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.
TUITION ASSISTANCE & SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Riverside Children's Theatre scholarship program provides financial assistance to qualifying students. To apply, please download and submit the form to the Box Office or Education office.
Scholarships must be pre-approved before class begins.
STUDENT CONTACT INFO & WAIVER
Please complete this form prior to student's first day of class/camp.
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
Jennifer Patty, Drama Teacher
Jennifer Patty holds a degree in Theater and Film from The University of Kansas and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity with an extensive performance career including regional and off-Bway productions. Arriving in Vero in 1998, she has served as an instructor here at RCT and then as the Administrator of The Waxlax Center and Director of Theatre at Saint Edward’s School, directing over 50 productions, including the Florida debuts of Is He Dead, Blue’s Clues Live, and Rugrats: A Live Adventure. Jennifer co-owns Vero Home Audio, a custom audio video design firm, with her husband, Greg Roux, and is mother to three amazing children.
Classes: Primary 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.
SYDNEE ELDER, Performance Apprentice
Sydnee Elder is honored to be working at Riverside Theatre! Sydnee is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a recent graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Music Theatre. Her performance credits include Boeing, Boeing (Berthe), A Christmas Carol (Fan/Shy Sister), and We Are Proud... (Actor 5/Sarah). Her work on We Are Proud… led to an award winning thesis, entitled “A Role for Facilitation in Social Justice Theatre.”
NAJHA KAY FORBEY, Performance Apprentice
Najha Kay Forbey is a recent graduate of Western Carolina University, where she studied Musical Theatre. Some of her favorite roles include 'Mazeppa' in Gypsy, 'Esther' in Intimate Apparel, and 'Mary Magdalene' in Jesus Christ Superstar. She is excited to be a part of RT Summer Camps this year!
SHIVAM PATEL, Performance Apprentice
Shivam Patel is from Rock Hill, South Carolina. He is a Musical Theatre graduate from Winthrop University. He is ecstatic to be working with Riverside Theatre as a Performance Apprentice for the upcoming year! Some of his favorite performances include Grace for President (Sam), Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince), The Seagull (Treplev), and Bare: A Pop Opera (Matt Lloyd).
CHRIS ROBERTSON, Performance Apprentice
Chris Robertson is a recent Jacksonville University graduate with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music Theater. He is excited to be joining the Riverside Performing Arts team as a Performance Apprentice. Chris also studied musical theater in high school at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and in middle school at Lavilla School of the Arts. Some of his favorite past performances include Sweeney Todd, Next to Normal, Parade, Les Miserables and Into the Woods.
ALISSA WALKER, Performance Apprentice
Alissa Walker is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A recent Musical Theatre graduate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ali's past credits include The Pajama Game (Mae), The 25th Annual... (Schwartzy), Das Barbecü (Actor 3), and Boeing Boeing (Asst. Director). She is thrilled to be working at Riverside Theatre alongside her fellow apprentices!
KIMMY ZEREGA, Performance Apprentice
Kimmy Zerega is so excited to be back at Riverside Theatre as a Performance Apprentice! A Vero Beach native, she grew up participating in shows and classes at Riverside Children’s Theatre. Kimmy is a recent graduate of Elon University where she received her BFA in Acting. Her favorite roles include Essie (You Can’t Take it With You), Minnie (The Wreck on the 5:25), and Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro). She would like to thank her family and friends for their never ending support and encouragement!