About the Education Program
Riverside Theatre’s Education Program
The Riverside Theatre Education Program is committed to promoting educational opportunities to students of all ages by:
Producing Quality work for young people and families
Providing the community with a broad range of educational opportunities that will cultivate tomorrow’s artists and audiences while building the skills for today
Creating a nurturing and collaborative environment for all educators, students, parents, and staff
Connecting students to the professional artists, productions, and opportunities at Riverside Theatre
Transforming lives through the study, exploration, and creation of theatre
Educational Priorities and Learning Outcomes
As an intentional learning community, Riverside Theatre's Education Program has chosen to emphasize the following Priorities and Outcomes for all students:
Through theatre, we will understand that we are all part of a community where theatre has the power to change lives both on and offstage.
Through theatre, we will learn to collaborate with others and contribute as an ensemble within the creative process.
Creative and Social Skills
Through theatre, we will develop our skills as communicators and story-tellers while celebrating the talents and creative expressions in one another.
An Understanding and Appreciation for Theatre as an Art Form
Through theatre, we will analyze expressions of art and the choices involved in such expressions; and we will connect with diverse ideas and people whose experiences may differ from our own and who may be separated from us by time, space, or culture.
Preparation for Theatre as a Vocation
Through theatre, we will discover and prepare for the range of theatrical opportunities, professions, and challenges that await us beyond The Riverside Education Program.
Through theatre, we will respect the ways physical, emotional, and intellectual well-being can contribute to a balanced life.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RIVERSIDE THEATRE EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS IN OUR 2018-2019 OUTREACH REPORT.
TUITION ASSISTANCE & SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Riverside Children's Theatre scholarship program provides financial assistance to qualifying students. To apply, click the application button and complete the online form.
All applications received between August 26 and November 30th, will be reviewed in December 2019. Additional Scholarship will be awarded for Classes beginning after January 1, 2020. Scholarships must be pre-approved before class begins.
TUITION ASSISTANCE DEADLINES FOR:
Summer Camps – May 31, 2019
Fall Classes – August 30, 2019
Spring Classes – January 3, 2020
MEET THE PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTORS & STAFF
Whether your interest is in Singing, Acting, Dancing, Directing, or even Technical, our instructors provide a performing arts curriculum designed to educate and spark creativity in all the students enrolled at Riverside Theatre.
Kevin Quillinan, Director of Theatre Education, Drama Teacher
Kevin has enjoyed teaching and directing students of all ages since graduating from Shenandoah Conservatory with a BFA in Theatre for Youth. He has directed and taught at The Growing Stage in Virginia, and for six years was the head of the theatre department at Triton Regional High School in Byfield, MA where he created curriculum and developed new classes. He also co-founded HarleQuyn Theatre to offer affordable classes and shows to local schools. Kevin was a recipient of the 2012 Freddie G Teaching Fellowship, an honor bestowed by Freddie Gershon, CEO of Music Theatre International (MTI).
Classes: Intermediate Theatre Arts Workshop and Advanced Theatre Arts Workshop
Deborah Quillinan, Music Teacher
Debbie is a vocal coach, director, choreographer, and teacher. She is a graduate of Shenandoah University with a BM Performance in Voice. Most recently, she was music director for Disney’s The Lion King, Little Mermaid Jr., and Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! She teaches music in St. Lucie County. She also taught, choreographed and directed shows for HarleQuyn Theatre and Triton Regional High School in Massachusetts.
Anne Shuttlesworth, Music Teacher
Anne is a pianist, music director, and vocal coach. She graduated from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance, where she also studied for an MM in Accompanying. She has played, conducted, and music directed on Broadway, numerous national tours, and regional theaters. Anne has taught piano, choir, and musical theatre voice both privately and in primary and secondary schools.
Adam Schnell, Director Of Dance Program, Dance Teacher
Adam has been teaching both dance and theater for over a decade and is a sought after master teacher throughout the country. Since moving to Vero Beach in the fall of 2009 he has served as director of dance for Riverside Children’s Theatre. In December 2010, his The Nutcracker: In Swingtime! premiered at RCT to sold out audiences and critical acclaim. Adam created The Riverside Dance Festival, a program designed to pair the working dance artists of today with the aspiring dancers of tomorrow. Mr. Schnell is also the Founding Artistic Director of Ballet Vero Beach.
Suzanne Childers, Dance Teacher
Suzanne’s professional career began as a “baby ballerina” on CBS television’s “Jackie Gleason Show. She appeared on stages throughout Asia, South America, and Europe, before retiring to open a dance studio in the San Francisco Bay Area, with her mother Sabina, a highly regarded dance educator of young children. Suzanne’s 30+ years teaching dance includes serving as the ballet instructor for Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. She is currently the owner of Choozi Entertainment, creators of the first ever aquatic spectacular at sea, as well as theatrical entertainments throughout the world.
Mia Pacitto, Dance Teacher
Mia’s passion for dance started as a child in London, England, taking examinations with the I.S.T.D. and performing at grand theatres such as the London Palladium. After immigrating to the U.S. in her teens, Mia’s dance world went from a strict syllabus to a traveling, competitive scene.
Whilst majoring in dance at V.C.C., Mia’s love for travel led her to a career upon sea with Disney Cruise Line, dancing and performing lead acting and singing roles. Mia also joined Celebrity Cruise Line as an activities team member, running all onboard entertainment. Mia has performed in shows and parades for all major Florida theme parks, including Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, and Busch Gardens. Miss Mia has taught at dance and gymnastic studios state wide and her choreography has been awarded for national dance competition team performances and gymnastic floor routines. Mia has toured with shows nationally and internationally with Vee Corporation’s Sesame Street Live and FELD Entertainment’s Disney Live. Mia’s feel for the urban dance scene expanded when she danced for the NBA, with the NBDL Fayetteville Patriots, leading her to pass the Les Mills Body Jam aerobic training.
Aside from dance, Mia has worked in the health and fitness industry. Mia managed LA Fitness health clubs, and obtained her license in facial aesthetics and acupressure. Mia feels that her vast exposure to cultures and styles, and her professional dance career, has enabled her to show students a well-rounded perspective on movement.
Camilo Rodriguez, Dance Teacher
Camilo began his ballet training at Ballets de San Juan and Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico. He continued his training on full scholarship in New York City at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School. He excels in the teaching of Ballet and Modern technique and is also a well respected certified Pilates Instructor. Mr. Rodriguez also serves as ballet master for Ballet Vero Beach.
Tara Schweitzer, Dance Teacher
Tara performed as a Radio City Rockette for seven years in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in NYC, appeared on commercials and special events including a Presidential Inauguration. She has performance experience in Musical Theatre through Summer Stock, College & Community theatre. A Graduate from Wagner College in New York with a BA in Theatre and Speech, she continues to share her love for dance as a dance educator teaching various styles and age groups.
In conjunction with the productions on the Riverside Theatre stages, professional actors, directors, and designers will participate in classes and workshops with Riverside Theatre students to further develop their creative skills and give insight into the life of a productive artisan.
Cassandra Brooks, Performance Apprentice
Cassandra grew up in Johnson City, TN and she graduated this past May from Millikin University where she earned her BFA in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Dance. Her professional credits include The Lost Colony (AT/Dance Swing, 2018 cast), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena) with Fail Big Shakespeare, The Long Christmas Dinner (Lucia) with The Lost Colony’s PTW program, Legally Blonde (Leilani/Enid Hoopes) at Round Barn Theatre, The Pajama Game and Mary Poppins at Lee’s McRae Summer Theatre, and Evita at Barter Theatre. Educational credits include Nice Work if You Can Get It (Eileen Evergreen), Chelsea Sunrise, and Solstice: A Concert of Dance. Cassie is so excited to be at Riverside Theatre this year as a Performance Apprentice! Find out more at Cassandra-Brooks.com.
Mac Ogle, Performance Apprentice
Mac is from Gatlinburg, Tennessee and is a recent graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds degrees in Theatre & Drama and English Literature. Favorite credits include Footloose (Ren McCormack), Spring Awakening (Hanschen), Clue (Wadsworth), and a co-host of the National Park Service’s Live Electronic Field Trip web series (episode: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Mac has spent the past four years as the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Sevier County Community Theatre Group. He is thrilled to be spending this season as a Performance Apprentice! Special thanks and all the love to his incredible family & friends, and to Jeff, Nancy, Sue, and Caresse.
Parker Reeves, Performance Apprentice
Parker is from Trussville, Alabama and is a recent graduate of The University of Alabama where he received a BA in Theatre with a Concentration in Musical Theatre. Parker was recently an actor in Tree Army: The CCC Project, a show which toured through various Alabama state parks to teach audiences about the Civilian Conservation Corps and FDR's New Deal. Other credits include: Forever Plaid (Sparky), A Chorus Line (Frank/Male Swing), Cabaret (Hans), and The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster 2). He's so excited to be a Performance Apprentice at Riverside Theatre to create a new generation of artists!
Samantha Young, Performance Apprentice
Samantha is from Mason County, West Virginia. She recently earned her degree in theatre at Fairmont State University. Some of her favorite credits include: Children of Eden (Yonah), Urinetown the Musical (Little Sally), and The Addams Family Musical (Wednesday Addams). When she’s not performing, Samantha enjoys choreographing for students, hanging out with friends, and watching YouTube. She is thrilled to be a Performance Apprentice this season!