incoming Resident Artist
Jessica, a Pittsburgh native, is returning home from NYC after
spending just under a decade performing professionally
around the world. Immediately after receiving her B.F.A. in
musical theatre from Syracuse University, Jessica set sail on
the Disney Dream as a member of the original mainstage cast.
After singing and dancing around the globe with Disney Cruise
Line, she performed on some of the most highly regarded
regional stages in the country. Favorite credits include Ulla in
The Producers at Olney Theatre Center outside of Washington
D.C., Lady Larken in Once Upon A Mattress at The Fireside
Theatre, Pinky Tuscadero in Happy Days at La Comedia Dinner Theatre (directed and choreographed by Chris Saunders), Good News at the historic Goodspeed Opera House, The Wizard of Oz at North Shore Music Theatre, Miracle on 34th Street at Westchester Broadway Theatre, and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing at The Great Plains Theatre. She is also a member of the Manhattan-based musical comedy group, The Watercoolers, and has performed with them all over the country.
In addition to her work as a performer, Jessica served as a teacher/administrator at Performers Theatre Workshop in Maplewood, NJ and choreographed productions of The Wizard of Oz, Damn Yankees, and Cinderella in schools throughout the central NJ region. Many of her students have earned interest meetings with casting directors, agents, and managers and have received audition appointments and contracts for Broadway shows, regional theaters, television, film, and commercials.
Jessica is thrilled to return to the Pittsburgh theatre community. She grew up performing across the Pittsburgh region. Jessica is so grateful for the opportunity to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for the arts with the students of KSMT.
Mark Your Calendars Now!
Sept 11 First Day of Class
Nov 17-26 Thanksgiving Break
Nov 11 & 12 Fall Jr & Sr Musical
Dec 20-Jan 2 Holiday Break
January 13 Winter Showcase
March 18 Artist Showcase
March 28-April 3 Spring Break
May 13 Spring Showcase*
May 16 Final Day of Class
May 20 & 21 Spring Jr & Sr Musical*
No Class on 10/31, 1/13
*All Performances related dates tentative
Required technical rehearsals are one day prior to Showcase, and two days prior to Musicals.eptember 6 - First Day of Class
All Performances Tentative
Resident Artist & Academy ADMINISTRATOR
Caitlin is thrilled to be joining the faculty at Keystone State
Music Theater! A Pittsburgh native, Caitlin attended the
University of the Arts in Philadelphia to earn a B.F.A. in Musical
Theater. She has been performing professionally since she
was seven years old with various regional theaters on the East
Coast and in the Midwest and is a proud member of the
Actor’s Equity Association. Caitlin is a graduate of Seton -
LaSalle High School and a former student of Pittsburgh CLO
Academy and The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the
Arts. She has also studied at the famed "Second City"
improv troupe in Chicago. Caitlin has taught and
choreographed for various youth theater organizations including Beck Center for the Arts (Lakewood, OH), The Musical Theater Project (Cleveland, OH), True North Cultural Arts (Sheffield, OH), Above the Barre Dance and Gymnastics (Berea, OH), and Montgomery Theater (Souderton, PA) and the Pittsburgh CLO Academy (Pittsburgh, PA). Favorite performances include Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (Beck Center), Olive Ostrovsky in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Montgomery Theater), Aldonza in Man of La Mancha (True North), Ado Annie in Oklahoma! (New Candlelight Theater), Suzy in The Marvelous Wonderettes (Beck Center), Martha Cratchit in A Musical Christmas Carol (Pittsburgh CLO), and Xanthias in The Frogs (Cain Park).
Education Director, FOUNDER, Lead Instructor
Alirose as a creative, hip−style to teaching voice and
performance. She has led a successful career in the musical
theater industry for the past 20 years having worked
nationally and internationally on Broadway, national tours,
cruise ships, and regional theaters. She has been a vocalist
for nine years in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular
alongside the Rockettes as Mrs. Claus, and has starred in
shows with Disney. Alison's performance career began in
Chicago, where she appeared in the regional premiere of
Cats, and starred in productions of A Chorus Line and
Singin’ in the Rain. Her choreography has been set on
talented artists around the US and on Nickelodeon's
TV show Supah Ninjas! It’s her passion to pass on her
knowledge and experiences of the stage arts to the
A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, soprano Lindsay McGinnis most recently covered the role of Nanetta in the Pittsburgh Resonance Works production of Falstaff. She has also performed with the Pittsburgh Savoyards in their productions of Iolanthe and The Mikado. In the summer of 2015, Lindsay performed the role of the Princess in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with Emerald City Opera. Lindsay can also be seen singing with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the partnering choir to the Pittsburgh Symphony. Lindsay received a BM in Voice Performance from The Ohio State University and a MM in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Penn State University. While at Penn State, she had the opportunity to perform various roles in both full stage productions and scenes including Sister Constance of St. Denis in Dialogues of the Carmelites and Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore. Lindsay was also seen on the concert stage as the soprano soloist in the premier of "Unwanted War" by Mürsel Yavuz. Lindsay's singing has taken her abroad to Graz, Austria where she performed in concerts of Schumann's Myrthen and Spanisches Liederspiel.
Sharon Schaller comes to KSMT with a wealth of performance and teaching experience! Before trading in her Equity card for a “Mom” card, she appeared at Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, City Theatre at Hartwood, Pittsburgh Playhouse, West Virginia Public Theatre, The Mountain Playhouse, and The Theatre Factory, as well as in many regional theatres and a national tour. Most recently, Sharon appeared in Happy Days (Marion Cunningham) at WVPT (directed by Chris Saunders), and in several shows at the former Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center Professional Theatre Company, including The Sound of Music (Sister Sophia), White Christmas (Betty Haynes), My Way and Side by Side by Sondheim. Sharon has a BFA in musical theatre from Point Park University, and has been teaching and musical directing children of all ages throughout her career. She teaches musical theatre classes at LPPACS, and is so excited to join the wonderful and talented staff at KSMT!
Experience what everyone is talking about
Learn about our exciting programs and find the fabulous fit for your child.
The Open House will begin with a tour and overview of KSMT Performing Arts Academy with our Education Director, Miss Alirose Saunders, and a class placement evaluation for each student. To receive proper info and help us stay on schedule with student placements, please plan to arrive sharply at the beginning of the Open House. RSVP to KSMTAcademy@yahoo.com and let us know you are coming.
Saturday, August 19 at 10:00
KSMT Academy is located in the Regional Learning Alliance (RLA) at 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066
KSMT ACADEMY Staff puts the spotlight on each performer to assist them to reach the next level in their development. Our Classes in Dancing, Acting and Singing Challenge the student while Teaching responsibility and professional Etiquette.
Private Voice Instructor
Producing Artistic Director, Founder, Lead Instructor
Chris is an acclaimed director, choreographer, & performer
whose has made appearances on stages near and far
- from New York to New Delhi. Chris’s choreography has
been seen across the country in the celebrated 10th
Anniversary National Tour of Footloose. He has
directed & choreographed productions of Cats,
Joseph…, Hairspray, Godspell, Happy Days: The Musical,
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, & The Sound of Music. Chris is
also a critically praised performer. His work has been seen
across the country in 50+ productions, including on
Broadway with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Chris has taught at Carnegie Mellon, Point Park, & Slippery
Rock Universities, and is an adjudicator with Headliners
Competition. Chris is excited to educate a new generation