Valentina Berger Maurette (Founder and Producer)
Born and raised in Argentina, she graduated from Michael Ham Memorial College. In 2009, moved to New York and got a BFA in Musical Theater from The New School with a minor in Performing Arts Administration. Since 2010, she brings students from all over the world to New York for two-week intensives in American Musical Theater.
During her time in New York, she worked at Bespoke Theatricals (GM office for Mamma Mia, Motown, Rocky, Billy Elliot, Evita, Legally Blonde, etc.), and O&M (Press Office for Kinky Boots, Sleep No More, Peter and the Starcatcher, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Spiderman, etc.). She currently holds the position of Account Coordinator at AKA NYC, a dynamic, 360° integrated communications and media agency, dedicated to smart thinking, strategic planning and selling tickets (Once, Spring Awakening, The Audience, It's Only A Play, Fuerza Bruta, etc.).
Christopher Stephens (Director of Education)
Musical director and pianist for many shows, including Daydreaming: Channeling Doris Day (The Blank Theatre); Burly-Q (Amas); Shout! The Mod Musical (off-Broadway recording with Rhino Records); Screams of Kitty Genovese (NY Musical Theatre Festival); Miss Chase, Miss Lincoln (National Historic Theatre); Captain Louie (off-Broadway); Was (premiere); States of Independence (premiere). Pianist for Forecast Productions, Wing and Drop Theatre Co., Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, ReVision Theatre of Asbury Park. Pianist for Joseph Thalken, Ricky Ian Gordon, Tina Landau, Nancy McGraw, Jerome Kopmar, Catherine Fitzmaurice. Teaching credits include NYU, Wright State University, Auburn University, HB Studio and Judith Blazer’s the Artist’s Crossing (artistscrossing.com). Private voice teacher and coach in New York City. Degrees, Studies and Affiliations: M.M., Vocal Performance, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. AMDA Faculty since: 2005
Kathy Morath (Musical Theater Teacher)
Actress, singer. Broadway credits include Joseph Papp’s Pirates of Penzance and Nick & Nora. Off-Broadway has appeared in the role of The Girl in The Fantasticks, Personals, The Wonder Years and David Ives’s All in the Timing, among others. Regionally has played leading roles at the Guthrie Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Dallas Theatre Center, Baltimore Center Stage, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the Barter Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Wolf Trap and the Kennedy Center. TV and film credits include Law & Order, Walker: Texas Ranger, Alice in Concert, Hostage, All My Children and General Hospital. Kathy recently created the role of Jodi in the world premiere of the new musical The Bikinis at ReVision Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ. Has also served as an adjudicator for the National Endowment for the Arts. Previous teaching credits: Papermill Playhouse, Norris Center for the Performing Arts, The Artist’s Crossing, Sing Smart Act Smart, private studio. Degrees, Studies and Affiliations: B.A., Semiotics, Brown University SAG, AFTRA, AEA. AMDA Faculty since: 2005
Marcelo Velasco Vidal (Vocal Technique Teacher)
Marcelo Velasco Vidal is a celebrated vocal technique instructor from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was born in Mendoza and began his vocal technique studies as a choirboy at the age of 7. He majored in singing at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. When he moved to Buenos Aires, he continued studying at Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colon with teachers such as Marcelo Coltro, Fernando Lara, Omar Brandan and Horacio Soutric. He performed for many years at the Coro Estable del Teatro Colon, Symphonic Corals, Chamber Music, and Opera in the main theatre stages
Marcelo Velasco Vidal is a restless researcher in the fields of Vocal Technique and Musical Theater. He has spent many years developing his method, “Vocal Optimization” and is publishing a book in August, 2015. He was named a member of the Argentinean Vocal Society in 2012. He spends a great deal of time teaching programs at the Hospital Clinicas for Laryngology Residents and speech therapists.
David Conrad Brouillard (Musical Theater Teacher)
A native New Englander, fortified his reputation in New York City as the Artistic Director of the famed Zipper Factory Theater. David turned a rather monotonous Off-Broadway Rental house into a thriving cultural Mecca in the heart of midtown Manhattan as The Zipper offered legitimate Off-Broadway repertoire and also served as a creative performance home to Broadway and Downtown Artists like Justin Vivan Bond, Tony Winner Victoria Clark, burlesque sensations Murray Hill + Dirty Martini, composers Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael John LaChiusa and Broadway and Downtown starts from left to right. At the Zipper he attracted and produced stars Margaret Cho, Bebe Neuwirth, Kathie Lee Gifford, Rosie O’Donnell, Megan Mullay, Joy Behar,Ute Lemper, Henry Rollins and more. David currently teaches with Buenos Aires on Broadway– a training and educational program that bases it’s artists foundations on impulse and self awareness within the intersection of Music + Theater. He has also run a muti-million dollar non-profit and now serves as the Head of Everything at the Hit + Hot burlesque supperclub, Duane Park, where live music and performance are a part of every evening. David has studied many forms of spirituality and has taken haven in melding his teaching craft and spiritual knowledge together. He lives in Brooklyn, and yes he makes artisanal meals for gaggles of hipster friends in his backyard, and shares his home life with a golden lab and a ginger boyfriend. David is a thrill seeker who is most comfortable in a country kitchen. David is equal parts classy old lady, lumberjack, and spiritual advisor.
Regina O'Malley (Musical Theater Teacher)
Regina had a long and varied career as both an actress and a singer, easily crossing over from one medium to another. She appeared on Broadway in Blood Brothers in both leading roles, Mrs.Lyons and Mrs. Johnston. She toured with The First National Tour of Les Mis and appeared at The Kennedy Center in On Your Toes. Several off-broadway shows too, most notably Forbidden Broadway. She toured as Gretel in The New American Opera's Hansel and Gretel. Extensive work in regional theaters:Sarah in Guys and Dolls at Seattle Rep, Adrianna in Boys from Syracuse at Goodspeed Opera House and Violet in Ken Ludwig's Sullivan and Gilbert at The Huntington in Boston. Leading roles at Indiana Rep, Buffalo Studio Arena, and Maine State and Papermill Playhouse. Television appearances and many national commercials. Regina switched gears when her children were young to pursue teaching. She found her true passion in the classroom. She teaches, acting, musical theatre, and improvisation all over from Shanghai to Mexico to New York City! Her job is to help performers find their joy in performing. Education: BFA Boston Conservatory(acting, musical theatre). Meisner studies at The Gately-Poole Studio. Arts in Education-graduate studies at Marymount Manhattan College.
Steven Silverstein (Musical Director)
Broadway: Blood Brothers, Swinging on a Star, All Shook Up and the 2010 revival of Promises Promises. Off-Broadway: A Naughty Knight, The Jazz Singer, When Pigs Fly, The Green Heart, The Ark, Annie Warbucks. Regional: Goodspeed Opera House, Papermill Playhouse, Westport County Playhouse. Vocal coach/pianist: Martha Stewart, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, Eric McCormick, Megan Mullally, Harry Connick Jr., John Raitt, Deborah Gibson, Neva Small, Carole King and most recently played for Bill Irwin. Onstage pianist for Gossip Girl (CW). Composer: Human Heart (Billy Rose winner), Boss in the Satin Kimono (NYC Fringe Festival), 10 Reasons I Won't Go Home with You (Midtown Manhattan Fringe Festival) featuring award winning song Capture A Queen, Diary of A Dancer. (Bridge Theatre, NYC) Published composer of two children's holiday shows, (One Magic Christmas and The Adventures of the First Easter Bunny). Music director/arranger and composer of John Treacy Egan's debut CD, Count the Stars Steven's songs have been presented as part of the Lincoln Center Songbook Series. Teacher: Faculty: American Music and Dramatic Academy, Neighborhood Playhouse (Junior division) and has served on the faculty of Marymount Manhattan College, Pace University, SUNY Purchase and NYU. Creator of The Fearless Audition. TV: Vocal coaching to Delorys on Wednesday's Child 5/25/11. B.A., Theatre,/B.S., Finance, University of Bridgeport; M.A., Music Education www.steven-silverstein.com
Heather Petruzelli (Vocal Technique Teacher)
Soprano, Heather Petruzelli, has appeared with The Astoria Symphony, Cantiamo Opera, Liederkranz Opera Theater, Henry Street Opera, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, Opera Northeast, The Opera Company of Astoria, New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, The Civic Orchestra of Northeastern Pennsylvania and as part ofWVIA's Simply Grand Concert Series radio broadcast. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at CAP21 she also has taught full-time at AMDA NYC since 2001. Additionally, she spent 2006-2008 as an adjunct instructor at Wilkes University. In addition to her work as a teacher and a classical singer, Heather has also performed professionally in a variety of contemporary styles regionally including children's theater at The Castle Theater of New Jersey and in "Promises, Promises" as a pit singer with The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, NY. Heather was also the co-founder of the Opera Company of Astoria which provided multiple performances around Queen's with grant money from the Queens Council on the Arts as a part of allowing opera to reach a larger audience. Heather is an Equity Membership Candidate.
Diego Funes (Theater Dance Teacher)
Diego Funes is one of New York’s leading contemporary dance instructors and choreographers. His choreographic style, which he terms “Contemporary Lyrical,” has graced world stages. Influenced by his ballet, gymnastics and worldwide dancing career, he worked for ten years to create a style that involves kinetic, exciting and unconventional solo and group pieces that challenge and inspire his dancers and students. He has taught and choreographed worldwide, in countries including London, Italy, Argentina and Brazil and throughout the US, in cities including New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Saint Louis, Kansas City, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. His credits as a dancer/choreographer include major works in dance theatre, musical theatre, film and television.
Trained in gymnastics from the age of four, Diego’s choreographic style is highly athletic, with strong elements of classical dance and contemporary movement and expression that categorize both his work with students and with the De Funes Dance Company, the corps he founded in 2006. As a teenager, he studied at the prestigious School of American Ballet, prior to dancing with Cincinnati Ballet, The New York City Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and Baletto del Sud.
He went on tour throughout Europe, later returning to the United States to break into musical theatre. His musical credits as a dancer include Cats, Hello, Dolly!, Riverdance, Anything Goes, A Chorus Line and the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. During his musical theatre career, he also choreographed acclaimed stagings of Beauty and the Beast, Hello, Dolly!, And the World Goes Round, Zorba!, Leader of the Pack, the first New York revival of Subways Are for Sleeping and shows for Tokyo Disney. He danced in numerous videos for MTV and with headlining music artists such as Liza Minnelli, Whitney Houston and Will Smith.
In 2007, he choreographed the major motion picture, P.S. I Love You, directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Gerard Butler and Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank. Diego lives in New York City, where he is on faculty at Peridance Capezio Center, Ballet Arts at City Center and Manhattan Movement and Art Center.
Karen Dryer (Accompanist/Musical Director)
Singer/songwriter and musician, who has been teaching, playing and singing all over the United States and Canada. This multi-faceted perfomer is a musical-director, conductor, pianist, singer, and teacher. She has toured with 3 Broadway National tours (Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, and the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as musical director and conductor, and is now thrilled to be a part of New York City and Liz Caplan Vocal Studios. Karen is excited to be working with such talented and dedicated students.
Liz Marrero (Hip Hop/Heels)
Liz Marrero is considered a deep lover of the arts, she began her career as a dancer at age of thirteen in Caracas, Venezuela. Two years later she began working in show business with groups like Gustavo and Rein, Mestizo, Alexis y Fido, Franco LSQ, Franco Gorilla among others and participated in events as Miss Venezuela and Premioos Orquídeaa, in that same year she choreographed her first music video for Judy Buendia which was a great success with the hit "Casi Mala" and won several awards in national competitions with crews as Beathoper and N2Break.
In 2011 she moved to Europe and got contract by the agency Jane Shortall Dance and became part as a dancer and choreographer with Smirnoff, Google, Dublin International Airport, Oxegen Festival 2011, Jameson film festival and participated in the Bollywood film The Tiger EK.
She currently lives in NYC, rolling a certification in Peridance Capezio Center, and participated in city events such as dancing for Maluma Megaton and Fire at MSG, music videos like "Good over here" Alus and presented his piece "Trap Love "in Jan 2015 Sybarite.
Greg Zane (Ballet)
Greg Zane ‘s career as a performer, director, choreographer and teacher spans the worlds of theatre and ballet.
A New York City based director and choreographer, his direction/choreographic credits include: Singin’ In The Rain, The Sound of Music, Seussical, Annie, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood , Peter Pan , Flower Drum Song, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Carousel. He has also staged four National Tours of Theatre Works USA’s popular children’s musical: The Life & Times of Junie B. Jones. Greg recently directed and choreographed the 2013 Hawaii Premiere of Elf: the Musical at Diamond Head Theatre.
In 1996, Greg began an association with The King & I when he was cast as a dancer in the 1996 Tony Award winning Broadway revival. An acknowledged re- constructor of the Jerome Robbins iconic King & I choreography, he has supervised/directed twelve productions of The King & I including the 2013 Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma production and the 2014 production at The ZACH Theatre in Austin, Texas. In 2015, Greg became the Associate Choreographer for Lincoln Center Theater’s acclaimed Tony Award winning Broadway revival of The King & I.
Performance credits include: Broadway: The King & I (Original 1996 Broadway revival cast). London/West End: The King & I. Off- Broadway: Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regional Theatre: A Chorus Line, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song & Dance. Professional Dance Companies: Alberta Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, Hawaii Ballet Theatre.
Greg also teaches dance in NYC at The Capezio Peridance Center, Broadway Dance Center and has taught open classes at American Ballet Theatre. He has also guest taught at various dance academies in the U.S, including Oklahoma City Ballet Conservatory. Greg also serves as a company class teacher for The Paul Taylor Dance Company.
Gustavo Wons (Theater Dance)
John Fischer (Accompanist)