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Meet our Team

Our professional team of highly qualified instructors does everything to make sure that every show is an enjoyable experience. The team here at MT Ed strive to give our students the highest quality, educational, and most fun experience possible.  MT Ed staff is background checked and cleared for education in NYS, and carry varying levels of First Aid, CPR, AED, and MAT training to ensure a safe environment for your children.

Tina Crandall

Founder and Artistic Director

Tina Crandall has BA in Theatre and Dance and a Masters in K-8 education. Her passion is making theatre education accessible to all children. She has directed and choreographed for many area theatres and schools, including the sold out runs of American Idiot, 21 Chump Street, Carrie, the Musical, and Heathers: School Edition at the Rochester Fringe Festival. Other recent credits include the area premiers of The Lightning Thief, Descendants, Puffs, Rainbow Fish, Elf, Matilda, TRW's Alice in Wonderland, and A Christmas Story. She also works as a freelance scenic designer. Tina is an adjudicator for RBTL's Stars of Tomorrow, a program dedicated to supporting the process of growth and learning and acknowledging excellence in area high school theatre. Tina is also an instructor with RocDramaKids, a program that focuses on creativity, self-confidence and public speaking skills through dramatic play.  In her free time she occasionally appears on stage, most recently in productions of Something Rotten, bare: a pop opera, Pippin, Disaster and Big Fish.

Amanda Hartmann


Amanda is currently enrolled at SUNY Brockport, where she is in her Senior year as an English Major. She started choregraphing for musicals and plays in her Junior year of High School, when she choreographed her school’s production of Cinderella.  From there she went on to choreograph her Senior production of Peter Pan, and has been working on musicals and plays ever since! She has trained in various styles of dance beginning at the age of 7, including: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Modern, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. Amanda has created and taught choreography for over 25 shows, and some of her favorites that she has worked on at MT Ed include, Frozen Jr, Moana Jr, The Lightning Thief, Shrek, Descendants, Lion King Jr and Something Rotten. Amanda takes pride in her students’ growth in theatre and dance, and she loves watching their skills translate into their everyday life as they become well rounded performers and individuals. When she is not at production rehearsals, Amanda teaches dance classes at MT Ed, and is the Co-Director and Choreographer of MT Ed's newly formed Parade Corps. She has also discovered a hidden talent for cutting music, which she utilizes for all her dance classes and choreography. Amanda also works at Hilton High School as their Choreographer, and has worked on recent productions such as The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde Jr, Mamma Mia, Peter Pan and Cinderella. In addition to choreography, Amanda has also directed and co-directed productions including Mary Poppins Jr, Billy Shakespeare’s Traveling Freak Show and Enchanted Bookshop Christmas Edition.

Heather Lonardo

Music Director

Heather has a B.M. in Music Education and is currently enrolled in a Masters program at Nazareth College for Music Therapy. Previous credits include Elf, Jr., Alice in Wonderland, Jr., Heathers High School Edition, Singing in the Rain, Jr., Into the Woods, Jr., and the recent sold out run of Carrie, the Musical with RAPA,  Godspell, Jr. at Seton Catholic School, and Legally Blonde, Jr. with Webster Summer Theatre. Heather loves helping in all aspects of theater, but especially enjoys helping the kids find their voice and their own talent.

Andy Kittleson

Music Director

Andy is originally from Ontario, NY and graduated from the Wayne Central School District.  He then obtained his dual bachelors degrees in music from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA.  He completed his M.M. Conducting degree at Binghamton University and currently teaches at the Wayne Central School District in Ontario, NY as the 7th and 8th grade band director at Wayne Middle School. He recently received the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Early Career Achievement Educator Award. In addition to wind band conducting, Andy greatly enjoys being involved in musical theater and has helped put on more than 35 productions.   Andy is also active as a NYSSMA brass adjudicator, serves as the treasurer for the Wayne County Music Educators Association, and is the conductor of the Kodak Concert Band.

Holly Lowden

Tiny Talents Instructor/Choreographer

Holly is a graduate of Niagara University, with a BFA in theatre performance, concentrating in dance. She is a full time arts instructor at Expressive Beginnings Childcare. Holly directs, choreographs, stage manages, fight choreographs, and more for many local area organizations. You may have seen her work at Spotlight Theatre Arts, A Magical Journey Through Stages, OFC/RAPA, Asbury First UMC, Williamson Middle and High Schools, Caulkins Road Middle School, and Pittsfield Summer Enrichment Institute, to name a few. Favorite performing roles include Natalie (All Shook Up), Kate Monster/Lucy (Avenue Q), Babe (Pajama Game), Florika (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Martha (Spring Awakening), and Diana (I Love You Because). Her favorite thing about theatre is the gift of sharing her passion with children, and finding each student’s unique and amazing creativity.

Katie Garver

Stage Manager

Katie studied Theater at SUNY Brockport, and Graduated with a BA in Interdisciplinary Arts for Children. She joined MTEd’s cast of A Christmas Carol in 2019, and has Stage Managed shows with the youth & teens since. When not working with MT Ed, Katie works as Assistant Stage Manager at JCC Center Stage throughout their seasons, and performs with Rochester’s Gilbert & Sullivan group, Off Monroe Players (OMP).

Emily Beseau

Vocal Director

Emily Beseau is a graduate of Ithaca College with a B.M. in vocal performance. She has studied ballet, jazz, and tap since she was 4 years old at N.Y.A.D. Emily enjoys performing in shows throughout the Rochester area. Favorite roles include Alice in Addams Family (Lyric Theatre), Mrs. Sowerberry in Oliver (RAPA), and Doris in Damn Yankees (RAPA). She has enjoyed choreographing RAPA’s summer stock shows for 2 consecutive years, as well as teaching lessons and theatre classes. She had the joy of choreographing NAC's production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in the winter of 2018.

Jillian Oddo

Director/Vocal Director/Stage Manager

Jillian graduated from SUNY Brockport in The Fall of 2021 with a Bachelor Degree in Theatre. She has years of experience working with teens and young children; helping them explore and have fun in the world of Theatre. Jillian enjoys and is experienced in multiple disciplines of theatre such as Directing, Stage Managing, Vocal Directing and Acting. She has been a part of several productions at MT Ed including, Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr., Disney’s Lion King Jr., Night at the Wax Museum, Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr., The Addams Family Musical, and others. Outside of MT Ed, Jillian participates in community productions. In the last two years she has performed in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night with guest Geva Theatre Director Sharifa Elkady, a number of one act productions, as well as Stage Managed Crimes of the Heart, Our Country’s Good, and Directed several theatre pieces. She is ecstatic to have the opportunity to teach, and create at MT Ed alongside a talented team and passionate, hardworking students.

David Curry

Music Director

David Curry, past credits include Legally Blonde, Matilda and A Christmas Story with MT Ed, Rent:School Edition with Studio Z, Carrie: High School Edition and 13! The Musical with RAPA.

Jeff Clair


Jeff Clair is a Rochester resident, and has been active in professional and community theater for over 30 years.  Jeff has recently been seen with MT Ed in A Christmas Carol (Ebenezer Scrooge) and has also recently performed in JCC Centerstage's productions of Oklahoma! (Cord Elam), The Bridges of Madison County (Charlie), and Titanic: The Musical (Shipbuilder Thomas Andrews).  Favorite past roles include Jesus in Godspell, Marvin in Falsettos, Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in Assassins, Adam in Children of Eden, Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods and Mother's Younger Brother in Ragtime. Directing credits include A Christmas Carol and A Holiday Story 4 The Season (Masque Community Theatre, Tampa), The Wiz (Everyone's Theatre Company, Rochester).  Music Directing credits include Once Upon A Mattress (Masque Community Theatre, Tampa) and Forbidden Broadway (YOHP, Penfield). By day, Jeff is a project manager with a software solutions company that serves the Health and Human Services industry.

Justin Gommel

Lighting Designer

Justin is a recent high school graduate looking to attend college in the fall for lighting design. He has designed lights for several shows including Heathers, Carrie, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and most recently Schoolhouse Rock, Jr. at Dake MS. He is a member of the Local 25 Riggers and Electricians Union.

Angie Toscano

Production Manager

Angie joins the MT Ed team with many years of entertainment management under her belt. She is the Vice President of Special Events for Nik Entertainment. Angie also help out by lending her artisitic skills making props for our productions.

Jennifer Cummings


Jennifer Cummings has been shooting weddings, family photos, horse shows, senior photos and theatre productions for many years. Her brilliant work can be found on her site,

Sam Nelson

Director/Dramaturg/Stage Manager

Sam originally joined MT Ed in December of 2020 as a Dramaturg for the theatre's original production of Gay Ol' Christmas. Since then he was assistant director and stage manager for season productions before directing MT Ed's 2021 community production of Our Town. After that Sam has worked on many additional projects including Something Rotten (Assistant Director), Improv Hour (And A Half) Classes (Co- Instructor), and 13, The Musical (Stage Manager). Sam is also a local actor in Rochester, performing in shows at Neighborhood Acting Company and Monroe Community College. His most recent stage credits include Flower City Interactive Roc Garden (Al Sigl), When He Comes Home (Cameron), Something Rotten (Nostradamus), and Spring Awakening (Hanschen Rilow). He is thrilled to be part of such an astonishing team!

Deborah Hartmann

Stage Manager

Deborah Hartmann has dual bachelor's degrees in Zoology and Studio Art. She studied Costuming and Stagecraft at the college theatre level, but her interest in building improbable things truly began in childhood, when she terrorized her family cat with kinetic creations made from broken toy trains, hairdryers, and clocks. As she grew older she dabbled in sculpture, ceramics, and puppet making, and then returned to college to earn a second degree in Zoology, which emphasized her strong interests in animals. Creative but easily bored, she went on to train in as many fields as she could, earning certificates in such disciplines as Floral Design, Dog Grooming, and Electronics Welding, and taught herself other skills such as Fossil Preparation, Graphic Design, and Special Effects Makeup for  temporary jobs. In recent years she has built specialty props and set pieces for multiple venues, which have included a traveling comic-con attraction, as well as high school and community theatre productions. You may have seen her work recently at MT Ed in Moana (Tamatoa and Te Ka), Shrek (Dragon Puppet), Something Rotten (Dancing Eggs and Omelets) and The Lightning Thief (Fury Wings, Lightning Bolt, and many other props).

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