This is Tori’s 2nd year teaching at Playhouse on Park! She is no newbie to the Playhouse or to teaching. She loves teaching the 5-8 year olds because the kiddos "usually" won't be taller than her.
TEACHES: Creative Kids (& Plus), Summer Programs
Emily was born and raised in Glastonbury, CT. She has always had a strong passion for the arts and grew up dancing, acting, and seeing as much theater as possible. While in CT she worked with various theaters such as The Hartford Children's Theater, Park Road Playhouse, Performing Arts Programs, The Hartbeat Ensemble & various high school productions. She is a 2014 graduate of Marymount Manhattan College's acting program. While in NYC she had the opportunity to intern with CBS Primetime Casting where she worked beside casting directors & was able to learn the ins & outs of show business. Since graduation she has been an acting teacher for The Warner Theater, Performing Arts Programs, & has been providing private acting lessons as well. She is trilled to join Playhouse on Park and is looking forward to working with everyone!
TEACHES: Young Actors (& Plus), Actor Performance Training Program, Summer Programs
Erin is thrilled to join Playhouse on Park as a teaching artist! For the past 8 years, Erin has works as an educator in the fields of dance, musical theatre, and creative drama as well as a choreographer in regional, community, and educational theatre. She began her teaching career in San Jose, California and since has had the pleasure of working with students in Marin County, California (Marin Theatre Company); Syracuse, New York (Redhouse Arts Center); Middletown, Connecticut (Goodspeed Musicals, Oddfellows Playhouse, & Company ‘N Tempo); Quincy, Illinois (Quincy Community Theatre); Monteverde, Costa Rica (Far Corners Community Musical Theatre); and Chinandega, Nicaragua (Teatro Catalina). From 2014 to 2016, Erin was the Resident Choreographer at Redhouse Arts Center. Currently, Erin is the Education Director at Goodspeed Musicals. www.erinlafferty.net
Marisa Paradis is a Theatre and Dance Educator with over 10 years of experience in both CT and NY. Marisa received her BA in Theatre Performance and Dance from Wagner College and continued on to earn her MA in Educational Theatre from CCNY. While earning her degrees, Marisa performed in several children's theatre shows, created and taught after school theatre classes and directed several children's theatre performances on Long Island. She taught Theatre for 7 years with both the NYC Department of Education and Hartford Public Schools, while still teaching dance and theatre in after school programs. She was a part of the curriculum development team for Theatre for HPS and has led several professional development sessions for the arts teachers in the district. Marisa was also selected as a member of the team who was responsible for creating the CT State Guide to K-12 Program Development in the Arts and is honored to have her work featured on the ct.gov website.
moved to West Hartford from Seattle where she was an ensemble member at Unexpected Productions, Seattle's first and most reputable improv theater company. She performed weekly in Seattle Theatresports™ and long-form shows such as HAROLD, SPOKEN, BLANK SLATE, FAKESPEARE, THE MELANIE GAME, CAMPFIRE, A(N) IMPROVISED CHRISTMAS CAROL, BLACK-EYED BLONDE, IMPRESSIONISTIC HORROR, and improvised versions of movie genres. She was also the Assistant Artistic Director and only female member of Sisters of Sal, a long-form improvisational comedy troupe that won Seattle Cage Match and performed with Ryan Stiles. She has studied improv at Unexpected Productions, Magnet Theater, and UCB Theatre. Her instructors have included Randy Dixon, Matt Smith, Jill Farris, Armando Diaz, Christian Capozzoli, Keith Johnstone and Mick Napier. Locally, she has been seen in VANITIES, ISN'T IT ROMANTIC, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE and LEND ME A TENOR as well as other scripted and improv productions in theaters around the state.
TEACHES: Adult Improv classes