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, Acting Instructor, Director of Elf Jr. and A Christmas Carol
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.
Jeremy Joyner- Music Director and Assistant Director for A Christmas Carol
Jeremy Joyner made his directing debut at the Winter Spring PAC as assistant director of Sweeney Todd and was honored when asked to be music director for The Christmas Carol. After receiving his BFA in Music at Rollins College in Winter Park, he went on to perform roles in a number of musicals, most recently as Simeon in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford. He also took the stage in Beauty and the Beast as Cogsworth, Urinetown as "Old Man" Strong and Dr. Billeaux, as well as Hucklebee in The Fantasticks. He looks forward to working with everyone in The Christmas Carol, and hopes to bring out the best in all of the performers.
Joyce Lemos- Tap Instructor
Laura Bruns- Assistant Director for Elf Jr.
Laura Bruns is vey excited to be working with The Stage again. Laura most recently worked with WSPA as the assistant director for Legally Blonde Jr. and The Brother's Grimm Spectaculathon. She is happy to jump into the holidays as the assistant director for Elf The Musical Jr. Laura is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, where she worked for several years at STAR (Supporting the Arts in Relay) Community Theatre. She is currently a fifth grade teacher at the Galileo School for Gifted Learning in Sanford, FL. On stage, her favorite credits include Into the Woods (Baker's Wife), The Wedding Singer (Julia), and her first musical, Godspell (Ensemble).