Elizabeth has been a performer as far back as she can remember. She has had over 15 years of training that started in New York and continues to grow to this day. She attended both BAK and Dreyfoos School of the Arts for theater and went on to continue her education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she received her BFA in Musical Theater.
While attending college she was exposed to all aspects of theater including technical, dance, voice, and acting. She worked with some elite members of the acting community including David Howie (Royal Shakespearean Theater),Drucie McDaniels (Girl Interrupted), Neil Hartley (The Sixth Sense, House of Cards) and Charles Gilbert (Co-Creator of Assassins). After receiving her BFA, she worked with some prestigious theater companies in the Philadelphia area such as the Arden Theatre, The Merriam Theater and the Delaware Opera.
She then relocated to South Florida to develop her career and became a dance teacher and choreographer as well as maintaining her passion to perform. Some of her performance credits include COMPANY, NUNSENSE, EVITA, 9 TO 5, and NEXT FALL. Recently, she won the 2013 Broadway World Award for Best Actress in a Play for NEXT FALL. She continues to perform professionally all around the south Florida area. Her choreography credits span over many years but some of her favorites include SPRING AWAKENING, THE WIZARD OF OZ, RENT and CABARET. She was also the choreographer for ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR. which was taken to Atlanta to compete in an international young adult musical theater competition hosted by Music Theatre International. The performance won international recognition at the festival and Elizabeth went on to choreograph many pilot shows for MTI including RENT, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR., FLAT STANLEY JR., and worked with Stephen Schwartz on his creation GEPPETTO AND SON JR. Along with all of her chorography credits, she has continued her career as a dance teacher for over 10 years as well as her professional career as a performer all around South Florida and beyond.
Jesse Furman is a SAG actor and comedian and has been teaching acting in South Florida since 2008. Jesse was the managing director, acting teacher and a director at Atlantic Arts Academy in Jupiter from 2003 to 2013. Jesse is a founding member of the Jove Comedy Experience, an Addy award winning improv and sketch comedy troupe that has been entertaining south Florida since 2004. Jesse has appeared in over 30 stage plays including 5 years with the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival as well as 10 years as an actor/director with The Atlantic Theater in Jupiter. Jesse’s television credits include Burn Notice and Maximum Bob and he has hosted numerous events in South Florida including 3 years as co-host of the Palm Beach Student Film Festival. Jesse’s film credits include: Caravan Pictures’ “Holy Man”, a starring role in “Scary Tales 2” as Frank Draven, an executive producer and lead role as The Prowler “Christian Soldiers” and Executive Producer and lead role as Dick Noble in “Film Contest?” Currently Jesse teaches acting at St. Mark’s School in Palm Beach Gardens and Good Shepherd in Tequesta.
Jeff Harding - Guitar Teacher
Jeff Harding is a singer, songwriter and guitarist that has been carving out a name for himself for more than a decade. In that time, he has released two full length studio albums, Nobody Knows and Look East and has logged more than 1000 performances. As of 2014, Jeff continues to keep a busy schedule of about 100 performances per year.
Jeff has been booked by Live Nation, AEG and has shared the stage with national and international artists: Heart, Robert Cray, STYX, Howard Jones, Colin Hay (Men At Work) twice, Tower Of Power, Better Than Ezra, Hootie & The Blowfish, Uncle Kracker, Andy Grammer, Delbert McClinton, Chris Barron (Spin Doctors), The Hooters, and comedian Ron White among others.
In addition to performing, Jeff has recently begun to combine his passion for music and his creative experience as a producer, arranger and session player for other artists. Acting as both arranger and producer, he also contributed guitar to up and coming folk/rock artist, Perry Strait's new album, set for release in 2014. Additionally, Jeff is producing Joel Zoss' upcoming album to be released in the fall of 2014. Joel has earned worldwide recognition for writing hit songs that have been covered by Bonnie Raitt and several other artists.
Jeff has also musically contributed to many charitable events including: The American Cancer Society, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation.
Jeff is currently endorsing these fine products: Taylor Guitars, Tom Anderson Guitars, Dean Markley, Evidence Audio, Fuchs Amplifiers, Hermida Audio, Bock Microphones and Lava Cables.
Rose has been teaching since 1980 where she began teaching Tap, Jazz & Ballet in Port Orchard. In 1983 she moved to New York and taught at the Conservatory of Dance in Oceanside. Miss Rose has choreographed numerous winning competitions as well as performed in Oliver, Carousel, South Pacific and Anything Goes. Her training includes Steps on Broadway, Luigi’s and Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan.
Megan Brengel recently moved from Virginia Beach, VA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dance from Radford University and holds a Virginia State License in the field of dance. She is a degreed member of Dance Masters of America, INC and a member of the Dance Teachers Association of Virginia Chapter 45. Megan had the opportunity to complete her student teaching in Virginia Beach at Old Donation Center for the Gifted and Talented and Salem High School’s Visual and Performing Arts Academy. Growing up, Megan performed with the Dance Magic Performing Arts Company based out of Copeland Mills School of the Arts in Chesapeake, VA. With the company she had the opportunity to perform in locations such as Walt Disney World and Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines. Megan continued to teach at this studio and with this company for the past 3 years. Megan worked as an instructor and Dance Specialist for The Starz Program, a preschool enrichment program, in Virginia Beach. She continues as the Palm Beach Area Supervisor, instructor, and Director of Dance for The Starz Program.
Originally from NY, Flow has a very unique take on Hip Hop. His first style under the umbrella of Hip Hop is Breaking. Over the years Flow has studied and learned many styles ranging from House, Popping and New Jack Swing. Rooted in both technique and creativity, Flow teaches both foundation and finding your own creativity within Hip Hop. Flow has been featured in music videos as well as movies while performing with music artists. He is also an active competitor in the national and international underground hip hop dance scene.
Toni MacPherson is a truly experienced, committed and extremely dedicated teacher. She has taught in some of the most prominent dance schools all around South Florida and we are so excited that she has joined the Performing Arts Academy of Jupiter's' prestigious team of instructors. Toni brings to her classes and to each of her students her vast knowledge and an an uninhibited amount of creativity, as well as an exuberance and joy for dance. Toni is a teacher that connects with students on an individual level and most importantly, makes sure that while her students are receiving a top notch education, they are also having FUN.
Maria Elena Alfieri
Maria-Elena started dancing in September 1974, and has never stopped. Her performance career, spanning three decades and six continents, includes Regional Ballet Companies, Dinner Theater, Summer Stock, Repertory Theater, European Tours, Cunard Cruise Lines and Walt Disney World Productions.
Her dance education began with Anna Marie & Sonny Leo in her home town of Wilmington, Delaware. During 10 years in New York City, she studied with Madame Gabriela Darvash, David Howard, Robert Blankshine, Michael Vernon, Frank Hatchett, Bob Rizzo, Chris Chadman, Chet Walker, Germaine Salsberg and Germaine Goodson. In 1996, she forged the way in Aerial Dance by developing her own act with husband, Joe Marso.
Maria-Elena has taught over 25 years of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Pointe, Modern, Swing, Salsa, and Tango to hundreds of students in Florida, New York, Delaware and California. She holds certifications in Pilates, Yoga and continues to update her education in Bio-mechanics and Anatomy. She is a member of AYCO/ACE and has been accepted into the prestigious Nimble Arts Teacher Certification Program at New England Center for Circus Arts.
Pam Petersen - Piano & Flute Teacher
PAMELA PETERSEN received a BA MUSIC DEGREE from WESTERN CT UNIVERSITY, with the primary focus in classical piano, and including studies in flute and voice. Pam has taught piano and flute in many establishments including her own studio, Southwood School of Music, located in CT. Other credits to Ms. Petersen include, audition pianist in NYC for summer stock theaters located in the New England area, pianist on tour with the CLOCKWORK REPERTORY THEATER CO, presenting musicals nationwide, and Music Director for ENGLAND'S CORNWALL THEATER, producing American Broadway Musicals. Also, Pamela entertained as pianist and vocalist aboard the HOLLAND AMERICAN and CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES ,originating out of Miami. Locally, Pam has been pianist, flutist or Music Director for BAK, INTERACT Summer Camp, PBSC, PBAU, LAKE WORTH PLAYHOUSE and including the RIVERSIDE, BRITT and JUPITER MALTZ theaters. Currently, Pam is the DIRECTOR OF MUSIC at GARDENS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ,located in Palm Beach Gardens. Pam enjoyed teaching 11 years at the ATLANTIC ARTS ACADEMY and is very pleased to return and continue teaching PIANO and FLUTE at PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY OF JUPITER.
Sydney Carbo - Vocal Teacher
Sydney Carbo is senior vocal performance major at Palm Beach Atlantic University, under the study of opera singer, Marilyn Mims, Grammy award winner, and renown vocal coach, Craig Wich. Sydney is a two time NATS first place winner for both classical and musical theatre singing. She is a first place winner of the Bob Sharon Vocal Competition, and has been performing for Starbrite Productions for 4 years. She attended and also performed in the music festival at the Maurice Ravel Conservatory in Paris. Sydney plans to pursue her master’s degree in vocal performance soon after graduation.
Lisa Gold - Piano Teacher
Lisa Eva Gold has played piano since she was 5 years old. She has been teaching piano for over 12 years. She has taught at Jupiter High School, Palm Beach Gardens High School and Place of Hope Children's foster homes.
Lisa is multi talented. As her focus is on teaching piano, she has also performed playing violin and guitar. Lisa has performed songs she has written, at the FAU theater with Carol Belcher and The New Day singers.
Lisa is also a local author, film and theater actress. With training at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theater. Lisa is also a hairdresser, makeup artist, show host and radio host."
Erin Philleo - Voice & Piano Teacher
Erin Daley Philleo began her musical studies at the age of 5 at the piano. During high school, she was involved in many choral and solo performances, as well as piano competitions. She received her B.A. in Music - Voice at Miami University, studying with Ms. Joan Moynaugh. While completing her degree, she opened a private piano and voice studio in 1998. In 2004, she attended the Summer Program for Young Opera Singers in Urbania, Italy, where she realized her desire to sing opera. Upon returning to the States, she completed her Masters in Music Education – Piano Pedagogy degree from University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 2006, and returned again to the Summer Program for Young Opera Singers in 2008, studying under Linda Roark-Strummer. She has performed the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Principessa in Sour Angelica, Edith inPirates of Penzance, covered the role Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos, and premiered the operaYours Truly, Anne as Margot. In March 2013, she sang with Tower Chorale and Capella Giulia under the direction of Padre Pierre Paul and Patrick Godon in Rome, Italy, where she was soloist at the Vatican for the first mass of Pope Francis, and in March 2014 she was the soprano soloist for Tower Chorale’s Brahms Requiem in Chicago. She currently sings with Palm Beach Opera and Florida Grand Opera choruses.
Francine “Frankie” Kofsman - Voice Teacher
Francine (nickname: Frankie) comes to our school from LOS ANGELES - CALIFORNIA!
Francine started her teaching career in Los Angeles with one parent in Malibu asking her to teach her 8 year old daughter how to sing and play the piano. Francine thought it would be a fun side job - but by “word of mouth”, one student multiplied into a waiting list from Malibu all the way to Hollywood. Francine wouldn’t have predicted it, but within a couple years, she became a “Celebrity Music Coach” teaching the children of famous movie stars and movie producers. She was handpicked by Seth Riggs (a famous vocal teacher to Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Josh Groban) to teach at his studio in Hollywood. Working with students to help them find their voice and putting them on the path to be pop and recording artists. Soon she was discovered by Justin Beiber’s management and the young singers they signed were being sent to Francine to polish their skills before live performances. Francine’s approach is unique in that she discovers the hidden talents within each of her students and gives them a inner confidence in their abilities. Francine believes that everyone has a authentic voice. Her teaching is intuitive. She is patient and helps her students gain a love for singing and expressing themselves, whether they want to become pop stars or just sing for fun!
Besides teaching, Francine also sings on commercials & tv/film projects such as: Doritos, E! Entertainment, Sony Playstation games, and many more.
Alicen Julia - Piano Teacher
Born and raised in Malaysia, I began piano lessons at the age of six, and worked through ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) examinations, obtaining the highest level of grade eight by the age of twelve. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, I began teaching in 1999 at The Music Gallery in Kansas City, and have enjoyed teaching and inspiring students of all ages and abilities ever since. I also taught private lessons on Military bases in San Antonio, Washington and Hawaii. I subsequently taught for Thelma Taylor in Honolulu and then at The David Hicken School of Music for pianist and composer David Hicken. I love the music of Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Beethoven and Chopin.
One of my former students Andrew Morris is now an internationally recognized organist who has won several major competitions. He was chosen to participate in the Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC). He is featured on the CIOC website. In a recent email from his mother she wrote: “We remember you well and all you did to help Andrew learn to sight read. It is probably his biggest asset today. He is also very good at phrasing.”
I am always proud of all my students and these moments make my job so amazing. Having been trained in Classical Indian dance in Malaysia as well as Ballet and Classical Modern at the Conservatory of the University of Missouri in Kansas City, I have also taught dance at the Legacy School of the Arts in Kansas City.
When I am not teaching or playing the piano, I work on graphic design assignments and enjoy working on small projects for independently owned businesses.