Sarah Carlson-Summer – Assistant Professor of Dance
Sarah Carlson is the Founder & Artistic Director of DanceLink, a project-based company which seeks to bridge people, ideas & understanding through the power of movement. Sarah danced professionally for 10 years in NYC with numerous companies including Alexandra Beller/Dances, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Clare Byrne Dance, Paul Mosley Dance and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. As an independent choreographer, her own work has been presented throughout the US at venues such as the Joyce Soho in NYC, On the Boards in Seattle, and The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard as well as in Benin, Africa. Sarah is a co-director of the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange & the founder/editor of the Lehigh Valley Dance in Review. Sarah currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Cedar Crest College and has been on the dance faculty at Lehigh University, Muhlenberg College, DeSales University, and the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2007, she completed a Fulbright Grant studying Vodou ritual dance in Benin, Africa furthering an on-going inquiry into sacred dance forms. In 2008, Sarah founded DanceLink to promote community and to use the wisdom of the body to unpack the big questions, often spiritual in nature. DanceLink’s projects have received funding from the Pennsylvania Partners for the Arts, the Cultural Coalition of Allentown and the King County Arts Commission. Sarah received a BA in French and European Studies from Connecticut College and an MFA in Dance from the University of Washington.
Corrie Cowart- Dance Instructor
Corrie Franz Cowart is an active performer, choreographer, independent filmmaker, and dance educator. She holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Oregon, a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and she is a CMA, certified Laban Movement Analyst from the Laban Institute in NYC. In addition, she has studied improvisation under Alito Alessi and holds a teaching certification in DanceAbility work. She has completed training in the beginning through Advanced Dance for Parkinsons method. As a performing artist, she has worked with the Pat Graney Dance Company, the Mary Miller Dance Company, LABCO Dance Company, Minh Tran and Dancers, Dance Theatre of Oregon, the Pittsburgh Opera, and both nationally and internationally with Impact Production’s Dayuma and the Masterpiece. Cowart continues to perform and choreograph for her own company Co-Art Dance, a contemporary dance company she co-founded in 1997 with her husband Tim Cowart. Her dance films have been presented at the San Souci Festival in Boulder Colorado, The Moving Image in Philadelphia PA, and DeSales University among others. She has taught on the faculties of the University of Oregon, Lane Community College and Western Oregon University. She currently teaches at Muhlenberg College and Cedar Crest College, teaching Modern, Ballet, Dance and Accessibility, Screen Dance, The History of Movie Musicals, Dance History and Introduction to Dance.
Jill Fitzgerald- Dance Instructor
Jill Fitzgerald earned her B.A. in Dance from De Sales University and continues to broaden her training by studying with a wide variety of dance masters. Jill spent 8 years in Richmond, VA as a vital member of the arts community as adjunct faculty for Virginia Commonwealth University's Dance Department, Business Manager and faculty member at Richmond Dance Center and choreographer/instructor for SPARC (School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community). One of Ms. Fitzgerald's career highlights was serving as Assistant Entertainment Manager for Busch Entertainment Corporation, at Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA where she helped to develop the entertainment program there, and in Osaka, Japan. Jill is most proud of her work with the Great Valley Girl Scout Council and SPARC as a volunteer dance instructor and choreographer for inner city youth. Her teaching and choreographic abilities have been put to use by many established programs including PYT (Pennsylvania Youth Theatre), the University of the Arts, Third Coast Rhythm Project in San Antonio, TX, Badlands Crowning Star in Glendive, Montana, and for Lehigh University and Moravian College Dance Companies. Ms. Fitzgerald is currently adjunct faculty at both Cedar Crest College and De Sales University, where she will take on the position of Director of the Conservatory of Dance in Fall 2018.
Jill is a Founding Member, Co-Director, and performer with Tap Ties, a community based professional tap company in the Lehigh Valley which provides instruction and information to tap dancers by conducting year-round Community Tap Classes and hosting several local Tap Dance Festivals. Jill is very happy to be able to share her diverse dance experience with the Lehigh Valley Dance Community.
Sarah Parker - Dance Instructor
Sarah Parker is the Founding Artistic Director of professional dance company Continuum Dance Theater and Executive Director of national, arts production company EVOLVE Productions. Parker holds her dual BA, BS in Dance Performance and Education and Business Management/Entrepreneurship from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Parker is a performer, choreographer, director and entrepreneur who returned to her roots in the Lehigh Valley in 2015. Her work as a choreographer has been performed in venues nationwide including the City Center in New York City, Little Haiti Cultural Center (Miami, FL), the August Wilson Center, Grey Box Theatre, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Mattress Factory Museum, New Hazlett Theater, Off The Wall (Pittsburgh, PA), Sherman Theater (Stroudsburg, PA), Lipkin Theatre, Samuels Theater, Touchstone Theater, and various ArtsQuest venues (Lehigh Valley) to name a few. Parker has produced 100+ dance and multimedia performing arts events with her company EVOLVE Productions and has served as guest choreographer, master class instructor or faculty for renowned organizations and festivals including; Civic Theatre, DANCE ALLOY, Mahoning Valley Ballet Company, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Pittsburgh’s Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) High School, Point Park University, Slippery Rock University, Western Pennsylvania Performing Arts Company, Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange’s Spring Up Festival, Three Rivers Arts Festival and competitive dance facilities throughout the United States. Her work has been featured in several dance films, most recently 349, which is currently screening and as has been presented in 27 film festivals in 14 states including Dance Films Association’s Dance on Camera at the Lincoln Center and DCTV (NY, NY) and internationally in Vancouver, British Columbia, Paris, France, and Hobart, Tasmania. In addition to her company's endeavors and professional performance work with both Continuum Dance Theater and DanceLink, Parker is currently on faculty at MJ Dance Center, adjunct professor of dance at Cedar Crest College, and serves as movement faculty for the Civic Theatre School. In her 2018-2019 season in the Lehigh Valley she is thrilled to be setting work for Billy Elliot The Musical at Civic Theatre, Spring Dances at Cedar Crest College and the 10th Anniversary of Ten Tiny Dances at the SteelStacks Bethlehem.
Alex Pobiedzinski- Dance Instructor
Samuel Reyes- Choreographer
Joanellyn "Joey" Schubert- Choreographer
A CCC alumna, Joey, by day, is an Assistant Principal at the Reading Intermediate High School in the Reading School District. Formerly, Joey was seen as the Director of the Studio Dance Academy at William Allen High School and advisor for the Allegro Dance Team. Joey graduated from Cedar Crest College with a B.S. in Business Management and a B.A. in Dance. She also holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction for Urban Educational Systems and a PA State Teaching Certification in Dance from Temple University and a second M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with a PA State Administrative certificate from Lehigh University. Her dance training includes 2nd generation Fosse technique. Joey was awarded the 2011 ABE Award for Outstanding Choreography for White Christmas and the 2018 ABE Award for Sister Act. She has received multiple nominations for choreography through the State Theatre Freddy Awards, most recently through Dieruff High School for Side Show and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Performance and choreography credits include: Hello, Dolly!, The Wizard of Oz, Mame, Anything Goes, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical, Side Show, Camp Rock, Aida, The Little Mermaid, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Bye, Bye Birdie, Pippin, White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Legally Blonde, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Sister Act, Jesus Christ Superstar, Music Man, and James and the Giant Peach.
When Joey is not dancing, she can be found supporting the two greatest loves of her life, Mackenzie (CCC Class of 2022) and Jordyne.
Amy Browne Smith- Choreographer
Amy Browne Smith received her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts (U of A) in Philadelphia. In addition to studying modern dance she trained intensively in ballet, jazz and tap dance with distinguished University of The Arts Faculty. After graduating from U of A, Amy joined Tap Team Two and Company, Inc. under the direction of Robert F. Burden Jr. She trained, performed and taught extensively with Tap Team Two throughout the Pennsylvania and New Jersey independently and as part of community outreach programs and the Young Audiences program. She also toured the Penn State campuses with the company. Ms. Smith performed with Tap Team Two and Co. for five years and was proud to dance the titled role of Cyndi’ella at The Painted Bride Arts Center. Amy then joined T.A.P. Teach All People directed by Nicole Hockenberry. Ms. Smith was Assistant Artistic Director, teacher, choreographer and performer/soloist with T.A.P. She has performed in many venues including a feature performance for the New York Foundation of the Arts at Town Hall in NYC.
Amy has never stopped training as a dancer and teacher. She attends tap festivals across the country each year where she has studied with many tap masters. She has traveled to Texas, Chicago, Atlanta, New York City and, while in Massachusetts, she attended Rhee Gold Dance Life Retreat for a tap teacher Intensive where she was proud to study with Thelma Goldberg. She has also had the opportunity to perform at the Third Coast Rhythm Project in Austin, Texas and Big Apple Tap Festival in New York, NY.
She has shared the stage with tap legends LaVaughn Robinson, Germaine Ingram, Shelley Oliver, Jason Samuels, Brenda Bufalino, Buster Brown and Germaine Salsberg. She is the former Program Director of the Lehigh Valley Dance Forum as well as the Director of Dance at the Pennsylvania Youth Theatre where Amy also served as an instructor and choreographer for 12 years.
Currently, she teaches at Art of Dance studio where she has been teaching for more than 20 years. Ms. Smith is a guest choreographer for the Moravian College Dance Company as well as an adjunct professor at Cedar Crest College and has been invited to teach at many performing art schools and universities including The University of the Arts. Recently, Amy was invited to Glendive, Montana where she taught a workshop and judged Badlands Crowning Stars Dance Competition.
Amy is proud to be a founding member of Tap Ties, a Lehigh Valley based professional tap company which she also serves as Co-Director and performer. As a part of Tap Ties, Ms. Smith teaches community tap classes at Moravian College and Lehigh University and also produces National Tap Dance Day Celebration and Tap Dance Festivals each year which have proudly been sponsored by Good Shepherd Performing Arts Rehabilitation Center.
Amy enjoys sharing her knowledge, passion and love of dance as an educator, choreographer and performer.
Lynn Wiener – Dance Instructor
Lynn Wiener earned her B.F.A., M.A. and M.B.A. at the University of Cincinnati. She has performed with The Cincinnati Ballet, New Orleans Ballet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, and Repertory Dance Theatre. She has been an Adjunct Professor at CCM - UC, for both the college and preparatory departments, where she performed and choreographed extensively for the University Dance Ensemble as well as taught ballet and Horton to university students. She has taught at Xavier University, the School for Tulsa Ballet Theatre, and DeSales University. Currently, Lynn is an Adjunct faculty member at both Muhlenberg College and Cedar Crest. Lynn has been directed by Jimmy Truitte, David McLain, Roman Jasinski, Frederick Franklin, Oleg Sabline, and Alexander Bennett. Her choreography has been seen on the mainstages of Lehigh University, DeSales University and Muhlenberg College; as well as musical theatre productions for Parkland High School and ballets for Repertory Dance Theatre. Lynn is also a 200-RYT and RCYT and is a Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Instructor.
When not teaching dance, yoga or Pilates, Lynn enjoys cheering on her family at activities, reading, and relaxing outside. Lynn has four children and a very curious goldendoodle named Henry.
Patti Bostick Winn- Dance Instructor
Caitlin Heckman- Trombone Instructor
Dorothea Hemerly- Piano Instructor
Wayne Kurtz – Percussion Instructor
Elaine Martin- Flute Instructor
Sharon Rhinesmith- Voice Instructor
MaryAnn Saylor- Violin Instructor
Roxanne T. Amico - Chair/Professor
B.A., Heidelberg University
M.F.A., Northwestern University
Tompkins College Center 332
Roxanne Amico is the chair of performing arts. Roxanne has been the stage designer for over 150 productions with hundreds of original designs in the areas of scenery, costumes and lighting. Serving as the chair of performing arts for many years, Roxanne has also served as the dean of faculty, dean of academic services and acting provost. She also co-chaired the development of the Freshman Year Experience, a program to help first-year students get involved on campus.
Roxanne teaches theatre history, costume design, lighting design, set design, history of fashion, and in the college Honors Program.
Roxanne is a member of the United Scenic Artist Local 829 and United States Institute of Theater Technology.
Joann Basist – Theatre Instructor
JoAnn Wilchek Basist
Adjunct instructor: Theatre Dept
BA Acting/Elementary Ed, Cedar Crest College 1977
M Ed Counseling, Kutztown University
Additional Graduate Credits, Oxford University/St. Edmund’s College
Longtime academic and arts educator
Current 1st Vice President of Civic Theatre of Allentown
Principal and Administrator of Civic Theatre School
Experienced Actor and Director
Currently mentors theatre teachers at 3 local performing arts charter schools
Directs productions at CCC, Civic Theatre and Northampton Community College
Allentown Arts Ovation winner 2003 for excellence in performing.
Recent recipient of Civic Theatre’s Harrry Award for outstanding service to Civic Theatre.
Actively involved with CCC Alumnae Groups
Married to Marc Basist
Daughters: Courtney and Lauren
Avid Film and Theatre goer
Avid reader and great fan of Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes books as well as true crime
Celina Danish- Program Coordinator
Celina Danish is a 2017 Cedar Crest College graduate. She earned her BA in New Media and took many Studio Art courses through her studying process. She has been thoroughly involved in local theater ever since she was a youngling starring in Charlotte's Web (Pennsylvania Youth Theater) at five years old and participating in classes and shows at Civic Theater while growing older. She continued studying Theater through High School at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, focusing on Theater, specifically in theater tech and stage design. Using what she has learned, her designs and ideas were used for multiple large productions for Charter Arts, and she also incorporated herself into all student run functions as well. Using her love of the theater and integrating her knowledge of visual arts from her B.A. degree being a part of the Cedar Crest College Performing Arts Department is a treat!
When she is not on the Cedar Crest campus she enjoys playing bass guitar, longboarding, practicing Yoga, and supporting local artists, musicians, and friends by going to gallery openings and shows around the greater Lehigh Valley area.
Clair Freeman- Instructor of Theatre
Brian Foley- Musical Director
Brian Foley graduated with honors (summa cum laude) from East Stroudsburg University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, a minor in Music, and a concentration in Vocal Performance after completing courses such as Foundations of Education, Child Growth and Development, and Educational Psychology as an Elementary Education major. At ESU, he was the President of the Vocal Performing Arts program for two years, as well as an executive member of the A Capella Ensemble, Pop/Jazz Singers, Concert Choir, and Stage II, the student theater organization.
Before relocating to the Lehigh Valley, Brian lived in the Pocono's where he developed and directed a musical theater program for children at a local dance studio. He then was employed for several years as a performer at Knoebel's Amusement Resort, where he also acted as a production manager, musical director, and dance captain.
Brian just concluded his sixth year as a theater and vocal music teacher at Arts Academy Charter Middle School in Salisbury Township, where he also served as the director/choreographer of the Show Choir and annual musical revue Show Stoppers. In the community, Brian has been a musical director and voice instructor for the Civic Theatre of Allentown, Star of the Day Productions, and the State Theatre of Easton's Summer Acting Camp.
For over a decade, Brian has directed, musical directed, and choreographed various college, high school, middle school, and community theater productions in addition to performing locally, regionally, and abroad.
Previously at Cedar Crest College, Brian musical directed productions of Nunsense, Once On This Island, Runaways, and Sister Act, and appeared on stage as Cecco the Pirate (Peter Pan) and as Papa Ge (OOTI).
Kevin Gallagher - Associate Professor/Technical Director
B.A., DeSales University
M.F.A., University of Connecticut
Tompkins College Center 334
Kevin Gallagher is an associate professor and the technical director at Cedar Crest. In addition to Cedar Crest, Kevin has taught technical direction, production and stage management at Emerson College and Ramapo College
Kevin worked as a technical director and production manager for theatres across the country including Stage Repertoire Theatre in Houston, Texas, American Stage Festival in Nashua, N.H., Connecticut Repertoire Theatre in Storres, Conn. and The Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va.
Kevin is a member of the United States Institute of Theater Technology
Polly Kendrick- Costume Design
Richard Kendrick- Scene and Lighting Designer
Bill Mutimer- Stage Director
Vicki Neal- Scene and Lighting Designer
Vicki Neal is an Easton, PA based scene and lighting designer whose work has been seen in professional theatres and colleges from Wilmington to New York City. Her professional credits include work for the New York Musical Festival, The Pearl Theatre Company (NYC), Primary Stages (NYC), St. Bart’s Players (NYC), Snug Harbor/Actors’ Harbor (Staten Island), City Theatre Company (Wilmington DE), Venture Theatre (Philadelphia) and in Bethlehem, PA for Lehigh Valley Charter Arts, Touchstone Theatre, and Pennsylvania Youth Theatre. In addition to Cedar Crest, she has been a guest designer at Wagner College, Lehigh University, Lafayette College, The College of New Jersey, Beloit College, and Nazareth College. Member, United Scenic Artists Local 829.
Olivia Vassot- Costume Shop Cooridinator
Olivia Vassot is a recent Cedar Crest College graduate. She earned a BA in History with two minors in English and Art History. She was actively involved with the Performing Arts Department during her undergraduate years, working on more than 12 productions, including assistant stage manager for Completely Hollywood; costume crew and dresser for Legally Blond The Musical, Once On This Island, and Sister Act; and costume designer for A Voice Of My Own and Brave Smiles. Olivia has also been the costumer for two summer productions of the People’s Shakespeare Project in Lancaster, PA.
In addition to her work with theater, Olivia attended Feminist Camp in New York City in January 2017, where she met her idol Gloria Steinem and nurtured her feminist spirit. In her spare time, she enjoys watching old movies, learning cinematic trivia in preparation for future cocktail parties, and napping.
Joanna Whitney- Theatre Instructor
Joanna Whitney is an adjunct theatre arts instructor, director and acting and voice coach. At Cedar Crest she teaches Collaborative Arts, Sophomore Seminar, Acting for Non-Majors, and has taught Public Speaking and HealthCare Theatre. She also has directed A Voice of My Own and Emotional Creature. Originally from the mountains of N.C, she received her MFA in Acting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she met her husband and had their daughter. In addition to her teaching and stage work she has trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company in Viewpoints and Suzuki, Frankie Armstrong and Janet Rogers in Vocal Archetyping and apprenticed at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Passionate about the “real world” implications of the study of theatre, in her private coaching business, Joanna enjoys working with students of all ages, experience and walks of life on topics ranging from audition prep to public speaking to help them develop their confidence and sense of self and find their authentic voice.