Meet the Musical Theatre Program Chair
Our Musical Theatre Program Chair, Michael Serrecchia, was an original cast member of A Chorus Line for which he received a Special Drama Desk Award and Theatre Critics Circle Award. Other Broadway credits include The Rothchilds; The Selling of the President; Heathen; Lady Audley’s Secret; Seesaw and Sing Happy. He spent four and a half years circling the globe as Chita Rivera’s dance partner in “Chita Plus Two” for which he won a MAC Award. Dallas directing and choreography credits include The regional premiers of: A Class Act (D/FW Theatre Critics Forum Award Best Direction of a Musical) The Full Monty (Column and Stoney Awards for Best Direction and Best Choreography of a Musical) The Light in the Piazza, The Drowsey Chaperone (Dallas Critic’s Choice Award) Next to Normal (D/FW Theatre Critics Forum Award Best Direction of a Musical). Non-regional premiers include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. (D/FW Theatre Critics Forum Award Best Direction of a Musical) On Golden Pond, Lobby Hero, Almost, Maine, Moonlight and Magnolias (Stoney Award Best Direction of a Play) 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Fort Worth Critic’s Award best Direction of a Musical) Duets, It’s Only Life, I’ll Leave it to You and the multi award winning production of Nine, the Musical. In 2011 Mr. Serrecchia was honored with the prestigious Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence.
For more information about Mr. Serrecchia, visit his website www.michaelserrecchia.com.
Paula holds a B.F.A. from Texas Christian University and studied with Nathalia Krassovska, Victor Moreno, and Fernando Schaffenburg. She has received numerous awards for her choreography in the DFW metroplex and has completed two original works with Mr. Akin Babatunde, Reveal and Song Un-Told. Choreography credits include Kincaid Regional Theatre, Uptown Players, Flower Mound Performing Arts Theatre, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Theatre Three, Dallas Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage, Dallas Children’s Theatre, and Plano Repertory Theatre.
Sarah Rutan is a member of Actor’s Equity and spent seven seasons as a member of the acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her work at OSF included: Othello; Taming of the Shrew; Diary of Anne Frank; Coriolanus; Love’s Labour’s Lost; Much Ado About Nothing; As You Like It and many others. Other regional theaters include: Amphibian Stage Productions world premiere of The Trap, Trinity Shakespeare Festival (King Lear, Richard III, Measure for Measure and Love’s Labour’s Lost) Dallas Theater Center (The Book Club Play) Milwaukee Repertory Theater (Pride and Prejudice) Shakespeare in the Park – Bend, OR (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Pasadena Playhouse Hothouse Series (A Footnote to the Iliad.) She earned her MFA from Southern Methodist University.
Joe Cutaia, a native Texan, has had extensive training in dance, studying notably in Dallas, New York and Chicago. Mr. Cutaia’s professional experiences include the Broadway national touring companies of Little Me with Donald O’Connor, George M with Ken Berry and Hello Dolly with Carol Channing. He has also performed as a dancer/singer for regional Miss USA pageants around the United States. As a tap dancer, he has studied and performed with Honey Coles, Buster Cooper, Bob Audi, Jay Fagan, Gregory Hines, Diane Walker and Barbara Ryan Phillips. As an actor, Joe Cutaia studied with Adam Roarke at the Film Labs at Las Colinas, Lou Diamond Phillips, and the Dallas Summer Musical, Musical Theatre School. He has worked for the Dallas Children’s Theatre and has appeared in various television commercials. He has also performed in numerous performances of The Spectacular Senior Follies. Currently, Joe and his wife Ann are the owners of The Chaplin Cotillions, LLC, conducting etiquette and ballroom classes around the state of Texas for students in grades 2 through 9.
As a KD Conservatory graduate of both the Acting and Musical Theatre Programs, Stephanie Butler now works as an actress and choreographer in the DFW area. Stephanie has been working with theatres such as Echo, ICT and Garland Summer Musicals since. As a company member for Echo Theatre of the past 3 years, Stephanie has recently been appointed as Echo’s administrative assistant and loving every minute of it. She is also going into her 4th year teaching at Ursuline Academy of Dallas and 2nd year of teaching at KD Conservatory
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Michael D’Andre Childs is an accomplished Director, Music Director, Composer, Playwright, Choreographer, and Actor. Originally from San Antonio, Michael made his Dallas debut in 2015 and has excelled since, having numerous opportunities to display his talents. Most recently, his Live Entertainment Company, Artists Unplugged, headlined and hosted Last Night in Black History. Some of his other credits include: Last Night in Black History (Director/Choreographer), Sweatbox Refugee (Dance Concert Choreographer), Legally Blonde Jr. (Music Director), First Date (Assistant Director and Music Director). TILL (Director/ Musical Director), As We Lie Still (Choreographer), A Good Man (Director/Musical Director), RENT (Tom Collins/Assistant Musical Director), EDGES (Assistant Director) and countless others
Mark brings over 20 years experience as a professional actor, director, musical director, pianist, and teacher. A graduate of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, Mark has performed and directed throughout the metroplex and the U.S. He has been honored multiple times in Dallas with nominations and Leon Rabin Awards from the Dallas Theatre League, as well as Column Awards. He has worked extensively at most of the professional DFW area theaters. He has also been seen in the Cabaret circuit in Dallas and New York (Don’t Tell Mama Club) with singing partner Amy Stevenson. He is one of the founding co-producers of Dallas Young Artists and is highly sought after for his popular Music Theatre camps. Mark is also a painter and sells and exhibits his art throughout Texas
Kellie is currently the resident choreographer, dance director, and Triple Threat Company manager at The Acting Studio in Grapevine. She has also performed in many productions around the Metroplex, including productions of West Side Story with Lyric Stage, Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Plaid Tidings with Watertower Theatre, and The Full Monty with Theatre Arlington. Kellie also has several choreography credits. A few of her favorite include productions of Seussical, Little Women, Beauty and the Beast, Sound of Music, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She continues to teach tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theatre, and continues to perform as often as possible
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