DIRECTORS

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MS. FELICIA GREENE

FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR

B.A. CITY COLLEGE OF NY/LEHMAN COLLEGE - DANCE 

 

MR. JAMES LAYNE, PE

ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR

B.S. COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY

B.E.E. GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

FACULTY

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TODD COOLIDGE - SUMMER PRODUCTIONS DIRECTOR

Todd Coolidge has worked in stage, film, and television, including guest-starring appearances in two episodes of the television series Lost. He holds a Master’s degree in Education from SUNY Geneseo and has completed post-graduate work in Theatre and Theatre Education at New York University.  All told, he has over 20 years of experience in education and the performing arts. He has always had a great passion for theatre. While living and working in Hawaii, he won two Po’okela  “Best Actor” awards for his performances in Shakespeare’s Othello and Anthony Shaffer’s Sleuth. Off the stage, Todd has directed various theatre productions ranging from high school theater groups to an off-Broadway stage production of Michael Frayn’s Wild Honey in New York. Currently, Todd is a voice actor and director for a variety of animated cartoon series, as well as the theatre teacher and director at Mills E. Godwin High School.

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LILY MERCER

After completing a double major in Theatre Arts and Speech at Eastern Kentucky University, Lily moved to New York to complete a 2-year program at the Playwrights Horizons Professional School where she studied advanced acting, directing, and playwriting.  She soon began to work as a professional actor in a wide range of theatre productions from Taming of the Shrew to Crimes of The Heart.  She then added television to her resume appearing in Newsroom, Law & Order: SVU, and Cashmere Mafia, to name a few – all while teaching On-Camera Acting at the Beverly Hills Professional School.  Soon she founded her own theatre in Sedona, Arizona (Actors Repertory Theatre of Sedona) where she honed her storytelling skills.  In 2010 Lily embraced her love of writing and was accepted into the Department of Dramatic Writing MFA program at NYU/Tisch.  She graduated in 2012 with the Edward Pupura Award for excellence, then moved to Los Angeles and began to write with a passion.  Starting in 2016 she won the ISA (International Screenwriting Association) Fast Track Fellowship, the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Best Screenplay, and advanced in twelve other national screenwriting competitions.  She was subsequently selected by the ISA as one of the “Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2018.”  Most recently Lily was fortunate to have two screenplays chosen as official finalists in the 2019 Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF).  When she attended the RIFF she fell in love with both the area and the community she found here, and decided to relocate.  In August she was thrilled to become an adjunct at Old Dominion University where she teaches Screenwriting.  Lily brings a broad range of experience to her teaching, having taught students of all ages everything from Acting to Japanese Mask-making to Improvisation, and she is excited to be a part of this new venture.

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ALLISON BECKETT

Allison Beckett is a theatre arts educator dedicated to enriching young minds through the power of the performing arts.   Allison received a Masters Degree in Educational Theatre from New York University and has been busy teaching and directing in various cities including New York City, Charleston, Charlotte and Richmond.  Allison was the former Theatre Arts Director at Glen Allen High School (2014-2019), but recently made a career switch to a free-lance teacher/director/ choreographer to spend more time with her new baby, Clare.  While at Glen Allen, Allison directed many full scale productions as well as leading the competition theatre team to conference, regional and state victories each year. Allison has a true passion for theatre education and is excited to begin her journey with VCCAPA. 

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ERIN COOK

Erin Cook has been passionate about music since she can remember: singing as a toddler and starting piano lessons at the age of five.  Throughout grade school, Erin continued piano lessons and sang whenever she could, including joining a barbershop chorus with her mom while in high school.  As a pianist, she participated in many festivals, recitals, and technical skills events.  Erin went on to receive her BA in Music Education and Piano Performance from Virginia Tech in 2005 and her Masters in Music Education from the University of Missouri, St. Louis (UMSL) in 2011.  As a music educator, she has taught elementary general music, directed vocal ensembles for 4th-12th graders, directed musicals, taught private piano lessons, directed and coached barbershop choruses and quartets, and served as clinician for many youth in harmony camps.  Erin also taught Music Theory I and II to music majors at UMSL and continued teaching AP Music Theory as a high school music educator.  As a singer, she has performed in many different ensembles in schools, churches, and as a member of Sweet Adelines, International: including a 2nd place international medalist chorus (Pride of Baltimore) and regional champion quartet (Shades of Jade).   Along with joining the faculty of the Virginia Conservatory For Creative And Performing Arts, Erin currently teaches private piano lessons, serves as the alto section leader in the Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, and performs as a collaborative pianist and accompanist.

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COOPER SVED

Cooper Sved is an educator and theatre artist from Richmond, Virginia. He is currently an adjunct instructor for SPARC, or the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community, teaching students of all ages. He was also the coordinator for Henrico County’s Centerstage program, a performing arts summer camp at the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center for ages 6-15.  Additionally, he has acted and directed with numerous professional theatres in the Richmond area, including Virginia Repertory Theatre, Quill Theatre, Richmond Triangle Players and 5th Wall Theatre. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University and is working towards a Master of Teaching at the University of Richmond for Elementary and Theatre Education.