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Kadeem Alston-Roman hails from Brooklyn, New York and attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music, Art and the Performing Arts (The Fame School) in New York City. He has choreographed over 65 dance pieces in a variety of dance genres that include: modern/contemporary, neo-classical ballet, street-jazz, Broadway jazz, tap, west African and liturgical dance. He has showcased his work at venues such as Madison Square Garden, The Prudential Center, American College Dance Festival, Harlem Summer Stage, Muhlenberg College, Lehigh University, SUNY Newpaltz, and the Harkness Dance Center where dance luminaries such as Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Robert Joffrey, and Lester Horton showcased their talent. It was here in which he was considered one of the "top seven emerging choreographers in New York City." His choreography has also been featured Off-Broadway in Play The Music Softly and Alive55+ and Kickin’ in which he received an AUDELCO Award nomination for Best Choreography. His work was also seen on television in CBS’ 60 Minutes. Although still choreographing, in October 2019, he transitioned from his full time work in the arts to that of holistic wellness. He is trained and certified in energy healing, aromatherapy, sound therapy, meditation and hypnotherapy. Through studying and practicing...

Claire McClain is a Brooklyn based actor, teaching artist, and collaborator with a soft spot for film. She received her MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. She’s passionate about building self-esteem in coaching sessions, guiding students to trust their instincts. Claire’s recent work as an actor includes supporting cast member in the film, The Institute and a commercial for Zaxby’s and Ghostbusters. ...

Marina Colonna is a triple threat performer and teaching artist based in New York City. Marina attended the American Musical Dramatic Academy (AMDA, NYC) and received her BFA in Musical Theater from The New School. She acquires many off-broadway, regional theater, commercial, and short film credits through her years of performing experience. Aside from performing, her other great passions include teaching and well as directing/choreographing. She began teaching musical theater, acting, dance, and voice after graduating from college and has blossomed into a well-seasoned teacher/director throughout various programs in NYC and NJ, as well as developing her own programs. In addition to her career from many angles in the Performing Arts industry, she is also a Group Fitness Instructor. She finds great joy in seeing her students grow into their full potential not only as performers but as individuals. She is very excited to be part of the BAL Team!...

San Diego native and Brooklyn transplant, Keomi Tarver is a performer, teaching artist, and Business owner. She is the Founder and Master Facilitator of AbunDANCE with Keomi®, which serves a global community of teen performers, wellness enthusiasts, and corporate partners through wellness retreats, private sessions, and customized learning experiences. Her art expands and transforms ways of thinking and living and encourages her community to heal, create, live, and love abundantly....

Timothy Gage is a New York City based theatre artist and educator. As an artist, Timothy works as a director and choreographer and has put up numerous shows with students ages 5 – 18. As an educator, he has taught acting, dance, writing, improv, speech, movement, and more to students ages 3 – 80. Timothy has taught at New York Theatre Workshop, Stagedoor Manor, TADA! Youth Theatre, A Class Act NY, and Millbrook Playhouse. He is also a member of the education staff at American Ballet Theatre. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from SUNY New Paltz and is currently working towards his MA in Educational Theatre at NYU. He is so excited to be working with Brooklyn Acting Lab!...

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Tristan J. Shuler - Born and raised in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, Tristan J. brings over a decade of experience in musical theatre, acting for stage & screen, directing, playwrighting & performance into the classroom. Having coached actors and performers ages 5-65, Tristan has taught with Acting Out!, Koin & Co Dancers, Improbable Stage, TaDa! Youth Theatre, The PlayGroup Theatre, Sing for America, The Lehigh Valley Charter Arts, The State Theatre Center for the Arts, alongside private coaching and many others. Off Broadway Acting Credits Include: Spamilton: An American Parody, Cruel Intentions: the 90's Musical, & Urinetown, the Musical! Off-Broadway Directing Credits: The Big Bang Theory: A Pop-Rock Musical Parody, Oh My God...

Sophie Krupanszky is originally from Denver, Colorado, where she attended an arts magnet high school majoring in theatre. She then took a gap year where she travelled to Latin America volunteering and interning, learning about Theatre of the Oppressed and theatre education. Sophie has been in multiple productions, her favorites being Elizabeth (Dear Elizabeth), Dee (And I in Silence) and has choreographed for James and the Giant Peach. She now lives in New York City and attends Pace University where she is receiving her BFA in Acting for Film, Television, Voice Overs and Commercials. She has a passion for creating art that amplifies marginalized voices and stories....

Pamela Joy (She/Her/Hers) Classically trained at DeSales University, Pamela is delighted to be a part of the BAL team. Always in touch with the child within, Pamela has always had a strong affinity for kids and their sense of play, wonder, and awe. Before the pandemic, she had the wonderful opportunity of performing as the Monster Mas character in various Bronx schools with the author of the Monster Mas Children’s Book Series. Pamela loves to perform for kids of all ages and some of her favorite theatre credits include Dara in Black Sheep (Kugga Inc.),Willie in Tennessee Williams' This Property is Condemned (Always Love Lucy Theatre), Suki in Pinter's Celebration (Double Down Productions), and Mary Anne in After Tartuffe (Fresh Fruit Festival). Pamela also has performed in several of D.S. Burrows’ plays including Bobble Head, Valentine, and Type. You can find Pamela Joy on her YouTube Channel called Channeling Joy. Here you’ll discover different gems such as her comedic character mini series "Confessions of a Quarantined Drama Queen”, an educational program called “Word of the Day”, and her mother’s personal favorite,“Josin’ for a Josie.” Pamela is beyond grateful to share the confidence boosting and community building gift of Theatre with...

Marilyn Arnold (she/her) is a dramaturg/actor based in Astoria with a Bachelor of Arts in theater and minor in education from Saint Louis University and a certificate in acting from London Dramatic Academy. She’s worked as a reader or collaborator developing new work with companies across the country including Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Athena Project, ERA, Post- Romantics, Prison Performing Arts, Columbia School of the Arts, and Inversion Theater. She has been lucky enough to be teaching in classrooms for nearly 10 years now with Main Street Theater-Houston, Metro Theater Company, SLU Summer Programs, SLU’s school of education, and now Brooklyn Acting Lab! She’s so excited to begin this adventure with the young actors of BAL....