Course Instructors

Amy Peck

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Amy is a nationally and internationally performed Opera and Music Theatre Singer who excels in acting and bringing life to the stage. She comes from a very strong educational and professional background in vocal performance and music pedagogy, which began at age 13 in Williamsport, Pa. As a graduate with a BA in Vocal Performance from Eastern University, Amy specializes in teaching voice, piano, acting, songwriting and violin, beginner to advanced. Believing in the importance of mentoring her students, Amy's motivation for teaching is to share her love of music while investing in the student on a personal level. Amy looks forward to working with the aspiring music and theatre students in the Williamsport area.

Marie Fox

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Contact: MFoxCAST@gmail.com 

Marie Fox has been teaching and directing Theatre for over 26 years. Currently she is the drama teacher for Williamsport Area High School where she has built the traveling improvisation troupe, “Without a Cue.” In addition to teaching theatre workshops on improvisation and character development around the state, Marie is also an active participant in the Community Theatre League.


Aaron White

New ImageAaron White has been a working actor, director, choreographer and designer for the past decade and currently serves as an adjunct professor of Theater at Susquehanna University. His goal is to nurture and develop playful and protean actors who recognize that every person has the capacity for all human experience and behavior. Through the exploration of imagination, language and personal experience, Aaron challenges his students to develop skills that can most efficiently craft a performance that will hold the mirror up to nature. Professionally, Aaron has played roles such as Romeo and Hamlet for many fine regional companies including the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theater, the Texas Shakespeare Festival and the Adirondack Shakespeare Company. In the recent past, Mr. White has directed at Susquehanna University and Loyalsock Twp. High School and his sets have been seen at the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble, Williamsport Community Art Center and Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. He also sits on the board of Box of Light in Bloomsburg. Aaron holds a BA from Susquehanna University. He has done post-graduate work at Ohio University and received his MFA from the PATP at the University of Houston. Originally from Dalmatia, Pa, Aaron now resides in Williamsport with his loving wife and son

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Brianne M Tupper

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Contact: BTupperCAST@gmail.com 

Brianne M Tupper is a visual and theatre arts instructor as well as a freelance artist. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Studio Arts and a certificate in Theatre Studies. Before moving to the Williamsport area Brianne worked for the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Spotlight Costumes. Her designs and artwork have won numerous awards including the A. J. Schneider Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Murl Daniels Makeup Award and the William “Bill” Zauder Award for Outstanding Makeup under the direction of Kim Brown with Spotlight Costumes.

Marisa Hickey

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Contact: MHickeyCAST@gmail.com 

Marisa Sorrentino Hickey is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where she majored in Music Education as a voice major. She has been employed by the Williamsport Area School District since 2000 and currently teaches at the Williamsport Area Middle School where her responsibilities include teaching seventh and eighth grade general music, as well as directing the Seventh Grade Choir, the Eighth Grade Choir, the Chamber Choir, and the Spring Musical. Marisa has been an active member of the Community Theatre League since 2003. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors from 2009-2015, Marisa can often be seen on stage performing in various musicals and concerts, as well as working behind the scenes as a music director, director, and production manager.

Phil Vonada

New ImagePhilip J Vonada was born and raised just outside of State College. He has been involved in theatre in various ways for more than 15 years. He earned a B.S. in Speech Communication (Theatre) from Millersville University, and an M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University. He has worked professionally with The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, and is currently the Office Administrator for CTL! He is excited to join the teaching staff of CAST!

Jacquie Engel

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Contact: jengel@ctlshows.com 

Jacquie’s association with CTL began in 1989 as an accompanist and she has since worn every hat there is to wear in the theatre realm. She has directed or music directed nearly 160 productions in the Williamsport area in the last 25 years—at CTL, local high schools, Penn College, Lycoming College, Lock Haven University, and too many other places to count. After directing a few high school shows in the late 90s, Jacquie decided her calling was music education and attended Lycoming College at the turn of the millennium. While there, she started helping out in the CTL business office and has not left. As CTL’s programming expanded, so did Jacquie’s involvement and she is now CTL’s Artistic Director, Director/Creator of the Ray of Light Awards, and co-founder of the successful ACT UP Productions at the CAC. In her spare time, she enjoys singing with some of her best friends in the a cappella girl group, Nothing But Treble.


Maia Stam

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Contact: MStamCAST@gmail.com

Maia Stam holds a BA in Dance from Goucher College, with concentrations in choreography and dance administration. While at Goucher, Maia performed in student, faculty, and guest artist works, choreographed and staged several of her own works, and served as the president of Goucher’s improvisation club. Maia’s choreographic works have been staged at Goucher College, the American College Dance Festival, Wellsboro Fringe Festival, 171 Cedar Arts Center, and in Hamilton-Gibson theatrical productions. Maia currently resides in Wellsboro, PA, and teaches dance classes in styles from Ballet to West African.

Ed Richards

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Contact: ctltech@ctlshows.com 

Retired music teacher with a masters in music education and professional musician. As a professional musician Ed has had extensive experience in a variety of performance situations including: rock band, big jazz band, orchestra, chamber orchestra, pit orchestra for musicals, symphonic band and sr. drum and bugle corps. Ed has been involved in sound and light design and production at CTL for the past 8 years. In addition I also do sound and light production for Jersey Shore High School. Williamsport Area Middle School and Lycoming Valley Intermediate School. He enjoys the technical aspects of theatrical production because of the challenges each new concert, play or musical brings to the plate. His pet peeve is having a great performance by the actors ruined by poor audio or lighting. Remember: “Technology allows us to be more creative but does not create art on its own”.