Meet Our New Drama Teachers!

August 4, 2009 at 4:10 pm 1 comment

In preparation for our exciting fall semester, we are proud to announce our four new drama educators.  All four of them are extremely talented and experienced, coming from a diverse array of backgrounds.

At the Asheville Arts Center, our mission is to cultivate well-rounded performers.  The knowledge and creativity of these new teachers will enable us to continue raising the bar of performing arts education in Asheville!

In no particular order, here they are!

Andrew Gall, Asheville Arts Center Drama Educator

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Andrew Gall is currently the Producing Artistic Director of the Parkway Playhouse, the oldest professional theatre in Western North Carolina.  Mr. Gall is one of WNC’s more prolific directors and has directed a wide variety of productions across a broad range of styles and genres at a number of venues regionally as well as nationally.  Mr. Gall has taught acting, voice, theory and movement at the college and high school levels as well as privately for most of his career.

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Ann Kadar, Asheville Arts Center Drama Educator

Ann Mahoney (Kadar) received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Greensboro College, and her M.F.A. in Acting from UCONN, and is a member of both Actor’s Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.  During her graduate studies she focused on the Suzuki Method of Actor Training, as created by Japanese theatre master Tadashi Suzuki.  Regionally, she has played the title roles in Hamlet, Sweet Charity, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, all for Connecticut Repertory Theatre.

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For the Berkshire Theatre Festival she originated the role of Indra’s Daughter in Strindberg’s A Dream Play.  Other favorite roles include Harper Pitt in both parts of Angels in America (CT Rep), Thomasina in Arcadia (CT Rep),  and Ophelia in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead for Long Wharf Theatre.

Selected film and television credits include a leading role in the locally shot A Dance for Bethany, and supporting roles in Big Momma’s House 2, Frankenstein (USA Network, Opposite Parker Posey & Adam Goldberg), Snow Wonder (CBS), The Madam’s Family (CBS, Opposite Ellen Burstyn), and Not Like Everyone Else (Lifetime).

Ann has taught acting, movement, and voice for the University of Connecticut, Delgado Community College, and the Tulane Summer Shakespeare Festival.  She has directed and choreographed regionally at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Greensboro College, Delgado Community College, and Southern Repertory Theatre.  Ann is excited to be joining the team at Asheville Arts Center!

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Robyn Parnell, Asheville Arts Center Drama Educatorn663884273_1967143_3498

Robyn Parnell has just recently moved to Asheville with her family and is very excited about being part of the Asheville Arts Center’s team!!  She moved here from Atlanta, Georgia where she taught Music and Drama for over nine years. She spent the first part of her early education in Florida and the second half in Northern Virginia.  After high school, she attended Ferrum College in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  After college, she moved down south to Atlanta, got married to a wonderful man and had two amazing boys – now ages six and ten.  She has taught in public education and even started her own Performing Arts Studio in Peachtree City, Georgia.

She looks forward to her new adventure and noteworthy productions!

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Dominic Aquilino, Asheville Arts Center Drama Educator

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This past summer Dominic M. Aquilino returned to Parkway Playhouse to perform the leading role of Curly in Oklahoma! to rave reviews. The rest of the season the singer made his debut with Asheville Lyric Opera and performed such roles as Belcore in Elixir of Love, Monterone in Rigoletto and Gregorio in Romeo and Juliette, all the while, settling into is new home with his new wife in Asheville, NC.

Recently the baritone reprised one of his favorite roles as the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance at Virginia Opera and also returned to Ohio, where this time he was heard as Captain Corcoran in Dayton Opera’s H.M.S. Pinafore and as the Second Phillistine in Samson and Dalila.

That same spring, audiences in Utica, NY enjoyed the baritone as a featured soloist in a recital series at the prestigious Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute. Some other recent reprisals include Marcello in La Boheme, a role for which he is widely recognized, in Washington D.C., and again in New York City with Cantiamo Opera, while simultaneously returning to the role of Shaunard in La Boheme with Dicapo Opera Theatre.

The two preceding summers Dominic returned to Cleveland where he had a very successful run as the Pirate King in Opera Cleveland’s The Pirates of Penzance, a role that, à la Captain Jack Sparrow, made him a huge audience favorite with its debut at Dayton Opera. There the singing actor also portrayed the unctuous Kodaly in She Loves Me with Lyric Opera Cleveland, and again last summer with the Parkway Playhouse, to rave reviews.

In his debut season with Dayton Opera he also sang Marullo in Rigoletto. Due to the success of his performances in Dayton, he was contracted later that summer with Cincinnati Opera, where he was a featured member of the Young Artist Program and covered the roles of Don Giovanni, Escamillo in Carmen and the Loudspeaker in The Emperor of Atlantis.

The preceding season, Mr. Aquilino was a member of the very prestigious Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, and in a production specifically mounted with him in mind, at Lyric Opera Cleveland, he made his debut in the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni to great acclaim.

The baritone last portrayed Shaunard in La Boheme with Central City Opera, under the baton of Maestro John Moriarty. There he was also cover to Lord Mountjoy in the American Premiere of Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana. That same year, the baritone had the privilege to sing Dancairo and cover Escamillo at Orlando Opera to Denyce Graves’ Carmen.

Mr. Aquilino created the role of Jaffrey in the World Premiere Production of Scott Eyerly’s The House of the Seven Gables in New York City and again portrayed the villain on the opera’s Albany Records release. Of his portrayal of this lago-like character Opera News said: “Dominic Aquilino conveys both the power and menace of Jaffrey- his outward righteousness and his interior villainy through purely vocal means.”

Some of his other favorite operatic roles include Silvio in Pagliacci, Lescaut in Manon, Valentine in Faust, Count Robinson in Il Matrimonio Segreto, Dimitri in Richard Wargo’s The Music Shop and Pavayokyasi in Henry Mollicone’s Coyote Tales.

The singing actor is no stranger to Musical Theatre. Some of his favorite roles are El Gallo in The Fantasticks, The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, Javert in Les Miserables, Adam in Seven Brides and Seven Brothers and the Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods. He is often a featured guest on numerous Pops and Musical Theatre Galas across the nation.

Under a rare and generous Merit Scholarship, Mr. Aquilino received his Masters of Music and Professional Studies from the Manhattan School of Music.

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  • […] The Asheville Arts Center (AAC) is excited to announce the hire of four new drama educators! They all come from hefty backgrounds of experience and will be a great asset to the center as the classes develop and grow each year.  These four will redefine acting classes in Asheville!  On the horizon we will be offering adult drama classes as the new teachers settle in. Below is a brief bio of each. For more visit our more detailed blog post, here. […]

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