Shanda Batchelor - Program Manager and Director of Freddie the Frog

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.

Dustin Batchelor - Assistant Director of Freddie the Frog

Noel Marie- Head of Theater, Acting Instructor,  Director of Jungle Book, Assistant Director of Singin' in the Rain and Director of 42nd St.

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.

Kevin Kelly- Music Director for 42nd St

Joyce Lemos- Tap Choreographer for 42nd St.

Joyce Lemos comes directly from the vibrant and effervescent city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has studied dance and performance under some of the most prestigious and globally known instructors. Joyce has performed in Brazil in many national productions such as A Chorus Line (Diana) and the Rocky Horror Picture Show (Columbia). Joyce made her international debut as an aerialist and dancer with the famous Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus. Her local credits also include Arabian Nights as a stunt rider and Pirates Adventure as a featured aerialist and soloist. Joyce's artistic and professional vision has allowed her to bring shows to life as choreographer for many regional productions such as The Producers, RENT, The Jungle Book, and Once Upon A Mattress. She currently resides in Orlando and operates, Joyce Lemos Productions, a dance studio and aerial training facility.

Mickey Lewis- Director for Singin' in the Rain Jr.

Mickey Lewis is thrilled to be working with Winter Springs Performing Arts. He has performed for numerous professional theatres throughout the Midwest and the South before relocating to Florida in 2003. Most recently he was seen as The King in “Big River” at the fabulous Mad Cow Theatre. Some of his favorite roles include Donkey in "Shrek The Musical," Edna in Hairspray!," and The Baker in "Into The Woods." He can presently be seen "killing it" at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows when he isn't busy completing his Master’s degree. He most recently debuted his one-man show, “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Ethel Merman,” which will tour California and New York in the fall. 

Carson Bocco- Choreographer for Singin' in the Rain Jr.

Carson Bocco was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He started dancing by the age of 3 at Starz Dance Company. At the age of 11, Carson began to receive training at New Dimensions Dance Academy under the instruction of Dawhone Perry. He also auditioned and joined their competitive company. He remained there until graduation at the age of 18. During his instruction under Mr. Perry and the other New Dimensions staff, he has gained expertise contemporary, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. While attending New Dimensions, Carson has specialized in tap dance under the instruction of Justin Kolleda. In addition to his dance education, Carson also has had the opportunity to perform with Street Beatz, a tap/drum entertainment group that performs at an array events, including but not limited to NBA Halftime shows (Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic, and the Charlotte Hornets to name a few,) television programs, Universal Studios, the Invictus Games, and other corporate events. After graduation from New Dimensions, Carson was given the opportunity to join the staff as the advanced tap teacher. In addition to New Dimensions, he has taught tap classes at Inez Patricia School of Dance and Marshall Ellis Dance School. Not only has Carson excelled in dance, but he has also committed himself to higher education as an Alonzo Scholarship recipient at Rollins College.

Jay DeRosa- Music & Assistant Director for Jungle Book Kids

Joanna “Jay” DeRosa is a 20 year old currently attending Rollins College, where she is in her third year majoring in music. After having been in a few plays, Jay decided that the spotlight wasn’t for her, and set out to try music directing. This is the ninth musical she has music directed so far, and she’s enjoyed it immensely. This is her first musical involved with WSPA, and is excited to have been working with such a talented group of actors and actresses! Jay has been playing classical piano for about 13 years, and intends to become a certified music therapist after finishing her Bachelor’s. 

Elizabeth Hardwick- Choreographer for Jungle Book Kids

Elizabeth Hardwick is 16 years old and a 10th grader at Hagerty Highschool. This is her first time choreographing. She is so excited to call herself choreographer for this production! She would like to thank the wonderful cast and production team.
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