Education Program Instructors
Erin McKenna Arvizzigno
Erin is a graduate of Fordham University where she received her Master of Science in Teaching. She also earned her Bachelor of Arts in Acting and Directing with a Minor in Theatre Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Erin became a member of Actors’ Equity Association when she performed as Caroline Ingalls in ArtsPower’s National Tour of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Additionally, she has performed with various regional theatre companies across the country. Erin also served as a certified teaching artist in NYC where she directed several productions. Recently at STAGES, Erin was the artistic director for Rock of Ages, choreographer for Mulan Jr., and the director for The Knight at Dawn KIDS. Erin loves inspiring performers to unleash the power of possibility.
Terry has worked in Dance and theatre for over 20 years. She has a BA in Dance/Musical Theatre. It is her goal to teach the arts in an enjoyable manner and help all children develop their talents in a nurturing and encouraging environment. Terry is the Founder/Director of TFSD & ARTS LLC and Main Street Players (Scottsville and Spencerport) since 1995 and directs 4-5 shows per year. In addition to her family and studio needs, she can be found directing and choreographing at various organizations all around the Rochester area such as local schools/ community shows at STAGES, Roberts, RIT, Wheatland Chili, Pittsford, Brighton, Fairport . She also worked at RIT Wellness Dept and Better Me Dept/Dance. Terry believes that all students bring a value to the class and performance.
Emma F. Milligan
Emma has been singing and playing several instruments (especially the harp and the ukulele!) since she was old enough to get up and perform in coffee houses with her father. Since then she has sung in many musicals, at venues across the Rochester Area and even in shows at Stages! She participated in the Tributones a Capella group, which made it to the ICCA Quarterfinals in Syracuse. She has background in ballet, creative movement and many different kinds of ballroom dance. She has directed several productions including Carnival of Dreams, Nothing is Written and You Have the Right to Remain Dead. She believes in making the arts a welcoming environment for every child, and that learning should be child led and adult supported. A former homeschooler (well, unschooler really) herself, she loves the vivacity and enthusiasm of kids who don’t take the traditional path.
Anastasia is a junior BFA Musical Theatre major, with a dance minor, at Nazareth College. Since fourth grade she has performed in many shows around Rochester. Her favorite roles have been in Young Frankenstein, Funny Girl and Producers at JCC CenterStage; Fastrada in Pippin, Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods; Maizie in The Boyfriend, and Gertrude in Seussical.
Anastasia has choreographed extensively for kids theater camps. For six years she has choreographed summer theater camp shows at A Magical Journey Thru Stages, including Pirates of Penzance, Jr.; Little Mermaid, Jr.; Aladdin, Kids.; Alice In Wonderland, Jr., and Jungle Book, Kids, among others. She has also choreographed shows for other theater company’s, including Beauty and the Beast, Jr. and Little Mermaid, Jr.
She enjoys working with kids who are new to theater, as well as those who already feel the thrill of performing. It is great fun to explore and develop the natural talents of kids. Anastasia loves sharing her passion for theater and watching the kids shine on stage.
Tom Pembrook has almost 40 years of work experience with instrumentation and technical fields. He has taught classes of every size to people of all ages. He now brings this experience to the hands on, and wrench on, class for light design operation.
Jeff is a graduate of New York City’s Pace University, where he earned a BFA in Musical Theatre. He also studied at the Eastman School of Music under Derrick Smith and Patricia Alexander (mother of Opera Soprano Renee Fleming who performed at the 2014 Superbowl). While living in New York he signed with Avalon Artist Group and became a member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA). His NY credits include “Carousel”, “All Shock Up”, and “Dance Outloud”. He has appeared in several Geva Theater productions such as”Dames at Sea”, “A Chorus Line”, and “Music Man”. Other regional credits include “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”, “Dracula”, “Steel Pier” and “Oliver”. This past summer he starred in Kodak Alaris’s “Orchestrate Your Data” web commercial and was the lead actor in the film “Nature” Jeff has toured with several bands including East Coast Connection, and The Monkey Scream Project as their lead pianist. He is currently writing soundtracks for a number of Independent films. This past Fall, Jeff choreographed the musical “Dr. Dolittle” at Stages. Jeff brings his enthusiasm and passion to his classes and is looking forward to working with Stages.
Kayla has been involved in the performing arts since 2003, participating in shows under Main Street Players and Roberts Wesleyan Community Theater. In 2009, she began interning under Terry Fyke on the production of ‘Jungle Book’ and continues to work with her today. She has progressively expanding experience in teaching theater in a variety of educational settings and a diverse set of productions. She implements various techniques and encourages teamwork among students where they learn to learn to encourage and support one another. These tenets stem from her strong beliefs and the foundational principles that she applies in all aspects of her life. Currently Kayla is the media manager at A Magical Journey Thru Stages and is the Assistant/Technical Director for Main Street Players Theater Company. She is exhilarated about the opportunity to work with students in the arts, helping them to become more confident and realize their potential.
STAGES EDUCATION CLASSES
Sherry Vile – Executive Director
Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law
Sherry has been the Board President and managing Stages since 2009. Prior to that she was involved in various capacities at Stages starting in 2003, when her now college age daughter did her first Stages performance. Sherry has worked extensively in commercial litigation involving many forms of business transactions. She is very excited to be expanding Stages theater offerings to include theater education classes.
Lisa Shearer – Programming Director/Homeschool Education Manager
Lisa’s path to the world of theater has been more meandering than direct. She began her professional career working in several different aspects of special education, from personal habilitation aide to lead teacher in early intervention programs. She retired to home educate her three children, and has been doing so for the past eleven years. Lisa has been an active participant and occasional class organizer in the Rochester homeschooling community. She followed the lead of her oldest daughter whose passion was for everything theater. Over the last six years, Lisa has volunteered in many different aspects of theater from ticket sales to costuming and everything in between, enjoying every minute of it! Recently, she became the Programming Director at STAGES. Lisa wears many hats including production managing, costuming, and managing the homeschool education program. She feels privileged to work with families, youth, and creative staff. Her position has melded her devotion to education with a newfound love of theater and all that it offers to benefit children.