Toni Ruscio, Instructor, Founder
Currently the Producing Artistic Director of Curtain Call Theatre in Braintree, MA, Toni is a graduate of Boston University and Emerson College, and has performed in, directed, and produced many shows in and around the Boston area. In 2003, she founded her first theatre company, Athena Productions. Then in 2016, she wrapped up a four-year run as the Executive Director/Producing Artistic Director of Riverside Theatre Works in Boston. She is currently a professor at both Bridgewater State University and Massasoit Community College. Learn more about Toni at www.toniruscio.com
Jim Gross, Instructor, Technical Director
A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, Jim is over 30 years into a career in the arts that includes illustration, graphic design and portraiture. He's also approaching 20 years in theater; designing, building and painting sets, designing lights and sound, and creating props. He's the Art Director for SMi Awards in Mansfield, MA, part of the team that runs and supports Curtain Call Theatre, and lives in Weymouth, MA.
Bridget Lacey, Special Events Coordinator
Bridget Lacey graduated from Endicott College in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. Currently an events operations coordinator for Informa Connect Life Sciences, she plans and operates events and conferences. Growing up Bridget found her love for theater, specifically family theater, while acting in her elementary and middle school plays. She also worked at Weymouth Recreation Camp for 13 years where she was a counselor and camp supervisor for children ages 4-13. Bridget is excited to be involved with family theater again, and for this opportunity to incorporate her life experiences, work with children, and current career to create the best experience for everyone involved with the Triad Theatre Company.
Elizabeth Lovley, Instructor
Elizabeth Lovley currently works as a school adjustment counselor at a local high school within a specialized program. She has experience directing both musicals and dramas with elementary and middle school aged children and believes strongly in the power of the arts as a vessel for self-exploration. An actor herself, Elizabeth serves on the Board of Directors at Curtain Call Theatre and has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Theatre (specialization in Acting and Directing) from Keene State College and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from William James College. “The power of imagination makes us infinite.” -John Muir
Kayte Duren, Instructor
Kayte Duren is a director/writer/producer of theatre on the South Shore. She has been directing for fourteen years (New York/Boston). Some memorable productions include “Leave the Light On” (writer/director) a devised piece about women’s issues at Emerson College (2015), and “Mayflower Mayhem” (writer/director) a dinner-theatre experience that ran for three seasons in Plymouth M.A. (2016-2018). She is the co-founder of Fuse Theatre & Dance, a youth performing arts collaboration that just completed their first production, Journey Through the Jukebox, which Kayte wrote and directed.
Kayla Zaniboni, Instructor
Kayla Zaniboni holds a BFA in acting from Adelphi University and an MFA in acting from the University of Central Florida. After graduate school Kayla moved to Chicago where she performed in multiple shows throughout the city. She also studied and graduated from the conservatory program at Second City, where she wrote and performed in numerous sketch shows. While performing she taught theater with Emerald City Children’s Theater and the Performing Arts Center of Chicago.
Luisiana Cruz, Instructor
Luisiana Cruz is a choreographer, actress, and makeup artist, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre from the University of New Hampshire. She has had the pleasure of performing, choreographing, and teaching in the Greater Boston area for several years, and on her free time you can catch her creating makeup content on social networks! Her favorite play is Hedda Gabler, and her favorite musicals are Hamilton, Next to Normal, In the Heights, and Les Miz.
Hallie Nowicki, Instructor
Hallie Nowicki is a performer, songwriter, and sound designer. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from University of the Arts in Philadelphia. During her time in Philly, she performed in multiple Fringe Festivals including Michael R. Jackson’s, White Girl in Danger. After working with Jackson, she was inspired to co-compose a one act musical, Red and Black. Red and Black went on to become a fully developed show after various workshops and was selected for the 2020 Fringe Festival. Since the pandemic began, she has continued to tutor others in songwriting and Logic Pro, while broadening her horizons by working as a Production Coordinator and Marketing Manager on independent films. She is excited for the opportunity to collaborate with others and incorporate her songwriting experience into new and exciting workshops.
Alisa Cassola, Instructor
A private voice teacher, Alisa Cassola also works with Apple Tree Arts, and Wheelock Family Theater. She has music directed over 15 children's theater shows and holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Boston University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory. Also a member of Boston Lyric Opera professional ensemble since 2006, she has since sung in over 20 productions with the company. In addition, she has sung with MassOpera, St. Petersburg Opera (Florida), Boston Opera Project, Lowell House Opera, OperaTunity, Opera New England, and was a member of the Glimmerglass Young American Artist Program. Learn more about Alisa at www.alisacassola.com.
Michelle Bibeau, Instructor
Michelle Bibeau is an actress and teaching artist from the Boston area. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater from New England College in Henniker, NH. Participating in community theater productions allows her to continue pursuing her love for acting. Michelle has worked with youth ages 5 – 8 as a teacher for DramaKids, a program which encourages kids to express themselves creatively through acting. When Michelle is not acting, she enjoys hanging out with her son, Dominic.