Music Theatre Philly Artists & Staff
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."
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.
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!"
Education Director / Teaching Artist She/Her
JULIANNA BABB is a theatre artist and educator. Originally from New Hampshire, Julianna graduated with a BFA in Theatre Arts from University of the Arts and has been a proud Philadelphian ever since. As a director and choreographer, Julianna has worked with performers at the Ogunquit Playhouse, Sharon Playhouse, St. Joseph's University, University of the Arts, The Grand Opera House, and Cheltenham High School, and has been a Teaching Artist with the Palace Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, and Arden Theatre. She also has an extensive regional performance resume, with local credits including Media Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Candlelight Theatre, and the Prince Theatre. Julianna has been with Music Theatre Philly as a Teaching Artist since 2016, and was recently named our Education Director in 2019. As Education Director, Julianna believes theatre education is an opportunity for students to practice empathy, teamwork, creativity, and confidence while discovering and refining their theatrical talents. She looks forward to another exciting semester!
Teaching Artist She/Her
KENNA DONALDSON is a Philadelphia-based performer and educator. Originally from Pittsburgh, she received training from 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 an Early Childhood Education major with a concentration in ASL from Temple University. She has been an instructor at MTP for over two years and is so excited about the upcoming virtual semester!
Teaching Artist She/Her
MADI JULESKUSKY(Juh-luh-kus-key) is a music director, vocal coach, teaching artist, and actor, and is delighted to be working with the students of Music Theatre Philly! She has worked all across the Greater Philadelphia area notably at The Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Theatre Horizon, Surflight Theatre Company, and Broadway Theatre of Pitman. Being passionate about vocal pedagogy and direction, Madi has a private voice studio and has music directed at a number of theaters, schools, and performing arts centers in the region most recently including the Arden, Theatre Horizon, University of Pennsylvania, Players Club of Swarthmore, Bristol Borough High School, Cheltenham High School, Lumberton Middle School, and Lyceum Theatre. Additionally she is the music teacher at Chester County Family Academy in partnership with Darlington Arts Center. Some of her favorite credits include Seussical (Walnut Street Theatre), Shrek (Broadway Theatre of Pitman), Beauty and the Beast (various), and Urinetown (UPenn). She has a BA in Acting from Temple University.
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!
Teaching Artist She/Her
DONOVAN LOCKETT is an actor-writer-educator who proudly hails from New Orleans but has made Philly her artistic home. She performs in theatre, film, and TV and has been seen on stage at Philadelphia Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theatre, Theatre Horizon, Hangar Theatre, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, Mauckingbird Theatre Co, and Scranton Shakespeare, amongst others. For over ten years, Donovan has been teaching students in incredibly diverse communities all over the country and specializes in traditional musical theatre, devised performance, improv, and creative writing residencies. She most recently has taught at Ohio State University, Ithaca College, Wilma Theater, Theatre Horizon, Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre, Lantern Theater, and 1812. For the past year, she has seen firsthand that even in a virtual format, the effect of arts education is absolutely unparalleled! Donovan received a BFA in Acting and a Minor in Writing from Ithaca College. www.donovanlockett.com
Teaching Artist He/Him
DEVON SINCLAIR is a Philadelphia based Director/Choreographer and performer. The Penn State University graduate hails from Upper Darby, PA where he found his love of musical theatre. Working with programs such as Upper Darby Summer Stage, Limelight Performing Arts Center, and the education departments of the Wilma Theatre and Walnut Street Theatre has allowed Devon to introduce the arts to students of diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. As an educator, Devon brings an infectious energy and creativity to every lesson hoping to spark a passion for the arts in every student. As an artist, Devon’s visionary mindset has always prioritized our need to move forward and challenge standards that no longer serve its community. He believes theatre must continue to adapt and elevate the human experience. The power lies in the leaders, and we must inspire the leaders of tomorrow, today! Credits, media, and more can be found by visiting www.FiveSixDevonEight.com
Teaching Artist She/Her
KRISTEN SMITH graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance and a concentration in Musical Theater. Since graduation she has had amazing experiences working at Media Theatre, Candlelight Theatre, Mazeppa Productions, Resident Theatre Company, Roxey Ballet Company, and Bucks County Playhouse. She loves to share her passion of dance education and has held positions at many dance schools including The Mill Ballet School, United Dance Productions of Bermuda, Dance Arts of Yardley, Dance Arts Collaborative, Pennsylvania Classical Ballet, Bucks County School of the Performing Arts, and Theatre Arts Center. Kristen has taught several master classes throughout the state of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has choreographed for Marywood University, Roxey Ballet Company, Stuart Country Day School, Burlington Township High School, and Parkland High School. www.kristenmariesmith.com
Teaching Artist She/Her
DEIRDRE TREACY is a Philadelphia-based performer and Teaching Artist. She grew up dancing at The Rock School West in various styles of dance. During that time, she competed in competitions all over the country, and attended many summer intensives in NYC to further her dance training. She has performed in the Philadelphia area in Brigadoon, South Pacific and Cabaret (Candlelight Theatre) and Mamma Mia! (Jenkintown Music Theatre). She has also performed in several ballets including The Nutcracker, Four Seasons and The Sleeping Beauty. Deirdre is so thrilled to get to share her love of performing with all of the MTP students!