Teachers

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OUR AMAZING TEACHERS

Aubrey Luttrell

(Chemical Engineering Howard University)
Dance Faculty
Miss Aubrey Luttrell has been teaching, coaching, and choreographing since she was just 15. Since then, she has devoted each day to sharing her talent with the underprivileged kids in her community. Miss Aubrey’s dancing took its shape under master instructors like Leslie Anderson-Braswell (ballet), Terence Greene (modern), Crystal Frazier (hip hop), and Assane Kante (African). She has danced on stages across the East Coast and has been recognized for her performance quality on many occasions. As a chemical engineering student of the prestigious Howard University, Miss Aubrey had the opportunity to choreograph winning routines for competitions and pageants. She also performed alongside notable singers like the late, great Natalie Cole before she graduated. Aubrey’s unique background allows her to combine science and dance to build a very systematic approach to teaching her students to move their bodies. She applies this methodology to her Hip Hop classes at The Centre for Theater Arts.

Lori Marinacci

Lori Marinacci

(BFA Musical Theatre from Penn State University)
Musical Theater Instructor

Broadway: School of Rock (Patty u/s, Rosalie), Hairspray (Shelley, u/s Penny/Tracy), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (vocalist) National tours/Regional: Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and Sacramento Music Circus’ Peter Pan (Wendy Darling), Kiss Me, Kate (Bianca/Lois), Rock of Ages (Sherrie), Little House on the Prairie National Tour w/ Melissa Gilbert, Big Fish (Sandra), World premiere of the A or B? at The Garry Marshall Theatre in Los Angeles, Hair (Barrington Stage Company). Pittsburgh native. BFA Musical Theatre from Penn State University.

Billy Hartung

(B.F.A., Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, Point Park University)
Executive Director

Billy received his BFA in Theater Arts in 1993 and later returned for his Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in 2008, both from Point Park University. Billy has taught Acting and Musical Theater for The Performing Arts faculties of The Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), The Pennsylvania Governors School for the Arts and the CMU pre-college program. He is also an active member of the Arts Education Collaborative (AEC) and is the Executive Director of the Center for Theater Arts.

As an Actor Billy has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, in films, television and in regional theatres throughout the country including:

The movie musical “CHICAGO” (Miramax). The 75th Annual Academy Awards (ABC) and The 25th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center Honors (CBS) with over 1000 performances on the Broadway stage to his credit, Billy has been featured in the “Original Casts” of three Broadway Musicals. Side Show, Footloose and – Minnelli on Minnelli:  Live at the Palace Theatre.

Locally he has performed with the Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, The City Theater, The Pittsburgh Playhouse and Front Porch Theatricals.

Alivia Vereb Owen

(B.A. Point Park University)
Dance Faculty

Alivia received her B.A. in Dance from Point Park University. She is an instructor, director and choreographer for the CTA. In addition, Alivia has been a dance instructor for Carnegie Mellon University, Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh and Regional Dance America. She has choreographed for Stage 62, South Park Theatre, Keystone Oaks and Baldwin High School. Alivia has performed throughout the Pittsburgh area for the Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Pittsburgh Playhouse and West Virginia Public Theater. This summer, Alivia had the amazing opportunity to choreograph Spitfire Grille and Floyd Collins for Front Porch Theatricals.

Adelyne Anderson

(B.A. Point Park University)
Musical Theatre and Dance Faculty

is thrilled to be a new part of The Center for Theater Arts family! Originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia, she traveled to Pittsburgh to complete her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre (2019) at Point Park University. You may have seen her on stage at the Pittsburgh Playhouse: Kiss Me Kate, 42nd Street, and the new Pittsburgh Playhouse’s Opening Gala. She has also taken stage in a variety of productions across the east coast, including: Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Footloose, South Pacific, Hello, Dolly!A Chorus Line, and Anything Goes to name a few of her favorites. Adelyne is overjoyed at the opportunity to share her passion and love for performing arts with young, aspiring students.

Lisa Marinacci

(BHA Carnegie Mellon University – Drama, Music and Creative Writing, MAPW Masters in Professional Writing Carnegie Mellon University)
Vocal and Musical Theater

Lisa Marinacci recently returned home to Pittsburgh after performing, writing and producing in NYC, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She began working professionally at age 5 in role of Gretel in the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s production of The Sound Of Music. She spent the next 15 years studying at The Center for Theater Arts and performing throughout Pittsburgh on stage and in commercials, and also alongside jazz guitarist Joe Negri as a featured singer at events such “Jazz for Juniors.” She went on to study drama, writing and music at Carnegie Mellon University where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. While living in NYC, Lisa traveled back and forth to Pittsburgh to co-produce her first album with Joe Negri titled “Waiting For Spring.” She went on to co-produce Snoopy, The Musical!!! in Hollywood, CA, also appearing as Peppermint Patty. During her time in Los Angeles, Lisa created the web series “Welcome to California!” and also began workshopping her original musical, The Devil And Daisy Jane, which received a professional workshop production in Hollywood and went on to win Stage Scene LA’s Best New Musical award. Lisa is ecstatic to be teaching at The Center – a place that always did and still feels like home.

Alex Robertson

(B.Mus. Duquesne University)
Accompanist: Voice and Musical Theater

Pittsburgh native, Alex Robertson, has been an active music director and accompanist in the Pittsburgh area since 2007. He has musically directed productions for South Allegheny High School for the past three years. As a touring musician and songwriter, Alex has performed to audiences across the country and been featured in the Vans Warped Tour. His music can be heard on Spotify,105.9 The X, Kerrang Radio (U.K) and Root Sports Pittsburgh.

Skylar Bunk

(B.Mus., Piano Performance Duquesne University)
Voice and Musical Theater

Skylar Bunk is a pianist, conductor, and educator working in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Currently, he is pursuing his Master’s of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Collaborative Studies at Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music. His graduate work also includes a secondary concentration in Choral Conducting and research emphasis in Embodied Music Cognition. Additionally, he is studying at
Carnegie Mellon’s Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center and is a candidate for the Certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Duquesne University, as well as a Certificate in Piano Pedagogy. As an educator, Skylar has served in a variety of capacities. He has worked extensively with preschool students and collegiate music majors, has taught piano in both private and classroom settings, and coached vocalists in a wide range of styles. From behind the podium to the front of the classroom, Skylar’s teaching is greatly influenced by his work in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and cognition research. He has performed a diverse span of repertoire in both solo and collaborative settings

Lily Junker

Musical Theatre / Special Actors Program 

Lily Junker is a director, educator, and theatre-maker with a fondness for ensemble and movement-based work. Lily spent six seasons as Curriculum & Instruction Manager at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ. In 2016, she received the Theatre for Young Audiences/USA Ann Shaw Fellowship which supported her training at the Corner Stone Theatre Company in Los Angeles. She also traveled to Ferguson, MO as a part of the #Every28Hours Project and was selected to attend the Kennedy Center’s National Seminar for Teaching Artists in 2015. Before starting at McCarter, Lily spent two years at Asolo Repertory Theatre where she worked as a teaching artist for the award-winning Kaleidoscope program serving students and adults with disabilities, developed and directed original documentary theatre pieces about race with the Sarasota and Bradenton communities, and served as interim Education & Outreach Director. Lily is a proud graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Theater and Writing. She has worked in a variety of capacities for theatre companies throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and served as Producing Artistic Director of Bakerloo Theatre Project from 2009 – 2012.

Gwyneth Welling

Musical Theatre / Special Actors Program 

Mrs. Gwyneth Serra (Theatre Teacher) is now in her 25th year at the CTA! She has taught so many terrific students and worked with wonderful educators throughout her time there. She also served as a full-time Theatre Arts faculty member at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School until last year. Other teaching experiences include Point Park University, The CLO Academy, Chartiers Valley Middle School, and Penn Hills Linton School. She has served as a dialects coach for Thomas Jefferson’s musicals and directed a number of performances in the Lincoln Park’s Studio Theater. As a performer she appeared in Lincoln Park Center’s A Christmas Story playing Mother four years, working for Little Lincoln Interactive doing voice-overs for a number of characters, as well as playing the math teacher Mrs. Triggle. She can be heard singing on a number of Billie Girl CD’s. Some of her favorite roles are that of Patsy Cline in Always Patsy Cline and playing a Laundry Genie in the world premiere of Colorfast, the Musical. She is a graduate of Point Park University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theater and a Post Bac. in Secondary Education. Gwyneth is grateful to teach what she loves in such a supportive and creative place.

Brigitte Choura

Musical Theatre / Special Actors Program 

Brigitte Choura Ryan received her B.A. in Theatre and English from Muhlenberg College. Brigitte has taught in various settings for the past fifteen years inlcluding the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ and NYU Langone’s Initiative for Women with Disabilities. She is a resident teaching artist at DreamStreet Theatre Company, a nonprofit organization that provides education and inspiration for developmentally disabled individuals invested in the arts. She is a co-founder of Third Wheel Collective, a collaboration-based theatre company. More recently, she appeared with Sea Dog Theatre in their readings of Middletown and Inherit the Wind. She has toured nationally with Philadelphia’s Enchantment Theatre in their production of The Velveteen Rabbit and also performed in their limited engagement of Scheherazade, accompanied by the Cleveland Orchestra. She appeared as Violet in the independent feature film, Chasing Home. In New York, she studied with Austin Pendleton at H.B. Studio and performed along side him in a reading of Christopher Boal’s play, The Giant.

Lucas Fedele

(B.A. Point Park University)
Tap Teacher

A proud native yinzer, Lucas grew up under the mentorship of Pittsburgh’s most significant theater artists who all, in their own way, gave him the trade tools and secrets and taught him the power and responsibility of the stage.

As an educator, Lucas has shared the craft of music, dance, and theater with people of all ages from toddlers (with Funikijam, an award-winning early childhood education program in NYC) to grade/high school (Pittsburgh CLO Academy, Richard E. Rauh Conservatory), to undergraduate (CMU School of Drama) and graduate (NYU- Steinhardt) students.

As a performer, he has appeared on television and on stages across the country in Broadway national tours and at Arena Stage, Drury Lane, Kansas City Starlight Theater, and West Virginia Public Theatre.  Locally, Lucas has had the pleasure of doing well over a dozen shows at both Pittsburgh CLO and Pittsburgh Musical Theater and served as assistant director/choreographer at City Theatre and the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Lucas is honored to be home guiding the study and fostering the love of theatre in the community that raised him.

Zanny Laird

(BFA Carnegie Mellon University)
Acting Teacher 

Zanny started working professionally at nine years old with The American Girl Theatre in Chicago and since has spent twenty years in film, television, and theatre in New York and Los Angeles. She fell in love with Pittsburgh while studying at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, from where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre and Acting in 2014. As an actress, her resume includes the world premiere productions of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY at the Steppenwolf Theatre and TRUST at the Lookingglass Theatre, musicals off-Broadway and with Pittsburgh CLO, and the pre-Broadway workshop of HEAD OVER HEELS at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is thrilled to be teaching at the Center and looks forward to growing and learning with her students.