Resident teaching artists
Michael Kaplan - Michael Kaplan has been teaching Acting around the Hudson Valley for over 12 years. He has also been working as a Vocal Coach for From Stage to Screen Acting Studio for 6 years. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA actors' union. He is currently working towards his graduate degree in Educational Theatre at NYU Steinhardt. He has been in numerous productions over the course of his life time and directed a large number as well. Michael has trained Voice and Acting for many years in New York City under Weist-Baron, Bob Marks, Samuel E. Wright, Bob Luke, and Glenn Alterman, to name a few. Michael also participated in the New York State Summer School of the Arts, and audition based summer intensive that takes only the top 12 guy and girls every year. He recorded the original promotional CD of Michael Berkeley’s “Off the Wall”. Professionally, he has performed voice over commercials for Nabisco Fun Fruits, Coca – Cola, Drug Free America and Phillip Morris and appeared in the “House of D” with Robin Williams and David Duchovny.
Sally Kaplan - Sally Kaplan, along with Camille Bozek, founded From Stage to Screen Acting Studio in 2003 in Poughkeepsie, NY. She is known for creating and teaching theatre workshops for children and teens since the 1990’s with both Six by the Park and The Hudson Valley Conservatory under the tutelage of Samuel E Wright. In addition, she has worked closely with some of the most prestigious talent agents in New York City and has developed a network of connections in the New York City area. She made her directing debut in 2001 with “The Wizard of Oz” and her acting debut in the musical “Oliver” in 2000. Over the years she has directed many on stage productions including, “13”, “Bye Bye Birdie”, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Family”, “Mousetrap”, and “Arsenic and Old Lace.” She is thrilled to see her students grow every week!
Camille Bozek - Camille Bozek has been involved in all aspects of theatre for over thirty years. Born and raised in New York City, she began attending acting classes while pursuing a BA in English and Communications at Hunter College. While working as a photo editor at Macmillan Publishing in Manhattan, Camille participated in local community theater productions. When she moved to the Hudson Valley, Camille continued her interest in acting by working with Children’s Community Theater and Six By The Park not only performing on stage but training in stage management and technical theatre. This love of theatre was passed along to her family and all four children began to perform on stage and work behind the scenes. Camille has attended many creative workshops dealing with acting, working with children, and theatre management. She volunteered several years at TriArts working with the house manager, technical crew and as a stage manager for Artistic Director, Michael Berkeley. Camille also taught acting classes for Samuel Wright at the Hudson Valley Conservatory before opening From Stage To Screen Acting Studio with Sally Kaplan in 2003.
Music and voice
Elizabeth Gerbi is a frequent coach, clinician, conductor (100+ productions) and music educator/choral conductor at theatres and institutions across the country. She is also a versatile vocalist, having shared stages with Kenny Rodgers, Sutton Foster, and members of the City Opera. Liz recently completed training in Somatic Voicework: The Lovetri Method (tm) at Shenandoah University, an M.M. from Boston University, and is a current doctoral student of Vocal Pedagogy at Shenandoah Conservatory. Liz is a member of the adjunct faculty at DCC, where she conducts the DCC choral ensembles and teaches Vocal Repertoire, Applied Voice, and History of Musical Theatre.
Paul Rigano - Paul Rigano has been musical directing and teaching since he was 16 years old, and is proud to be a part of the FSTS family! He has taught various subjects including but not limited to voice, piano, brass instruments, stage combat/physical comedy, and tap dance at several schools such as Dance Cavise, The Mike Risko Music School, Drama Zone NYC, as well as private students. As a composer, he has written Saving Seatown: The Underwater Musical, which had its international premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011, O! Canada? at SUNY New Paltz's 24-hour theatre event, and most recently, The Holy Cows of Credence, South Dakota which was featured in the 2013 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity in Manhattan.
Liz Toleno - (Musical Director) works full time as a theatre musical director, accompanist & private vocal coach in the Hudson Valley, NYC & beyond. She performs & teaches flute & piano, is adjunct Accompanist/Vocal Coach at SUNY New Paltz Theatre Dept, & has been a musical director at Stagedoor Manor since 2006. Liz recently worked with the Macy Parade’s creative team on their new musical, YES, VIRGINIA.