Michael Lotano, originally from Schenectady, is a local singer, actor and educator who received his Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education with a minor in Acting/Directing from the same college. Michael teaches general music and chorus at Tesago Elementary in the Shenendehowa School District, as well as maintaining a private local voice studio. He has directed the Drama Clubs at Shenendehowa High School and Tesago Elementary. Michael has directed Almost, Maine, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Noises Off, Lost In Yonkers and Grease at Shen High School. At Tesago Elementary, he produced Honk Jr., Lion King Jr., Annie Jr., GTK Once Upon A Mattress, and Disney's Beauty and The Beast. He also directed Legally Blonde and music directed West Side Story and Sweeney Todd at Schenectady Light Opera Company. He was last seen on stage in Terrance McNally's Master Class with The Creative Place International. He has performed locally as a professional soloist with the Mohawk Valley Chorus, Octavo Singers, Burnt Hills Oratorio Society, and the Russell Sage Singers. Michael has performed many roles on stage with such groups as Not So Common Players, Cohoes Music Hall, Park Playhouse, Opera Saratoga and SLOC. He also completed a summer as a Young Artist in the Intermezzo Opera Festival in Tampa, FL. He served as Artistic Director, Director and Music Director for four years at Saratoga Children's Theatre. Michael is a trained NYSSMA All-State Adjudicator for Voice. He has also served as music director at O'Rourke Middle School and Ballston Spa High School. As an educator and director, Michael enjoys working with children and adults of all ages. His main goal is to educate and inspire students to work hard to achieve their potential as performers and citizens. He looks forward to another creative and fun summer of producing great shows!
DANIEL LYNG Music Director
Daniel Lyngis a performer, pedagogue, and voice researcher. He is currently the Director of Vocal Music at Brown County Junior High School in Indiana, where he is simultaneously working toward a Doctor of Music degree in Voice Performance at the IU Jacobs School of Music. Recent roles include Remendado in Carmen with the NEC Opera Workshop and Tenor in Philip Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox with Eastman Opera Theatre. Dan also recently served as the resident tenor soloist at the historic Kings Chapel in downtown Boston, singing masses by composers ranging from Dvorak to Amy Beach. His various research projects have addressed: training the prepubertal voice, the effect of formant tuning on intonation perception, and defining nasality by acoustic measures. He has been invited to present his research at the Pan-American Vocology conference in August 2018. Dan maintains a vibrant private voice studio and seeks to help all students achieve their vocal potential. He firmly believes that music educators have a responsibility to provide students with the highest quality of vocal instruction and to be knowledgeable teachers of singing that employ evidence-based pedagogy. BM: Eastman School of Music, MM: New England Conservatory, DM (in progress): Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Voice Foundation, and the Pan-American Vocology Association.
CORY MOON Assistant Camp Director
Cory Moon is a Music Teacher at Arongen Elementary School in the Shenendehowa Central School District where he teaches General Music and Chorus. Cory earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education at The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where he studied Voice and Piano. Cory is the co-founder and Music Director for Arongen Musical Theatre Company (AMTC) and previously taught at the Capital District Youth Chorale (CDYC) in Guilderland under the direction of Diane Warner. Cory is a regular accompanist for area Schools and Community Groups. He has been the Assistant Music Director and Conductor for Anything Goes and Damn, Yankees! with Not So Common Players and played in the pits for Oliver and The Music Man. This is Cory's third year at Shen Summer Adventures and is excited to be back and working with this great team!
JESSICA MCROBERTS Director / Choreographer
Jessica McRoberts has had the pleasure of performing on Broadway, National Broadway Tours and some of the finest Regional theaters in the country for over 20 years. She has worked on shows with some of the most brilliant people such as Stephen Sondheim, Maury Yeston, Tommy Tune, Chita Rivera, Gwen Verdon, Kathleen Marshall, Jerry Mitchell, David Marquez, Chet Walker, Wayne Cilento, Matthew Warchus, Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, David Leavau and Craig Carnelia. She has had the privilege of seeing the business from both a dancer’s and a singer’s perspective. Jessica is versatile in both of these fields and well as being behind the scenes serving as Dance Captain on productions as well. She is currently on faculty at the Broadway Dance Center, The Professional Performing Arts School, Marymount Manhattan College as well as The Atlantic Theater Company.
SARAH SUTLIFF Director / Choreographer
Sarah Sutliff is a Brooklyn based actress, director, and teaching artist. A graduate of Wagner College, Sarah additionally studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Atlantic Acting School. In New York City she previously worked as a performer and teaching artist with Galli Theater NY, The Once Upon a Time Players, and How We GLOW with the Identity Theatre Co. She directed and choreographed the NYC premiere of "Old Turtle and the Broken Truth" with Rebel Playhouse, for which she was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award, as well as the world premiere of "Edna The Stomper" at the Chicago Fringe Festival which was recognized as the top selling children's production. Theatre: Edwin M. Pauley in Convention (The Atlantic Acting School), multiple roles in Juliana (The Duplex), Alonso in The Tempest (Torn Out Theater). Film: Samantha in Bruises (short) and Karen in Into the Valli. Sarah is a founding member and current Artistic Director of Rebel Playhouse, an educational children's theatre company in NYC. Sarah is currently writing and developing a web series called Beethoven: The Webseries with fellow Atlantic Alum Kyle David. This is Sarah's second summer at Shen Summer Adventures as she previously directed 101 Dalmatians Kids in 2016. www.sarahsutliff.com