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-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 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 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 bare: a pop opera, Pippin, Disaster and Big Fish.

AMANDA HARTMANN

Choreographer

Amanda Hartmann is a Junior at SUNY Brockport where she is an English Major with a French Minor. Amanda has choreographed and taught over 15 shows. She started choreographing for productions her Junior year of high school starting with her schools play of Peter Pan. She has been trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Modern and Hip Hop. Previous credits includes Descendants, Moana jr, Enchanted Bookshop, Aladdin jr, The Great Gatsby (due to COVID never performed), Mamma Mia, Elf, Legally Blonde, The Little Mermaid and more. Amanda also works at Hilton High School as their choreographer for plays and musicals. Amanda has worked on wigs for shows in the past such as The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. She has also recently worked as an assistant director for 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

Vocal Director

Andy Kittleson is originally from Ontario, NY where he graduated from the Wayne Central School District.  He then obtained a B.S. in Music Education and a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Low Brass from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA.  He completed his M.M. Conducting degree at Binghamton University and is currently teaching at the Wayne Central School District in Ontario, NY as the 5th grade band director at Wayne Middle School. In addition to wind band conducting, Andy greatly enjoys being involved in musical theater and has helped put on more than 30 productions.   Andy is also active as a New York State School Music Association 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

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.

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.

DAVID CURRY

Instrumental 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

Director

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

Photographer/Videographer

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.

SAM NELSON

Dramaturg/Assistant Director

Sam has been involved in community theater since Junior High. He is an Irondequoit High School alumni and a technical theatre student at Monroe Community College. Past shows include: 13, The Musical (Brighton High School), Sideshow (MJTStages), Heathers (RAPA), Museum (Irondequoit High School), and A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder (MCC). Other projects include Stage Manager of Beyond The Horizon (MCC) and Dramaturg of MT Ed's original teen production of Gay OL' Christmas.

 

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Rochester, Monroe County 14612
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