MT ED

585-802-1902

75 Stutson St
Rochester, Monroe County 14612
USA

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MEET OUR TEAM

 

TINA CRANDALL-GOMMEL

Founder and Artistic Director

Tina Crandall-Gommel 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 run of Carrie, the Musical at this year's Fringe Festival. Other recent credits include 13! The Musical, Heathers: School Edition, Frozen Jr., A Christmas Story, and the area premiere of Matilda. 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 Pippin, Disaster and Big Fish last year.

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.

DAVID CURRY

Instrumental Music Director

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

ANGIE TOSCANO

Office 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

Photography

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, jennifercummingsphotgraphy.com.

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.

EMILY BESEAU

Choreographer

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.

AMANDA HARTMANN

Choreographer

Amanda Hartmann is a Sophomore in College at SUNY Brockport  majoring in French, Theater and minoring in Musical Theatre. Past credits include: Chan in The Last Wish, Heather McNamara in Heathers, and many more. Amanda is a choreographer and has recently choreographed The Little Mermaid, Narnia, Frozen Jr., and Rainbow Fish.  Amanda is so thankful for everyone in her life who has gotten her to where she is now!

BEVERLY BAUMAN

Stage Manager

Beverly Bauman has a BA in Performing Arts: Theatre and Dance from Wells College and a Child Developmental Associates. She has experience acting, directing and stage managing numerous shows with MT Ed and Blackfriars theatre. She believes in providing a safe, developmentally appropriate, nurturing environment that promotes social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth with an emphasis on kindness, compassion and inclusion. When she is not working either on or off the stage, Beverly is the Lead Pre-K teacher at Full Heart Child Care.

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