Every type of performance is a collaborative art form and when it comes together, it takes on a life of its own and gives power to the creators onstage. Our mission is to give artists an outlet. We are excited to help you discover your dreams, hone your skills, grow your talent, and build your craft! Are you ready?
With over 25 years of experience in the theatre industry, Melanie is excited to be teaching and sharing her knowledge with rising stars, theatre lovers, and curious minds. A member of both EdTA and AATE, she holds a degree in Theatre Arts and has been teaching, performing, and directing in the Tri-Cities area for the last 10 years. Her passion for theatre and film acting has been the driving force behind everything she does professionally and creatively! She can sing, she can dance, and she'd love to go to France...but for now, NETN is the place to be.
"I get so excited seeing all of the pieces come together as one beautiful art piece and watch as it magically transforms the lives of the audiences who experience it. That's why I do what I do and push my students, my casts, and my fellow artists to give it their all!"
Jeff is a filmmaker and video professional with 10 years of experience having worked for marketing companies and national television networks, and working on short films and feature films. He has a bachelor’s degree in Radio, Television, and Film from East Tennessee State University and Associates degrees in both Advertising and Speech Communications. Jeff specializes in the production side of filmmaking & video production, and dedicates his focus to each intricate phase of the production process.
"Creativity is the driving force behind this passion and industry. But creativity and passion without putting the work in is like taking a drive on a toy car - you may move forward, but you won’t make true progress."
Rebekah has an Exercise Science degree which taught her the physiology of exercise, correct body mechanics, aspects of athletic training, and much more to help her teach students safely while pushing them to a healthy level. She been dancing for over 20 years studying numerous styles of dance and theater. Her favorites are tap, jazz, musical theater, and hip hop. She has been teaching dance for over 8 years and served as co-captain of the Lincoln Memorial Dance Team.
“What excites me most about performing is to showcase the hours of hard work, sweat, and love that goes into a number. (Even if it is just for 3 minutes.) Stepping on stage and seeing the audience’s face light up is the best feeling in the world.”
Having been on the stage for over 20 years and teaching children for over 10 of those years, Aryn has studied theatre, dance, stage makeup, stage combat, and stage management. Aryn has performed on stages all over the world, has added several screen credits to her resume with films, shorts, and commercials, and has spent much of her time behind the scenes making magic with hair and makeup. She studied traditional Irish Dance & Music at the Irish World Academy and Bluegrass at ETSU. When she’s not in the studio or on a stage, you can find her behind the chair at a local salon.
"When it comes to performance and the art of theatre, I am absolutely blown away by not only the camaraderie and teamwork that it takes, but also the personal growth and development that comes with each production."
Leslie is a trauma informed movement educator (CYT, Exercise Physiologist, and dancer) who is based out of Johnson City, TN. Over her thirteen years in the fitness and wellness industry she has gradually begun to zone in on where her purpose lies--helping those reconnect to their bodies through movement. As someone who has struggled with chronic illness, exercise addiction, body dysmorphia, intense anxiety, and an eating disorder, she understands the disconnect between mind-body and how powerful it can be once one reclaims their bodies. Leslie's philosophy is based on the Sanskrit words shanti (peace) and leela (play)--finding inner peace through the play and practice of yoga; you will see this in her approach, her humor, and her ability to make everyone feel welcome. Leslie holds a BS in exercise science, is currently pursuing her MPH (Masters of Public Health), and has over 20 years in the dance realm as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and director.
Michael grew up in Portland, Oregon where he found his love of theatre and coffee. He began his teaching career while earning his bachelor’s degree at Western Oregon University, then continuing on to get his MFA in Stage Direction from Ohio University. Most recently, Michael was the Artistic Director/Associate Artistic Director of Barter Theatre’s Barter Youth Academy. Now with over 25 years of acting, directing, writing, improv, and teaching under his belt, he is thrilled to be working with Center Stage Performing Arts Studio!
“What excites me most about teaching? The moment someone discovers that they have a wealth of untapped talent and skill and that a whole new world is now open to them. That is the absolute BEST feeling in the world, knowing that I helped someone get to that point.”
As a life-long art lover, Sarah has spent countless hours appreciating art made by others and also exploring different mediums in her own art-making. Her formal education is in business and finance, so her artistic abilities are definitely an undercover superpower! She has two children she’s instilling with a love of arts and empowers others to discover and enjoy themselves through creative pursuits - no matter what level of ability they may have. She makes art and teaches others to do the same because of the pure joy a person can find when expressing themselves creatively.
"Allowing yourself to get messy while enjoying the process of putting paint on canvas is freeing. It’s not the final product, but the process of making something, that is good for the body, mind, and soul!"
Studio will be closed October 10-16 to observe fall break
Studio will be closed November 21-27 to observe Thanksgiving break
Wallace Theatre | 215 E Main St
We invite students' family and friends to see an informal presentation of pieces students are currently working on. This event is free thoug...
Wallace Theatre | 215 E Main St