Joanne Fenton, Director.Joanne has been the owner and Artistic Director of JPAC Performing Arts Camp for the past 20 years. There she has directed over 50 musical productions and coached hundreds of students on acting and singing. Joanne has directed the musicals at Roy C. Ketcham High School for the past 6 years, including productions such as Hairspray, Shrek, and The Adams Family. Joanne received her BFA in vocal performance from SUNY Purchase and has performed many roles professionally throughout the states. Some of her favorite roles include Mabel, The Pirates of Penzance, Maria, The Sound of Music, and Lily, The Secret Garden. She received a second degree from SUNY New Paltz in Speech Pathology, focusing on voice disorders. Her unique journey as a performer and educator allows her to work with students on healthy singing and acting techniques, showing how they all work together. Her son is a professional performer who played Les on The First National Tour of Disney’s Newsies! As a stage mom who has toured with her son and frequently prepares him for auditions, she is in a position to share her experiences of the industry with her students and their parents, developing a training program to give students the tools they need to become the most prepared and best performer they can be.
- Kaitlyn Frank. Kaitlyn is coming straight from the National Tour of Disney's Newsies where she played Sniper u/s Katherine Plumber. Prior to Newsies, she was in the national tour of White Christmas and played NYC venues such as the Joyce Theatre, City Center, Signature Theatre and the Duke on 42nd street. An Emerson College Musical Theatre alum, her dance training spans 20 years, and has studied in NYC with Broadway and concert dance professionals for 10 years.
Brian Pollock. Brian is an actor and director in New York City, currently a resident actor at the Flea Theater of TriBeCa. Most recently he could be seen doubling as both Actor and Asst. Director in the off-off-Broadway premiere of The Witch of St. Elmora Street, written by Joey Merlo. In addition to his performance work, Brian has been teaching Acting, Musical Theater, & Clown for 5+ years with students ranging 4-20 years old. He has taught at NYU Tisch, regional youth theaters, and as a developing team member and lead teacher with non-profit Zara Aina, which uses Clown-based theater education as a form of empowerment for at-risk youth in New York's tai-state area, rural Alabama, and Madagascar. He received his BFA in Acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he received a variety of training, including Classical Meisner technique, Clown, Commedia dell'Arte, and Devised Experimental Theatre.
- Emma Simon. Emma is a classically trained soprano who has performed in regional and international venues including the Bardavon Opera House, Schloss Mirabell in Salzburg, Austria and Steinway-Haus Munchen in Munich, Germany. Most recently she was seen in The Interview, which won the Manhattan Repertory Theater's 10 Minute Play Festival and the US premier of The Dreaming at the Chain Theater. She is a graduate of The Crane School of Music and currently part of The Studio/New York Advanced Actor Training Program.
Betheny Tesarck. Bethany is a graduate of Pace University's Musical Theater program. She has been seen on Broadway in Bye Bye Birdie w/John Stamos and Gypsy w/Bernadette Peters. When broadway returns she will resume her role in Diana the Musical. Other theater favorites include: 42nd Street (The Muny), Mamma Mia! (Mainestate Music Theatre), City of Angels, Xanadu, and A Chorus Line. Television Appearances: One Life to Live, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, The View.