Music Theatre Philly Artists & Staff 

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MINDY DOUGHERTY BAIADA

Producing Artistic director/Co-founder  She/Her

MINDY DOUGHERTY is a Philadelphia native and Mother of two, who is incredibly thrilled to bring her professional background and passion for theatrical training Philadelphia. As a performer, Mindy appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning revival of GYPSY, starring Broadway legend Patti LuPone, preserved with a Grammy Award winning original revival recording. Other New York credits include the critically acclaimed City Center Encores production of GYPSY (starring Patti Lupone), SERENADE (Jaradoa Theatre Company), and SONDHEIM: THE BIRTHDAY CONCERT at Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic. Mindy starred in the Broadway National Tour of A CHORUS LINE as ‘Val’, Education: Graduate of Penn State (BFA in Musical Theatre) and received her MA in Theatre Education from New York University (NYU). Mindy believes that musical theatre and the disciplines associated, nurture more than just a talent, but a sense of inclusion, team work, mutual respect and confidence in an atmosphere of trust, positivity, and encouragement.

 

"As a mother, I know the importance of wanting to help your child reach and grow to their full potential and I strongly believe that the arts is a tool toward achievement." 

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DANN DUNN

Artistic Director/Co-founder  He/Him

DANN DUNN has created and maintained professional works as a Director/Choreographer, Associate, and Dance Captain around the world with Tony, Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy Winning Artists. Broadway/NYC: Miracle On 34th Street (Madison Square Garden), Sesame Street On Broadway! (MSG), The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer (Symphony Space), First Date (Workshop). National Tour: CATS, The Music Man, The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, Sesame Street Live!. International: CATS, The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber, La Traviata. Regional: Fiddler On The Roof (w/ Eddie Mekka), Mame (w/ Lea Delaria, Bucks County Playhouse), Chicago (w/ Justin Guarini), Hello, Dolly! (w/ Andrea McArdle, Media Theatre), Spamalot (w/ Sally Struthers, Riverside Theatre), The Best Little…Texas (w/ Loretta Swit, Forestburgh Playhouse), Walnut Street Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, PGLTF, Arden Theatre, The Kennedy Center, The Kimmel Center, Ogunquit Playhouse, Cardinal Stage, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Weathervane Repertory Theatre, Prather Entertainment, Totem Pole Playhouse, Jenny Wiley Theatre, Wohlfahrt Haus Theatre, Society Hill Playhouse, Resident Theatre Company (Barrymore Nomination), The Eagle Theatre (Barrymore Nomination), Dallas Summer Musicals, The Grand Opera House, Ocean City Theatre Company. Contributing Choreographer: Norwegian Cruise Lines, The Red Cross, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Merck Pharmaceuticals, The National Liberty Museum, Circus Circus Las Vegas, Sesame Street Workshop, Macy’s, and The X Games. Dancer: Mariah Carey, Mark Kanemura (Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson, So You Think You Can Dance?). Resident/Assistant Dir/Chor on Duncan Sheik’s Pre-Broadway musical Because of Winn-Dixie (Delaware Theatre Company). Original Cast: Created the role of ‘Tennessee’ in YANK. Recording: The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber. In Development: Judy Garland: World’s Greatest Entertainer (Choreographer). TV/Film: Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Emmy Award-winning PA Cardiovascular Health Project, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Repetition Rhapsody. Dann was fortunate to join the Fosse legacy by training in the style under Gary Flannery, a principal Fosse dancer (Pippin, Dancin', All That Jazz), dancing back-up for Chita Rivera, and working beside Debra McWaters, Gary Chryst, and Ann Reinking in preparation for the National and International companies of CHICAGO. Proud Member, Actor’s Equity Association. 

 

As an Educator, Dann has had the pleasure working with performers of all ages, both professional and aspiring professionals. Dann is an Guest Artist alumni of New York City’s famed ‘Camp Broadway’ where he worked with children around the world, as well as side by side with some of Broadway’s biggest names, With Camp Broadway, Dann taught Musical Theatre in New York City and in cities around the world on their National and International tours. On Broadway, Dann worked as an Educational liaison with Camp Broadway for the productions of Legally Blonde and The Drowsy Chaperone. Additionally, Dann has appeared as a Guest Artist with Temple University, Swarthmore University, Drexel University, West Chester University, Arizona State University, University Of The Arts, and University of Pennsylvania. www.DannDunn.com.

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TIM POPP

Executive Director  He/Him

TIM is a theater artist, educator and lifelong Philadelphian. He started his career as a performer and teaching artist working with theater and dance companies like Tribe of Fools, Dance Theatre X and Plays & Players. Tim was the Artistic Director for Wolf Performing Arts Center, a non-profit theater organization for children and teens based in Bryn Mawr, PA. During his time there, he produced, directed and choreographed 25 shows for young actors in grades K-12. Most recently, Tim served as the Senior Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at University of the Arts. There he worked closely with the alumni, faculty and donors to support UArts and their students.  He graduated with a B.A. in Theater and Media & Communications from Muhlenberg College.

 

"I am so eager to join the team here at MTP! I have always believed in the power of the arts to transform the life of young people and am honored to be a part of this organization. Mindy and Dann have built an incredible team and I am thrilled to share my experiences and expertise with the MTP community!"

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ROBERTA CURLESS

Teaching Artist  She/Her

Roberta is a performer, teacher, and choreographer based in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area. She has been training in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern for over twenty years. Her training has taken her to The Bowman School of Dance, Center Stage Dance Studio, Princeton Ballet School, Miami City Ballet, and more. During her career as a dancer Roberta has had the privilege of performing the choreography of Todrick Hall, Derek Hough, Debra McWaters, and Christopher d’Amboise. She also had the honor of performing the original choreography of Bob Fosse restaged by Ben Vereen. Other appearances include: The Atlantic City Ballet, The Broadway Theatre of Pitman, The Ritz Theatre, NYMF, Reverie Dance Theatre, and The Lady Hoofers Junior Company. Roberta has been teaching dance for over eight years. During that time, she has taught for private dance studios in both New Jersey, and Philadelphia, summer camp programs at The Ritz Theatre and Media Theatre, and community engagement programs for The Philadelphia Ballet. Roberta is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Roberta’s teaching style focuses on the development of the whole dancer. Not only focusing on proper technique but also positive self-talk, and individual artistry. Select works of choreography include: The Addams Family, 13 The Musical, The Little Mermaid Jr, and Sweet Charity.

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ANNA DeBLASIO

Teaching Artist  She/Her

Anna is an actor, singer, and teaching artist new to Music Theatre Philly. In the greater Philadelphia region, Anna has performed and/or understudied at the Arden Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, and Broadway Theatre of Pitman (Guenevere in Camelot). Other acting credits include: It Happened in Key West (Fulton Theatre); Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Vanda (Venus in Fur); Hangar Theatre: The Little Prince, Bunnicula, Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen. As a teaching artist, Anna has taught in Slovakia with Dramatic Adventure Theatre, developed and taught Shakespeare and storytelling curricula in the U.S., and she coaches acting and musical theatre. Anna has also participated in new play development and outreach programs with Baltimore Center Stage, notably PlayLab and Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes From the Field.  She is passionate about using the arts as a means toward social justice. Training: Shakespeare & Company. BA in theatre & English, Loyola University MD. www.annadeblasio.com

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KENNA DONALDSON

Teaching Artist  She/Her

KENNA DONALDSON is a Philadelphia-based artist and educator. Originally from Pittsburgh, she has trained with Act One Theatre School, the Media Theatre's New School, and was a member of Keystone State Music Theater's Conservatory. She has worked with Miss 22 Quties: Special Needs Beauty Pageant and the Bravo! program as an instructor and performance assistant. Kenna has also received acting, dance, and vocal instruction from Music Theatre Philly! She has a passion for teaching and is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education with additional instruction in American Sign Language from Temple University. Kenna strongly believes that education is a powerful force for inclusivity and individuality. She has been an instructor at MTP for over three years and is so excited about the upcoming semester!

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RONNIE KELLER

Teaching Artist  He/Him

RONNIE KELLER has been working in Philadelphia regional theater as a performer since beginning his studies at Temple University, notably at The Walnut Street Theatre, Media Theatre, Eagle Theatre, Surflight Theatre, and Candlelight Theatre. He holds a B.A. in Musical Theatre and an education in music, having studied piano, guitar, and voice since 2002. Currently, he is the Music teacher at Ss. Colman-John Neumann School in Bryn Mawr. He has instructed theatre, music, and dance classes all around Philadelphia, having music directed numerous productions and classes at Music Theatre Philly. He looks forward to another wonderful MTP Teen Intensive!

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TESS KUNIK

Teaching Artist  She/Her

Tess is a Philadelphia-based Theatre and Teaching Artist. She graduated from The University of The Arts in 2013 with a BFA in Acting and has since worked in the Philadelphia area as a performer, designer, and arts educator. Tess is a performer and collaborator with Ninth Planet, a performance collective that produces community-powered performance. Her most recent collaboration with Ninth Planet combined her love for theatre and early childhood development in a production called HOMEWORLD, a performance installation for babies 3-18 months and their caregivers. She collaborated as a co-creator, performer, and designer of the baby-safe set/installation and props. From 2015-2020 she served as teaching artist, props designer, and stage manager, at Wolf Performing Arts Center and later brought theatre programming to schools in the Greater Philadelphia Area as their Education and Outreach Manager. Tess is the Programs and Impact Director of The Liv Project, a non-profit organization determinded to turn the tide of youth suicide through creativity and fearelss communiction. She is passionate about collaboration, theatre, and storytelling and its power to teach us about ourselves and the world we live in. She is dedicated to cultivating confidence and empathy in the classroom and is thrilled to be joining the Music Theatre Philly Team! 

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AUDREY JOHNSON

Teaching Artist  She/Her

Audrey grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, but is currently a Philadelphia based performer and teaching artist. She is completing her final semester at The University of The Arts with a BFA in Musical Theater. Audrey has been performing for over 10 years, and has taught various musical theater and dance classes during that time. Her most recent performance credits include Johanna (Sweeney Todd), Martha (Heathers), May (Junie B. Jones), Powell (Men on Boats), and Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins). In 2018, she received the Westmoreland Cultural Trust Achievement in the Arts Award for Theater Performance. In addition to performance and education, she also loves the technical side of theater and will be going on her fourth year as a lighting production assistant at her university. Audrey is beyond excited to be a part of MTP and cannot wait to create with all of the young artists this season! “Theater invokes a unique form of emotion, thought and sense of community, allowing even strangers to create a bond through this shared experience” audreymjohnson.squarespace.com  

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DANA ORANGE

Teaching Artist  He/Him

Dana Orange is a local theatre and dance artist in Philadelphia. Dana has appeared on stages all around the Greater Philadelphia area, including Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Lantern Theatre Company, Media Theatre, Eagle Theatre, and more. He also teaches theatre and dance classes at many schools and companies in the area as well. Currently, Dana can be seen on stage at the Walnut Street Theatre in their production of Disney's The Little Mermaid, where he stars as Sebastian the Crab. Dana believes in the importance of Arts Education and strives to make theatre more accessible, especially in underprivileged communities.

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MADDY MULLAHEY

Teaching Artist  She/Her

Madison Mullahey is a theatre artist based in Philly & NYC. Her career started at a young age performing in the Broadway National Tours of Shrek and Mary Poppins. She has also appeared off-Broadway with the New York Musical Festival and regionally at the Riverside Theatre. Madison has also worked in Film/TV and Voiceover where she’s appeared in numerous internet commercials and voiced an animated film, “The Fairy Princess & the Unicorn” on Hulu. She has worked as a class assistant and photographer for Broadway Workshop in NYC. Madison works independently as a theater photographer taking headshots and creative portraits of performing artists. She is finishing up her senior year at the University of the Arts in Spring of 2022 with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Arts Management + Engagement. She is looking forward to her first year sharing her passion for tap at Music Theatre Philly!

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JULIA NATOLI

Teaching Artist  She/Her

Philadelphia-based singer and teacher Julia Natoli is a native of Rochester, NY, and received her Professional Performer’s Certificate in Voice and Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Penn State University. Since moving to Philly in 2021, she has appeared as Sarah Brown in Guys & Dolls at the Levoy Theatre with the Off Broad Street Players, Announcer #3 in their production of Orson Welles' War of the Worlds 1938 Broadcast, and as Girl in Once with City Theater Company. Julia is an avid runner, yogi, and former martial artist who enjoys using these experiences to guide her teaching of singing as an integrated mind / body experience. She currently serves as adjunct professor of musical theatre voice at Rowan University. When not singing or teaching, Julia passionately explores all things epicurean, advocates for self-care, and spends time with her two excellent cats, Renata and Mirella.

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SARA ANNE RABATIN

Teaching Artist  She/Her

Sara is an artist educator based in Philadelphia. Her goal is to create and foster work that is collaborative, accessible, inquisitive, and full of joy. She has worked with various theatre companies in the area as an actress, director, and teaching artist, and in community outreach. Her original TYA play Under the Moon premiered in 2019 at the Shoebox Theatre Festival, and had a run at the Jersey Fringe Festival. Sara absolutely loves working with young people, and helping them become more confident and creative! When not performing, teaching, or writing, you can find Sara hiking with her dog, listening to true crime podcasts, and hanging out with friends and family. Rowan BA in Theatre ‘18, NYU Steinhardt MA in Educational Theatre ‘23.