Director of Workshop Program, Drama Instructor (Grades 8-12)
Amy has been a part of the Spring Lake Community House since her first dance class in 1978. She joined the very first Workshop class as a student and has been hooked ever since! Amy went on to receive her degree in Music Education and has a NJ Teaching Certification in Drama. She has taught Workshop dance and drama since 1991. She currently is the head teacher of the Visual and Performing Arts Department in Long Branch Middle School where she teaches Drama. Amy is very excited to be part of this incredible staff of Workshop. Let the fun begin!
Drama Instructor (Grades 2-3)
Andrew is a recent graduate of Lebanon Valley College (LVC) with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance-Voice. He competed twice in the NATS vocal competition, was named runner up both year, was recipient of the Charlotte McCabe Scholarship and was named winner of the 2013 Concerto-Aria Competition. In May 2014, Andrew spent a week accompanying the orchestra on their tour through Ireland as a featured soloist. While at LVC, Andrew was an active member of LVC’s Wig and Buckle Theater Company. There, he performed in numerous production including You Can’t Take It With You (Tony Kirby), Into the Woods (Jack) and Chess (Anatoly Sergievsky). Andrew had the pleasure of student directing WIg and Buckle’s 2012 Musical Chicago. Before his college days, Andrew was in the Point Pleasant School District. While in high school he was also a four-time Papermill Playhouse “Rising Star Awards” nominee for his performances in the ensemble of Anything Goes, as Freidrich Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, barbershop quartet in The Music Man and Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd. Andrew found his second home at the Spring Lake Theater. At SLCH, Andrew reprised his role as Friedrich in The Sound of Music and also played Gad in Joseph...Dreamcoat, John in Anything Goes, Bobby Millz in A Chorus Line, Mingo/Pete in Crazy For You and Mr. Jenkins/Wally Womper in How to Succeed. Andrew made his directorial debut at SLTC in October 2014 with the production Little Shop of Horrors. Life has come full-circle for Andrew as he is now in his second year teaching general music and directing the fifth grade chorus at Nellie F. Bennett Elementary School! He is ecstatic to be at the Spring Lake Community House passing on his passion and love for performing to his students.
Drama Instructor (Grades 4-7)
Originally from Pennsylvania, Colleen received her B.A. in Theatre from DeSales University. She holds a New Jersey State Standard teaching certificate in Speech Arts and Dramatics and is a founding member of the New Jersey Drama and Forensics League. She has taught high school performing arts for over ten years in both Brick and Point Pleasant Borough School Systems and has instructed classes in acting, musical theatre and scene painting in addition to directing and choreographing numerous main stage productions. Colleen has been recognized for both her directing and choreography by the Paper Mill Playhouse and has been honored with The Best Director Award from The Bucks County Playhouse. No stranger to performing herself, she has been seen on the Spring Lake Theatre stage in many productions for over a decade. Colleen is thrilled to be working with the Spring Lake Workshop staff and looks forward to sharing her passion for theatre with her students!
Musical Director (Grades 4-12)
Mark has been teaching vocal music for nearly 40 years. He recently retired from 30 years of teaching at Allentown High School, where he had an award-winning Concert Choir of 125 voices, and two select a cappella groups. He also taught Theatre Arts, where he directed over 100 plays, and was the music director for all musical productions. In addition to teaching, he has performed as a vocalist with the New Jersey Chamber Singers. Onstage, he has been seen in productions of Damn Yankees (Plays in the Park), Man of La Mancha (Perry Award Nomination), Gypsy (Perry Award Nomination), Spamalot and My Fair Lady at Algonquin Arts in Manasquan. He has been musical director at the Spring Lake Community House for recent productions of Chorus Line, Scrooge, Crazy for You, Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar and Mary Poppins.
Musical Director (Grades 2-3)
Nancy is excited to be teaching music in our theatre workshop for our 1st-4th graders. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Georgian Court College and has taught in the Ocean Township school system. She studied voice with Mme. Era Tognoli, founder and executive director of the Metro Lyric Opera Company, and has sung with the MLO for over 20 years. She has sung many roles with the company including "Lucia" in "Lucia di Lammermoor", "Gilda" in "Rigoletto", "Rosinia" in "The Barber of Seville", "Frasquita" in "Carmen", and "Flora" in "La Traviata". She has also performed in children's theater with the companies at Thompson Park, Monmouth College and various elementary schools throughout the area. She is currently a humanities teacher for the Atlantis Preparatory School.
Dance Instructor (Grades 8-12)
Kerry Baglivio has been a part of the Spring Lake Community House family since she joined the workshop and dance program in the second grade. While in the program she was part of the Dance Company and performed in many of the mainstage productions. Kerry attended Rowan University and studied under an accredited team of theater and dance professors. She graduated with a BA in both Theater Performance and Theater Education. During her time at Rowan, she was part of the Dance Extensions Company as well as Alpha Psi Omega, the national theater honor society. She was also chosen to study theater in London, England for a short time with a highly acclaimed theater professor. Kerry has been a part of the workshop and dance staff since 2011 and has directed the highly successful Spring Lake Theatre Company productions Cats, Anything Goes, Peter Pan, Crazy for You, and Scrooge.
Dance Instructor (Grades 4-7)
Danielle Schindledecker has been training and performing for eighteen years and finds interest in all facets of performance due to her versatile training background. She has been lucky enough to travel internationally as a solo performer with the non-profit organization Dancers Responding to AIDS. Her traveling doesn’t stop there, as she has trained all over the country in convention and studio settings in multiple disciplines including ballet, musical theater, tap, contemporary/jazz & hip-hop. Danielle received her B.F.A. in Dance from Temple University in December 2012. Since then, she has worked professionally with Philadelphia-based modern companies, coEXISTdance and SomaticMovers. She danced in the Capezio Ace Award Winning performance “Brown Eyed Girl”, choreographed by “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer, Al Blackstone and has assisted world-renowned teachers such as Martha Nichols, Lauren Adams and one of Justin Timberlake’s own Tennessee Kids, Dana Wilson. One of Danielle’s most memorable performance experiences occurred here in Spring Lake at Doolan’s with Cabaret for Life in the production “Fascinatin’ Ira!” Besides performing, Danielle works administratively with New York City Dance Alliance and Onstage New York dance competitions. She has also been fortunate enough to take part in New York Theatrical Event’s annual production of the Fred Astaire Awards where she has been a celebrity escort to talents such as Jacques D’Amboise and Marvin Hamlisch. Danielle also takes pride in the creative movement work she has done with young children who are with and without disabilities, under the guidance and direction of Dr. Teresa Benzwie. Danielle has taught classes and workshops throughout the New York/New Jersey region and is always inspired by her students. She is thrilled about the next step on her journey as part of the Spring Lake Community Theatre family.
Dance Instructor (Grades 2-3)
Christine Baglivio is a professional musical theatre actress who began her training in drama, musical theatre, voice and dance at Spring Lake Theatre Workshop in 2000. Since then, she has appeared in countless SLTC productions including featured roles in Peter Pan (Peter), Crazy For You (Polly Baker), Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt), Scrooge (Isabel) and Cats (Demeter). Christine recently graduated from DeSales University with a B.A. in Musical Theatre; at Desales, she performed in numerous productions including How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Rosemary), Chicago (Mona) and Arsenic and Old Lace (Elaine). Christine work studied under the production staff of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) from 2012-2015 and has performed in PSF’s regional theatre productions of Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof and Les Miserables. She is thrilled to be back at the Spring Lake Community House fostering the 2nd and 3rd graders love of theatre and looks forward to teaching some great moves to all of her new students!