ITDP Teaching Faculty
ITDP: Greece Intensive 2022 Welcomes
Aaron McAllister (Intensive Musical Theatre Vocal Performance) is a highly sought after vocal coach/performance clinician among professional actors in musical theatre; many of whom are enjoying successful professional careers on Broadway, National tours, and at regional theaters across the country. As a guest artist, master teacher and professor of theatre he has taught Acting A Song, Musical Theatre Repertoire, Scene Study, and Musical Theatre History, among other courses and has directed, composed, arranged, and orchestrated numerous musicals, cabarets and solo showcase performances.
As an award winning musical director and conductor he has had the privilege of conducting/directing more than 100 musicals with some of the finest actors at some of the finest theatres around the country, including The Walnut Street Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse and The Fulton Theatre, where he served as resident musical director and conductor from 2012-2016. Together with collaborator and award-winning playwright, Daryl Lisa Fazio, he has composed the score to three original musicals (lift, POPart: the musical and Blackout), which have been developed around the country, including off-Broadway, and has contributed songs, arrangements and orchestrations to several other original theatrical works. His newest musical, Ben Franklin’s In My Bathroom! is expected to have its first production later this year, with subsequent productions planned in 2022 and 2023.
As a countertenor and early music specialist, he has appeared on the concert stage with the National Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Collegium Musicum, The Woodley Ensmble, Schola Cantorum and the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, to name a few.
Aaron designed and launched the musical theater program at Coastal Carolina University in 2006 and now serves as the Artistic Director of Theater Arts and is an Associate Professor of Theater at Arcadia University in Greater Philadelphia. He is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo (B.A. in music) and the University of Maryland (M.M. in conducting). Favorite show: being married to the extraordinarily talented actress, Cary Michelle Miller and daddy to his daughter, Maddie.
Laura Wayth (Athens Voice & Speech Workshop) received her MFA from the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University and the Moscow Art Theatre School Institute in Russia. Ms. Wayth has taught and coached contemporary and classical acting, voice, and musical theatre at Tufts University, the College of the Holycross, the University of Miami, the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire, and Florida Atlantic University. She was a 2019-2020 Fulbright Senior Scholar to Poland, a 2011-2012 Senior Fulbright Scholar to Romania, and a 2002-2003 Fulbright Fellow to Russia. She has worked internationally as an acting teacher and coach in Italy, Morocco, China and the U.K. Ms. Wayth is the author of three books on Acting: A Field Guide to ActorTraining, The Shakespeare Audition (Applause books) and Breaking Down Your Script:A Step-by-step Process for the Actor (Nick Hern books). She is Professor of Acting and Coordinator of the Actor Training Program at San Francisco State University and a guest acting instructor at the American Conservatory Theatre. She lives in a not-so-sunny part of California with her husband and furry family.
Brian Knowlton (Intensive Musical Theatre Dance) is a New York & London based director and choreographer. Mr. Knowlton's extensive career has spanned from starring on Broadway in the most recent Revival of "A CHORUS LINE" to appearing in multiple National Tours, Film and TV. He is an award winning choreographer with credits that include: CABARET & CHICAGO (NH Theatre Award "Best Choreographer," ONSTAGE Theatre Award Nomination "Best Choreography"), MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (Kennedy Center American College Theatre Award "Outstanding Choreography") BEEHIVE! (Berkshire Theatre Award nomination "Best Choreographer") SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER/MAMMA MIA (SALT Award nomination "Best Choreographer"), CURTAINS (BroadwayWorld Award Nomination "Best Choreography") among many others. He is currently an adjunct professor at Montclair State University as well as on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, STEPS on Broadway in New York City as well as THE HUB and House of Jazz in London. For more information visit bryanknowlton.org.
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/ Intensive Shakespeare & Text) 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. She is a contributing a writer for a book about Shakespeare & Education being published by the Arden Shakespeare in 2023.
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 (Intensive 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 (Intensive 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 as a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA and SAFD. McCaela 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. In addition to ITDP, she coaches for Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute, Summer University Theatre Experience, and is the Head of Acting for Artsbridge.
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. McCaela has performed Off-Broadway and in various regional theaters, including Primary Stages, NYMTF, ArtsEmerson, Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theatre, White Heron Theatre Nantucket, SpeakEasy Stage, Gloucester Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Lyric Stage Company, New Repertory Theatre, Company One, Greater Boston Stage Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Reagle Music Theatre, and Children’s Theatre of Sioux Falls, SD.
Cindi Trent (International Adviser/Intensive 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: www.autismmovementtherapy.com
Joe Short (Intensive Scene Study) Joe is a professional actor, production artist, and theatre teacher. He has performed in numerous theaters in Boston, New York, Rhode Island, Washington DC, and elsewhere. He has also directed professionally and at the university level, most recently directing True West, by Sam Shepard, for the Gloucester Stage Company. Joe is an instructor of 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. He has been a founding artistic associate of two successful New England theatre companies: Bridge Rep of Boston and The Wilbury Theatre Group, in Providence, RI. Joe is also the Production Technician for the newly created Theatre, Dance, and Media concentration at Harvard University, and was the production manager at Gloucester Stage Company for 6 seasons. Joe 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.
Paul Bronisław Kmiec (Assistant Program Coordinator/Odyssey & Intensive Acting for Film) Paul is an award-winning filmmaker and educator from Massachusetts & Vermont. He graduated cum laude from the SUNY Purchase Film Conservatory with a BFA in Filmmaking and earned his Master's in Film & Television from the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. He is a returning Film Instructor at the SUNY Purchase Pre-Baccalaureate Film Institute for five years.
Paul's films have screened at festivals and events 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, was awarded Best Fiction Film at the 2021 Vermont International Film Festival (Made Here Festival) and was featured on Vermont PBS Television. Stay for Tea also won the Audience Favorite Award and the Gondry Award for Best Surrealist Film at the Austin Arthouse Film Festival (2020) and Best Cinematography at the Peekskill Film Festival in New York (2021). In 2019 Paul's film, Skye, won Best Direction for Short Film and for Best Actress at the Symi Int'l Film Festival in Greece. In 2013 & 2014 Paul was awarded The Joan Potter & Miriam Arsham Award for Directing Actors from SUNY Purchase College and is a two-time recipient of the Harriet Irsay Scholarship from the American Institute of Polish Culture. Paul also studied acting in his time at Purchase, performed in live theatre and film upon and prior to his graduation and is an actor's equity membership candidate.