Patrisha Gibson - Founder and Artistic Director
Patrisha Gibson, originally from the UK, has always been passionate about performing. As a child she started her training as a dancer and trained in classical ballet. Later on she took classes at Alvin Ailey American Dance school. However, she had a desire to sing as well. In High School she auditioned and was cast in The Wiz as Dorothy. That's when her love for musicals took center stage. Later she toured with Networks National Tour of Hairspray as well as The Glory Gospel Singers internationally. Patrisha continued her training at The Studio New York, Acting Conservatory.
For regional houses she performed in DreamGirls, Hairspray, Smokey Joe's Cafe to name a few. On screen, she can be seen in the upcoming short film Why Wait", also in a TV series, A Crime to Remember in episode Baby Come Home. Ms. Gibson is in a new web series How To Make It Big as Gladys Dubois. Ms. Gibson is the associate chorographer for the Owen & Mzee Musical Touring Company. https://www.owenandmzeethemusical.com/
She loves to expand and grow as an artist while enjoying the journey of life.
You can also find Patrisha teaching and inspiring our youth throughout the Tri-State and the Garden State of New Jersey as a Teaching Artist. She is currently a Teaching Artist for New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). As well as an Teaching Artist for the Disney After school Musical Theater program. She is passionate about empowering students to purse and develop their gifts.
Nina-Sophia Pacheco - Musical Theater Voice Coach
Nina-Sophia Pacheco is a vocalist for the United States Air Force. She graduated with her professional musical theatre performance accreditation from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and from there has gone on to perform all over the nation. Some of her most memorable roles include Eva Peron in Evita, a pants version of Tulsa in Gypsy, Audrey 1 in Little Shop of Horrors. She is currently working as a vocalist, singer/songwriter, model and actress in the nation’s capital region and exploring different ways to express her creative side. Mrs. Pacheco has worked with a wide range of students varying from ages 6-18. She uses a very customized approach that blends vocal production with acting to develop more efficient vocal use and distinct acting choices in songs. Nina is very passionate about music and creating. Using unique and individual approaches for artists to find the best way to express themselves and develop their craft in an organic way. She has developed her own music label, SloanRex Productions, and in 2019 released her debut EP. Nina-Sophia continues to create and teach.
Erica Livingston - Yoga with Erica
Using her extensive background in music and theater Erica Livingston has continued to serve her communities as a yoga instructor. Before completing her 200-hr teacher training at Yogamaya NYC she studied at a variety of studios throughout North America as well as completing a Masters in Music Theater at Boston Conservatory of Music. Erica believes in uniting the play of theater with the technique of yoga in the hopes of bringing a love of yoga to the next generation of yogis.
Karen Stefano-Acting and Script Writing
Karen Stefano is a recent graduate of Regent University with a Masters in Screenwriting for Film and Television. She has been acting since the age of 6 and has studied at some of New York City’s finer schools: Lee Strasberg Institute and The Acting Studio. She has worked in such venues as Lincoln Center, playing Sondra in Lulubelle and Sydney on the Lower East Side, Carnegie Hall, and Yale University, playing Fannie Lou in Scenes and Songs from Fannie Lou Hamer. She can also be seen in the commercial for Carrier Clinic, playing a Nurse and two episodes of the web series Sitting on Babies where she played a Grumpy Babysitter. She has also worked in Television and films in such shows as Murphy Brown, Blue Bloods and Law and Order SVU, and Indie films - Car Chase and Footsteps in the Rough. Her writing credits include a short film and documentary currently in post-production, and two feature films and a full-length play in development. She is excited to make her starring debut in her upcoming film Why Wait, which she wrote, directed and is the Executive Producer.