Teri Nobbs - Dance Director
Teri has had the privilege of dancing and teaching dance as a career for more than 40 years. Prior to being the dance director of Columbiana PAC, Teri was also owner of The Stage Door, and owned and operated her first studio, Teri’s Dance & Baton Center. During her career as an instructor, she trained under Mr. Rennie Davis of Youngstown, and many other renowned choreographers. She has attended and completed her training to teach dance through the Dance Masters of America Organization. As an educator, Teri has had the opportunity to teach hundreds of dancers in workshops, clinics, performing arts schools, dance lines, show choirs, pre-schools, and theatre productions. Her studios have served as a supportive and encouraging training ground for aspiring dancers since 1980.
Rob Morris - Theater Director
As Theater Director, Rob Morris will teach many classes in acting, stage, and theater at Columbiana Performing Arts Center. In addition to instilling an educational curriculum in theater, Rob hopes to promote an overall love for the arts in our community. Since joining The Stage Door in Poland, he has directed many performances including ; The Wizard of Oz Musical 2019 and 2016, Alice in Wonderland, Jungle Book, Peter Pan the Musical, many Christmas Holiday plays and productions, in house one acts, adult dinner theater and fun and exciting acting classes weekly! Rob has an extensive career in theater, and has a repertoire of acting, directing, and participating in many shows over the years. He directed White Christmas at The Main Street Theater in Columbiana and The Music Man at the Youngstown Playhouse. He also directed The Lion, The Witch, & the Wardrobe at Main Street Theater in December.
His roles include:
“The Passion Play” as Jesus (Highway Tabernacle Church)
“Shrek” as Lord Farquaad (Main Street Theater)
“Shrek” as Lord Farquaad (Kent State University – Trumbull Summer Stock)
“It’s a Wonderful Life” as George Bailey
“The 39 Steps” as Clown 2
“Scrooge the Musical” as Bob Cratchit
“A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody” as Inspector Plotnik
“The Sound of Music” as Max Detweiler
“Hairspray” as Corny Collins
In addition to teaching at Columbiana Performing Arts Center, Rob is also the Theater Director at The Stage Door in Poland and the Executive Director of The Salt & Light Company in Youngstown.
Margie Rapp - Ballet Mistress
Margie Rapp, began her dance training in New Castle, PA, at GiGi’s Studio of Dance, under the direction of GiGi Hartman-Hazen. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and is trained in all styles of dance with a concentration in Ballet, Musical Theatre, and Modern.
After college, Margie traveled to New York City, where she performed and continued her study of dance. She teaches and choreographs in various places throughout Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio, including Youngstown State University (Youngstown, OH), Thiel College (Greenville, PA) and Hickory High School (Hermitage, PA).
Miss Margie is always excited to add members to her dancing family, and looks forward to sharing the love of ballet!
William MacNeil - Ballet
William MacNeil is a teacher of ballet and modern. He has been teaching for over 6 years. He began his training with Ballet Austin at the age of ten under the direction of Stephan Mills. In high school, William studied under the direction of Mark Borchelt at Interlochen Arts Academy. After high school, William went on to pursue his training at Mercyhurst University under the direction of Tauna Hunter, graduating in 2013 with his BFA in Dance Performance. He has performed as a guest artist with Mercyhurst Ballet Theater, West Virginia Ballet, Ballet Austin, Charleston Ballet, Trisha Sloan Dance Center, and Dance De Bello. In 2013, he joined Ballet Fleming, and has performed in numerous productions including; 'Janis and Joe', 'Café Music', 'Long Train Running', 'Snow White' and 'Phantom’. William began dancing with Dancing Wheels in 2016. William has taught at numerous dance and ballet schools in the areas including presently The Stage Door in Poland, Ballet Western Reserve, Linda James Dance School, Epic Dance complex and Natalie’s dance company. Will is extremely excited to be on the Columbiana performing Arts Staff and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and expertise with the Columbiana Pac students!
Conner Bezeradi - Music /Voice Instructor
Connor Bezeredi is an actor, singer, director, and teaching artist from the Northeast Ohio area. He is a graduate of Salem High School (2011) and Youngstown State University, (2015, BFA Musical Theatre, Summa Cum Laude).
After graduating from YSU, he was rewarded a scholarship to and performed in The First International Showcase of The Musical Theatre Educators' Alliance in Oslo, Norway. Shortly thereafter, Bezeredi made the move to New York City to pursue acting/singing/art as a full-time career. During his 14 month adventure in NYC, Connor had the incredible opportunities to add several professional credits to his resume, including: Theatre Now New York's SOUND BITES 4.0, The Imbible's CHRISTMAS CAROL COCKTAILS (Off-Broadway) and 420: THE MUSICAL: THE X-MAS SPECIAL (Off-Broadway).
He also had the opportunity to work as a featured back-up vocalist with international recording artist, Sariah. Bezeredi returned to the Youngstown area at the end of 2017 following a knee injury which required him to use a cane for 2 months.
Since returning home, he has healed considerably and has spent his time assistant directing Cole Porter's ANYTHING GOES at Salem High School and, most recently, playing his dream role of CB in a production of DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD. He is beyond excited to be joining Columbiana Pac and can't wait to help you strengthen and hone your artistic skills!
Kathryn Stanton - Music /Voice Instructor
Kathryn Stanton started performing on stage as a dancer at age 4. That blossomed into musical theater and opera and brought her to teaching. She holds a bachelors degree in music with an emphasis in voice from Youngstown State University. Originally from Burgettstown, PA, Kathryn graduated from The Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, PA in 2008, and performed in many productions with Pittsburgh Musical Theater, including Annie (Grace Farrell), West Side Story (Nibbles), Titanic (Kate Murphy), and The Civil War (Chorus) which featured Tony Award-winner Billy Porter. At YSU, she performed in scenes from Carmen (Carmen), The Marriage of Figaro (Marcellina), Cendrillon (Madame de la Haltière), and Gianni Schicchi (Zita), as well as a production of Cosi fan Tutte (Dorabella). Along with The Stage Door, Kathryn teaches choir, piano, and general music at Chaney High School in Youngstown.
Chloe Miller - Baton / Dance Instructor
As a part of Columbiana Performing Arts Centre, Chloe looks forward to teaching the sport of baton to the next generation of twirlers.
Chloe started competitive twirling and dance at the age of 5. Baton twirling gave her many opportunities to travel around the country, as well as the world going to many competitions. She won many state, national and world titles, which include Miss Majorette of Ohio, Miss Majorette of the Great Lakes, Miss Majorette of America, and Grand National Twirling Champion. She qualified for the United States Twirling Team three times, when she traveled to Holland, Belgium and Switzerland and won multiple silver and bronze medals.
A native of Niles, Chloe was the feature twirler at her high school, as well as the University of Kentucky.
Chloe, also has extensive training and performance teaching Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop and is [part of our Columbiana Competition teaching staff.
Aubrie Morrison - Dance Instructor
Aubrie Morrison is a student at Youngstown State University studying business and psychology. She has always had a passion for the arts. Aubrie started dancing at the age of two. Over the years she has been trained in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical/contemporary, modern, and hip hop. She danced with the YSU Dance Ensemble from 2015-2017.
Aubrie is a 2015 graduate of Poland Seminary High School where she was a member of show choir and drama club. Aubrie is very excited to be apart of Columbiana Performing Arts family. She looks forward to sharing her love and passion for the arts with her students.
Jenny Clarke - Adult Dance instructor
Jenny has been dancing since the age of 6 yrs and has trained in most all dance subjects. She has fallin' in love with and has developed a program in dance, fitness, and technique which caters to adults of all ages!
Her passion is to help anyone and everyone get back their passion for movement and realize you’re never to old to dance! She lived and taught in New England for the past 15 years. Jenny brings to Columbiana Pac a wonderful program for dance through fun, energizing, exciting, movement for any students young and old alike!
Liz Cooper - Guest Instructor Ballet
Liz Cooper grew up in Youngstown, Ohio with her dance roots beginning with the Joan Miller Hyde School of Dance. Liz continued her performing arts education through high school, studying and also competing with Dance Masters of Ohio and America amongst others. Although trained in the Russian Method of ballet technique that focuses on specific, disciplined body placement and alignment, Liz teaches in a non-conformist blend of ballet techniques including ABT, Cecchetti, and Pilates strength training.
Shirlee Simon - Student conditioning fitness trainer
Shirlee Simon, from Youngstown, Ohio, began dancing at the age of three. She attended “Teri’s Dance & Baton Center” known today as “The Stage Door Dance & Theatre Arts Academy”, under the direction of Teri Nobbs. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and is trained in all styles of dance with a concentration in Ballet, Jazz and Modern.
In 2008, Shirlee moved to New York City where she pursued teaching, choreography, and performance. After settling down from auditioning and performing, Shirlee decided to take her love and knowledge of movement and the body to a new level. She became an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified personal trainer.
For the last three years Shirlee has worked for gyms and private training companies all around Manhattan. Shirlee believes you learn, grow, and get better at what you do through experience and is grateful for being able to work with such diverse clientele.
Shirlee is driven by her passion for strength, movement, fitness, health, and energy. Her areas of focus include, strength training, cardio, weight loss, functional training, diet and nutrition and kettle bells. She is a lover of Dance, Spartan races and Power lifting. She is dedicated to providing motivation and goal driven programs and looks forward to helping clients become happy and healthy inside and out.
Currently Shirlee is co-owner of Hybrid Barbell in Youngstown a personal training gym, and will work with our intermediate advanced students for strength and agility.
Rosie Bresson is an actor, singer, dancer and musician from the Youngstown area. She is currently a senior BFA Musical Theatre major and Music minor at Youngstown State University. She has had extensive experience in musical theatre singing, as well as classical, jazz, pop/rock, and other styles, and she has performed in numerous theaters, churches, and other venues across Youngstown and Northeast Ohio.
Some of Rosie's recent theatre credits include: Chicago (Roxie Hart, Millennial Theatre Company), Into the Woods (Baker's Wife, YSU), How I Learned to Drive (Li'l Bit, YSU), The Last Five Years (Cathy Hiatt, Millennial Theatre Company), The Spitfire Grill (Percy Talbot, Carnation City Players), Beauty and the Beast (Napkin/Wolf/Villager, Players Guild Theatre), and La Cage Aux Folles (Marie Dindon/Mme. Renaud, Mercury Theatre Company). She has also had work on several film projects, and as a director, music director and choreographer.
In 2018 Rosie was one of 120 students in the US selected to attend the 2018 Open Jar Institute in New York City. She has had masterclasses with vocal artists such as Natalie Weiss, Adam Pascal, Roger Love, Kate Reid, and more. Rosie is very excited to pass on the knowledge she has been given by her wonderful teachers to help young artists reach their potential
Ian Clarke - House Hip Hop
Ian Clark was born in Westmoreland, Jamaica. He was exposed at a very young age to dance and took to it naturally. At the age of 14 he started dancing and performing hip-hop and dance hall all over and started his own performance troupe.
He has had the privilege of performing and teaching at many studios and conventions, and workshops across the United States. We are super excited to have him be on our faculty at Columbiana Pac.. He brings “NEW RHYTHM” to the area and has a unique energy that is contagious!
Kyle Primous - Guest Teacher
Kyle Primous, a graduate of Kenyon College with a degree in Drama and Dance, has danced
with and/or taught at Cleveland School of Dance, Lorain County Community College, Ohio
Dance Theatre, Canton Ballet, Oberlin College, The University of Akron, Pittsburgh’s Dance
Alloy, Footpath Dance Co., at Jacob’s Pillow and on the Drew Carey Show.
He’s directed and/or choreographed plays and show choirs including: South Range HS and Elementary School choirs, Rocky River HS Show Choir, The Wiz, The Sound of Music, Trees of Hope, Once on this Island, LCCC’s Serendipity III, Centerfest’s Sneak Peak, the world premiere of Full Moon, Steelbound, The Odyssey, The Little Tommy Parker Celebrated Colored Minstrel Show,
Treemonisha and Famous Orpheus.
A member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, Mr. Primous’ film and regional credits include: Love Finds You In Sugarcreek, Ohio (Friendly mechanic); Fun Size (Dancer); I Love You Because (NYC Man), 14th Street Theatre; Peaches, Plums and Pontifications (Ensemble), Cleveland Playhouse & 651 Arts;The Hostage (Princess Grace), Center Stage; I Could Stop on a Dime and get Ten Cents Change (Ensemble), Cleveland Playhouse and Center Stage; other stage credits include: Dreamgirls (Jimmy), Cain Park; 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch), Beck Center; Yellowman (Eugene), Karamu House; The Wiz (Uncle Henry/The Wiz), Cain Park; Dreamgirls (Curtis), Cassidy Theatre; Wonderland (Lead vocalist), Ohio Theatre; Ragtime (Coalhouse), Cleveland JCC; Five Guys Named Moe (No Max), Beck Center; ODT’s Journey, (Ensemble); Parade (Jim Conley), Beck Center; Full Moon (Mercer), Dobama; truth (Dance), Dobama; and Mule Bone (Dave Carter), Karamu House. An unparalleled entertainer and performer, Kyle’s dynamic 3½-octave vocal range has been heard in many northeast Ohio bands, Europe, Hawaii, at Playhouse
Square, The Cleveland Playhouse, Jacobs’ Field, Cleveland Opera, The Tri-C Jazz Fest and
throughout the Caribbean.
Currently, Mr. Primous fronts the bands K Street and The K Street Trio. Yet, his greatest accomplishment to date is that of husband to Michelle and father to Kaden, Eliza, Jakob, Rylen and Ellah.
Jessica Cool - Ballet Instructor - Bio coming soon
Aleea Morrison - Dance instructor (bio coming soon)
Brendan Byers -Acting/Theater Coach (bio coming soon)
Gina Love - Guitar Instructor (bio coming soon)