Michael Lotano Camp Director Director - Mary Poppins Jr.
Cory Moon Assistant Camp Director
Daniel Lyng Music Director Mary Poppins Jr. & The Music Man Jr.
Sarah Sutliff Director / Choreographer Annie Kids
Marc de la Concha Guest Artist - Workshops
Sariah Ashton Director - The Music Man Jr.
Alaina Tremblay Choreographer The Music Man Jr.
Jessica McRoberts Choreographer Mary Poppins Jr.
Jad Jacob Music Director- Annie Kids
COUNSELORS AND SUPPORT STAFF
Cheryl Lavicska Camper Supervisor
Carol Lotano Camper Supervisor
MICHAEL LOTANO Camp Director
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.
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
Alaina Tremblay is an incoming junior at Shenendehowa High School East. Alaina first started performing in shows in middle school, and has loved them ever since! She is an active participant in her school’s music/drama programs, including Shen’s East Choraliers, East Concert Choir and Drama Club/the Musical Company. Additionally, Alaina has 12 years of dance experience in styles including tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, ballet, and musical theater. This will be her third year being a part of the SSA Musical Theater Camp. The past two years, she was a camper in the shows Once On This Island Jr. and The Little Mermaid Jr. This will be Alaina’s first year as an instructor, and she is very excited to be working with her fellow staff members and campers!
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!
SARIAH ASHTON Director
Sariah Ashton is a K-8 General Music Teacher at Hudson Falls Central School in Washington County. Sariah earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where she majored in Voice and accompanied choirs and solo instrumentalists and singers. Mrs. Ashton is an enthusiastic supporter of music education in schools and believes music teaching to be the best job in the world! In Washington County, she performs recitals for local food pantries and other such efforts, she accompanies the Argyle Community Choir whose efforts are the major funding for Argyle’s Operation Santa Claus, and serves as Organist, Youth Leader, Choir Director and Music Chairperson at her church. She also keeps busy with her private voice and piano studio. Mrs. Ashton lives in Greenwich with her husband, and one-year-old son. This is her fourth year at Shen Summer Adventures and she is so thrilled to be directing The Music Man Jr.!
JESSICA MCROBERTS 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.
MARC DE LA CONCHA Guest Artist - Workshops
Marc de la Concha has been working as an Actor, Director and Educator both Nationally and Internationally for over 10 years. Past Shen Summer Adventures include directing Once on this Island Jr in 2016 and Choreographing Seussical Jr. in 2017. Most recently, Marc created programming and directed a production of Once on this island Jr. for the inaugural Acting Academy program with the School of Performing Arts at Proctors Theatre. In addition to Directing, Marc has performed onstage in National Tours of The Drowsy Chaperone, Peter Pan and Discover Theater: Featuring Disney’s Cinderella and Disney’s The Jungle Book. Other recent regional credits include She Loves Me, Man of La Mancha, The Apple Tree, Singin in the Rain, The Baker's Wife, The Pirates of Penzance, Kiss Me Kate, Nunsense A-Men and Miss Abigail's Guide To Dating Mating And Marriage. Marc attended SUNY Fredonia and received a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre.
JAD JACOB Music Director
Jad Jacob studies film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. As a composer, he has written scores for several films, including all of his own. As a musician, he has Music Directed several theatrical productions, including Really Rosie and The Addams Family at Debuts Theater, and High School Musical Jr. and Shrek Jr. at the Albany Academies. He has performed in over two dozen shows in the local theatre community, recently nominated for the Proctors High School Musical Theatre Award for his performance as the Phantom in Niskayuna High School's production of The Phantom Of The Opera; he also sang at Carnegie Hall in February 2017 with the Honors Performance Series Choir. He is the writer and director of two award-winning web series (Opus 12, OFFICE); several short films (It's Not What It Looks Like, Waiting For Jerry); and two feature length films (Belwatch, I Am Syria). His documentary film I Am Syria, about Syrian refugees currently living in Stuttgart Germany, premiered at Proctors Theatre last June. Jad has shownI Am Syriaand participated as a guest speaker about the refugee crisis at venues such as the Capital Region Institute for Human Rights' Teen Summer Symposium; the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences' Friday Forum; Troy's Collar Works Exhibit; and Harvard University. In addition to the arts, Jad has participated in and hosted over half a dozen music-and-poetry cabaret events for Syrian Refugees since May 2016, at venues in Vermont; Upstate New York; and Manhattan.