TEEN THEATRE ARTS WORKSHOP STAFF
Todd Jones heads The Teen Theatre Arts Workshop drama division this summer. Todd has been active in professional
and academic theater for eighteen years. He received his Bachelor of Arts in theatre from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
and his Master of Fine Arts in acting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. At UNC, Todd taught undergraduate
acting, introduction to theatre and speech performance. While working on his master's, he also performed many roles in the
school's productions including the Emcee in Cabaret, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof and the title role in Phantom.
Professionally, Todd worked with the North Carolina Theatre for Young People, The Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville
Tennessee and The Galveston Island Outdoor Musicals. Todd spent several years as a working actor in both California and New
York City. Most recently, Todd taught introduction to theatre at Burlington County College and was seen on stage in the
Edison Valley Playhouse production of Glengarry Glen Ross.
Brandon Sturiale joins us this year as musical director for The Teen Theatre Arts Workshop. Brandon is an
accomplished pianist, accompanist, arranger and composer. He has written the scores to independent films, television specials
and musicals. Brandon also composed and produced his solo piano album, Midnight Story and has been musical director for several
Broadway national touring companies including, Gypsy, Urban Cowboy and Children's Letters to God. He performed along side
Tony Bennett at The National Arts Theatre in New York City and was 1st prize winner of Mountain Plains Film Scoring contest
held through the University of Wyoming.
Olivia Mode once again joins The Performing Arts Studio’s faculty as choreographer. Olivia studied jazz, ballet,
tap, modern and hip-hop for over ten years and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance at the
prestigious Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. During her high school years, Olivia taught dance at Yvette’s
Dance Studio in Cranford. She performed with the Radio City Rockettes and danced at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center
(NJPAC.) Last year, she received Paper Mill Playhouse’s Catch A Rising Star Scholarship for her performance as Cha Cha in
her high school musical’s production of Grease. Olivia was also featured in Plays-in-the-Park’s production of Thoroughly
Modern Millie this past summer.
Karen Cahill is our art director/set
designer this year. Karen received her degree in theatre from De Sales University in Pennsylvania. She has designed sets
and props for many of the leading theatrical companies in the tri-state area. An accomplished artist, Karen's work has adorned
the sets of Crossroads Theatre, The New Jersey Shakespeare Festival and The Princeton Theatre Festival. At George Street
Playhouse, she designed props and sets for several educational tours that visited schools throughout New Jersey.