Chelsea Bartel

 Instructor

  

Chris Saunders

 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

                                          of stars!

KSMT trains WELL-ROUNDED PERFORMERS. OUR PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO Customize YOUR Desired EDUCATION. WANT AN EXTRA DANCE CLASS? THERE in instruction IN HIP HOP, TAP & MANY MORE. NEED TO BRUSH UP ON YOUR ACTING? TAKE AN IMPROV OR AUDITION CLASS. IS YOUR FOCUS ON YOUR VOICE? PRIVATE VOICE CLASSES ARE READY FOR YOU.

Stage time is an Integral part of a performer's Development.

Our Students Shine onstage in the  "KSMT Academy Musical", a highlight of the Academy.

KSMT'S "SHOWCASE CLASS" IS WHERE ACTING, SINGING, & DANCING COMBINE! STUDENTS PREPARE AND WORK ON MATERIAL FOR THE Showcases in January and May.

ALISON ROSE SAUNDERS

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

                                        community.

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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.

Alexandra Salerno

 Lead Instructor

  

                                           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! 

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                                           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.

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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!

Learn about our exciting programs and find the fabulous fit for your child. 

Contact  KSMTAcademy@yahoo.com and arrange a trial class today!

 

The KSMT Academy is located in the Regional Learning Alliance (RLA) at 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066

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Sharon Schaller

 Lead Instructor

  

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Musical Theater is the convergence of three Art forms: Dancing, Singing, & Acting. KSMT brings them all under one roof. Get advanced training in one convenient, gorgeous location!
KSMT is Honored to be Apart of this one-of-a-kind national model of learning. The rla is Home to Penn State university, Slippery Rock University, Gannon University and many more.

Located on the Border of Allegheny and Butler County, between Cranberry & Marshall Townships. 850 CRANBERRY WOODS DR, CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA 16066

KSMT Academy consists of Two studios, with State-of-the-art floating floorS, and wall to wall mirrors. 

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JEssica Jaros

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.

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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. 

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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.

Elizabeth Helsel

 Instructor

  

Lindsay McGinnis

 Private Voice Instructor

  

Academy Dates 

​​Mark Your Calendars Now!
Sept 11    First Day of Class
Nov 11 & 12    Fall Jr & Sr Musical

Nov 17-26    Thanksgiving Break
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



Required technical rehearsals are one day prior to Showcase, and two days prior to Musicals.

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