ITDP Teaching Faculty
ITDP: Greece 2022 Welcomes
Rick Edinger (Musical Theatre Vocal Performance) is an accomplished music director, vocal coach, pianist, and actor. Currently, he serves as Associate Professor of Musical Theater/ Vocal Coach/ Music Director at Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. For the School of Drama, Edinger has served as Music Director on Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens, Cabaret, and Into the Woods, as well as Vocal Coach/ Music Advisor for A/B Machines and the upcoming production of Desdemona’s Child. In the 2020-2021 season, he will music direct a virtual production of HAIR. Edinger also proudly co-chairs the CMU School of Drama’s Diversity & Inclusion committee with colleague, Tomé Cousin.
Edinger is in the process of writing and editing his first book, The National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Nuts & Bolts Guide to Producing New Musicals. As a strong advocate for the development of new works, he plays a large role in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s annual endeavors. For the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s annual Festival of New Musicals, Rick has served as consultant on Hart Island by Danny Larsen and Michelle Elliott (directed by Raja Feather Kelly), The River Is Me by Troy Anthony and Sukari Jones (directed by Schele Williams) and Interstate by Melissa Li and Kit Yan (directed by Jesca Prudencio). In the upcoming season, Edinger will serve as a consultant on the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (PCLO) Literary Team.
Edinger began his career as an actor, appearing in the 2004 Tony nominated Broadway revival of Pacific Overtures and the Broadway benefit concert production of Children and Art: A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim on the Eve of his 75th Birthday. Regionally, he has performed in Symphony Space’s Wall to Wall Sondheim, Roundabout Theatre Company’s 40th Anniversary Gala at Chelsea Piers, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Mount Washington Valley Theatre Company, and many houses across the United States and Europe. His television appearances include As the World Turns, Love Monkey, and Starved. He has also been featured on the 2004 Broadway revival recording of Pacific Overtures with PS CLASSICS and Wall to Wall Sondheim with XM SATELLITE RADIO.
Edinger has served as music director, vocal coach, and accompanist for numerous academic institutions. Edinger recently served as Music Director for Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre’s productions of Hairspray and Newsies. Edinger gives masterclasses in musical theatre throughout the United States and serves on faculty for ArtsBridge, The College Audition Conservatory, and The Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute. In the 2016-2017 season, he served as ensemble vocal director for Hunter Opera Theatre’s performance of Kristin Chenoweth’s My Love Letter to Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. He has been a guest music director at New York University Tisch School of the Performing Arts and served on faculty at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University, The County College of Morris, and The College of Saint Elizabeth. Other institutions and projects include ArtsBridge, The City University of New York- Hunter College & Brooklyn College, Bronx Opera, Coópera: Project Opera of Manhattan, Brightest Star School of the Performing Arts, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Mount Washington Valley Theatre Company, and The Talent Company.
Edinger has also worked as a collaborative pianist with Broadway performers and singers from the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, and more. As a vocal coach in New York for over 10 years, Edinger’s former and current clients have performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on national/ international tours, and in regional houses across the globe. He maintains a private studio as vocal coach in New York & Pittsburgh.
Edinger’s children’s musical, Alice, written in collaboration with Joe Barros (Artistic Director, New York Theatre Barn) and based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, recently debuted at Weathervane Playhouse (VT) in summer 2018 and played a sold-out run in New York with Out of the Box Theatrics. The Out of the Box Theatrics production of Alice was recognized by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society was recognized as a “Standout Moment” of the 2018-2019 theatre season for its immersive environment that featured a cast of actors with disabilities.
Edinger trained at Manhattan School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Brooklyn College, and Hunter College. He has studied piano with Gerardo Teissonniere and Geoffrey Burleson and studied voice with Mignon Dunn, Joan Caplan, and Maitland Peters. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild American Federation of Television & Radio Artists.
ITDP: Teaching Artists & Administrative Staff
Stephanie Mavrides (Founding Director/Ballet) is the founding Director and Executive Producer of International Theatre & Dance Project (formerly Int'l Dance Project) and the Alexander Children’s Theatre School (ACTS). She also serves as the Senior Financial Production Advisor for Theater Uncorked, and as the Director for the Waltham Recreation Department’s Summer Drama Camp and Summer Dance Camp, a collaboration with IDP & ACTS.
A graduate of Suffolk University and Emerson College, Ms. Mavrides has performed with Edward Villella, National Ballet of Greece, Athens Ballet, Dimitri Ivanov Ballet, Boston Chamber Dance Ensemble, Bay State Ballet, Copley Square Ballet Company, as well as numerous, musicals, cabarets, television specials, concerts and fashion shows, in the US and Europe. She has coordinated and produced many educational dance and theatre seminars, workshops, dance concerts and musicals both domestically and abroad. Ms. Mavrides is a recipient of the Capezio Award for Excellence for Choreography.
Lenni Stone (Education Director & Program Coordinator/Shakespeare & Text/Musical Theatre Dance) received her Master of Arts (with Distinction) from the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham in England. Lenni's Shakespeare workshops are inspired by the Royal Shakespeare Company pedagogy.
Lenni is on track to complete her formal certification in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s teaching pedagogy. Currently, only one other individual in the USA has this credential. She is a former New York City and Boston based Actress, Singer, Dancer, and a member of Actor's Equity Association. Ms. Stone is an undergraduate of Wagner College's Theatre program and is currently the year-round Program Director of the Reagle Youth Theatre Workshop, and the Director of Educational Programs at The Alexander Children's Theatre School. She also serves on the faculty for the arts concentration at the Corwin-Russell School. She has directed and choreographed at various summer youth and pre-college theatre programs and teaches both dance and theatre workshops year-round for children ages 8-18.
Eleni Moleski (Ancient Greek Theatre Scene Study) is an actress, dramaturg for theatre and dance and tutor of Greek Literature and Theatre History. Eleni graduated at 2006 from the Department of History and Archaeology (focusing on History), of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. During her studies she received two scholarships from A.G Leventis Foundation and Cypriot State Institution Scholarships. Eleni also studied acting at the Higher Private School of Dramatic Art ‘Embros – Theatrical Workshop.” At 2014 she was awarded her a master’s degree in Text and Performance with higher distinction from the University of London, Birkbeck College and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (focusing on Acting and Dramaturgy). From a very young age she received training in classical and contemporary dance and she holds an Award Degree from the Royal Academy of Dancing (with Honours).
Eleni has been working as actress since 2008 and she has collaborated with several directors, private and state theatre organisation such as Thanos Papaconstantinou (Hamlet, Venison, Pedestal, Colossus, Macbeth, Electra – National Theatre of Greece), Magdalena Zira ( Measure for Measure - Fantastic Theatre), Takis Tzamargias (Petros’ war - Cyprus State Theatre, Tribes- Stathmos Theatre), Efi Birba (Our beautiful hands – Res Ratio Network), Niketi Kontouri ( Trojan women - National Theatre of Northern Greece, Dancing at Lughnasa- Regional Theatre of Kozani and Regional Theatre of Ioannina), Dimitris Degaitis, Andri Theodotou, Zoé Lemonnier, Sophia Edlund, Betty Nikolessi, Marili Mastrantoni, Dimitris Karantzas, Stephanos Dregos and Filippos Filippou. She has also acted in the movies “Matriarchy” , directed by Nikos Kornilios, “Slay”, short film, directed by Christos Mouroukis and “And God created… the Greeks”, directed by Giorgos Karypidis, Dimitris Makris, Thanassis Scroubelos and Vasilis Vafeas. On television she has worked for Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation for the series “Footsteps on the Sand” and “At the Edge of Paradise”.
Eleni has also worked as a dramaturg in different theatre and dance projects and collaborated with the directors Thanos Papaconstantinou, Niketi Kontouri, Takis Tzamargias, Filippos Filippou and the choreographer Charis Kousios. In 2014 she directed a performance that combined theatre and dance based on Puskin’s “A feast in time of plague”, at Backford Studio του Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has thought Greek Literature and Theatre History at Higher Private School of Dramatic Art ‘Embros – Theatrical Workshop” (2010- 2013). The last two years she has led seminars and organised theatrical workshops for educators as well as teenagers for the public schools of Marousi in Athens. The workshops led to a theatre festival of school performances with the title, “Theatropedagogia”.
McCaela Donovan (Monologue) is an Elliot Norton and IRNE award-winning actress, theatre educator, and audition coach, and has served as Associate Artistic Director and founding member of Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston. She has performed A member of SAG-AFTRA, AEAa nd SAFD, Donovan has worked and taught at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, Dean College, Emmanuel College, and Walnut Hill School for the Arts.
As Assistant Director of the BU School of Theatre, she serves as head of Admissions and Recruitment for performance, student advising, curricular changes, and also teaches in the areas of music theatre and career opportunities. Off-Broadway and in various regional theaters, including Primary Stages, NYMTF, ArtsEmerson, Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, Gloucester Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Lyric Stage Company, New Repertory Theatre, Company One, Stoneham Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Reagle Music Theatre, and Children’s Theatre of Sioux Falls, SD.
Cindi Trent (International Adviser/Choro Drama & Ancient Greek Theatre Dance) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She began her professional training in dance and musical theater at the Boston Conservatory of Music and then went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts, where she majored in Dance Performance and Theater Education (concentration in Musical Theater). She is a faculty member of the Frances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts at Deree – The American College of Greece where she has created and teaches Dance and Musical Theater courses such as Body Awareness and Movement, Jazz Dance Technique, Tap Dance, Introduction to Musical Theater, Choreographies of the American Musical, Musical Theater Performance Skills.
Ms. Trent served as Coordinator of the Deree Dance Program for over 10 years and directed the Deree Dance Company. Since 1995 she has been teaching dance, movement for actors, and musical theater at the Veaki School of Dramatic Arts where she also directs and choreographs the degree-granting examinations for dance and musical theater. Her extensive teaching experience also includes a ten-month course for the Alumni Organization of the University of Athens Theater Department, seminars in Musical Theatre at the Ionian University of Music in Corfu, and numerous seminars in Cyprus and Thessaloniki.
Ms. Trent is the founder and director of “STAGEDOOR” An Open Platform for Musical Theatre Performance, located in Athens, Greece. She has staged, lighted, directed and choreographed numerous musicals, dance and music productions at the Herod Atticus, Athens Concert Hall, and the Pallas Theater. She is also a certified Pilates instructor and a Certified Autism Movement Therapy Provider:
Joe Short (Scene Study) is a professional actor, teacher, and production artist. He has performed in numerous theaters in Boston, New York, Rhode Island, Washington DC, and elsewhere. Short was a founding artistic associate of two successful New England theatre companies: Bridge Rep of Boston and The Wilbury Theatre Group, in Providence, RI. He has also directed both professionally and at the university level, most recently directing True West, by Sam Shepard, for the Gloucester Stage Company. Short has taught acting at numerous universities in the area and has been an instructor of acting, voice, and movement at the University of Rhode Island since 2010. His wide interest in the craft of theater also includes the production support for the newly created Theatre, Dance, and Media concentration at Harvard University, and as production manager of the Gloucester Stage Company, a 176-seat professional theater in Gloucester, MA, since 2013. Short earned his B.F.A. at the University of Rhode Island, and is an M.F.A. graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium. He lives in Boston with his wife, McCaela, and enjoys travelling (far and often is best!), hiking in the Berkshires, and woodworking in his free-time.
Paul Bronisław Kmiec (Assistant Program Coordinator/Acting for Film) is an award-winning filmmaker and educator from Massachusetts. He completed his Master's in Film & Television from the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece and graduated cum laude from the SUNY Purchase Film Conservatory with a BFA in Filmmaking. He is a returning Film Instructor at the SUNY Purchase Pre-Baccalaureate Film Institute for five years.
Paul's films have screened at festivals in Hollywood, Northern California, Florida, New Mexico, Texas, Michigan, France, Italy, Romania, Greece and at the Jacob Burns Film Centre in New York. Recently his short film, Stay for Tea, won the Audience Favorite Award and the Gondry Award for Best Surrealist Film at the Austin Arthouse Film Festival (2020). There, it was additionally nominated for Best Actor. Stay for Tea also shares the award for Best Fiction Film at the 2021 Vermont International Film Festival (Made Here Festival) and will make its television debut on Vermont PBS. In 2019 Paul's film, Skye, won Best Direction of a Short Film and Best Actress at the Symi International Film Festival in Greece.
Paul is a two-time recipient of both The Joan Potter & Miriam Arsham Award for Directing Actors and the Harriet Irsay Scholarship from the American Institute of Polish Culture. His essay, “Cinema: A Source of Polish Survival” was published in their annual magazine.
Paul has lived and worked in Hollywood, Northern California, and Boston where he has taught history and theatre to high-school and elementary school students. Paul also studied acting in his time at SUNY Purchase, performed in live theatre and film upon and prior to his graduation and is an actor's equity membership candidate.
Ashley DeLane Burger (Laban Movement for the Actor/Musical Theatre Dance) is a performer, choreographer, and movement specialist originating from Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from Wagner College as a Theatre Performance major/Dance minor, after graduating from the Youth Performing Arts High School with a Dance major/Musical Theatre minor. In 2013, she completed her certification in movement analysis (CMA) at the Laban and Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and graduated with an MS in Kinesiology from Arizona Still University in 2018. Burger joined the Wagner College Theatre faculty in 2015 teaching courses such as: Jazz III/IV, Ballet I/II, Movement for the Actor I/II, Musical Theatre Styles/Dance, Stretch and Fitness, Anatomy and Kinesiology for the Dancer and Introduction to Acting.
Burger has choreographed for MacHadyn Theatre, the New York Fringe Festival, YouTube sensation Corvyx and the off-Broadway 13th Street Theatre. Choreography Credits: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Working: 2012, Merrily We Roll Along, RENT, A Christmas Carol, South Pacific, Spring Awakening, Hair, The Call of the Siren, Grey Street, Down in a Hole, Lysistrata, & King John. Burger has also performed professionally across the country and is an equity membership candidate.
Shana Dirik (Audition Techniques A-Z) is a second-generation Turkish immigrant from Istanbul Turkey, Shana Dirik is a 3-time Irne and 4-time DASH Award-winning actor from the Boston area. Graduating from Tufts University in International Economics, she went on to run the family Motorola business for 9 years while continuing to pursue her love for the theater and raising a family. After performing for over 40 years on the stages of New England, she unveiled Theater UnCorked 2 years ago with the hope and determination to give more production and acting opportunities for women and minorities. Her all-female international board of directors as well as her recent all-female production team of “Sweeney Todd” and the all-female cast of “Ruthless the Musical” are opportunities she will continue to strive for and doors she will continue to open for women in the theater world.
Giannis Lagos (Ancient Greek Theatre & Acting ) will teach ancient Greek theory and present an introductory course in the practice of ancient Greek drama. He will initiate the participants in the world of ancient chorus, drawing text from Agamemnon (Aeschylus), Oedipus Rex (Sophocles), and Medea (Euripides).
Lagos studied theatrology at the university of Patras and went on to receive a first class honors master’s degree in ancient Greek drama at the university at Athens. He was the director of an amateur dramatics group which performed in several cities in Greece.
He has taught theater and theatrical games in primary education for years and has adapted and directed a number of theatrical plays for children and adults. He has also dramatized traditional fairy tales from Europe and the Balkans.
Lagos has participated in international seminars about ancient Greek drama and he is a member of Hellenic Theater Studies Association.