                  Level 3

                                  Junior Master/Master

                                    John David (JD) DeFour

                                    Improv Instructor

                                    John David (JD) DeFour

                                    Improv Instructor

                                    JD grew up just outside of Detroit, Michigan. He received a B.A. in Theatre from Michigan State University and a M.A. in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University. JD taught high school English and Drama for seven years in Boyle Heights while he began studying improvisation and sketch comedy with The Groundlings and The Second City in Hollywood. He briefly left land to perform improvisation and sketch comedy with Second City Theatricals aboard the Norwegian Breakaway. JD is a teaching artist, performer and director for The Story Pirates, has performed in musicals, sketch shows and improv around Los Angeles for years, and hopes to continue for years to come.

                                      Carl Draper

                                      Director

                                      Carl Draper

                                      Director

                                      Carl has been performing, teaching and creating with artists all around the world for the last 10 years. Performing in musicals across the country some favorite venues have been the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Shakespeare Theater of DC, Paramount Aurora, Marriott Lincolnshire, Cape Playhouse and the Maltz Jupiter. He has had the great fortune to sing in beautiful places around the world with The Orchestra Japan and Crystal Cruises. He is very grateful to be at Yada!!

                                      Carl will be performing in Young Frankenstein at La Mirada Theatre this Fall!  http://www.lamiradatheatre.com

                                        Jackson Fanelli

                                        Director

                                        Jackson Fanelli

                                        Director

                                        Jackson is an actor and writer based in Burbank looking to break into the television industry to one day produce the TV pilots he has written. Jackson has been in the arts since he was four years old learning all aspects of the arts from behind the scenes to on the stage. Jackson gained teaching experience as an artistic director for Lighthouse Youth Theatre in Westchester, New York. Jackson is excited to teach for YADA and inspire the next generation of performers.


                                        LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

                                        Tots

                                        Pre-Primary

                                          Kalen Garnett

                                          Director

                                          Kalen Garnett

                                          Director

                                          Kalen recently moved to Los Angeles from New York City after graduating from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, New Studio on Broadway with a BFA in Drama. While in New York Kalen was last seen in: Grab Bag at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, Le Blanc at The Pit Loft, Tornadoland at Studio 54, and has worked on new musical readings at GMTW and Dixon Place; Kalen also recently shot a short film, Older Brothers. Kalen grew up in a community theatre where she gained her love for the arts, and eventually was afforded the opportunity to choreograph for the theatre's education program. She is excited to be joining the YADA team, and is excited to work with some brilliant kids and staff.

                                          LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

                                          Primary/Level 1

                                          Level 2

                                          Level 2/3

                                          Level 3

                                          Junior Master/Master

                                            Audrey Flegel

                                            Improv Teacher

                                            Audrey Flegel

                                            Improv Teacher

                                            A proud member of SAG/AFTRA, Audrey Flegel has been a working actor for the past 18 years appearing on stage, TV, film, voice over, and commercials. She holds a BFA in theatre (New School University) and has studied at The Second City, UCB, The Annoyance, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and the School at Steppenwolf among others. She has taught acting and improv with The Second City for over 10 years, as well as improv and drama programs in numerous elementary schools in Los Angeles and Chicago. For more info visit www.audreyflegel.com

                                              Brooke Olivia Gatto

                                              Director & Private Lesson Instructor

                                              Brooke Olivia Gatto

                                              Director & Private Lesson Instructor

                                              Brooke is thrilled to be a part of the YADA team! She is originally from Portland, Oregon and graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from California State University, Fullerton. Brooke got her start in regional theatre in Portland and has never looked back. Additionally, her experiences with the Young People’s Theatre Project allowed Brooke to share her love of theatre with others. Brooke is currently pursuing opportunities in the world of film, television, and theatre. Recently, she earned her first credit on a short film. She also performs at Disneyland, which has led to several exciting opportunities, such as Dancing with the Stars - Disney Night. Brooke believes there is a place for everyone in the theatre community, and is excited to help every student grow in both their confidence and craft!

                                              LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

                                              Tots

                                              Pre-Primary

                                              Primary/Level 1

                                                carole gibbs

                                                Carole Gibbs

                                                Administrative Assistant

                                                Carole Gibbs

                                                Administrative Assistant

                                                Carole has spent 35 years as a teacher in Drama, Speech, Journalism and English. As a Drama Director and Forensics Coach she was selected six times for “Drama Coach of the Year” and four times as “Speech Coach of the Year.” Her activities in the arts include, acting, technical direction and script writing. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from University of Missouri and received her Masters from University of Iowa. Carole has been the costume and prop designer for YADA for ten years and loves every minute.

                                                  Piper Gillin

                                                  Director/Improv Teacher

                                                  Piper Gillin

                                                  Director/Improv Teacher

                                                  Piper grew up in the Pacific Northwest where she performed in community theatre and with the "Short Shakespeareans" acting troupe. She transplanted to LA and earned a BA in theatre from the University of Southern California. She was a competitive dancer growing up, which led to her job at Disneyland dancing down Main Street, USA as a Parade performer. Piper has studied improv and sketch comedy at The Second City, UCB, and The Groundlings, and has many years of experience teaching youth improv programs at the Second City. Piper is a working stage, screen and voice actor, and is excited to share her love for the arts with the talented kiddos at YADA.

                                                    Rebecca Graul

                                                    Musical Supervisor & Director

                                                    Rebecca Graul

                                                    Musical Supervisor & Director

                                                    Rebecca started playing piano for musical theater at 17 and has never stopped!  Aside from being YADA's music supervisor, she works regularly as a musical director, vocal coach, and pianist for theatre all over Los Angeles and is a Center Theater Group Teaching Artist. Rebecca campaigns for the accessibility of the arts, writing musicals for Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre tours and training teachers in Title 1 schools to develop sustainable theatre programs as a Teaching Artist in the Disney Musicals in Schools program.  She holds a BFA from Cal State Fullerton and has composed/produced music for films, commercials, webseries, musicals and tv shows, including 3 Best Film award-winners, a "Best Original Score" award in LA's New Wave Film Festival, a “Best Original Song Written For Film” nomination in Hollywood's Feel Good Film Festival, 3 nominations in Hollywood Fringe and a "Best in Fringe" award in Maui Fringe (2018), and ASCAP membership earned along the way.  She also has produced several albums (solo and collaborative) and performs regularly with the psychedelic folk rock group Northern Strangers.

                                                      Kate Gray-Johnson

                                                      Office Staff

                                                      Kate Gray-Johnson

                                                      Office Staff

                                                      Kate was born and raised in San Diego, California where her Dad worked as a teacher and an underwater photographer and her Mom worked in IT. Since graduating film school, Kate has worked on set and in the office of major Hollywood blockbusters, acclaimed TV shows and independent films. She has worked professionally across departments including production, costumes and hair & makeup. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and continues to study at Don Bloomfield Acting Studios. Kate's directorial debut, JAKE AND JOAN was featured at the Cannes Short Film Corner in 2015. She is an active member of Columbia University’s Digital Storytelling Lab, where she has contributed to programs including Project Immerse and From the Future(s). Kate is excited to be a part of the YADA team and support the next generation of storytellers.

                                                        Caleb Green

                                                        Director

                                                        Caleb Green

                                                        Director

                                                        Caleb was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA where he grew up in a theatrical family, with a dancer mother and musician father.  After graduating salutatorian with his high school, he was invited to join America's first Show Choir, The Young Americans, founded in 1962. With The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts, which became accredited in 2010, he joined the class of 2012 and began his studies, eventually receiving his Bachelor's in Psychology. With them, he was able to take part in their music outreach programs in schools in Southern California, eventually being asked to take part of their international outreach tours, traveling to over 14 different countries in just 2 years time, including Japan, the Czech Republic, and Lithuania, promoting music education in underserved areas. Since 2016, Caleb has been working as a professional actor, performing in musicals all over the United States. Favorite credits include, "Kiss me, Kate", "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" as Lumiere, "Sweeney Todd", and his personal favorite, "Singin' in the Rain". He has received additional training from The Groundlings, The Edge Dance Studio, and KG Productions. He was invited to The Industry Network, an agent showcase displaying the best of the best in the industry 2 years in a row, eventually winning "Best Actor", and "Best Improv Scene" both years. Caleb is thrilled to be a part of the YADA family. With all this being said, let's get back to rehearsal! 


                                                        LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

                                                        Tots

                                                        Pre-Primary

                                                          Elaine Hammel

                                                          Improv Instructor

                                                          Elaine Hammel

                                                          Improv Instructor

                                                          Elaine is a graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis, IN where she learned and developed her love of improvisation.  She has performed at The Second City and iO in Chicago and Los Angeles, and has traveled the country performing at various improv festivals with additional groups. She has also performed in numerous musical theater productions in Chicago and Los Angeles. Elaine met her husband Simon during an improv class, and they now have two awesome boys who make her laugh every single day.  Here’s to always being able to play and have fun in whatever form your stage takes!  Instagram @elainehammel

                                                            Mickey Heavey

                                                            Office and Client Relations Manager

                                                            Mickey Heavey

                                                            Office and Client Relations Manager

                                                            A Los Angeles native, Mickey has been a “Theatre Kid,” since she was five years old. From Shakespeare to comedy improv, from manning the tech booth to choregraphing stage combat scenes, Mickey loves every aspect of theatre.

                                                            One of her proudest acting moments was joining and working with the improvisation group “Encompass.” A Southern California theatre troop who assisted teachers in creating safe bias-free classrooms.

                                                            After graduating from the Theatre Department at LACHSA, she changed career paths and focused on education and child development. She is a certificated Early Childhood Educator with an AA in Social and Behavioral Sciences and a BA in Child Development and Family Studies. This former preschool teacher is extremely excited to become part of the YADA family.

                                                            Outside of theatre, Mickey really enjoys reading a good book, grabbing a cup of coffee with her family, or taking a relaxing walk with her husband and little dog.”

                                                              Hayley Holmes

                                                              Director & Private Lesson Instructor

                                                              Hayley Holmes

                                                              Director & Private Lesson Instructor

                                                              Hayley Holmes is originally from Covington, Indiana. She was often seen tap dancing on the tennis courts, and was advised to join a local dance studio. Shortly after it was suggested she audition for a Competitive Dance Team in Champaign, IL where she soon found herself competing around the nation in all areas of dance (tap, jazz, acro, Musical Theatre, and lyrical). Winning such titles as Miss Showbiz, Broadway Bound, and First Place at several National Events. Eager to stretch her creativity muscles even further Hayley auditioned for every theatre production within a 60 mile radius, and loved every chance she had to step out on the stage (Annie, Music Man, Wizard of Oz).  When the opportunity presented itself to move to Los Angeles, Hayley quickly jumped on it and has been fortunate enough to work steadily in the Film & Television World ever since. She is so appreciative of everyone who supports her, and loves sharing her knowledge of the arts with the students at YADA!

                                                              LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

                                                              Primary/Level 1

                                                                Ryan Hotes

                                                                Director

                                                                Ryan Hotes

                                                                Director

                                                                From their home in the Pacific Northwest, to NYC, and now in sunny L.A, Ryan (they/he) has had the pleasure of working as a storyteller, teacher, writer, and community organizer for over ten years. Ryan graduated from Pace University in NYC where they received their BFA in musical theatre. Whether on stage, on screen, or online, they come to life capturing, expressing, and sharing the human experience, in all its colors!

                                                                LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

                                                                Tots

                                                                Pre-Primary

                                                                  Matt Hunter

                                                                  Improv Instructor

                                                                  Matt Hunter

                                                                  Improv Instructor

                                                                  Matt is an improviser and writer born and raised in Memphis, TN. He’s studied and performed at both Second City and iO, in both Chicago and Hollywood. Matt has lived in LA for 10 years now and finds it to be just swell. He now works in the television industry, producing and writing for various television shows that appear on television. Matt can talk at length about sandwiches, is an average drummer, and can change the oil in your car if you need that service done.

                                                                    Celeste Jones

                                                                    Director & Private Lesson Instructor

                                                                    Celeste Jones

                                                                    Director & Private Lesson Instructor

                                                                    A recent transplant to LA from the east coast Celeste is thrilled to be joining the YADA team. Celeste is a proud member of AEA with years of professional theatre experience under her belt and she's always excited to bring her experience from the stage to her students. Some of her favorite roles have been Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Nessa in District Merchants, Sophie in Ruined, and TiMoune in Once on this Island. Aside from theatre Celeste has had the opportunity to star in a few short films and web series and even produced one of her own.  Alongside her own career, she's spent years teaching theatre, dance, and voice to students of all ages, cultivating a love for performance and creativity. She received her BFA from Howard University in DC and had the opportunity to study classical acting at the British American Drama Academy. She cannot wait to teach and learn from all of her YADA students. 

                                                                    LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

                                                                    Tots

                                                                    Primary/Level 1

                                                                    Level 2/3

                                                                    Level 3

                                                                      Wiley Jones

                                                                      Director

                                                                      Wiley Jones

                                                                      Director

                                                                      Wiley Jones (he/him/they/them) is an award winning actor, director, and movement coach. While growing up in Seattle, Wiley discovered their passion for theatrics at 7 years old when stepping on stage for the first time to play John Darling in Peter Pan. Since then he has gone on to perform Off-Broadway, across the country, and internationally. He has worked on Showtime, HBO, Travel Channel, Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu productions. His improvised hijinks have been featured on stage at The Groundlings. Their production company produces films, live shows, and commercials. As a Suzuki and Viewpoints practitioner, under the tutelage of SITI Theatre Company, he often approaches new works using his background in movement and modern dance. He utilizes his experience puppeteering and devising experimental theatre in collaboration with fellow company members in The Czech-American Theatre Company. Wiley earned his B.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of Drama; he has trained with The Atlantic Theatre Company, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and New Studio on Broadway. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AGVA, certified by the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat. His teaching journey began at Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre and Stonestreet Studios in New York. Since 2014 Wiley has been an arts educator with Village Theatre, focused on uplifting youth voices in the development of ensemble-based theatrical works and new musicals. He is currently on the managing team of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

                                                                      LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

                                                                      Pre-Primary

                                                                        Faith Knapp

                                                                        Director & Private Lesson Instructor

                                                                        Faith Knapp

                                                                        Director & Private Lesson Instructor

                                                                        Faith is originally from Florida but grew up in Kansas city, she graduated with her BFA in Acting from the University of Central Florida in 2020. Faith has previously directed and choreographed at Apex Theatre Studios in Saint Augustine Florida and has been a private acting and audition coach for the past few years. Faith has performed across the country at many theatres, some of her favorite credits include  Street of Crocodiles (Maria/ Movement Captain), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), Vanities (Kathy), A Chorus Line (Val), Twelfth Night (Feste), I and You (Caroline). She is currently pursuing her film career here in Los Angeles and is represented by The Wayne Agency and Managed by Scot Reynolds. Faith is so excited to be part of the YADA team and help the next generation find the same love for this art that she has.

                                                                        LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

                                                                        Primary/Level 1

                                                                        Level 2

                                                                          Katharine Lerner

                                                                          Director & Private Lesson Instructor

                                                                          Katharine Lerner

                                                                          Director & Private Lesson Instructor

                                                                          Katharine is an Actor and Teacher in Los Angeles. Katharine has taught with A Noise Within, Treasure Trunk Theatre, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Camp Arena Stage and Camp Acting Manitou. Katharine trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Maggie Flanigan Studio, received her BFA from Marymount Manhattan College, and studied at the British American Drama Academy. Katharine loves teaching children and opening their imagination to all the possibilities of creation and joy!

                                                                            David Luna

                                                                            Improv Instructor

                                                                            David Luna

                                                                            Improv Instructor

                                                                            David Luna is an actor who grew up in Northern California but now calls LA home.  He has taught, trained and performed with the Second City Hollywood/Chicago. David currently performs with the PACK Theater. He loves his pup, Kylo, all things Star Wars, Drag Race, and a good game night! David enjoys a good laugh and hopes to share many with you!

                                                                              Danny Lutman

                                                                              Improv Instructor

                                                                              Danny Lutman

                                                                              Improv Instructor

                                                                              Danny is a professional actor, writer, and producer. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from Texas State University and is a graduate of the Groundlings, Second City, and the Upright Citizens Brigade. Along with his appearances at YADA, he performs regularly around town as a member of indie improv teams, Roundhouse and Aeroplane.

                                                                                Lindsay Merrill

                                                                                Director & Private Lesson Instructor

                                                                                Lindsay Merrill

                                                                                Director & Private Lesson Instructor

                                                                                Lindsay grew up in Omaha, NE where she trained extensively and competed in all styles of dance before going onto study Dance Performance at Oklahoma City University and then receive her BA in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Southern California. Before moving out to LA, she taught and choreographed for studios across the Midwest and performed with multiple dance companies in Oklahoma, Chicago, and finally LA. In addition to loving her work at YADA, creating shows with the magical little humans we call children, Lindsay is also pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and looks forward to integrating her love of dance, theatre, and performing arts education with her passion for exploring the human experience in unique and innovative ways. She believes in lifelong learning and continues to grow every single day through her relationships with each one of YADA’s little stars!

                                                                                  Alli Miller-Fisher

                                                                                  Director

                                                                                  Alli Miller-Fisher

                                                                                  Director

                                                                                  Alli has a BA in Musical Theatre from Ball State University with a minor in Choreography and Women's Psychology. She has been teaching children since she was a child herself and has her whole heart in the development of these tiny humans becoming rockstars on stage because they feel like rockstars! She is a freelance writer of Musical Parodies and Parody Songs for performers, and you may have seen her works at The Rockwell Table and Stage, Three Clubs, The Globe Theatre, and many more places around town! Alli is over the moon to join the staff at YADA and get back in the teaching game!

                                                                                    Renata Neuson

                                                                                    Office Staff

                                                                                    Renata Neuson

                                                                                    Office Staff

                                                                                    Renata was born and raised in Los Angeles California. Renata understands that kids thrive to become independent because she is a mom!! She strives to provide great service and make sure parents have a listening ear. Her hobbies include reading and listening to music.

                                                                                      Ann Northern

                                                                                      Director/Private Lesson Instructor

                                                                                      Ann Northern

                                                                                      Director/Private Lesson Instructor

                                                                                      Originally from Virginia, Ann Northern grew up performing professionally at theaters and venues up and down the east coast. Since a young age, Ann has been an avid student of vocal performance, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and all things dramatic.  She grew up learning from some of the best teachers in the country, and she won many awards in singing, dance, and cheerleading conventions throughout the east coast.  She then graduated with a BFA in Professional Acting and Musical Theatre from East Carolina University.  Ann performed and lived in New York City for 8 years, where she completed two Broadway National/International Tours:  Lincoln Center’s South Pacific and Shrek the Musical.  Her favorite credits include Millie (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), Mae (The Wild Party), Mary Warren (The Crucible), and Emily (Our Town).  After moving to Los Angeles with her Husband and miniature schnauzer, Ann found YADA and immediately felt at home!  Ann is currently an advanced student at Groundlings and UCB and is an alumni of The Meisner Technique.  Her classes have high energy and she loves working with children of all ages and capabilities!

                                                                                      LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

                                                                                      Tots

                                                                                      Pre-Primary

                                                                                      Primary/Level 1

                                                                                      Level 3

                                                                                        Michael Orland

                                                                                        Musical Director / Pianist

                                                                                        Michael Orland

                                                                                        Musical Director / Pianist

                                                                                        Michael is thrilled to have been a part of the mega-hit TV show AMERICAN IDOL for 16 seasons as the Pianist, Arranger, Vocal Coach and Associate Musical Director both on FOX and ABC. In between those seasons were stints as  Music Director/vocal coach on LITTLE BIG SHOTS and FOREVER YOUNG both hosted by Steve Harvey.  Through these amazing opportunities, Michael has appeared on OPRAH, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD and a record number of appearances on THE ELLEN SHOW.  At the end of every IDOL season, Michael also accompanied the top 3 contestants to New York for appearances on  LIVE WITH KELLY & REGIS (and MICHAEL and RYAN) , CBS EARLY  SHOW, and concerts on the plaza for THE TODAY SHOW.  He has collaborated with music industry giants such as Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, Diane Warren, Elton John, Dolly Parton, Harry Connick Jr, Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban all as a result of American Idol.  He also served as a pianist/coach  for the NBC summer series AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (Seasons 1 & 2) and a few seasons back AMERICAN JUNIORS and has Associate Produced two hit singles (GOD BLESS THE U.S.A. and WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE) for AMERICAN IDOL as well as the hit compilation CD from AMERICAN JUNIORS.

                                                                                        Michael began his impressive musical career in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts at the tender age of three, when he escorted each member of his family, one by one, to see “MARY POPPINS” and then sat down at the piano and played the songs by ear. Since this auspicious beginning, he has become one of the most acclaimed musical directors on the concert, theater, television,  and nightclub scene.

                                                                                        In addition to playing and conducting for many celebrities including  Kristen Bell, Erich Bergen, Sabrina Carpenter, Lynda Carter, Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana Grande,  Tony-Winner Debbie Gravitte, Jennifer Holliday,  Roslyn Kind,   Barry Manilow, Maureen  McGovern, Katharine McPhee,  Idina Menzel,  and the late  Wayland Flowers & Madame and the legendary Kaye Ballard, Michael played for the hit shows “FORBIDDEN BROADWAY”, “RUTHLESS!”, and “WHEN PIGS FLY” in Los Angeles.  He made his Hollywood Bowl debut accompanying the iconic MGM star Ann Miller.

                                                                                        Prior to AMERICAN IDOL, television appearances have included The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Leeza, The Maury Povich Show, The Wayne Brady Show,  and Geraldo. He also appeared on the hit sitcom “THE NANNY” performing an original song co-written with Roslyn Kind. He also played a pianist (it’s a stretch) on the WB sitcom “WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU” and the UPN sitcom HALF & HALF.

                                                                                        For 13 seasons, Michael also musical directed one of the touring companies of the RADIO CITY CHRISTMA SPECTACULAR starring the world-famous Rockettes.  And he is now a published author in the best-selling book “Chicken Soup For The American Idol Soul”

                                                                                        For the last ten years Michael has also musical directed the Lythgoe Family Productions of the UK-famous “Panto Style” Theatre experience at  The El Portal Theatre,  The Pasadena Playhouse and Pasadena Civic Auditorium  including CINDERELLA starring Shoshanna Bean, SNOW WHITE starring Ariana Grande, ALADDIN starring Jordan Fisher,  SLEEPING BEAUTY starring Disney’s Olivia Holt & Garrett Clayton and Lucy Lawless, and PETER PAN starring Sabrina Carpenter & Chrissie Fit.

                                                                                        An accomplished songwriter, his songs have been featured on several daytime soaps and primetime shows. On recordings, he can be heard on Debbie Gravitte’s “Alan Menken Album” and “MGM Album”; Rita McKenzie’s “Ethel Merman’s Broadway”, “Ruthless! The Musical”, Roslyn Kind’s “Come What May” and produced and arranged several CD’s for cabaret artists.   Michael is currently working on a solo piano album due out one of these days as well as scoring music along with Dr. Staci Gruber for many projects for New York Times Best-selling Author Patricia Cornwell.

                                                                                        Some past  highlights include serving as Associate Musical Director on the exciting  NBC production of HAIRSPRAY LIVE that aired in December 2016 starring Maddie Baillio, Harvey Feinstein, Ariana Grande, Garrett Clayton,  Jennifer Hudson, Dove Cameron, & Kristin Chenoweth as well as the upcoming Netflix movie version of the hit Broadway show “THE PROM”, as well as being so proud to have been a vocal producer on the newly released Kristin Chenoweth album “FOR THE GIRLS” on Concord Records.

                                                                                        Please visit Michael's web site (www.facebook.com/MichaelOrlandMusic ) periodically for news updates and upcoming events. Twitter/Instagram:  @michaelorland

                                                                                          Marissa O’Donnell

                                                                                          Director

                                                                                          Marissa O’Donnell

                                                                                          Director

                                                                                          Marissa is a native New Yorker now happily residing in LA. Since receiving her BFA in Musical Theater from Pace University in 2016, she has focused her attention on supporting children in the arts providing private lessons in both musical theater and film. A professional actress since she was nine years old, her most recognizable credits include the title role in the 30th Anniversary national tour of Annie, Teen Fiona in SHREK the Musical on Broadway (where she originated the role), and the indie film Peace, Love & Misunderstanding with an all star cast including Jane Fonda. In addition to her acting experience she has recorded the OBC for both Annie’s 30th Anniversary and SHREK the Musical, as well as releasing her own original pop music under the artist name MOD. Currently repped by Stewart Talent and Metaverse Entertainment, she is delighted to be on board at YADA and share her knowledge and experience with all her students!

                                                                                          LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

                                                                                          Level 1

                                                                                            Lindsay Pearce

                                                                                            Director

                                                                                            Lindsay Pearce

                                                                                            Director

                                                                                            Lindsay is Broadway's newest Elphaba! Lindsay saw Elphaba fly in 2009 and told her mom “that’s going to be me someday.” REGIONAL: American Idiot, Spring Awakening, Bare: A Pop Opera (Broadway World’s: Best Leading Actress in a musical), Romeo & Juliet, The Last 5 Years, For The Record: BAZ. TV/FILM: The Glee Project, Glee, Recovery RoadGrey’s Anatomy, and Sony Picture’s The Wedding Ringer.

                                                                                            UPDATE: Lindsay is currently out on the National Tour of Mean Girls!

                                                                                              Carrie-ann Pishnak

                                                                                              Improv Instructor & Artistic Director of YADA Improv Program

                                                                                              Carrie-ann Pishnak

                                                                                              Improv Instructor & Artistic Director of YADA Improv Program

                                                                                              Carrie-ann Pishnak is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. She holds a BA in Theatre from UNLV, is a graduate of Nerdist improv program, The Second City Conservatory, Short Form and Long Form programs, and was classically trained at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford. Carrie-ann is a corporate narrator, a freelance producer and marketing brand specialist, as well as being an adjunct professor at CalArts where she teaches Improv. She is proud and grateful to have been an educator at various schools (including YADA) for over 30 years. You can catch Carrie-ann performing around town with her improv team, Aeroplane, and hanging out at home with her cat, Monster.

                                                                                                Liliana Rose

                                                                                                Director

                                                                                                Liliana Rose

                                                                                                Director

                                                                                                A Los Angeles native, Liliana was first introduced to theatre at age 6 through YADA! She evidently fell in love, and is still performing almost 20 years later. After her YADA days, she went on to earn her BFA in Musical Theatre at Texas State University. Subsequently, she performed at various theaters around the country as well as on the seas with Norwegian Cruise Line. When she is not on stage, she finds fulfillment in passing along her passion for theatre to the next generation of performers! Check out www.lilianarose.net for performance updates!

                                                                                                LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

                                                                                                Level 2

                                                                                                Level 3

                                                                                                  Andrew Rosenthal

                                                                                                  Office Staff

                                                                                                  Andrew Rosenthal

                                                                                                  Office Staff

                                                                                                  Andrew has lived in Los Angeles pretty much his entire life, except for a few times where he has traveled cross country and lived in at least three other states for short periods of time. He has enjoyed movies and musicals since he was a kid and will always be singing show tunes in his car. He is about to have a son and will be teaching him the musicals and movies he grew up with so he can feel the same kind of spark that he does when he hears a familiar song or sees a familiar scene.

                                                                                                    Jamison Scala

                                                                                                    Improv Instructor

                                                                                                    Jamison Scala

                                                                                                    Improv Instructor

                                                                                                    Jamison is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory and previously performed regularly on their Hollywood stage and at sea with their Norwegian Cruise Line partnership. Jamison has written and performed in videos including: “Gay Ginger Breeders,” “Part of Your Office World, a Disney Parody,” and “Coachella: What You Totes Need to Know.” 7 of Jamison’s original monologues appear in “LGBTQ Comedic Monologues that are Actually Funny,” the first and only book of its kind. Raised in NJ (exit 145), he now calls Los Angeles home. You can follow his adventures at JamisonScala.com and @HeyJamisonScala. 

                                                                                                      Molly Smith

                                                                                                      Director

                                                                                                      Molly Smith

                                                                                                      Director

                                                                                                      Molly grew up in Chicago, IL and as soon as she could began performing in local community theater. Between the ages of 8 to 18, she performed in over 20 plays and musicals. Molly recently graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Theatre. While in Chicago, she also studied improv at The Second City and performed in several short films. Two years ago, Molly moved to Los Angeles where she has since starred in various independent films and web-series’. Molly continues to study at The Imagined Life in Hollywood.

                                                                                                      LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

                                                                                                      Primary/Level 1

                                                                                                        Leeann St. John

                                                                                                        Improv Instructor

                                                                                                        Leeann St. John

                                                                                                        Improv Instructor

                                                                                                        Leeann St. John has a deep love for all things hilarious. She performs improv and sketch regularly at the Pack Theater.

                                                                                                          Rachel Ticas

                                                                                                          Office Staff

                                                                                                          Rachel Ticas

                                                                                                          Office Staff

                                                                                                          Part-time New Yorker and “California Girl,” Rachel made the move from Northern California to Los Angeles just over a year ago to complete an internship to finish her degree in Music Therapy and pursue a continued career in music. Before joining YADA, Rachel completed a Music Therapy internship at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles where she provided family-centered care for patients and families through music therapy services. She has her Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific (UOP) in Stockton, CA. Performing and playing french horn is one of Rachel’s passions and she has had the opportunities to play at Carnegie Hall with Pacific’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble and manage and perform with Pacific Heavy Ensemble, UOP’s very first and only student-led metal orchestral ensemble. Rachel is excited to be a part of the team and is ready to help YADA in any way she can!

                                                                                                            Chanel Thomas

                                                                                                            Office Staff

                                                                                                            Chanel Thomas

                                                                                                            Office Staff

                                                                                                            Chanel is a Detroit, MI native who recently moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue her passions. She attended an art high-school then went on to get her Associate of Arts degree in Marketing from Columbia College Chicago. Being a creative— she often enjoys drawing/painting/crafts, cooking, music, writing, and project coordination. Chanel is a humanitarian who is very involved with community efforts; She previously owned a summer enrichment program that taught African and African-American studies to inner-city youth aged 3-13. Needless to say, she is delighted to work in an establishment like YADA that contributes to the creative development & fulfillment of children since she believes they are the future!

                                                                                                              Devyn Ward

                                                                                                              Director

                                                                                                              Devyn Ward

                                                                                                              Director

                                                                                                              Devyn has been a Director at YADA since Summer 2019 and is ecstatic to be here! She is a teaching artist, actor, and comedian based in Los Angeles, originally from Denver, Colorado. Devyn has been dancing since the age of 3, became a competitive dancer at age 10, then started her career as a dance teacher in college. Her love for theatre began in elementary school when she got involved with the after school musicals and a program called KidStage. After her first performance as "Lola the Lead Ladybug", she was hooked! Since then, she's performed in some amazing shows like Pride and Prejudice (Lady Catherine), Spring Awakening (Frau), and Shakepeare's Love's Labour's Lost (Holofernia). Devyn is also a comedic improviser and has been in a variety of improv and sketch shows including the Del Close Marathon in New York City. She's currently a student of UCB and Groundlings. She moved to LA shortly after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in both Acting Performance and K-12 Theatre Education. Children's theatre has always been something held close to Devyn's heart, and throughout her education training she discovered an immense love for Theatre for Young Audiences. In 2017 she completed an educational internship with Lexington Children's Theatre and in 2018 she directed a mainstage touring TYA show at UNCo. Her favorite part of teaching theatre is being able to assist young people gain life skills such as discipline, confidence, and empathy while also giving them room for imaginative play and creativity. Devyn is thrilled to be pursuing an acting career in LA while also sharing her love of acting and dance with the wonderful YADA students.

                                                                                                              LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

                                                                                                              Tots

                                                                                                              Pre-Primary

                                                                                                              Level 1

                                                                                                              Level 2

                                                                                                              Level 2/3

                                                                                                              Junior Master/Master

                                                                                                                Anthony David Ward

                                                                                                                Director & Private Lesson Instructor

                                                                                                                Anthony David Ward

                                                                                                                Director & Private Lesson Instructor

                                                                                                                Anthony is a Performing and Teaching Artist from Niagara Falls, NY. He realized his passion for theatre at a young age, and hasn’t stopped performing since! He has traveled the country with Missoula Children’s Theatre, where he was able to bring the magical world of Musical Theatre to a new group of kids each week. In college he studied Acting, Dance, Vocal Performance, and Psychology. He takes pride in being able to use all of his education in his craft, and his ability to teach others how to do the same. Some of his favorite performance credits include, Dan Goodman in Next to Normal, Charlie Brown in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Mitch Mahoney in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, as well as various roles in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, and Henry VI. He is extremely excited to begin his journey at YADA and cannot wait to begin teaching and inspiring!

                                                                                                                LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

                                                                                                                Primary/Level 1

                                                                                                                Level 2/3

                                                                                                                Level 3

                                                                                                                  Toni White

                                                                                                                  Director

                                                                                                                  Toni White

                                                                                                                  Director

                                                                                                                  A Los Angeles native and professional performer from the age of six, Toni’s credits range from the Broadway stage to TV, film, print and commercial work. Most recently, she appeared on the long running NBC drama CHICAGO P.D., Showtimes's The Chi and the new 4400 reboot on the CW. As a child actor, her credits include classics such as Doogie Howser MD, Cheers, Lamb Chop’s Play-along and Disney Channel original series Omba Makomba. On Broadway, Toni originated the role of Tennah in Amazing Grace. She’s performed in 6 National and International tours including Aida, Dreamgirls, and Guys & Dolls, as well as multiple off-Broadway shows and some of the highest level regional theaters in the country. An accomplished dancer, Toni trained at the Joffrey Ballet School and is a graduate of The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. In addition to her acting career, Toni is also a multi-medaled competitive figure skater and certified coach and judge as well as a writer, singer/songwriter and musician. She is currently represented by Linda McAlister Talent (LA), Grossman & Jack (Chicago) and Michelle Thompson at BMG (NYC). Toni is thrilled to be a part of the YADA family!

                                                                                                                  LEVELS CURRENTLY TEACHING FOR FALL 2022:

                                                                                                                  Pre-Primary

                                                                                                                  Primary/Level 1

                                                                                                                    Rainer is thriving at YADA and we are so happy to have found such a nurturing, amazing place for
                                                                                                                    him to learn.

                                                                                                                    You guys are epic… So amazed by the work and love that goes into each and every production. You help your students grow and shine. You deserve all the applause. We are blessed to be part of the YADA family.

                                                                                                                    Becoming part of the YADA family has been an amazing experience for David!

                                                                                                                    Mutual love fest here!!!!

                                                                                                                    Thank you so much. I have already enrolled Janey for the next season. She tells me that she wants to go to YADA forever!

                                                                                                                    Skylar absolutely loves YADA and would not think of missing it. I enrolled her the very first day of registration so we should be all set!

                                                                                                                    Our daughter is thriving and extremely happy in your program!

                                                                                                                    Thank you again to you, all the teachers and Yada for this opportunity for Lourdes, her heart is so set on this.