Elizabeth began studying dance at an early age and continued to pursue ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical as well as musical theater. Her favorite performance opportunities included Godspell, The Music Man, & Grease. She began teaching dance nine years ago and is very pleased to be at Keystone State Music Theater for the third year. Her passion for teaching, student development, and quality performance shapes her classes and care for the students at KSMT. She looks forward to a new season at both the RLA and Cranberry Parks & Rec locations.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Chelsea has
been a musical theatre actress for over ten years. She
currently performs with various theatre companies around the
Pittsburgh area, including Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Prime
Stage, The Theatre Factory, and many more. She was
thrilled to play "Mrs. Wilkinson" in KSMT's latest production of
Billy Elliot (directed by Chris Saunders), and is most proud of
her portrayal of "Diana Goodman" in Next to Normal at The
Theatre Factory. Her choreography was recently featured in
The Goodbye Girl at the Theatre Factory, as well, where she
also played the title role of "Paula McFadden".
She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in Creative Writing, Art, and Drama. There, she performed in many shows with Scotch 'n' Soda Theatre, including "Charlotte Hay" in Moon Over Buffalo. In addition to her work on the stage, she has been drawing and painting for almost her entire life, and she continues to expand her talents into other media, such as: sewing, crafting, filmmaking, photography, writing, etc. She considers Mary Tyler Moore to be her most prominent artistic role model, and believes she's "gonna make it after all".
Since joining the KSMT family back in 2015, playing the role of "Mrs. Pinkerton" in Pinkalicious (directed by Chris Saunders), she truly feels at home with the company. She is honored to have the opportunity to share her knowledge and love of theatre with her students.
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
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.
Resident Artist, Academy Administrator
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.
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!
Alexandra began her performance training at a young age,
specifically in her ballet shoes! Some of Alex's favorite
credits include Sillabub in CATS, Meg Giry in Phantom of
the Opera, and Martha in Spring Awakening. She trained
as an apprentice with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet and
received her B.A. in Sport Psychology, with a Theater Minor
from Robert Morris University. Alexandra has had the
opportunity to both perform and showcase her
choreography at the Bates Dance Festival, Governor’s
School for the Arts at Wesleyan College,
Wood Street Galleries, New Hazlett Theater, Alloy Studios and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Alexandra is a current member of Gia T. Presents Dance Ensemble, and BCB3 (Bodiography Contemporary Ballet 3).
Before attending graduate school, Alexandra rehearsed with RWS & Associates, and set sail with Holland American Cruise Lines on the Westerdam and Eurodam, as a member of the original mainstage cast. She was also an onboard dance instructor and contracted through Dancing With The Stars to teach passengers various dance styles (i.e. tango, cha-cha, waltz).
Alexandra recently received her Master’s degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. Along with a clinical career, Alexandra thoroughly enjoys teaching and sharing her passion for dance and the arts -she is excited to be part of the KSMT community!
Private Voice Instructor
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