Erin Rice (Artistic Director/ Instructor/Voice Coach) Erin has been performing since the age of two. At the age of 17, she was accepted to the prestigious New York University Tisch School of the Arts, from which she graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama. At NYU Erin trained extensively in acting, voice and dance. She has performed in countless regional and off-Broadway productions, and on Broadway in My Thing of Love. Erin has been teaching musical theatre, ballet and private voice for over 10 years. She is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association and the Screen Actor’s Guild. Erin is a co-founder of the Musical Theatre program at Poly Prep Lower School and currently teaches the school’s dance, voice and musical theater classes. www.erinrice.net
Mary Rice (Founder/Instructor) Mary is an arts educator and has been a faculty member at Poly Prep Lower School for over fifteen years, where she co-founded the Musical Theater program. She continues to direct and produce shows with the Poly Players, and some of her former students have moved on to professional acting careers on the stage including Broadway’s The Lion King. Mary has also written and implemented an original drama curriculum for Poly students. Mary received her teaching degree from Brooklyn College and is currently a Master’s candidate at New York University in the Educational Theatre MA program.
Rebecca Rice-Chiusano (Artistic Director/ Instructor/Special Needs Consultant) Rebecca has been on stage since she was a young girl and made her Broadway debut at the age of nine. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, and Irish step dancing for over fifteen years, developing a passion for the arts which inspired a career in teaching. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Literature and Theater from New York University and received her Master’s Degree in Education from Brooklyn College. She has been teaching dance and musical theater to children for the past thirteen years. Currently, Rebecca teaches English Language Arts and Literacy at Bay Ridge Prep, where she also co-directs dance and theater performances. Rebecca is certified in Special Education and has seven years experience working with students with special needs both in the performing arts and literacy classroom. Rebecca is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and the Screen Actor’s Guild.
Josh Zacher (Dance Instructor) is an American dancer, choreographer, actor, and singer. Josh is a recent graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in New York City where he received a BFA in Drama with Honors. Josh is a graduate of both the Summer Dance Institute at the University of Michigan and Broadway Dance Center’s Summer Professional Semester where he had his choreography featured in the BDC SPS Showcase at Symphony Space. Josh has choreographed music videos for recording artist Nic Hanson and is the founder of “Shall We Dance Call” through the Tisch Department of Drama’s Career Development office. Nationally, Josh served as the associate choreographer for YA4Ever’s production of Spring Awakening at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Los Angeles, California, a guest artist at Score! – a creative musical workshop for young theater artists at the Embassy Theater in Fort Wayne, IN, and has worked as a guest teacher and choreographer for various high schools and dance companies across the country. In New York City, Josh has choreographed for and performed with various dance and theater companies including ALMA NYC, Inside Broadway, American Creative Dance, Dancers Choreographers Alliance, Concrete Theater Temple, and NYU’s Pulse Dance Project. He has also performed in Times Square, The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Danielle Kremar (Yoga Games, “Stretch and Flex” Instructor)received a Masters in Physical Therapy at Quinnipiac University and a Doctorate at Simmons College. She has been a Physical Therapist for seven years, treating both adults and children. Danielle currently is a Pediatric Physical Therapist who works with children in the New York City public school district and in the home setting. She is certified in Pediatric Yoga for children with and without special needs.