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Darcie Roberts

Founder, Artistic Director, Teaching Artist

Broadway: Curtains (Roberta), Aida (Amneris stand-by), Dream, Crazy For You (Polly, Irene, Tess stand-by).  Tours: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Copacabana (Lola), Aspects of Love, 42nd Street (Peggy). For Los Angeles Center Theatre Group: Leap of Faith (Rita), Curtains (Roberta), 50th Anniversary Gala, Enter Laughing- A Tribute to Carl Reiner. 


Darcie has appeared with Sutton Foster and composer Jeanine Tesori in the American Songbook Series concerts- live at Lincoln Center. Other New York credits include On A Clear Day… (Encores), The Bubbly Black Girl… (Scarlett – Playwrights Horizons).


Regional: Evita (Eva), Funny Girl (Fanny), Cabaret (Sally), A Chorus Line (Cassie), Ragtime (Mother), Damn Yankees (Lola), Smokey Joe’s Café, among others.


Other L.A.: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou – Musical Theatre West; Laguna Playhouse, Cabrillo Music Theatre), The Pajama Game (Babe-MTWest), Silk Stockings (Janice-MTWest), The Andrews Brothers (Peggy-Ovation Award, MTWest and Cabrillo Music Theatre). Film: Every Little Step. Television: All My Children. 

Armi Abiera

Guest Teaching Artist

ARMI ABIERA (Co-Director) - Armi is an actor, director, voice-over artist, and coach. She has appeared in the West End production of The King and I as Tuptim, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia!, and many more. 


She is the voice of Tuptim in Warner Bros. Animated Feature Film The King and I. Armi has worked on TV, national commercials, short films, web-series, and radio spots.


She has directed and taught musical theatre as well as coaches in acting, singing, and voice-over. Her students have worked in TV/Film, Musical Theatre, and have been accepted to performing arts schools such as OCSA and APA.


Armi has worked extensively with IUSD elementary schools directing Musical Theatre productions across Irvine's school district. 

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Laura Fremont

Teaching Artist

Laura has an extensive career as a dance educator. She loves teaching, performing, and, most of all, people. We love her kindness, warmth, and sense of humor, and we think you will too. Whether you are an adult just starting for fun, staying fit, or young artist wanting to learn the foundational elements of dance, we believe you will love Ms. Laura too.



ABOUT MS. LAURA

Laura’s industry career spans thirty years in film, television, stage, concert, and festival as a dancer, educator, choreographer, and has given masterclasses and adjudicated throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and online. 


Laura has an extensive career as a Dance Educator. She is Founding Director of Ignite Dance Workshops nonprofit and award-winning production “Move It Or Lose It” and Pacific Studios of greater Los Angeles. 


Laura’s work from 1996-2012 at the EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood and the EDGE Scholarship Program fostered three generations of industry talent on Broadway and in film and television. 


She established her teaching style and reputation during her twelve-year faculty tour with LA Danceforce and has guested with Tremaine Dance Conventions and Competitions, Summer Intensives, and more. 


She’s had the pleasure of supporting the work of performers Kate Hudson, Julia Dreyfus, Gina Rodriguez, Mandy Moore, and many other film and television cast members during her long career in dance. 


Laura has developed movement syllabus and evaluations for both the professional and novice level dancer. 


Her extensive commitment to arts education has won her several foundation grants for workshops, continued training, and professional development and syllabus. 


When Laura is not dancing, she writes young adult fiction and hosts an online interview blog: Dancing First.  

Ashley Fox Linton

Teaching Artist

Ashley Fox Linton holds a from BFA from The Boston Conservatory and has taught Master Classes all across the US and Canada. 


She studied Improv and Sketch Comedy with UCB (NYC & Los Angeles), Groundlings and Second City. She serves as Chair of Education and Outreach for the Musical Theatre Guild and is a Teaching Artist with Disney Musicals in Schools, building sustainable theater programs in under-resourced public elementary schools. 


Her voice can be heard on numerous commercials, jingles and games. 


Broadway National Tours: Wicked, Les Miserables [Cosette with Hugh Jackman for MPTF].


Regional: Matilda (Moonlight Amphitheatre), Born for This (The Broad), Young Frankenstein (3-D Theatricals), The Return to the Forbidden Planet, Sylvia, The Last 5 Years (Rubicon), Sunset Boulevard, S’Wonderful, Little Me, How to Succeed in Business…, Carnival (MTW), Honeymoon in Vegas, Bonnie & Clyde, The Sweet Smell of Success, City of Angels, Death Takes a Holiday (MTG), The Most Ridiculous Thing… (Urban Stages), Scandalous Behavior (York Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Cygnet), Baby (South Coast Rep), Call Me Madam (Goodspeed), A Chorus Line, Titanic (Seacoast Rep). 


TV/Film: “White Collar,” “Pokemon,” “Have Dreams, Will Travel.” 



Her children’s holiday book “Cherry Lane” was published this past Christmas and is now available in Amazon. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity Association, American Guild of Variety Artists, Musical Theatre Guild, Society of Composers and Lyricists, Teaching Artists Guild & ASCAP. Solo Album: “First Real Love.” Ashley has been a contributing songwriter for over a decade on “Holiday Magic,” benefitting Children’s Hospitals.

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John Massey

Guest Musical Director

JOHN MASSEY is an accomplished musical director having helmed several productions including several productions at Musical Theatre West Youth Conservatory, LA Music Center, Saddleback CLO and more. John is also an award-winning actor with superior comic skills. He created the role of the Genie in DISNEY’S BELIEVE aboard, the DISNEY Dream and toured North America as Howard Cunningham in HAPPY DAYS - A New Musical. He has appeared in countless productions across Southern California. John makes his home in Laguna Hills, CA with his beautiful wife, Mary, and their four children. John is a member of LA’s Musical Theatre Guild and a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Janet Renslow

Guest Teaching Artist

JANET RENSLOW is an accomplished theatre director and choreographer who’s innovative staging and dynamic choreography has been thrilling audiences all over the southland. She has studied the art of hula and island dance for over 20 years and brings her many years of experience and performing to our production of Moana JR. 


Janet currently works as a choreographer maintaining many of the shows at The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. She is responsible for the early stages of creative development and concepts in new live entertainment productions working directly with senior production teams, collaborating with top WDI management, Disney producers, senior writers and scenic designers.


On a daily basis she is responsible for maintaining, in some instances, all aspects of the entertainment mechanism. As Director and/or Choreographer she has a multitude of regional credits, ABC’s The View, Live with Kelly & Michael and Disney’s 4th D23 Expo. 


Born & raised in Southern California, Janet studied in New York, received a BFA in Ballet, taught dance in Germany, England & Switzerland.  She has performed in Europe & various locations in the United States.

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Mackenzie Shimon

Teaching Artist

Mackenzie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications with a Minor in Dance from James Madison University and is a Cecchetti certified ballet instructor. 


As an instructor, she has developed and provided onsite dance education for elementary and middle schools and has taught multiple levels and genres throughout the country. She has served as the Company Director of Rhythmix, JOMDC’s youth hip hop company under the H.Y.P.E. Program.


Her love of dance started at a young age when she began performing in dance competitions across Southern California, frequently placing in first in multiple genres.  Through the years she has trained with and performed with a number of acclaimed LA/Hollywood choreographers. 


As a professional dancer she has performed at The Kennedy Center, The White House, The Verizon Center, Disneyland and in concerts in NYC, NJ, and PA. 


Mackenzie has always felt passionate about how dance helps her students grow.  Her goal is to develop their well-round technique while expanding their love for dance. 

 

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