Julie Rowe spent her formative years on her family's farm in Idaho and is the proud product of Group One Peace Corps volunteer parents. She received a BA in Theatre Arts from Idaho State University and has been a Teaching Artist throughout her career in various venues including public, private, and Montessori schools, camps, and workshops serving children aged 5 to 18. Julie worked with Camp Broadway in New York City managing a student outreach program dedicated to enabling students to attend Broadway productions at affordable prices, which brought more than 14,000 students to see such productions as The Iceman Cometh, The Price and Amadeus, and produced a seminar series with cast members from each show with such artists as Kevin Spacey, Tony Danza, Robert Sean Leanord, Tim Piggott-Smith, James Naughton and David Suchet. While a resident of Nashville, Julie was an Adjunct Professor in the Musical Theatre program at Belmont University, an Education Coordinator at Tennessee Repertory Theatre and Project Manager of the Juvenile Justice Theatre Workshop for at-risk teenagers. Most recently, Julie served as the Director of Education at American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she grew Education Department programming 300% to serve schools, students, at-risk youth, the disabled, the incarcerated, and those in Hospice care. In 2005, Julie received the Professional Achievement Award for Arts and Humanities from the College of Arts and Sciences from her alma mater, ISU, and is a recipient of the 2005 United Way Tampa Bay Volunteer of the Year Award. She recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater American Falls High School, she is a Nashville and Tampa Bay award-winning actress, a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, the Managing Director of Economic Stimulus Productions, and Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project. Julie is very excited to be a part of the Maltz Jupiter family.
Sue Cunniff began her professional career in upstate New York and held positions in office management, sales and marketing, then relocated to south Florida to help develop a successful marine insurance agency handling sales and underwriting of worldwide yacht insurance.
Over the past two decades, Sue was employed by the Jupiter Dinner Theatre as box office manager for two former production companies, then created and developed Island Interiors, an upscale furniture consignment showroom, and was an active member of the Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. When the Maltz Jupiter Theatre established the Conservatory of Performing Arts in 2007, Sue was delighted to return to the Theatre as Conservatory Administrator, overseeing enrollment and office operations for this entertaining and exciting year-round performing arts school!
Originally from the Washington, DC area, Kelly is a graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta and while she while she has worked as an Interior Designer and Construction Manager for most of her career, she also has experience in the administrative, financial and sales industries. She made South Florida her permanent home 6 years ago and joined the Maltz Jupiter Theatre as an Administrative Assistant for the Conservatory in August of 2014. Kelly plays the guitar and piano and was a lead singer for a classic rock band for several years. Kelly is thrilled to be a part of the Conservatory and loves the creative and busy environment!
Brian Andrews is the Director of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Youth Touring Company. He has performed in two of Broadway's longest running shows: Cats and A Chorus Line. Early training included the Harkness School of Ballet in NYC. Continuing education with the Cecchetti Council of America, Mr. Andrews is a certified licentiate instructor in the Cecchetti method of classical ballet, and currently serves as chairman of the Florida committee.
Susan Emley has been involved in theatre since childhood, and has participated in many capacities at all levels, from school to community to professional theatre. She has been actor (The Importance of Being Earnes; Something's Afoot; Sweet Charity; The Women; Romeo and Juliet), director (A Funny Thing Happened...; Angel Street; The Rainmaker; To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday), and backstage crew, and through it all has been most happy to share what she has learned with those less experienced, and to learn, herself, from those with more experience.
Alexa Evans is a dance and theatre educator, hailing from Eckerd College, where she earned her B.A. in Theatre and minor in Interdisciplinary Arts. She has passed five of the eight Cecchetti Council of America’s examinations, and has a strong background in Horton modern technique. She has served as choreographer for the education department of the Florida Repertory Theatre, performed for over 15,000 students with the American Stage education tour of Cinderella Confidential, and in 2015, coached students at the Maltz Conservatory in the First Step to Stardom program. She is a proud alumna of the Conservatory and a long time mentee of Brian Andrews.
Kristine (Krissi) DiMartino, MS, is a certified Drama teacher by Florida board of Education, a registered mental health therapist intern, and a Supreme Court family mediator. Kristine holds credentials in R.O.P.E.S (wilderness therapy), EMDR, and expressive art therapies. A pioneer in the profession of drama therapeutic approaches, Kristine uses Improvisation as a tool for humor therapy to elevate children’s mood and improve their self-esteem. As a clinical therapist registered intern, she lectures girls with self-esteem issues, teen/ parent communication, boys with social skills/manners, and treats children with a wide range of psychiatric, cognitive, and adjustment challenges. Kristine is a firm believer on active therapy and is often seen with children from hospital and her dog out on paddleboards. As a clinician, Kristine is employed as a creative/activities therapist at Sandy Pines Residential Treatment center for children with a private practice, non for profit project The Center for Creative Growth (CCG) located at the Harbor Executive suites on PGA. CCG , the children’s division of non for profit ,The Healing and Creative Arts of the Palm Beaches with Maureen Lansat, a psychotherapist in Family Systems. The HACAC mission is that healing involves an integrative model to live a balanced life. Kristine is contracted as a court mediator specializing in pro se/pre court divorces and communication with children’s divorce issues with Streamline Mediation. As a teacher, Kristine formally taught Theatre/speech/debate at the Benjamin School in North Palm Beach and was director at Southwood School of Arts in South Miami. She has been working with the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Conservatory since its inception in 2006. A former actress from NYC, Kristine studied with the Tony award winning actress Zoe Caldwell, attended The Neighborhood Playhouse Conservatory and was a full scholarship recipient for her undergraduate degrees in Theatre at Florida School of the Arts and Florida Atlantic University. She was one of the founding members of the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival and co-producer to the Experimental Theatre Project in South Beach. Notable grant recipient for her artist in residency programs include: PNC bank, The Michael Gyer Foundation, South Florida Writers and Entertainment Association, and the New York Saratoga Council of the Arts. Kristine is a member of the National Association for Professional Women and continues to encourage others with performance art and healing.
Jay L. Johnson is originally from Chicago, where he enjoyed a successful 14-year career as a professional actor featured in roles that included Cosmo Brown in Singin' in the Rain, Phaedra in La Cage Aux Folles, Max in Lend Me A Tenor, Young Damsel in Diva Diaries, Will Parker in Oklahoma!, and many more. Staying involved in theatre, Jay moved to New York and joined one of New York's top marketing agencies, where he represented several hit Broadway and Off-Broadway shows such as The Glass Menagerie, Monty Python's Spamalot, Chicago, Altar Boyz and The Phantom of the Opera. Jay has been seen on the Maltz Jupiter Theatre stage in our productions of Evita, Anything Goes, Crazy for You, Hello, Dolly!, The Music Man and Annie.
Kim Cozort Kay
Kim received a BM degree in Music Education from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, followed by a Master of Music degree in Music Education from UNC-Greensboro. Kim has been an active member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1986 and the Screen Actors’ Guild since 1992. She celebrates her collaborations with fellow artists June Havoc, Charles Nelson Reilly, Israel Horowitz, Hal Holbrook, William Mastrosimone and Richard Kind. Television credits include Bloodline (Netflix), The Glades (A & E), Burn Notice (USA) and America’s Most Wanted (FOX).
Kim is a multiple nominee and recipient of the Carbonell Award and was awarded Best Actress Metrolina Theatre Award for her work in the Charlotte-Metro region.
From 2001 to 2009, Kim was the Education and Outreach Director for the Blowing Rock Stage Company, winner of NC’s Professional Theatre award in 2008. Her duties included supervising all educational and outreach activities through Stage Company’s TOPs (Theatre Outreach Programs). TOPs instructed students in grades K-12 in the various disciplines of the theatre craft. The TOPs series consisted of summer “CAMPservatories,” Rocket Players Youth Productions, and fall and spring conservatory classes.
She was a producer and musical director for Disney’s High School Musical 1 & 2 and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown for the Rocket Players Youth Theatre. Kim directed the Teen Actors Guild (TAG), an advanced teen group touring NC and Tennessee with plays dealing with social issues such as teen suicide (Sleepwalk) and school violence (Bang Bang, You’re Dead) as well as the Rocket Players Youth Productions of Who Threw the Overalls In Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder, Jack Tales and a world premiere of Jan Karon’s Miss Fannie’s Hat which Mrs. Kay adapted for the stage.
She served as an adjunct professor at Appalachian State University, Palm Beach Atlantic University and Northwood University.
Presently, Kim is a resident artist the Center for Creative Education in Palm Beach County. CCE‘s innovative program invites artists to collaborate with the classroom teacher integrating the arts with regular classroom studies.
Her work here at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts garnered her an Active GEAR-UP teaching award. Kim resides in Jupiter with her husband, actor/director/teacher Kenneth Kay. Together they have formed Kay-Squared, a theatre company celebrating the single performer and small casts. They premiered Silver Shadows: Dark Side of A Mountain in 2014 written and performed by Kim with Ken at the helm as director.
Kenneth Kay is a theatre artist with more than thirty years of professional experience. His credits include producing, directing and/or acting in over 300 professional stage productions throughout the southeast and on national tour.
Upon receiving an Honorable Discharge from the US Navy “Seabees,” Mr. Kay used the G.I. Bill of Rights to help him earn an A.A. degree from Lake-Sumter State College, a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of West Florida and an M.F.A. degree in Acting & Directing from Florida Atlantic University.
He received his Actors’ Equity card after completing a life-changing internship at The Burt Reynolds’ Institute for Theatre Training. During his internship he regularly studied with acclaimed teachers/actors Charles Nelson Reilly, Julie Harris, Stuart Vaughan, Jose Quintero, Dom DeLuise and Martin Sheen.
An in-demand private coach, Mr. Kay’s teaching credentials also include adjunct or advisory positions with Palm Beach Atlantic University, Palm Beach State College, Florida Atlantic University, Dreyfoos School for the Arts, Appalachian State University, Davidson College, and The Florida Professional Theatres Association.
Mr. Kay is the recipient of four Carbonell Awards for Best Direction of a Play or Musical. Most recently, he was awarded the first-ever Distinguished Alumni Professional Achievement Award from L-SSC.
Shelley Keelor actively performs in the South Florida theatre community. She recently was seen in the highly acclaimed production of Heathers, The Musical, where she played Ms Fleming and Mrs Sawyer for Slow Burn Theatre Co at The Broward Center. Additionally, she played Margaret White in Slow Burn’s Carrie, The Musical earning her a Carbonell Award nomination, a Silver Palm Award and New Times “Best Supporting Actress” in 2015.
You can catch Shelley in MNM Productions' The World Goes Round in August 2016; she was also seen MNM Productions' Side By Side By Sondheim. Other South Florida credits include Goblin Market, Outre Theatre Co.; Rock Odyssey, Arsht Center; Kurt Weill's Berlin to Broadway, Palm Beach Dramaworks and more. National regional theatre credits include leading roles in Pump Boys and Dinettes, Cabaret, Smokey Joes Cafe, Kiss Me Kate, Always Patsy Cline, The Music Man, The Fantasticks, The Will Rogers Follies and more.
An international soloist who has appeared in over a dozen countries, Shelley has been touring in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, currently continuing its third season. She also toured with the Istanbul Symphony in Broadway Nights. Shelley performs her solo show throughout South Florida as a headliner and as an opening act.
For more information, please visit Shelleykeelor.com.
Sarah-Helen Land, a soprano with a Master’s degree with high honors from the Juilliard School, brings to her vocal instruction at the Maltz Conservatory over 20 years of experience teaching in major opera houses, as well as in international theatres and other major arts institutions.
While her performing career includes roles with the Hawaii Opera Theatre, the San Francisco Opera Center and the Juilliard Opera Center, her work in teaching and education spans the New National Theatre Tokyo, the Chautauqua Institute, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the San Francisco Opera and the Juilliard Opera Center.
Sarah-Helen’s expertise lies in building and nurturing optimal vocal technique while creating a teaching environment that engages and fosters technical prowess by incorporating not just a “whole performance” approach (working with movement, musicality, and acting), but a “whole person” approach, which she defines as using the natural spirit and personality of the student to bring forth a sense of confidence, accomplishment, and community in many aspects of the student's life. Sarah-Helen is delighted to be in Florida and to be working at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.
Before moving to Florida, John spent two decades in New York City writing book, music and lyrics for new musicals. He also worked as a music director, vocal coach and arranger in New York. His shows have been performed in Off-Broadway theatres, including the Oak Room in the Algonquin Hotel, as well as around the country. Two of John's musicals, (created with Andrew Kato), Academy (which won the ASCAP Cole Porter award for music and lyrics and the Daegu International Musical Theatre citation for Best Musical) and Through the Looking Glass have appeared onstage at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and received his masters degree in musical composition from NYU. John attended the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and is a member of ASCAP. www.johnmercurio.com
Ricky Nahas is a musical theatre performer, choreographer and voice and dance teacher who has spent more than a decade performing in national tours, regional theater and in theaters throughout Europe.
Recently seen onstage at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Les Misérables, The Wiz and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, he choreographed the Theatre’s production of the new musical Through the Looking Glass, which premiered in 2012.He also directed and choreographed the Conservatory's recent productions of SEUSSICAL and Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr.
A proud member of the Actors' Equity Association, other recent stage credits include Radames in Aida, Mungo Jerry in Cats, Iowa Company of Altar Boyz and a swing in the National Tour of Saturday Night Fever. His TV credits include roles on Burn Notice and Guiding Light.
Lea Roy received a Creative Writing and Theatre degree from Florida State University. Lea was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but was raised in Miami Beach and studied classical guitar for six years. Lea is a playwright, actress, guitarist and vocalist who often collaborates with local South Florida artists and musicians. She has been working as a teaching artist at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts since 2009. Some of her Conservatory directing credits include Oklahoma!, The Pajama Game, Schoolhouse Rock Jr, Doctor Dolittle Jr and Sweet Charity.
Assistant Faculty Members
Vincent Bolchoz: Musical Theatre Production and Tap Substitute teacher
Olivia Perrin: Grades K-2 Musical Theatre
Emily Gough: Grades K-2 Hip Hop and Dance Substitute Teacher
Annaya Osborne: Grades 3-12 Hip Hop
Natalie Czochanski: Tap Substitute teacher