Kimberly Larkin - Program Director
Kimberly Larkin holds a MA in Vocal Performance: Concentration in Musical Theatre from NYU and a BA in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where she studied both voice and piano. Ms. Larkin is on the faculty of the Long Island High School for the Arts where she teaches voice in the Musical Theatre Department. She directs a music program she created at St. Andrew Avellino School in Flushing, Queens as well as a program at Long Beach Catholic Regional School. She is currently studying voice with renowned Broadway actress/singer Judith Blazer and is a board member of Ms. Blazer's theater company, The Artist's Crossing. Ms. Larkin's voice students have won numerous competitions, performed lead roles in many local productions and have been accepted to the top college programs in musical theater including Emerson, UArts and NYU. In October of 2006 Ms. Larkin founded a new theater company, I.M.P.A.C.T. Theatre Group, for young artists ages 11-18. The company has performed at The Wings Theatre and Player's Theatre in NYC and raised over $3,000 for children's charities. Recently Ms. Larkin has branched into the film/ television industry, doing background/extra work on the television shows SMASH, Lipstick Jungle, 30 Rock, Gossip Girl and the feature film Doubt and for two commercials for Nike and Guinness. In December 2010 she was a featured soloist in the Off-Off Broadway production, Christmas Rappings. She is currently performing in the role of Sarah Lincoln in the Off-Broadway musical Honestly Abe at the Actor's Temple Theatre in NYC. She is also Co-Music Director for the production.
Melissa Rapelje - Choreographer
Melissa Rapelje is a recent graduate of New York University and a Long Island High School for the Arts Alum. Favorite theatre credits include Off-Broadway's The Awesome '80s Prom, the NY Premiere of THE FIX (Tina McCoy), Sweet Charity (Charity), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), Sweet Smell of Success (Dance Captain), Guys & Dolls (Hot Box Girl), and various New Musicals including Most Likely To... The Senior Superlative Musical originating the role of Kyra Jackson ("Most Team Spirited"). She has been featured in several concerts in NYC including The Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular (Ars Nova), If It Only Even Runs A Minute 10 (Le Poisson Rouge), The Niko Tsakalakos Songbook (Birdland), and many more. Melissa has been dancing for over 15 years training with American Theater Dance Workshop. She currently trains with Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Arts, and Steps in NYC. Choreography credits include Children of Eden at NYU, Choreographer at Long Island High School for the Arts Summer Arts Academy, and Choreographer at Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Education Program. Melissa is currently performing as Daphne in the First North American National Tour of Scooby-Doo Live Musical Mysteries.
Past Music Theatre Summer Workshop Choreographers include: Brad Bass (Wicked, Memphis, Jersey Boys), Steve Konopelski (Gypsy) and Justin Boccitto (Broadway Dance Center)
Guest Master Class Choreographers include: Broadway performers from Newsies and Sister Act.
Joseph Liccardo - Accompanist
Joseph Liccardo holds a B.M. in Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Dr. Douglas Humpherys. Before college he studied for 12 years at the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College with Dr. Donald Pirone. In March 2006, Joseph won first prize in the young artist division of the Music Teachers National Association Piano competition, for which he received a Steinway Model M grand piano. Joseph currently teaches private piano lessons at the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music. In addition, he works as a freelance pianist in the tri-state area. During the past year, Joseph has traveled extensively throughout China with the renowned pipa player Zhang Hongyan, performing in Hefei, Hangzhou, Shengzhou, and Ning Bo. Joseph is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School, studying with Dr. Robert McDonald.
Assistant Director: Leanne Brunn
Assistant Music Director: Emilia Horn
Stage Manager: Kristin Catrone
Additional Staff: Samantha Abel, Doug Fabian, Mollie Galchus, Taylor Kelly, Kerry McEnerney
Volunteer Staff: Jessica Schedlbauer