Shanda Batchelor - Program Manager
Shanda is a mother of three who has enjoyed many different aspects of theatre for as long as she can remember. Watching children grow through the stage and all it has to offer is a very rewarding experience. She opened Winter Springs Performing Arts in February of 2006 with 30 students and now has the pleasure of watching over 100 students within WSPA's programs grow and learn. It's not all about acting and singing. It's about confidence, teamwork, respect, dedication and a love of the arts.
Noel Marie- Head of Theater, Director of Summer Programs
At the age of 7, Noel-Marie began her love of the performing while singing in the Rutger's Children's Choir in New Jersey. Her interest and experience in the arts blossomed since as she started performing in numerous musicals and professional theatrical productions throughout her childhood. At the beginning of her career, Noel-Marie studied Opera at the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Musical Theater performance at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City. By the time Noel-Marie graduated, she was already packing for her first National Tour.
Noel- Marie toured throughout the United States performing in regional theater productions and gaining valuable on-the-road experience. She soon returned to New York City and began her career as a professional NYC musical theater actress appearing in numerous productions from off-off Broadway to Broadway theater. She has come a long way since her first New York appearance as Woman 3 in "Is There Life After High School". Some of her favorite roles include, Irene Molloy in "Hello Dolly" (NYC), Fairy Godmother in "Cinderella" (National Tour), Esperanza in the world premier of "Magic in The Music" featuring the music of legendary stage and screen songwriter, Stephen Schwartz (Off-Broadway) and many more.
For the past ten years, Noel has found great joy in sharing her professional experience and teaching her craft as artist-in-residence and Director of Theater Arts at several summer camps, theater workshops, and production companies.
Paul 50- Director of Improv
Paul50 in a short time has gone from promotional videos for Sprint/Nextel to becoming the host of the "The Comic Improv" at the "Why Not Lounge". Where he not only hosted but also had his own Stand Up set as well as performing Improv. As an Improvisor, he is a graduate from Sak University where he completed all Sak Improv levels and has performed at the SAK stage in Orlando. Paul50 has also performed at the Improv Festival with the group Hot McMartney, performed in acting roles with Orlando New Improv Kids, and has even done some T.V. spots on late night comedy shows. Outside of Orlando he has been a part of Monkey Butler Improv group in Denver Colorado among other improv groups. He brings a taste of emotional acting combined with humor for a special blend of entertainment. For over 2 years Paul50 has also been teaching acting and comedy to students ranging from ages 5 to 78. He is also a Personal Development teacher and speaker which give all of his classes a "real life" application the lessons. Whether you experience him as a performer or as a teacher, Paul50 will definitely make you laugh, think, and leave you feeling great about life.
Emily Simmons- Music Director and Assistant Director for Summer Programs
Emily Simmons is a student at the University of Florida who just finished her first year. She is double majoring in Linguistics and Arabic and getting certified in Teaching English as a Second Language, but her passion has always been theatre. Emily was the music director for Lake Howell Theatre Company and her favorite role was Cinderella in Into the Woods. In Spring and Summer of 2016, she music directed Honk Jr., My Son Pinocchio Jr., and Mulan. She is back in Orlando for the summer and is very excited to rejoin The Stage!
Joyce Lemos- Aerial Arts Instructor for Summer Programs
Lindsey Strembicki- Technical Director of Summer Programs
Lindsey Strembicki is 20 years old and is a student at UCF, studying mechanical engineering in hopes of someday being a Ride and Show engineer. She recently interned at SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment as a Ride Engineer, having the opportunity of a lifetime working on their flight simulator and Flying Coaster- Manta. She is a Director/ Cheorgrapher at Winter Springs Performing Arts and has been on the stage her whole life. She enjoys Swing Dancing in her free time and was most recently seen in the dance team of CFCArt’s “A Night on the Red Carpet”. Some of her favorite roles include Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), Shrek the Musical (Gingy/ Sugar Plum Fairy), Seussicial the Musical (Gertrude), and Oliver (Bet). Teaching is her passion and over the years has worked in many disciplines from technical to dance, and is honored to be able to pass on her knowledge to her students.
Dustin Batchelor- Choreographer of Peter Pan Jr.
Dustin Batchelor is a 16 year old Junior at Winter Springs High School who has been studying musical theatre for the majority of his life. He has been seen at Winter Springs Performing Arts as Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd, Warbucks in Annie, Tin Man in The Wizard of the Oz and many more. He has spent the the past year working as a choreographer and assistant director for many of the Jr. programs.